Three Midcoast artists will be exhibiting their work beginning Thursday, June 30 at River Arts Gallery II, Route 1. The public is invited to an opening reception Saturday, July 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Ralph Bush, Pam Cabanas and Nancy Nelson will be showing work in ceramics, weaving, oils, pastels, watercolor and ink wash through July 19. Gallery hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

Bush of Waldoboro is known for his painterly style in both oil and watercolor. He is a long-time member of the prestigious Copley Society and is a Gold Medal winning member of the New England Watercolor Society. Bush can often be seen out painting on Monhegan. A graduate of the New England School of Art, he did graduate studies at Massachusetts College of Art.

Cabanas lives and works in Friendship. Educated at New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and the University of New Mexico, she has developed a strong local following of admirers and collectors of her work. Her black and white odes to the shores of the Maine coast are painted with strength and delicacy; and her work in pastel again combine soul and place to bring the viewer a soft and loving look at the forces at work that shape her experience of the Maine coast.

Nelson, a long-time resident of Friendship, will show ceramics and weaving. In her studio, she has produced a series of dreamy hand-built stoneware platters incised with images of sea life that combine function with whimsy and delight. She also produces skillfully woven rugs and linens. Largely self-taught, Nelson teaches pottery, weaving, fiber arts, jewelry making and other crafts at various schools and workshops throughout the Midcoast.

River Arts Gallery II is a second gallery for River Arts, providing space on Route 1 for artists to conduct solo or group shows over a period of one to three weeks. Nearly 50 artists will be showing their work through October. For more information about the exhibition schedule and River Arts, visit or call 563-1507.

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