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Drop off deadline August 7

River Arts “Abstract” Show 2021

River Arts in Damariscotta invites artists to submit work for a juried show of abstract art. This show is open to members and non-members. Deadline for submission is Saturday, August 7 at 4 p.m. The gallery is pleased to announce that Ingrid Ellison will be the juror for the “Abstract” show.

Ingrid Ellison is a painter and arts educator working in oil, mixed media and visual journals. Ingrid earned her MFA from American University and has exhibited at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Åarhus Gallery, the University of Maine Bangor, the Cynthia Winings Gallery and AVA Gallery and Center for the Arts and the Carver Hill Gallery. She has participated in residencies and workshops, notably at the Vermont Studio Center, Maine College of Art, and Castle Hill Center for the Arts. Visit Ingrid Ellison’s website at

Submission Guidelines
The “Abstract” show is open to all media, including but not limited to painting, sculpture, fiber, photography, ceramics, original print making, drawing, encaustic, pastel and mixed media. All work must be gallery ready and clean. Wall pieces should be wired securely with picture wire and screw eyes.  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 one larger piece with a size limit of 48 inches (in any direction) including frame. There will be no exceptions allowed.

Works must be delivered in person to River Arts at 36 Elm Street in Damariscotta for jurying.  Please do not drop off work before Tuesday, July 27. The final deadline is Saturday, August 7 at 4 p.m.

Entry and membership forms are available in the gallery or downloaded from the website:

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.

The accepted list will be emailed to all submitting artists by the afternoon of Wednesday, August 11. Unaccepted works should be picked up promptly during gallery hours.

Visiting the Exhibit
“Abstract” will run from Tuesday, August 10 to Saturday, September 11, 2021. The gallery is located at 36 Elm St in Damariscotta and is open Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Contact Us
For more information, please call River Arts at 563-6868 or email

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 show 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 should 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 Sun 11 am to 3 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 should 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 previously in a River Arts juried show.

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. 

Sunday 11 am to 3 pm

                                               Closed  Monday

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