DAMARISCOTTA/ROCKLAND — River Arts presents a solo show of Marli Thibodeau’s work in the River Room. The show, “Freedom + Discipline,” runs from Oct. 7 through Oct. 27. An opening reception and artist talk on the language of non-objective composition will be held Saturday, Oct. 9, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Thibodeau is a contemporary artist born in the Hudson Valley of New York and currently living in Rockland. Her work is influenced by the natural world and the lineage of abstract expressionism. Thibodeau immerses herself in the study of the landscape around her and in the inner landscape of self-discovery through movement and visual arts.

Thibodeau says, “I believe that everyone has a unique way of expressing the experience of who they are, and I’ve discovered that mine is through un-choreographed visual and movement art. I study the structure and movement of the natural world around me and bring that experience into the studio when I paint. This body of work explores the idea of the freedom that resides inside discipline.  As an artist, I find my greatest freedom comes from the structures of discipline, and I’ve further explored the use of structure/discipline and how it relates to intuition/freedom in these paintings.”

Thibodeau maintains a year-round studio in Rockland and teaches Azul Conscious Movement, a path of personal transformation. Her work has been exhibited in Maine and is held in private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. She can be found at MarliThibodeau.com.

River Arts is located at 36 Elm St. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Masks are required in the gallery. For more information, call 563-6868 or email info@riverartsme.org.