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Call for Artists

“Artist’s Choice”

Deadline for Submission September 14, 2019

River Arts announces a call to artists for “Artist’s Choice”.  Artists may submit up to three works for this juried show.  The deadline for entry is Saturday, September 14 at 4 pm. River Arts is delighted to announce that Jane Dahmen will jury this show.  Artists are invited to present works of their own selection for the juror.


Jane Dahmen is a contemporary realist whose recent landscapes explore the trees, fields, rivers, streams and coastal regions of midcoast Maine. Dahmen’s work has been shown in solo and group shows both in the U.S. and abroad.  Featured over the years in many magazines, she was included in 50 Mainers issue of Maine.magazine,  featured artist in the Maine Home + Design magazine and Old Port magazine. Dahmen was Maine Audubon’s signature artist in 2005. One her paintings hung in the White House in Washington D.C. Several of her paintings were part of a show at the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia Herzegovina. Graphique de France sold posters of Dahmen’s gouache paintings around the world.

Since 2013, Dahmen has hosted “Talking Art in Maine: Intimate Conversations,” free one-on-one live conversations with other Maine artists, at the Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta, including painters and sculptors such as Alex Katz, Yvonne Jaquette, Lois Dodd, Eric Hopkins, Katherine Bradford, John Bisbee, William Wegman, Alan Bray, and curators Sharon Corwin of Colby College Museum of Art, Suzette McAvoy of CMCA, and Mark Bessire, director of the Portland Museum of Art among many others.  Dahmen shows her paintings at the Portland Art Gallery, 154 Middle St, Portland, Maine, and the Powers Gallery of Acton, MA.  Her website: www.janedahmen.com.

Works in all mediums (including sculpture, painting, photography, drawing, fiber) and styles (representational or abstract) will be considered.  Entry fee (covers up to 3 pieces) is $15 for members and $25 for non-members.  Works must be securely wired for hanging and clearly labeled with artist’s name and title on the back.   Size limit for wall pieces in this exhibition is 4 feet in either direction (including frame). No wet work, please.

All works must be for sale.  Artists received 65% and River Arts retains 35% commission on all sales.

Artists will be notified by Wednesday, September 18 by email or phone of the juror’s decision. Entry forms are available online at riverartsme.org and at the gallery: 241 U.S. Route 1 North, Damariscotta.  The public opening reception for “Artist’s Choice” is scheduled for Friday, September 20 from 5-7 pm.  This exhibition will run until October 19, 2019. For more information call the gallery at (207) 563-1507.

Second Annual 6 x 6

We are continuing this exhibition into August and invite artists to continue to donate works to replenish the walls.

We are inviting everyone to donate works to our fundraising exhibition this summer at River Arts.  This exhibition is open to celebrities, students, local artists, international artists, community members, designers, realtors, teachers, bankers, librarians and YOU Everyone is invited to submit original art in any medium.  Last year we had over 250 submissions to this creative effort.  Join us in this fun filled event!

All works must be 6 X 6 inches square.  If framed, the frame must be within the 6 X 6 measurement.  Any medium is accepted.  Keep in mind that we will be using push pins to mount the works so they must be light enough to accommodate ease of hanging.

Please, sign work on the back only.  All works will be displayed anonymously and sold to the public for $20 to benefit River Arts Gallery.  The names of the artists will be revealed when the work is purchased.  Proceeds from the sale of the 6 X 6 submissions help support the other exhibitions at River Arts throughout the year.

Participation is free and open to everyone.

All work is donated to River Arts.

Works can be dropped off at the gallery during regular business hours: Tue-Sat 10 to 4 and Sun 11 to 3

or  Mailed to:   River Arts    PO Box 1316    Damariscotta, ME     04543

The Big Reveal of 6 x 6’s at the “Night & Day” opening: a big crowd with enthusiastic buyers!






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