Call to Artists – “The Maine Scene” Exhibition

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River Arts is inviting artists throughout Maine to submit artwork for jurying in its upcoming exhibition, “The Maine Scene”. 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 from now until the deadline, July 23 at 4 pm. The exhibition will hang July 29 through September 1 with an opening reception July 29 from 5 – 7 pm.

The juror for this exhibition will be Portland native and resident Bruce Brown who served as curator at the Center of Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport for twenty years beginning in 1987. He curated more than 200 exhibitions promoting Maine visual artists 2006. In February, 2013 he became co-director of Portland’s PhoPa Gallery in Portland. He has built a notable collection particularly of contemporary American prints and more recently Maine photography. Portions of his print collection have been exhibited at museums and universities all over Maine as well as the Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland.

In 2006 he was cited by the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram as one of six Maine citizens who made a notable contribution to the state for conceiving and chairing “The Maine Print Project,” the largest visual arts collaboration in Maine history up to that time involving 25 different print exhibitions in Maine museums and non-profit galleries statewide He received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Maine at Presque Isle in 2009. On June 25, 2016 a gallery in the new CMCA building in Rockland designed by Toshiko Mori was dedicated in his honor. His own photographs are included in the Portland Museum of Art’s permanent collection and the “Artists’ Portraits” exhibition at UNE in 2015.

Artists may submit up to three works for an entry fee of $15 for members, $20 for non-members. 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 and at the gallery when submitting. 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.

Queries and requests may be directed to River Arts at 563-1507 or by email at 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 800 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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