River Arts is inviting all Maine artists to enter the juried exhibition "Maine Icons and Special Places." Work in any media is encouraged including photography and sculpture. Artists may submit up to three works for an entry fee of $20, $15 for members.

Work can be dropped off Friday and Sunday, July 12 and 13 at the gallery in the Hunt Business Center, Route 1; earlier submissions are accepted within usual gallery hours. The opening reception for the exhibition is scheduled for Friday, July 19 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The juror for this exhibition will be Bruce Brown. Portland native Brown has curated more than 200 exhibitions at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport from 1987 to 2006 and, as curator emeritus, continues to organize exhibitions on its behalf from time to time, as well as at other venues as an independent curator. In February, he joined in partnership with photographer Jon Edwards and the Maine Media Workshops + College in Rockport to open PhoPa, a nonprofit gallery in Portland specializing in Maine photography and works on paper.

Brown also is known as a collector of contemporary American prints that have been exhibited, most notably, at Portland Museum of Art, Colby College Museum of Art and Maine Photography. He was recognized as a significant American art collector by Arts and Antiques Magazine in 2006, partially for building a collection on a limited income as a public school teacher. Chairman of The Maine Print Project of 2006, the largest arts coloration in Maine history, Brown is featured in the July edition of Maine magazine's in the article "50 people who have made a difference in Maine."

Artists will be notified by email or phone of the juror’s decision. Submissions may not have been show at River Arts previously. More information about entry and forms are available online at riverartsme.org and at the gallery when submitting. Queries and requests may be directed to River Arts at 563-1507 or info@riverartsme.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.