Current & Upcoming Events & Exhibitions
Camille Davidson Solo Exhibition “Favorite Pieces”
Opening Reception – Friday, March 7 5-7 pm
River Arts invites the public to the opening reception for a solo show of vibrant encaustic work by Brunswick artist and teacher, Camille Davidson in the West Gallery. Camille will also be teaching a one-day workshop in encaustics at River Arts on April 19. The exhibition will run through March 31.
The exhibition consists of over 35 works – Camille’s “favorites” from the following three series: The Tree House series-forest through the trees from my tree house studio in Readfield, The Other Side of the Bridge series- where I move through the lily pads inmy kayak and The Stone Stories series- inspired by an artist residency in Nova Scotia on the Baie St Marie ion 2013.
Camille Davidson graduated from MECA in 1987 with the Florence Lief award as the “most promising women painter”. She has exhibited in Washington D.C. and midcoast Maine. Camille is the featured artist in Brunswick’s Summer Island Studio Gallery this April and she is currently preparing for a solo show at the Maine Jewish Museum in 2016.
Camille describes her work as ‘poetic renditions of nature’. She is moved by a place or sensation in nature where she makes quick sketches that she can later reference in her studio. Most of the paintings over the last several years have incorporated a combination of oils and encaustics. Layers of color, she scrapes away and builds up in order to achieve the effect of a specific time and place. http://www.cameedavidson.com/
River Arts, open 10am-4pm Monday-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.
RIVER ARTs “Innerscape” Exhibition
River Arts, a non- profit art center on Route 1 in Damariscotta invites the public to view the new “Innerscape” exhibition juried by Michael Komanecky, chief curator of the Farnsworth. The exhibition features over 90 works by 60 Maine artists. There is wide variety of work in oil, pastel, encaustic, watercolor, fiber and acrylic as well as several sculptures. The exhibition dates are February 28th – March 27th.
Michael K. Komanecky, specialist in both American and European art, he has held curatorial positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery, Phoenix Art Museum, Currier Museum of Art, and the Dayton Art Institute. Komanecky has also served on grant review panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has lectured and published widely, including exhibition catalogues with Oxford University Press, Yale University Press, and Skira Rizzoli. His recent projects at the Farnsworth include one-person shows on the work of Robert Indiana, Alex Katz, and Paul Caponigro. He is currently working on an exhibition entitled, “The Shakers: From Mount Lebanon to the World,” in partnership with The Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon and The United Society of Shakers, Sabbathday Lake, Inc.” That exhibition is scheduled to open on June 14, 2014.
Sample of the Work
River Arts, open 10am-4pm- Tuesday through Saturday and 10-2 on Sundays, is located at 241 US Route 1 (north), Damariscotta. River Arts holds approximately 10 juried shows each year which are open to any artist who would like to enter work for jurying. The mission of River Arts is to nurture appreciation, encourage participation and provide opportunity in the arts. For information about the many classes, events and opportunities at River Arts, visit www.riverartsme.org or call 563-1507.
Train at Ulna by Paula Anastasio
Hosts: River Arts Gallery, West Room
Feb. 1 – 28, 2014
River Arts Gallery and members of the Maine Traditional Film Photographers(METFP) are pleased to invite you to “A Mid-Winter Invitational Exhibit: Maine Traditional Film Photographers”. Thirteen members of the group will be exhibiting their black and white, analogue(film) based Silver Gelatin prints and color film/slide based prints. The exhibit, in the West Room Gallery, begins on Saturday, February 1 and will hang through Friday, February 28th, 2014 during regular River Arts Gallery hours. In addition to the West Room Gallery Exhibit, METFP will hold their monthly meeting in February at the gallery. The meeting will start at 6:30 PM and last until 8 PM.
Maine Traditional Film Photographers (METFP), currently 15 members strong, was established in March 2009. We meet on the third Thursday of each month,( 6:30- 8:30 PM) year round in Hallowell, ME. at the Harlow Gallery on 160 Water Street. Our members utilize a variety of camera formats, 35mm, medium, large, and pin-hole formats. The dedicated members live throughout the area traveling to the meetings in Hallowell from Berwick, ME. and Waterville and numerous towns in between. We do organize various field outings and hold special sessions on topics of interest. Some members are new to using film/darkroom processes and others are well seasoned photographers. Quite a few members are North American and/or world travelers, as well as being true to photographing in Maine. Admittedly, there are a number equipment buffs/collectors. Print/development process information is readily shared. We have had a number of group exhibits in the Mid-Coast area and various members have had solo exhibits since our inception. The passion and processes of using film based photography is our common glue. For further information call Cindy Rehagen Langewisch at 207-897-5818 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. METFP membership is free and open to any film based photographers. We currently have a voluntary $35.00 annual membership fee to help cover costs of exhibits and to pay honorariums to guest presenters.
River Arts Community Concert – February 8
The public is invited to the second concert in the Youth Concert Series which will be presented Sat. Feb. 8, 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 www.riverartsme.org
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 www.riverartsme.org or call 563-1507 or stop in..
If you are interested in participating in a 4-week open studio in life sculpture, please email Linda at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org