Current and Upcoming

River Arts “Celebrate Maine” Exhibition

River Arts in Damariscotta, is inviting the public to view its newest exhibition, “Celebrate Maine”. The artwork by 60 Maine artists on exhibit is strong, diverse and inspiring – and represent a wide variety of media and styles. The exhibition runs through September 14th.

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.




Slocum, Bean, McCartan, and Melissas in the West Gallery

Dates of Exhibit:  August 18 – August 30

The West Gallery at River Arts in Damariscotta will host the richly colored work of painter Ed McCartan, the stunning hand built ceramics of Jackie Melissas, Ann Slocom’s hand pressed abstractions, and botanical explorations in mixed media by Barbara Bean.  The show will open with a reception on August 18th from 5 to 8 p.m. and will run until August 30th.

These four Maine artists have enjoyed many years of working together and have exhibited in Maine’s best galleries.  This current show exemplifies the wide range of their exceptional abilities. .Consider Ed McCartan’s brilliantly colored spiritual paintings, the finely crafted clay vessels of Jackie Melissas, the precise and beautifully finished abstractions of Ann Slocom and the detailed mixed media botanicals of Barbara Bean.

All of the members of this artist group are driven by their eagerness to explore the limits of their many mediums. The pleasure in this gallery exhibition is in the examination of how diverse works by very different artists can deliver inspired pieces that literally speak to one another. The process of putting this show together was one more learning experience which one hopes will be shared by its viewers.


ON THE “WILDE” SIDE is a solo show of Sarah Wilde’s latest work. There will be a gala reception on Friday Sept. 1 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at the West Gallery at River Arts, Damariscotta. The show will run until Sept. 20.

Last fall and winter Sarah explored abstracting her land and seascapes. These recent paintings are included in the show as well as her exploration and experimentation with paintings that reflect the human dilemma through simple figures …some wearing masks, others in contemplative and mysterious poses.



River Arts, open 10am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday and 10 – 2 on Sundays, is located at 241 US Route 1 (north), Damariscotta. For information about the many exhibitions, classes, events and opportunities at River Arts, visit or call 563-1507 or stop in..

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED There are many volunteer opportunities at River Arts, staffing the gallery, helping set up for openings, and artist potluck dinners… Please call (207) 563-1507 or email