The public is invited to the opening reception of “Tools of the Trade” Friday, Sept. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition will run through Oct. 28 at River Arts, 170 Main St./Business Route 1.

With more than 70 two- and three-dimensional works exhibited, there are depictions of tools used by musicians, soldiers and medics, as well as traditional Maine trades such as the fishing and forestry — including a hand-knit chainsaw — that should make family visits interesting and inspiring. Among the Midcoast artists with work in the show are Catherine Eagleson of Rockport, Christopher Gray of Union, Pam Hansen of Waldoboro, Betsy Headley of Belfast, Jean Kigel of Waldoboro, Catherine Leroy of Rockland, Robert Macdonald of Waldoboro, Hannelore Nelsbach of Tenants Harbor, Petrea Noyes of Brooks, Angela Anderson Pomerleau of Port Clyde, Jay Sawyer of Warren, Joan Siem of Camden, Steffany Tribou of Owls Head, Luise van Keuren of Spruce Head and Brian Woods of Friendship.

Juror for “Tools of the Trade” is artist John Arden Knight, who holds an MFA (American University) and a BFA (Indiana University), both in painting. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Maine Arts Commission, the Millay Colony and the Vermont Studio Center; and artist-in-residence awards from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass.; Acadia National Park; and the Carina Residency program on Monhegan. In Maine, Knight’s work may be seen at the Elisabeth Moss Gallery in Falmouth, Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland and the Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth.

According to Arden, a themed show allows the viewer to look less at individual artists or art works and more at how the artwork as a whole leads one through different subjects and materials. In this show, one subject that appeared was sewing and textiles, which was depicted in paintings, drawings, photos and multimedia pieces. Another theme was food, with different artists in the room moving from the harvesting of produce from farms and gardens to the preparation of food in kitchens and the presentation of the food at a restaurant table.

River Arts conducts open, juried, themed exhibitions every five weeks year-round; a member exhibition; and the annual Lincoln Academy Student Exhibition. In addition to exhibitions, River Arts has a year-round schedule of classes, open studios, lectures, poetry readings and special events as well as a full schedule of artist directed exhibitions at the River Arts Gallery II on Route 1. For more information, visit, call 563-1507 or send email to

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