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~ Call to Artists ~

“Land & Sea”

Drop off deadline May 22

River Arts in Damariscotta invites artists to submit work for the next juried show: “Land and Sea.” Open to members and non-members, mediums to be included are painting, sculpture, fiber, photography, ceramics, original print making, drawing, encaustic and pastel.  River Arts is delighted to announce the juror will be Jane Dahmen.

Jane Dahmen is a contemporary landscape painter whose work is inspired by the natural environment of midcoast Maine.  Known for her large immersive works, Dahmen expresses, “The natural world is my point of departure, but playing with the wet colors leads me into emotional terrain, and the form, color, and surface texture evolve as the painting comes alive.”  Dahmen exhibits her work at the Portland Art Gallery and can be viewed on her website:

Since 2013, Dahmen has hosted Talking Art in Maine: Intimate Conversations, an engaging series of one-on-one live conversations with other Maine artists at the Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta.  In these compelling conversations with other artists, as in her own artwork, Dahmen is focused on creative exploration as she declares, “Pushing boundaries and risking failure is what leads to good art and it is inspiring to hear firsthand the challenges artists face.”

Submission Guidelines

“Land and Sea” is open to personal interpretation by the artists and may include realistic as well as abstract works.  All work must be gallery ready and clean.  Wall pieces must be securely wired with picture wire.  No wet paint will be accepted.

Size Limits

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.

Entry Fee

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.

Drop off Dates

Works to be considered must be delivered in person at the gallery at 36 Elm Street during regular business hours.  Entry forms are available in the gallery or online at  Works may be delivered anytime in May until the deadline Saturday, May at 22 at 4pm.


Notification of juror’s selections will be made via email by Wednesday, May 26.  Please check your spam if you do not receive an email by then!  Call the gallery after May 26, if you have not received an email.  Unaccepted work should be picked up promptly during gallery hours.

The show will be installed and open to the public on May 26 and continues until July 3, 2021.  The gallery is open Tuesday thru Saturday 10am to 4pm.  Call River Arts at 563-6868 or email for more information.

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.  Works must be signed out.

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 Sunday and Monday.

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