Influential American painter Lois Dodd of Cushing and New York will be the juror for “Outside,” the next exhibition at River Arts, located in the historic Coffin House at 170 Main St./Business Route 1.

The show’s theme can include the portrayal of landscapes and seascapes, working outdoors and playing outdoors. It also can refer to the outside of things, the covering of things — for example, skin, cartons, bark — or even refer to emotions such as being on the outside of something, alienated. Outside is only a perimeter; it is the artist’s concept of outside that will dictate the subject.

Artists may submit three pieces for the exhibition. The entry fee is $20, $15 for members. Only recent works (created in the last three years) may be submitted. All works must be for sale and not previously shown at River Arts.

The work is to be delivered to River Arts Friday or Saturday, Aug. 13 and 14, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; call 563-1507 if special arrangements are required. The exhibition will open Friday, Aug. 20 with a 5 to 7 p.m. reception and remain on view until Sept. 24.

Dodd’s work is included in major corporate collections, museums in the United States and abroad and in numerous prestigious solo and group shows. She is the recipient of many awards including the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters 1991 Purchase Prize.

River Arts is an art center offering classes for adults and children, lectures, poetry readings, music, exhibitions and other events. More than 4,000 people visited the gallery and participated in classes and events last year. It is a membership organization with more than 450 members, but everyone is welcome to take part in all its activities.

River Arts is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, visit or find it on Facebook.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to