River Arts – Call to Artists for “Small Works” Exhibition
River Arts is inviting artists throughout Maine to submit artwork for jurying in its upcoming exhibition, “Small Works”. 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, Nov. 25 at 4 pm. The exhibition will hang through Jan 5th with an opening reception December 1 from 5 – 7 pm. The juror for this show is Wes LaFountain.
With nearly 30 years’ experience in the arts as educator, curator, juror, writer and lecturer, Wes LaFountain has spent the bulk of his career advocating for artists in both Maine and New Hampshire. As a result of his work with the New Hampshire Arts Council and 10 years as an arts educator for the Portland Museum of Art, he has also served as a guest juror for the state Arts Councils of Nevada and Nebraska. LaFountain has worked in Maine galleries as curator and director, eventually serving as Director of the Museum of Art at the University of New Hampshire and later as Executive Director of the Woodman Museum, also in New Hampshire. Currently, Wes works as a private collection specialist and freelance curator in Maine, where his favorite artists reside.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.