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Call to Artists – “Faces & Figures” Exhibition – Deadline Feb. 11

River Arts in Damariscotta is inviting artists throughout Maine to submit artwork for jurying in its upcoming exhibition, Faces and Figures (including animals). Artists can submit up to three works in any medium including sculpture, photography, collage, painting, ceramics, and fine craft – representational or abstract. Work can be delivered anytime during gallery hours until the deadline, which is Saturday, February 11at 4 p.m. An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m., Friday, February 17  5-7.

Juror for the show will be Kris Engman. Kerstin Engman exhibits at the Arden Gallery, Boston, and the Courthouse Gallery, Ellsworth, among other venues. She received her MFA from University of Pennsylvania, where she studied with Neil Welliver, and her BFA from Maine College of Art, with additional study at Rhode Island School of Design. Engman has had a rich and broad career in painting, drawing, sculpture and digital media to the instructor’s role. In her work she explores varied visions, media, materials and genres. In 1997 she became founder and director of Project Kalocsa, a cultural exchange between Hungary and the USA. She has also worked in arts education in Maine schools and in several New England colleges, including Maine College of Art, and is presently on the faculty of University of Maine. >www.kerstinengman.com

Artists may submit up to three works for an entry fee of $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Artists will be notified by email or phone of the juror’s decision. Submissions may not have been shown at River Arts previously. Entry forms are available online at riverartsme.org and at the gallery, at 241 U.S. Route 1 in Damariscotta, when submitting. All work entered must be for sale

Wall-hung work size maximum is 60 inches in height, 42 inches in width; for safety reasons, Plexiglass or other nonglass options  should be used.

All works should be wired securely with picture wire (not floral wire, not string, not fish line).  With the large number of works that are being shown, we are asking that work be presentation ready so that we are not spending so much time with chores such as cleaning the glass, tightening screws, and re-wiring works that are not gallery ready.

All works must be labeled with title and artist’s name on the back.

We want to encourage everyone to frame their works.  Simple, well-constructed frames will give the gallery a more professional appearance. Your individual work will be greatly enhanced with proper framing.  Table top frames do not hang well and we recommend that artists use standard wall frames complete with picture wire.

Queries and requests may be directed to River Arts at 563-1507 or by email at info@riverartsme.org. River Arts is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 to 4, and on Sundays from 10-2. It is closed on Mondays. River Arts is located at 241 US Route 1 in Damariscotta, Maine.

River Arts holds 10 themed, open, juried exhibitions per year—with some of Maine’s most prominent art community members as jurors.  Over 1000 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 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 programs.

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