Current and Upcoming

ements to explain their process. “Come meet the artists, enjoy refreshments and help celebrate the students’ hard work and dedication,” said ceramic

“Artists’ Choice”  thru June 2

River Arts in Damariscotta invites the public to the opening reception for its newest exhibition, “Artists’ Choice” Friday, May 5th  5-7pm. Charlotte Davenhill, curator and owner of the Tidemark Gallery in Waldoboro selected nearly 140 works  by 90 artists from all over Maine to create an exhibition which includes encaustic, sculpture, photography, collage, painting, ceramics, and fine craft, and assemblage. The show will hang until June 2.

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.

         Sandi Cirillo    in the West Gallery

Thru June 14

  Sandi Cirillo has been a fiber/mixed media artist for over 25 years specializing in creating artwork which pleases the eye and craves to be touched. The inspiration for her work focuses on the textural qualities of manmade and natural fibers which she incorporates into her artwork. Her work reflects her love of traveling throughout Maine where she lives and her appreciation of the natural environment around her.

 Sandi is a retired art educator who gives many different fiber workshops in the Northeast and North Carolina. She teaches many of her workshops in collaboration with various arts centers throughout the Northeast. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Alfred University and Nazareth College in New York State. She currently teaches drawing and fiber classes at Senior College in Belfast, Maine.

    Visit her website……… to see examples of Sandi’s work. You can also see her work at the Lupine Cottage in Belfast, Southwest Harbor Artisans in Southwest Harbor, River Arts in Damariscotta, Beyond the Sea in Lincolnville and the Franklin Street Gallery in Watkins Glen, New York. She exhibits her work locally and nationally and her artwork is in many private collections.

    Sandi lives in Searsport, Maine where she has her studio and where she teaches many different workshops which are listed on her website.


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