“Under the Surface,” featuring three-dimensional mixed media works by Joan Siem of Camden, will open with a 5 to 7 p.m. reception Friday, July 19, along with the “Maine Icons” juried group show at River Arts, located in the Hunt Community Center on Route 1.

Along with paintings, Siem will be showing a wide range of assemblages. Her exhibition will run through July 31. In the 3-D mixed media pieces, Siem attempts to give new life to things that already exist — saved items from earlier generations with the potential for a new chance to be relevant. These materials, with their history, are shredded, dyed, knotted and printed on, etc., then made into something totally different.

Siem received her bachelor and master’s degrees at Stanford University, where she studied painting/printmaking under Nathan Olivera. She has exhibited widely in the United States, as well as in Japan, Denmark, Spain, Finland and Norway.

River Arts is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information about membership and the many exhibitions, classes, events and opportunities, visit riverartsme.org, call 563-1507 or stop in.

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