River Arts invites the public to its “Artists’ Choice” exhibition opening reception Friday, Aug. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition, which will run until Sept. 26, consists of more than 100 works by 80 Maine artists, including those from the Midcoast. Visitors also may explore the opening for the River Arts West Gallery exhibition “Pug Group,” featuring the works of seven local ceramic artists.

The show being presented at the River Arts main gallery at 241 Route 1 represents works selected by the artists and submitted for jurying. This show, without the usual theme, includes work in a wide variety of subject matter, media and styles including photography, sculpture, collage and abstract, among others.

Midcoast artists with work in the show include Elaine Niemi of Friendship; Petrea Noyes and Jack Kennedy of Lincolnville; Kay Sullivan of Palermo; Jeannette Phillipps and Gwen Sylvester of Rockland; Diana Dion, Kate Fitzgerald and Laura Freeman of Rockport; Kate Chapman and Sandi Cirillo of Searsport; Roberta Baumann of South Thomaston; Lucinda Talbot of St. George; William Landmesser and Anne Spencer of Stockton Springs; Geoff Bladon, Victoria Pittman and Carmella Yager of Tenants Harbor; Carolyn Whitaker of Thomaston; Roger Reuillard and Joel & Lane Stephanie White of Union; Paul Bass, Anne Heywood, Richard Horton, Robert Macdonald, Judith Mitchell, Ted Mohlie, Pacy Brooke, Joyce Steel and George Wardwell of Waldoboro; Susan Egerton Griggs of Warren; and Joan Freiman of Washington.

Critic and art historian Martica Sawin of New York City and Harpswell, juror for this exhibition, has been writing on contemporary art since the 1950s, when she was a contributing editor of Arts and New York correspondent for Art International. Sawin chaired the department of history and criticism of art and design at Parsons School of Design for 30 years.  he is the author of “Surrealism in Exile and the Beginning of the New York School” and of many books and museum catalog essays on contemporary art and artists.

River Arts is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. It holds approximately 10 juried shows each year, open to any artist who would like to enter work for jurying. For information about classes, events and opportunities at River Arts, visit riverartsme.org or call 563-1507.

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