Current Shows, Upcoming Events
Opening Reception for the “Local Color” Exhibition – Friday, August 17 5-7 pm
River Arts in Damariscotta is inviting the public to the opening reception for its newest exhibition, “Local Color”. Artists from all over Maine have contributed works in a wide variety of media including sculpture, photography, collage, painting, ceramics, fiber and fine craft – representational and abstract. The opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m., Friday, August 17 5-7 pm and the show will run through September 14th.
The juror for this show is Andy Seferlis. A Washington, D.D. native and summer resident of Pemaquid Point, Andy spent 20 years assisting his father, Constantine L. Seferlis, with the restoration of the exterior stonework of the Smithsonian’s main building, the “castle”. He is an independent stone restoration specialist in the DC area, and is currently involved with restoration at an historic cemetery in Georgetown. Andy also manages the Washington National Cathedral Art Information database of over 5000 works of art.
River Arts holds 10 themed, open, juried exhibitions per year—with some of Maine’s most prominent art community members as jurors. Over 1000 different Maine artists have exhibited in these shows. The gallery program creates opportunity for artists to have their work selected, participate in the gallery process and sell their work. Over 7,000 people visited the gallery and participated in events and workshops last year.
River Arts is located at 241 U.S. Route 1 in Damariscotta. For more information about River Arts visit the website www.riverartsme.org, call at 563-1507 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org River Arts is open Tuesday through Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 10-2.
River Arts is celebrating another unusual and entertaining show in the West Gallery – a room full of assemblage art – with a reception on Friday August 17 from 5 – 7 pm. The show is already up and open with a number of pieces sold already. It will run through August 22nd.
The assemblages in the show are the result of a collaboration of four women, each bringing a different background to the group. Nan McCurrach, Barbara Bean, Ann Slocum and Pat Spock have joined in together to exhibit their love of turning found objects into assemblage art pieces with an emphasis on clocks. Nan McCurrach is a metal worker and jeweler who studied at Penland and Haystack. Ann Slocum graduated from Bennington College with a degree in mixed media arts and continues to work in various mediums, including collage, encaustic, printing and assemblage. Pat Spock has been a potter since college and for years was a member of the Wallingford, Pennsylvania Potters Guild which exhibited work in the Greater Philadelphia area. Ann and Pat also attended Haystack sessions. Barbara Bean is known for her painted botanicals so fans will be pleasantly surprised to see her assemblage work.
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.
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
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 email@example.com