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Lincoln Academy’s 2017 Student Art Show opens at River Arts on April 13

04 Apr 2017

The Lincoln Academy Visual Arts faculty announces the reception for the eighth annual Lincoln Academy Student Art Exhibition on Thursday, April 13 from 5 – 7pm at River Arts on Route 1 in Damariscotta. The exhibit will showcase ceramics, sculpture, and two-dimensional pieces from over 60 Lincoln Academy art students. The public is invited to view the works on the night of the reception or anytime during business hours between April 13 – 27.

This show reflects an ongoing partnership between River Arts and Lincoln Academy, for which instructors Nina Sylvia, Jonathan Mess and Kirsten Campbell all are very grateful. The mission of River Arts is “to nurture appreciation, encourage participation and provide opportunity in the arts.” Ms. Sylvia states “it is an uncommon event for students of this age to be able to show their work in a professionally gallery. We are extremely fortunate to have this opportunity another year.”

The artwork encompasses ceramics, sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, collage, and mixed media work. Students do all of their own matting and framing and provide artist statements to explain their process. “Come meet the artists, enjoy refreshments and help celebrate the students’ hard work and dedication,” said ceramic teacher Jonathan Mess. “You will not be disappointed in what these young artists produce.” 

The gallery is open on Tuesdays – Saturdays from 10 – 4, and Sundays from 10 – 2. For more information, visit their website; or call 563-1507.


DaPonte Conversations Concert

May 3   7 pm

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Opening Reception for River Arts “Artists’ Choice” Exhibition

Friday, May 5th    5-7


Cathie Stebbins Concert – May 14 —4-5:30 pm  $10

Cathie Stebbins Peterson with special guests Robby Coffin and Scott Elliot

cathie stebbins band

 Cathie Stebbins Peterson has been on the music scene in New England since the early 1980’s. She was on the Today Show and was interviewed by Jane Pauley, and has graced many a stage and opened for numerous talented musicians such as Arlo Guthrie, Blood, Sweat & Tears, the Pousette Dart Band, and Livingston Taylor to name a few.

It has been a good six years since Cathie hit the stage and she is happy to get back to it with her long time pals Robby Coffin and Scott Elliot for a Mother’s Day concert here at River Arts Gallery on May 14th at 4:00.

Both Rob and Scott hail from the Hallowell area and have many musical roots there. Scott has been with the Boneheads for more than two decades of fun playing up and down the East coast and also played with Bo Diddly and Rick Danko. Rob has played with Noel Paul Stookey and Dave Mallet as well as playing with nearly everyone else in Maine! He also toured with Devonsquare when they toured with Peter Frampton.

Together, these three will entertain you, make you swoon with their sweet harmonies, and keep you moving with their magical groove.


Damariscotta Art Walk – Friday, June 16  4-7



David Pontbriand performs Music for Sitar –

At River Arts

David Pontbriand

June 16 at River Arts @ 7pm

Portland resident, David Pontbriand will be performing both traditional and original music for the sitar on Sunday, November 6 at 2 pm at River Arts in Damariscotta.In the world of classical sitar, David Pontbriand is a rare exception to the rule. Being almost completely self-taught, since 1973, he has developed an intuitive and emotive style that is both deeply personal, and yet classical in nature.The music of David Pontbriand emphasizes introspective and meditative qualities that are characteristic of an art form tracing its origins back more than 3000 years.

The sitar is a long-necked, 20 stringed, instrument constructed from teakwood or mahogany, with 2 gourd resonators, and 20 moveable frets. Its development has a 700 year history, but its current form has emerged over the past 150 years. The modern sitar is capable of producing an expressive and highly ornamented melody line.Its distinctive shimmering sound, rich in overtones and microtonal nuance is instantly recognizable.

 David teaches private lessons in his  Portland, Maine studio, and serves as instructor of sitar on the music faculty of Bates College. He is also a regular contributor to music education at University of New England. He has recorded and released four CDs of original music for sitar, including one by his duo Om Rasa, with New York percussionist Shawn Russell.His compositions are mostly in the form of improvisations inspired by the Ragas, or melodic structures that have been continually re-interpreted by successive generations.


Damariscotta Art Walk – Friday, July 21   4-7



Stan Keach and the Sandy River Ramblers – Bluegrass Concert – Aug. 20


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