Call to Artists

Membership Form  2024

   Entry Form 

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Call to Artists

“Texture”

River Arts is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for artists to participate in our upcoming exhibition titled “Texture”. This exhibition aims to celebrate the diverse and captivating world of texture through various mediums.

“Texture” invites artists to delve into the intricate interplay of tactile surfaces, exploring the sensation and visual allure of texture in its myriad of forms. Artists may use actual texture or implied visual texture. We invite artists to interpret and express texture in innovative and thought-provoking ways.

The juror for “Texture” will be Maine well known and award winning artist, Jaap Helder of Round Pond. Helder says, “For most of my life, painting has been my passion. Through art I can express the wonder and the curiosity I feel about the world I live in. My work is an intuitive improvisation on nature and on the impressions of daily life. Through a process of psychological realism, visual elements are restructured into an abstraction of the landscape and the figure.

Each picture develops into a unique expression through the relationship of colors, forms, marks, and through rhythm and balance. Using visual suggestions, I draw the viewer into an imagined landscape: into a colorful, dynamic world that hovers between the abstract and the representational.”

Submissions: are open to members and non-members alike and include all mediums and styles.  The deadline for entries is from now until Saturday, April 6 at 4pm. Artists may submit two pieces no larger than 24 inches in any direction (including frame) or they may submit one piece with a maximum size of 48 inches in any direction (including frame).

Entry Fee: For members the entry fee is $15 and for non-members it is $30. All submitted works must be for sale and River Arts retains 35% commission on sold works.

Notification: The accepted list will be posted on River Arts website and Facebook by the afternoon of Wednesday, April 10th. Unaccepted works should be picked up promptly during gallery hours.

Dates and Location: “Texture” will run from Tuesday, April 10 through Saturday, May 18th.

Public Reception:
Saturday, April 13th from 2 to 4 pm

Forms: Entry and membership forms are available in the gallery or may be downloaded from the link:

Click here for  Membership Form 2024

Click here for  Entry Form 

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Submission Guidelines for River Arts Shows

Gallery Ready Artwork

  • Work must be labeled with artist’s name, phone and show title.
  • Wall pieces must be securely wired with picture wire. Please do not use string, fish line, or floral wire.  Saw tooth hangers are not recommended.
  • Works must be clean and dry. No wet paint or wet finish allowed.
  • Diptychs are allowed but multiple piece works with more than two pieces will not be accepted.
  • Wall pieces should not exceed 30 pounds.
  • All pieces must fit the size limits described in the Call to Artists.  No exceptions!  
  • All artwork must be original art of living artists. River Arts does not sell nor show reproductions.  Giclée copies are not allowed.
  • Works previously shown at River Arts should not be entered into juried shows.

Drop Off Artwork

  • Works should be delivered in person to the gallery during gallery hours up to the stated deadline. River Arts does not accept mailed submissions or emailed submissions.
  • Entry Forms are available online or in the gallery. We do not mail out forms. Forms should not be altered and the current form for each show must be used. All forms MUST be completely filled out and signed.
  • Entry forms, entry fees and artwork should be delivered at the same time in person at the gallery. Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • Boxes, bags or packaging should not be left in the gallery.

Notification of Acceptance

  • Accepted List of Artists will be posted on River Arts’ Website and on Facebook. We will not be emailing or calling submitting artists with notifications.

Pick Up Artwork:

      Artwork pick up is during regular gallery hours: Tues – Sat: 10 to 4

  • Unaccepted Work may be picked up immediately following notification.
  • End of Show: Accepted Work should be retrieved in the final week of a show or as soon as the show ends.
  • Work should not be left over the winter in our storage rooms. Please remove all artwork before you leave for the season.  Thank you!
  • Work left for more than 6 months at River Arts is considered abandoned and becomes the property of River Arts.

Sales

  • All submitted works must be for sale.
  • River Arts retains 35% commission on all sales.
  • Sales after the show comes down: River Arts depends upon commissions from sales to continue to thrive.  Artists whose work sells as a result of showing at River Arts should remember to provide the commission to River Arts.  Thank you.
  • River Arts discourages buyers from negotiating prices so it is best to reasonably price artwork for sale. Prices should be based on your history of selling similar works.
  • Payments to artists will be made promptly in the week after a show ends. This applies to all sales: Show Works, Bin Works and River Room Works. 

Advertising

  • Works submitted to River Arts may be used in advertising on our Webpages, newspapers, Facebook, Instagram or others. If you wish to submit a photo image, please email jpegs to Info@riverartsme.org. Please label jpeg file with artist’s first and last name.  For example:  Winslow Homer
  • If you wish to have a page in our Show Book, please send a one page word document (not a PDF)  to Info@riverartsme.org or bring in a printed page and we will add you to our book.

River Arts uses all possible care in handling and storing artwork.  River Arts’ volunteers and staff will not be held responsible for damaged or lost artwork. 

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. 

 Closed  Sunday and Monday