Call to Artists

Call to Artists

“New Works”

Entry deadline Saturday, June 17 at 4 pm

River Arts in Damariscotta invites artists to submit work for the upcoming juried show, “New Works.” This exhibition will showcase artists’ most recent work with a fresh, up-to-the-minute vibe. Works that have been created in the last 12 months may be entered. This show is open to members and nonmembers. All mediums are welcome. The deadline for entering “New Works” is Saturday, June 17 at 4 p.m.

River Arts is pleased to announce that Mark Kelly will juror the show.  Kelly, a multi media artist, resides in Lincolnville, Maine. He has exhibited his work in Maine and throughout New England. Kelly was a founding member of Aarhus Gallery in Belfast and earned his MBA in painting from Massachusetts College of Art.

Submission Guidelines: “New Works” is open to all media, including original work in painting, sculpture, fiber, photography, ceramics, original print making, drawing, encaustic, pastel, glass, 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. Diptychs are allowed but multiple-piece works with more than two pieces will not be accepted.

Size LimitsArtists may enter two pieces with a size limit of 24 inches (in any direction) including frame or one piece with a size limit of 48 inches (in any direction) including frame. 

Deadline: Works must be delivered in person to River Arts at 36 Elm Street in Damariscotta for jurying. Works may be delivered during regular gallery hours from now until the deadline on Saturday, June 17 at 4 p.m.

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

Entry Form 2023 NEW

Membership Form 2023

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 the River Arts website and on Facebook by Wednesday, June 21. Unaccepted works should be picked up promptly during gallery hours.

Dates and Location: “New Works” will run from Tuesday, June 20 to Saturday, July 29, 2023. The gallery is located at 36 Elm St in Damariscotta and is open Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For inquiries call the gallery at 563-6868 or email at

Public Reception:
Saturday, June 24 from 2 to 4 pm

Visit the Show:
“New Works” will be installed and open to the public on Tuesday, June 20 and will continue until July 29.

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. 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 nor 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.

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 winter in our storage rooms. Please remove all artwork before you leave for the season.
  • Work left for more than 6 months at River Arts is considered abandoned and becomes the property of River Arts.


  • 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. 


  • 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 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 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

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