Call to Artists    “Artists’ Choice (including Fine Crafts)”

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River Arts in Damariscotta, is inviting artists to submit work for  its upcoming “Artists’ Choice” Exhibition.  We are seeking submissions of  in any media, sculpture and fine crafts welcome. This exhibition has no theme – artists’ are invited to submit work that best represents their artistic identity. All work is due by 4pm on Saturday, November 8 at 4 pm. The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, November 14 from 5-7. The exhibition will hang until December 11.

The juror for the exhibition will be Mark Kelly, a founding member of Aarhus Gallery in Belfas. Born in Amityville, New York, Mark Kelly moved to Boston in 1990, and earned his BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1997. He lives in Belfast with his wife Michelle and their three daughters. While his work focuses primarily on drawing, Mark also works with collage, assemblage, Polaroid photography, and plays percussion and turntables in an improvisational experimental music project. Exhibitions include the 18th Annual Drawing Show at the Boston Center for the Arts/Mills Gallery; The Lincoln Street Center for the Arts 2005 Invitational, Rockland; Guerilla One, Easthampton, MA; the Out of Bounds Altered Book Show, Rockport; Art From Intuition, Northampton Center for the Arts, Northampton, MA; The Crossing of Time and Environment: Micro Installation, Tainan County, Taiwan; and First Traces, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME.

Artists can enter up to 3 works for jurying. ($15 entry fee for members $20 entry fee for non-members)  All work entered must be for sale. Wall-hung work  size maximum: 60 inches in height, 42 inches in width – and for safety reasons plexiglass or other non-glass option should be used for work over 34 inches, excluding pastels.

River Arts holds 10 themed, open, juried exhibitions per year—with some of Maine’s most prominent art community members as jurors.  Over 600 different Maine artists have exhibited in these shows.  The gallery program creates opportunity for artists to have their work selected, participate in the gallery process and sell their work.  Over 7,000 people visited the gallery and participated in events and workshops last year.

The mission of River Arts is to nurture and encourage participation in the arts throughout the region of Midcoast Maine by providing exhibition, studio and performance spaces, classes and workshops, for people of all ages and abilities and support a wide range of activities in artistic disciplines by partnering with other arts and performance organizations to produce program.

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