Call to Artists    “Water/Reflections”

Entry Form

River Arts in Damariscotta, is inviting artists to submit work for  Water/Reflection Exhibition.  All work is due by 4pm on Saturday, August 30. The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, Sept 5. from 5-7 The exhibition will hang until October 2nd.

The Juror for the exhibition will be Jacques Vesrey.

Jacques Vesery is an Artist/ Sculptor from Damariscotta and has lived in Maine for 20 years. Striving to create an illusion of reality, his vision and inspiration begins with repetitive patterns derived from the ‘golden mean’ or ‘divine proportions’. The marriage of pattern, form and proportion conveys a sense of growth from within each of his pieces.

His work is in numerous public and private collections including the Detroit Institute of Art, the Contemporary Art Museum of Honolulu, Yale University Art Gallery and The Carnegie Museum. He is a Maine Arts Commission Fellow for 2000 and winner of Sculptural Pursuit Third Annual Sculpture Competition in 2006

Jacques has lectured on design and concepts within his work in France, Italy, England, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and 28 US states at such locations as Journees Mondiales du Tournage D’art Sur Bois Congres, Loughborough University, Anderson Ranch, `Aha Hana Lima- Hawaii and Haystack Mt. School.

He has been included in over 20 publications and will have work in ”100 Artists of New England” to be released in the spring of 2011. Other books include ‘Scratching the Surface’, ‘Wood Art Today’, ‘Natured Transformed’ and ‘New Masters of Woodturning’.

Jacques has also curated the following exhibitions; ‘A Nation of Enchanted Form: Woodturning Artists Across North America’ 2005, ‘Far From The Tree: An Evolutionary View of Contemporary Woodturning’ [co-curated] 2007, In the Palm of Your Hand’ 2009, “National Treasures – History in the Making” [co-curated] and will be curating an upcoming exhibit called ‘Playing Well With Others: Collaboration in Wood’ in the Fall of 2012.

Some upcoming exhibits that will include his work are; “Roots; An Artist’s Voice”at the Wood Art Gallery in St. Paul, “CREATE: The Mysterious Art of Wood”at Cape Fear Studios in North Carolina and  “Conversations with Wood: Selections from the Waterbury Collection” at the Minneapolis Art Institute.  website



All media, styles and subjects are welcome. 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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