Current Shows and Events

“Interiors”  May 3 to June 1

In the Main gallery, curated by juror Joël LeVasseur, is a remarkable show of works based on interpretations of “interiors.”  Indoor rooms, spiritual spaces, emotional interiors and many spaces with windows looking outward or inward… an interesting and thought provoking show.  Combined with the Invitational Hall, with works by David Allen, Ed McCartan, Nan Ross and Jennetta Jennings, who were chosen by Joël    LeVasseur for our hallway invitational show.  Opening May 3, Friday from 5 to 7 pm.  These shows will be on display until June 1.  Some of the work in the show: Alice Kirkpatrick, Bernadette DeCesare, Joanne Leaman, Cecelia Cox and David Allen… many more to see in the gallery!



West Gallery

Valerie Greene Solo Show ~ “modality”


Valerie Greene is featured in a solo show in the West Gallery.

The public is invited to celebrate at the Opening Reception on Friday, May 17 from 5 – 7pm.

The exhibition will run from May 16 to 29, 2019.

Three winters ago, Greene moved to Waldoboro in Midcoast Maine to her home and studio on the Medomac River.  The captivating river was the focus of that winter’s artwork.  The next year, Greene pursued a new direction with series of paintings of women as her primary emphasis.  Her recent work delves into a deep exploration of process in this exciting series that she defines as “intuitive and creating in the moment.”  This exceptional work of pure painting is featured in the West Gallery Show titled “modality.”

During her years of painting, Greene has experimented with a variety of different mediums including encaustic, pastel, and oil.  Searching for a way to continue creating in spite of pain caused by her health, she made creative adaptations that allowed her work to become more personal and unique.  One of those adjustments was to find a replacement for the paint brush. Greene has been “painting” with paper towels for several years now and loves how the vehicle for paint has changed to produce her newest series on exhibit at River Arts.

This series, “modality” is born of heart and mind in a release of emotion for herself as well as generations of women whose spirits seem to appear in these paintings.  As Greene observes, “Drips and runs represent tears shed for hurt suffered by generations of women. Abstract figures appeared like ancestors, spirits or souls reminding us we are never alone and never will be. Tapestries woven of many paths shared.”  This is a heartfelt exhibition of powerful work.


River Arts Space

River Arts gallery space is available for group gatherings.  River Arts members may use the space for $30 for up to 4 hours including set up and knock down.  The cost for non-members is $50 for 4 hours.  For more than 4 hours, the rate will be doubled.  Ongoing monthly meetings of groups will be asked to donate $25 per meeting or $250 a year (whichever is greater).

River Arts Studio/ Workshop space is available for individual artists or groups.  Arrangements to use the space can be made by calling River Arts at 563-1507.  We have tables, easels, sculpture stands and ceramics studio available.  The fees will vary according to the use.

Rummage Sale!

The Art Rummage Sale continues.  We are still taking donations and selling art supplies.  We have paints, frames, art books, paper and other treasures… all at rummage sale prices.  Bring in your unused supplies and check out the tables in our downstairs Workshop.

Drum Circle

The River Arts Center will be the location of a monthly Drum Circle on the second Saturday each month, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Drum circles are rhythm-based gatherings designed to connect and empower diverse groups of people, to encourage creativity, and to promote wellness. Participating in drum circles has been shown to be beneficial for mind, body, and soul.

All are welcome; no experience necessary; donation-based. Bring your drums and percussion instruments and join the fun! River Arts is located at 241 Route 1 in Damariscotta, next to Hunt’s Lumber. For more information, contact Kitty Hartford at 207-633-6355.

Volunteer Opportunities 

There are many volunteer opportunities at River Arts!  We need gallery attendees, reception set up and clean up staff,  qualified jurors, special event assistants, extra help for check in Saturdays, and exhibition installation help. Join the group of energetic and engaged volunteers and help us grow!  Support the arts in Maine and be part of this wonderful community.

Please call (207) 563-1507 or email info@riverartsme.org

River Arts

Open 10 to 4 ,  Tuesday-Saturday, 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…

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