River Art calls for still life, more

Jan 07, 2013

Damariscotta — River Arts has put out the call for the upcoming juried exhibition “Still Life and Beyond” at its newly-expanded and renovated gallery at 241 Route One, next to N.C. Hunt Lumber. To enlarge the creative scope of the show, the theme goes beyond the traditional still life genre to include all art that explores objects as its main focus. While other factors obviously may be included in a submitted art work — such as scenic context or people — an object must invite the viewer’s forceful attention.

Submissions are invited from the full scope of media and approaches, from abstract or sculptural visions of objects; and plein air object studies to traditional treatments. Photography and three-dimensional work are welcome.

Jurors for “Still Life and Beyond” are Dennis and Marty Gleason, well-known owners of the Gleason Fine Art Galleries in Boothbay Harbor and Portland. The couple opened their first gallery in what they describe as a tiny space in a Boothbay Harbor side street in 1985 and are now in their 27th year in two well-established galleries, in Portland as well as the heart of Boothbay Harbor.

All work entered in the exhibition must be for sale. Wall-hung work should not exceed 40 inches in any dimension and, for safety reasons, Plexiglas or other non-glass option should be used for work over 34 inches, excluding pastels. Work should be labeled on the back with artist’s name and the title.

Drop-off dates at River Arts’ new premises are Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early submissions are accepted within usual gallery hours. Artists may submit up to three works for an entry fee of $20, $15 for River Arts members. Artists will be notified by email or phone of the juror’s decision. Submissions may not have been shown at River Arts previously. Entry forms are available online at riverartsme.org and at the gallery when submitting.

The opening reception will be Friday, Feb. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m.; the show will continue through the end of February. Queries and requests may be directed to River Arts at 563-1507 or info@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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