Call to Artists – “Think Spring” Exhibition – Deadline March 11
River Arts in Damariscotta is inviting artists throughout Maine to submit artwork for jurying in its upcoming exhibition, “Think Spring”. 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, March 11 at 4 p.m. An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m., Friday, March 17 5-7.
The juror for this exhibition is Andres Verzosa. Veroza is the founder of Portland’s First Friday Art Walk and has been a contributing arts columnist and reviewer for Art New England. He is most commonly associated with Aucocisco Galleries in Portland, Maine, which he owned and directed. Verosa recently served as Interim Executive Director and Curator at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art where he curated the museum’s first outdoor solo exhibition by contemporary sculptor Gary Haven Smith as well as the 2017 exhibition schedule that includes exhibits by Dahlov Ipcar, Will Barnet, John Marin, Cabot Lyford, and a World War I exhibition from OMAA’s permanent collection. He also guest curated five exhibitions as part of the Maine Photo Project.
Verzosa worked on the estate of Bernard Langlais that included showcasing Langlais’ art nationwide in a partnership with Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers in a series of exhibitions and talks called Kindred Spirits and at several museums and galleries He also established the Bernard Langlais Fund at the Maine Community Foundation. In 2012, Verzosa co-curated the exhibition Maine Women Pioneers III at the University of N. E. Art Gallery.
Verzosa has also served on the boards of OMAA, Maine College of Art, the Quimby Family Foundation, and as President of the Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance. Verzosa remains committed to building a strong art community throughout the State, and serves on the boards of the Tides Institute & Museum of Art, the Maine Historical Society, and is co-chair of the Bernard Langlais Leadership Team. He attended the University of Maine and, while a BFA student at Maine College of Art, he made his début in the Maine arts scene, opening the Congo Renaissance Gallery. He has returned to Newington, CT, where he now resides with his husband. He is finishing editorial work on Art in Maine: Contemporary Perspectives (University of Maine Press, 2017), a major collection of essays and artist profiles scheduled for publication in the fall.
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 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.