This year the River Arts’ exhibition of all abstract work is a tour de force. The new space at 36 Elm St. is ideal for the large scale works and robust paintings selected by juror Jaap Helder. The show runs from Sept. 23 through Oct. 24.

With works from 103 artists to review, Helder chose a show with 63 artists. Representing contemporary artists from all over Maine, this show encompasses the breadth of abstract art. Some outstanding creations of “abstract expressionism” and “minimalism” as well as works that expand upon cubist concepts are displayed. Noteworthy artists from many regions of Maine are represented here, including David Estey (Belfast), Doreen Nardone (Harpswell), Celeste Henriquez (Portland), Russ Cox (Portland), Joanna Pool (Bath), Conrad Guertin (Bristol), Cathy Bennigson (Jefferson), and John Butke (Boothbay). River Arts invited juror Jaap Helder of Damariscotta to exhibit one of his abstract pieces as well. Two sculptors have dynamic pieces in the show: Cynthia Smith (Gorham) and Roben Voigt (Brunswick).

In the new, well-lit and spacious gallery, the works of these 63 artists create a sense of the moment. This show is fresh and current. It is alive with energetic drama and thought provoking images and ideas.

River Arts is located at 36 Elm St. Open hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 207-563-6868 or visit