Six artists from Washington’s former Downtown Gallery will open a new show titled “More” Friday, June 5, with a 5 to 8 p.m. reception at the River Arts West Gallery, Route 1. The show will run through June 18.

Twenty years ago, this group of six artists from the small towns inland from Rockland began to look for a place to exhibit their works and they found a charming, restored 19th-century building in Washington village. In 1994, now officially business partners, they opened their first show there; in a humorous twist, they called it the Downtown Gallery. Thus began a long process of professional development as individual (and quite different) artists, and as entrepreneurs of a gallery. Their mission was “To exhibit and sell our art, to know each others’ art more fully, and to experience stimulation and enjoyment of working together in the arts.”

Over the years, Downtown Gallery acquired a reputation for contemporary art of quality with stimulating and varied exhibits. Two years ago, the artists had to move out of the building but they remained together, keeping in touch, sharing ideas and looking for new venues. Exhibited in “More” will be Mary Boothby’s monoprints; mixed media by Priscilla Cross; Joan Freiman’s inland landscapes; Suzanne Phillips’ small clay sculptures; paintings of rocks as still life by Carole Sloane; ink drawings and collages by Ieva Tatarsky; pastels by Barbara Vanderbilt; and collages and linocuts by Cynthia White.

River Arts is located at 241 U.S. Route 1 and is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on exhibitions, classes and events, call 563-1507 or visit

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