Current  & Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

Lincoln Academy – High School Art Exhibition at River Arts -

Thru April 17, 2014


We are pleased to announce a reception for the Lincoln Academy Student Art Exhibition on Thursday, April 3rd from 5 – 7pm at River Arts on Route 1 in Damariscotta. This exhibit will showcase ceramics and sculpture, complemented by two-dimensional pieces from Lincoln’s advanced and AP art students. The public is invited to view the works on the night of the reception or anytime during business hours between April 3 – 18.

This show reflects an ongoing partnership between River Arts and Lincoln Academy (Newcastle, ME) for which instructors Nina Sylvia and Jonathan Mess are very grateful. The mission of River Arts is “to nurture appreciation, encourage participation and provide opportunity in the arts.” Ms. Sylvia states “it is an uncommon event for students of this age to be able to show their work in a professionally gallery. We are extremely fortunate to have this opportunity another year.”

The art work encompasses wall tiles, functional pottery, sculptures made from unusual materials, charcoal drawings, paintings (of many media), digital images, collages, and mixed media pieces. Students do all of their own matting and framing and provide artist statements to explain their process. Come meet the artists, enjoy refreshments and help celebrate the students’ hard work and dedication.

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 their website; or call 563-1507.


April 25th   5-7  Opening Reception for “My Community” Exhibition



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