More than 130 works by 90 artists from the Midcoast and beyond are on display, with all media represented, in "Maine Icons and Special Places" at River Arts. The show, curated by Bruce Brown, runs through Aug. 22 at the gallery, located in the Hunt Business Center on Route 1.

The exhibition features artwork portraying the artists’ sense of place in Maine through their favorite locations and landscapes, as well as iconic images of Maine life in sculpture, painting, photography and collage. Midcoast artists whose work is featured include Noah Magro of Appleton; Charles Laurier Dufour of Belfast; Amy Cornell and Sean Gott of Camden; Elaine Niemi of Friendship; Susan Dowley of Hope; Petrea Noyes of Lincolnville; Gary Chapin, Gwen Sylvester and Laura Waller of Rockland; Sandi Cirillo of Searsport; Lucinda Talbot of St. George; Anne Spencer of Stockton Springs; Dianne Horton of Swanville; Hannelore Nelsbach of Tenants Harbor; Roger Reuillard of Union; Paul Bass, Anne Heywood, Richard Horton, Jean Kigel, Ted Mohlie, Nathan Nicholls, Brooke Pacy, Suzanne Phillips and Joyce Steel of Waldoboro; Kate Chandler of Warren; and Joan Freiman of Washington.

Portland native Brown curated more than 200 exhibitions at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport from 1987-2006 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 specializing in Maine photography and works on paper, at 132 Washington Ave. in Portland. Brown also is known as a collector of contemporary American prints, which have been exhibited most notably at the Portland Museum of Art, the Colby College Museum of Art and Maine Photography.

River Arts holds 10 themed, open, juried exhibitions per year, with some of Maine’s most prominent art community members as jurors. More than 600 different Maine artists have exhibited in these shows. The gallery program creates opportunity for artists to have their work selected, engage in the gallery process and sell their work. More than 7,000 people visited the gallery and participated in events and workshops last year.

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

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