‘What’s New?’ opens ‘new’ River Arts

Nov 21, 2012
Elaine Niemi of Friendship offers a sculptural “Low Tech Mouser.”

Damariscotta — Midcoast artists have work in “What’s New," a juried exhibition that will open with a 5 to 7 p.m. reception Friday, Nov. 23 at the gallery’s new location on Route 1. The show explores the idea of “the new,” whether as a subject or as an expression of an artist’s new approach, method, materials or genre, and marks the first at River Arts’ new headquarters at the old tavern complex next to N.C. Hunt Lumber. Reception attendees will enjoy an open house tour of this new, expanded quarters.

The exhibition, which will run through Dec. 20, will display works by Maine artists in a wide variety of media including paintings, pastels, sculpture, photography and assemblages. Midcoast artists whose work was selected for the show include Petrea Noyes of Lincolnville, Megan Cafferata of Camden, Elaine Niemi of Friendship, Gwen Sylvester of Rockland, Laura Freeman of Rockport, Roberta Baumann of South Thomaston, Luise Van Keuren of Spruce Head, Lucinda Talbot of St. George, Marylin Quint-Rose of Tenants Harbor, Peter Lehman of Thomaston, Judith Mitchell and Jean Kigel of Waldoboro, Kate Chandler of Warren, and Cynthia White and Robert Richardson of Washington.

Juror for the show is artist Martha Miller, a Carina House Monhegan residency award winner, Maine College of Art faculty member and well-known artist in more than two dozen solo and invitational exhibitions in Maine, New Hampshire and California. Her work is in the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation collection and the Aschenbach collection for San Francisco Museums. Miller has pursued an especial love of portraiture since her teens, developing a bold and expressive style and a flair for exciting mixed media.

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. River Arts holds approximately 10 juried shows each year, which are open to all Maine artists. For information about the many classes, events and opportunities at River Arts, visit riverartsme.org or call 563-1507.

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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