Concerts, Events & Exhibitions

Current Shows, Upcoming Events

River Arts –  10th Annual Member Show Opening Reception – June 8   5-7pm

River Arts in Damariscotta, is inviting the public to the opening reception for its annual Member Show, Friday, June 8th from 5 to 7 pm. The artwork by 85 member artists on exhibit are strong, diverse and inspiring – and represent a wide variety of media and styles. The exhibition runs through July 5th.
“Convergence” Two Artists Opening in River Arts West Gallery June 8th
 Artists Stephanie Wright and Jessica Sirois invite the public to the opening of their show “Convergence” in the West Gallery at River Arts Friday, June 8th from 5 to 7 pm. It will run through June 20th.
This exhibit is a collaboration of two local Maine artists who historically have worked in their chosen medium on a smaller more refined level. Stephanie J. Wright, is a ceramist who introduced her Mod Mud line of sculptural tableware & vases in 2013. Jessica Sirois began her jewelry business Jlynne Designs 2001. In the past 10 years both women found themselves on a diverging path both personally and professionally which has lead them to work on larger scale creative projects. Convergence is a coming together of  these endeavors and an opportunity for them to express the soft elegance and hard edge that life and creativity offers.
Stephanie brings to this exhibition her passion for crafting distinctive ceramic vessels with her love for creating floral arrangements that are loose, untamed and dramatic. White on white, the matte exteriors have plaster-like surfaces that contrast with the colorful brilliance of the flowers & foliage. The flowers & foliage are foraged from the local woods & fields and gathered from the gardens of friends. The result is a riotous arrangement of mixed flowers, unruly vines, spray painted weeds, herbs and berries that energetically emerge from these distinctive vessels.
In juxtaposition to Stephanie’s work, Jessica’s assemblage metal work merges materials that are both fragile and sharp into balanced and integrated compositions. Utilizing metal, encaustic, and canvas Jessica invites you to view worn, broken down or disregarded items in a new way that honors the authenticity of deterioration and expresses the possibility of balance and beauty in all of its parts.
Stephanie Wright has been working in clay since 2010, and she first began by taking classes at River Arts. Her work appears in national and regional shows, and awards include a first place in the 2014 “Ceramic World Cup championship” Hyart Gallery, Madison Wisconsin, an honorable mention in the Workhouse International 2014 Ceramic Cup Show, “Drink This!” Lorton, Virginia and was one of twenty-eight artists invited to participate in the 2013 “Best Served Hot: Ceramics for the Coffee Ritual” Lilstreet Gallery, Chicago, Illinois and sponsored by Intelligentsia Coffee.
Stephanie works part-time in a Newcastle Florist Shop and creates ceramics in her Bremen home studio in Maine.
Jessica Sirois has been working in metal since 1999. She began her jewelry business Jlynne Designs in 2001, which she still currently operates out of her home in Damariscotta. In 2006 her work was selected for Work of the Hand by The Center for Contemporary Maine Art. In 2007 her work was selected to be sold by The Phillips Collection in Washington DC, and in 2008-2010 she was featured in the Northern New Mexico Art Catalogue and gallery in Santa Fe NM. Since 2010 Jessica has been working as a clinical art therapist in private practice pursuing her jewelry and assemblage

Damariscotta/Newcastle Artwalk – Friday, June 15     4-7


Friday Night Soirées at River Arts

One Friday a month from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, River Arts will host an evening of entertainment followed by a social reception.

May 25      Roll ‘n Go      This is a fun group of seasoned musicians led by Charlie Ipcar doing traditional folk songs, and some not so traditional folk songs, most of which are centered around Dahlov Ipcar’s beautiful paintings!  This will be an exceptionally fun evening full of music, art and stories.  A good time will surely be had by all!   Tickets $20

June 22      Kat Logan   An evening with Kat Logan: musician, artist, traveler, and just an all around talented and fun human being!  Lots of music and stories from on the road, and sneak peeks at her art.   Tickets $15

July 27      Andrea Re & Charles Brown Jr.    Long time musical friends will perform many different rhythm patterns such as jazz, salsa, reggae, and Brazilian, and a lot you may not know but will by the end of the evening.  Andrea has a long list of famous musicians she has played with: Jackson Browne, Garland Jeffries, Gary Bartz to name a few; and has appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Arsenio Hall and the Letterman show.  Charles?  Well he’s played with just everyone!  Tickets $15

Aug. 24      Cidny Bullens    Two time grammy nominee  Cidny Bullens is coming to River Arts to sing, tell stories, and entertain us! He has grown into a very talented and philosophical human being, having played with folks like Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, and Delbert McClinton to name a few.  Come see him in one of his rare Maine appearances!   Tickets $20

Sept. 28     Drum Circle led by Kitty Hartford     Call ahead for this one as it is limited to 10-15 participants. This will be a lightly facilitated drum circle with some general guidelines, etiquette, and instruction offered. Feel free to bring your own hand drums or percussion instruments, and we will also have drums and shakers to share. Drum circles are community building experiences, sometimes therapeutic,  good for the brain, the body, the spirit. Come join the fun!   Tickets $10

Oct. 19      Green Onions    Green Onions is a group of friends and siblings  who share a deep love and passion for music. Andy Pottle, Hallee Pottle Parker and River Arts’ own Nate Allard. They play an array of original, traditional folk,  and Bluegrass tunes. Come join us for an evening of guitar, mandolin, melodica, banjo, and lots of singing!   Tickets $15

Dec. 5      An Evening of Acapella Christmas Carols    No better way to get in the holiday spirit than an evening with River Arts’ own Cathie Stebbins Peterson, along with Andrea Re, and Pam Merritt to croon you into the season.  Singing along is always encouraged!   Tickets $10


6 X 6

We are inviting everyone to donate up to 6 works to our fundraising exhibition this summer at River Arts.  This exhibition is open to celebrities, students, local artists, international artists, community members, designers, realtors, teachers, bankers, librarians and YOU.  Everyone is invited to submit original art in any medium.

All works must be 6 X 6 inches square.  Artwork can be smaller than 6 X 6, if it is mounted on a 6 X 6 square.  Any medium is accepted.  Keep in mind that we will be using push pins to mount the works so they must be light enough to accommodate

ease of hanging.

Please, sign work on the back only.  All works will be displayed anonymously and sold to the public for $20 to benefit River Arts Gallery.  The names of the artists will be revealed when the work is purchased.  Proceeds from the sale of the 6 X 6 submissions help support the other exhibitions at River Arts throughout the year.  Participation is free.

All work is donated to River Arts.

Submissions are accepted from now until June 24, 2018.

The exhibition will be on display from July 1 to July 31.

                                                     Submissions may be mailed:

River Arts, PO BOX 1316, Damariscotta, ME 04543

or Dropped off during regular gallery hours:

River Arts, 241 US Route 1 (North), Damariscotta, ME 04543


Damariscotta- Newcastle Artwalk – Friday, July 20, 2018   4-7 pm


Artists in Action       July 20      Friday Art Walk Special Event

We will be holding the first Artists in Action event July 20, 2018.  This fund raising event will help River Arts continue to bring creative activities to our community.

This will be a full day of creating in a new way.  There will be stations around the gallery, on the porch, in the side yard and in the workshop where artists will set up and work live on site.

Beginning at 10am until the reception from 5pm-7pm, artists will create artwork, either from scratch or finish an already begun piece.  Visitors will be able to watch a variety of artists at work in many kinds of mediums and styles all day as the work progresses throughout the day.

Bidders will be able to leave bids at a silent auction table as they watch the work develop either by a favorite artist or by a new artist’s inspired work.

Proceeds from the sale of works at the event will be donated to River Arts. Thanks to the generosity of our fantastic artists who will make this possible.  The creative process in action is free for all to enjoy followed by a reception during the Damariscotta Art Walk at 4 to 7pm.

Interested artists, please call River Arts (207-563-1507)

or email (info@riverartsme.org) so we can add you to the list of participating artists.








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 www.riverartsme.org 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 info@riverartsme.org

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