Midcoast artists, ‘Down on the Farm’

May 28, 2014
Geoff Bladon of Tenants Harbor is among the Midcoast artists with work in River Arts’ latest juried theme show.

Damariscotta — River Arts on Route 1 invites the public to the opening reception for its newest exhibition, “Down on the Farm,” Friday, May 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition contains more than 100 works of art in a wide variety of media and styles around the theme of the farm life.

“Down on the Farm,” featuring work by 50 Maine artists, will run through June 19. Midcoast artists with work in the show include Betsy Birge of Liberty; Geoff Bladon of Tenants Harbor; Amy Cornell of Camden; Joan Freiman of Washington; Dianne Horton of Swanville, Nancy Lovely of Owls Head; Ted Mohlie and Joyce Steel of Waldoboro; Petrea Noyes of Lincolnville; Kathi Peters of Morrill; Jennifer Schooley of Friendship; Linda Shepard of Union; Suzanne Southworth of Rockport; Gwen Sylvester of Rockland; and Sheila Traynor of Warren.

The juror for the exhibition is Kerstin Engman of Liberty, who exhibits at the Arden Gallery, Boston; and the Courthouse Gallery, Ellsworth, among other venues. She received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied with Neil Welliver, and her BFA from Maine College of Art, with additional study at Rhode Island School of Design. Engman brings a rich and broad career in painting, drawing, sculpture and digital media to the juror’s role. In her work she explores varied visions, media, materials and genres. In 1997, she became founder and director of Project Kalocsa, a cultural exchange between Hungary and the USA. She also has worked in arts education in Maine schools and in several New England colleges, including Maine College of Art. She currently is on the faculty of the University of Maine.

River Arts holds 10 themed, open, juried exhibitions per year, with some of Maine’s most prominent art community members as jurors, and more than 600 Maine artists have exhibited in these shows. The gallery program creates opportunity for artists to have their work selected, participate in the gallery process and sell their work. More than 7,000 people visited the gallery and participated in events and workshops last year.

River Arts is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 563-1507 or visit riverartsme.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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