Concerts, Events & Exhibitions

Current Shows, Upcoming Events

Opening  Friday,  July 13     5-7 pm for:
“Summertime”   in the Main Gallery
“Summer Black and White”  West Gallery
6×6 Fundraiser Art Sale

Summer Black & White Show at West Gallery


Caroly Wiley “Moon Rise”

A Summer Black & White Show will run for two weeks at the West Gallery at River Arts, Route One, Damariscotta, from Thursday, July 12th through Thursday, July 26th. The show will feature local artists working in paper, oil, acrylics, graphite and charcoal. Scheduled to show are Carolyn Gabbe, Carol Wiley, Joyce Steel, Gerd Kohler, Sarah Spalding and Joy Vaughan among others.

The two-week Summer Black & White show is sponsored by Salt Bay Art Supply in Damariscotta. “Work in black and white is the most fundamental and elemental of our creative processes. Think of charcoal on a limestone cave wall,” says owner Carol Jaeger. “I think work in black and white challenges and reaches us in a very special way.”

The public is invited to the opening of the Summer Black & White Show on Friday, July 13th, from 5 to 7 p.m. to enjoy the art work and some refreshments. This opening coincides with the River Arts opening for their Summertime Show, so neighbors and visitors are invited to enjoy both. For more information, contact Salt Bay Art Supply at 563-8377.



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.

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 July 7, 2018.

The exhibition will be “unveiled” on  July 13   at the opening for the “Summertime” Exhibition.

                                                     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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