Current  & Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

 Opening Reception for  “My Community” Exhibition

Friday, April 25   5-7

River Arts invites the public the opening of the “My Community” Exhibition Friday, April 25th  5-7 pm at our location on 241 US Route 1, Damariscotta. The work of over 50 Maine artists, working in a wide variety of media will be on exhibit through May 22nd.  Sylvia Tavares, a singer and song writer who performs classic folk as well as other types of music, accompanied by Jamie Peghiny on guitar will perform during the opening.

The juror for the exhibition is Susan Danly, the Senior Curator, Portland Museum of Art (2002-2012). A specialist in American Art and the History of Photography, Susan Danly holds PhD and MA degrees from Brown University.  A curator of American art with over thirty years of experience, Ms. Danly has worked at the Mead Art Museum (1993-2000), the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1988-93), and the Huntington Library and Art Gallery (1984-87). Among her numerous publications are books on the photographs of Edward Weston and Thomas Eakins, and Georgia O’Keeffe and the Photograph. At the Portland Museum of Art, Susan curated numerous exhibitions devoted to the art of Maine, including three Biennial exhibitions, a series of shows dealing with historical and contemporary photography in Maine, and several exhibitions of graphics from the PMA’s permanent collection.

The gallery is located at 241 US Route 1 in Damariscotta and is open on Tuesdays – Saturdays from 10 – 4, and Sundays from 10 – 2. For more information, visit the website; or call 563-1507.


Sample of the work:


ImprovoxMobius CEP Art Show S2014 Poster

River Arts Community Concert – TBA

The public is invited to the second concert in the Youth Concert Series which will be presented _____________, at 7 pm at the River Arts Gallery. Students of members of the DaPonte String Quartet will perform works they have been preparing in recent weeks. These performances allow students of all ages to put the final touches on pieces they have been studying. The Gallery provides a perfect space for music, amongst many fine works in many mediums. We encourage the public to attend and give these music students a good chance to perform for people. Works included will range from early Bach Minuets to solo works, and even some pieces with piano accompaniment. Please join us for an evening of music and art.

This recital is part of the Community Concert Series offered by River Arts  annually and is coordinated by Ferdinand Liva of the DaPonte String Quartet. Students of Ferdinand Liva, Kirsten Monke, Lydia Forbes, Cina McLean, and Kaity Newell will perform.

River Arts is pleased to present the program, giving students the chance to perform for the public and a goal to prepare for.  Practice alone does not really complete the evolution of the learning process.  The performance “test” is invaluable.  Students also have the opportunity to build the skill of mastering one’s nerves in public performance, which is a tremendous boost to one’s self-esteem.

The Community Concert Series – free and open to the public – is presented by River Arts. River Arts is a non-profit art center located at 241 US Route 1 (north) Damariscotta offering exhibitions, classes, poetry readings, and lectures. For more information, please call 563-1507 or visit the website at




The mission of River Arts is to nurture and encourage participation in the arts throughout the region of Midcoast Maine by providing exhibition, studio and performance spaces, classes and workshops, for people of all ages and abilities and support a wide range of activities in artistic disciplines by partnering with other arts and performance organizations to produce program.

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..  

Picture taken in our newest gallery space

If you are interested in participating in a 4-week open studio in life sculpture, please email Linda at


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