River Arts is putting out a call to artists to submit works for “Anything Goes,” an exhibition that will open Nov. 12 and hang through the end of the year. There will be an opening night reception from 5 to 7 p.m.  for “Anything Goes,” which will be juried by Waldoboro artist Dozier Bell.

Drop-off dates for submissions are Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5 and 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. River Arts is located downtown at 170 Main St./Business Route 1. “Anything Goes” means just that: all kinds of art — paintings, sculptures, mixed media — and any subject.

Bell was born in Lewiston in 1957. She studied painting at Smith College in Northampton, Mass., and as a graduate student with Neil Welliver at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture on a full scholarship in 1985.

Bell has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in painting as well as a Fulbright Fellowship at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany, where she worked as an artist in residence.  Her work in “genetic memory,” akin to the consciousness of animals, was featured in a 1994 show at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland with sculptor Ken Greenleaf.  In 1991, Bell began work on a series of photomontages intended to explore more specifically the development of her own sense of place. A series of 12 photomontages, matrices of eight or nine photographs mounted edge-to-edge, juxtaposed images of a farm in western Maine on which her family has lived for several generations with other images familiar from childhood. These were shown as a group in 1995 at the Portland Museum of Art in conjunction with a long poem by the Maine poet Wesley McNair, whom Bell met at the Rockefeller Foundation Study Center in Bellagio, Italy in the spring of 1993.

Readings on the technologies developed during the wars led to an interest in remote sensing technologies such as radar, sonar and LANDSAT.  Bell makes use of the metaphorical dimensions of these technologies in her otherwise Romantic-influenced landscapes, which are frequently punctuated by Réseau crosses, sighting devices and other geometric forms.  In 1997, the Maine College of Art presented Bell with an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree.  Much of the war-inspired work was featured in solo shows at the Lyman Allyn Museum of Art in New London, Conn. in 1998; the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, N.Y. in 2003; and the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. in 2004.

Some of Bell’s most recent work, featured this summer at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport, explores the theme of global warming and its possible consequences by harking back to echoes of environmental catastrophes from the past such as the period of the Black Death. Her work as a whole can be seen as a continuation of the Northern Romantic tradition, with its emphasis on the terror as well as the sublime beauty of nature.

”Anything Goes” is to all artists, and as many as three works can be submitted. Entrance fee is $20, $15 for River Arts members. For details on submission requirements as well as information about the many events and opportunities at River Arts, visit riverartsme.org or call 563-1507.

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