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~ Call to Artists ~

“Wild Things”

Drop off deadline April 17

River Arts announces a call to artists for the first juried show of 2021.  Artists may submit up to two works for jurying into “Wild Things.” Participants are invited to respond to the theme to reflect their own interpretations.   Work may be representational or abstract.

The deadline for entry is Saturday, April 17 at 4 pm.  River Arts is pleased to announce that Jorge S. Arango will be the juror for this show.

Jorge S. Arango is a writer, editor and photo stylist who has written about art, architecture and design for over 35 years.

He is the art reviewer for The Portland Press Herald and a regular contributor to Maine Home+Design magazine.  Among others, Arango writes for Aspire (where he does a regular art column called ‘Muse’), LUXURY magazine (where he is the architecture/design editor), 1stDibs.com’s online magazine Introspective.  He has written a dozen books on design (his latest, Designing Paradise: Tropical Interiors by Juan Montoya, was just published by Rizzoli). He lives in Portland.

Submission to “Wild Things” is open to original artwork in all media including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, fiber, photography and mixed media.

Artists may enter two pieces with a size limit of 26 inches (in any direction) including frame.  Or artists may enter one larger piece with a size limit of 48 inches (in any direction) including frame.  There will be no exceptions allowed.

Works may be delivered in person to the gallery at 36 Elm St. for jurying after April 1 and before the deadline: 4 pm April 17.  All work must be gallery ready and clean.  Wall pieces should be wired securely with screw eyes and picture wire.  No wet paint will be accepted.

Forms are available in the gallery or may be downloaded from the website: www.riverartsme.org.  For members the entry fee is $15 and for non-members  it is $25.  All submitted works must be for sale and River Arts retains 35% commission on sold works.

Notification of acceptance will be by Thursday, April 22.  Unaccepted works should be pricked up promptly.

“Wild Things” will run until May 22, 2021.  Works may be picked up in the final week of the show or promptly after the close of the show during regular business hours.



Submission Guidelines for River Arts Exhibitions:

Artwork submitted for display in shows at River Arts must be for sale and gallery ready.  All work must be labeled on the back with artist’s name, phone number and title.  Wall pieces must be securely wired with screw eyes and picture wire.  Please do not use string, fish line or floral wire.  Saw tooth hangers are not recommended. Works should be clean.  No wet paint allowed. 

Drop off:  Works may be delivered in person during the week up to the deadline date. 

Pick up: All Pick up is during regular gallery hours: Tues through Sat 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday 11 am to 3 pm. 

Unaccepted work may be picked up immediately following notification. 

Accepted work should be retrieved as soon as possible after a show is over.  Works may be picked up a few days before a show ends or on the final day of the show.

Works may not be left over the winter in our storage rooms.  Please remove all work before you leave for the season.

River Arts does not accept jpeg submissions to juried shows.  All submitted artwork must be in the gallery for the juror to see.  River Arts does not accept work sent in the mail for our shows.  Works must be delivered by the artist or the artist’s representative to the gallery during regular business hours.

All work must be original artwork River Arts does not sell nor show reproductions of any kind.  Please do not re-submit work that has shown in a River Arts juried show previously.

All submitted work must be for sale and artists should refer potential buyers to River Arts if inquiries are made about a piece in a current show.  River Arts retains 35% of the sale price as commission.  Checks to the artists are sent promptly in the week after the show closes. 

Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.  closed Monday and Sunday.

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