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Concerts, Events and Exhibitions

“Think Spring” Exhibition

River Arts in Damariscotta is inviting the public to the opening celebration for its newest exhibition, “Think Spring” from 5-7 p.m., Friday, March  17th.”Think Spring” is a breath of fresh air on the tail of a blizzard.  The gallery is carrying us cheerfully into springtime images of whimsy, blooming flowers, baseball, garden paths, and some of the best looking fish in town.  Full of fun and imaginative interpretations of spring, this show is bringing smiles to everyone who comes in.

The juror for this exhibition is Andres Verzosa. Veroza is the founder of Portland’s First Friday Art Walk and has been a contributing arts columnist and reviewer for Art New England. He is most commonly associated with Aucocisco Galleries in Portland, Maine, which he owned and directed. Verosa recently served as Interim Executive Director and Curator at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art where he curated the museum’s first outdoor solo exhibition by contemporary sculptor Gary Haven Smith as well as the 2017 exhibition schedule that includes exhibits by Dahlov Ipcar, Will Barnet, John Marin, Cabot Lyford, and a World War I exhibition from OMAA’s permanent collection. He also guest curated five exhibitions as part of the Maine Photo Project.

Verzosa worked on the estate of Bernard Langlais that included showcasing Langlais’ art nationwide in a partnership with Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers. Verzosa has also served on the boards of OMAA, Maine College of Art, the Quimby Family Foundation, and as President of the Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance. Verzosa remains committed to building a strong art community throughout the State, and serves on the boards of the Tides Institute & Museum of Art, the Maine Historical Society, and is co-chair of the Bernard Langlais Leadership Team. He attended the University of Maine and, while a BFA student at Maine College of Art, he made his début in the Maine arts scene, opening the Congo Renaissance Gallery.  He has returned to Newington, CT, where he now resides with his husband. He is finishing editorial work on Art in Maine: Contemporary Perspectives (University of Maine Press, 2017), a major collection of essays and artist profiles scheduled for publication in the fall.

The exhibition will run through April 9th.  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.

The full 2017 main gallery exhibition schedule is available online at A schedule of “West Gallery” shows is available on the website as well.


Howard David Christian Solo Show

opens at River Arts April 6th


River Arts in Damariscotta is announcing a solo show in the River Arts West Gallery by Damariscotta artist Howard David Christian.

Mr. Christian began his artistic carrier at a very early age and became an accomplished realistic oil painter.  By high school he had won numerous awards and much recognition for his work. After high school he trained at the Kansas City Art Institute.

A major carrier in the ladies high fashion industry in Houston, Texas (included Saks Fifth Avenue and other locally owned ladies specialty shops) interrupted his artistic endeavors. In 2005, retirement brought him to the Texas Hill Country where he rekindled his artistic talents and began painting abstract art. After multiple art shows and exhibits it was time to more fully retire and in June of 2016 moved to Damariscotta, Maine.

Mr. Christian has an excellent eye for color and combinations of color that make his abstracts stand out.  He paints using acrylic media on canvas.

Christian’s exhibition will run from March 9 through March 22 with an artist’s reception from 5-7 pm in Friday March 17 in conjunction with the River Arts opening of “Think Spring”.

River Arts is open from 10 to 4, Tuesday-Saturday, and from 10 to 2 on Sundays. River Arts is located at 241 U.S. Route 1 in Damariscotta.  Queries and requests may be directed to River Arts at 563-1507 or by email to


Student Recital – April 8 – 7pm

Students of DaPonte musicians



Magical Strings Concert –  APRIL 9TH at 2 pm


Magical Strings will bring their vibrant ringing and soulful sounds to their annual Spring Tour from Maine to Virginia this April/May. Their music, described by the Washington Post as “…sonically gorgeous,” will carry you to sublime realms with ancient airs and have you dancing to lively jigs and reels. Their unique compositions and stories will take you to Ireland and beyond. Philip and Pam, who have been touring internationally for 36 years and have recorded over 20 albums, will be performing on their own hand-crafted Celtic harps and hammered dulcimers plus whistles, accordion and concertina.

Tickets at the door $15


Opening Reception for Lincoln Academy Student Art Show

Thursday, April 13


DaPonte Conversations Concert

May 3   7 pm

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Opening Reception for River Arts “Artists’ Choice” Exhibition

Friday, May 5th    5-7


Cathie Stebbins Concert – May 14 —4-5:30 pm


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 – August


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