Midcoast artists in juried ‘Abstract’

Dec 17, 2013
Paintings by Lucinda Talbot, who moved her First Light Gallery from Belfast to St. George this year, are in River Arts’ “Abstract” show.

Damariscotta — River Arts invites the public to an evening of music, refreshments, conversation and art during its opening reception for the “Abstract” juried exhibition Friday, Dec. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m.at its galleries on Route 1. The exhibition of 80 pieces of art, by 60 different artists from all over Maine, includes paintings and sculpture. The exhibition will run through Jan. 16.

Juror for the “Abstract” exhibition is Suzette McAvoy of Belfast, director and curator of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport. McAvoy has served as director and curator of CMCA since September 2010. She previously served as chief curator of the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland and has more than 30 years experience in the art field. She has lectured and written extensively on the art and artists of Maine, and has organized national traveling exhibitions of the work of Louise Nevelson, Alex Katz, Kenneth Noland, Lois Dodd, Karl Schrag and Alan Magee. McAvoy received a BA in Art History from William Smith College and an MA in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program.

Midcoast artists whose work was selected for “Abstract” include Eric Leppanen of Belfast; Victor Goldsmith of Cushing; Petrea Noyes and Seth Lester of Lincolnville; Kris Johnson, Gwen Sylvester and Jeanette Phillipps of Rockland; Katharine Cartwright of Spruce Head; Lucinda Talbot of St. George; and Robert Macdonald and Nathan Nicholls of Waldoboro. Also on exhibit, in the West Gallery, are 50-plus paintings by Kerstin Engman of Liberty.

River Arts is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and 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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