River Arts calls, moves to Route 1

Nov 06, 2012

Damariscotta — River Arts is in the process of moving from its downtown location to its other facility on Route 1. The newly renovated space will enable the arts center to bring all its programs together under one roof.

The first show to be mounted in the former tavern complex will be “What’s New?”, which will open with a 5 to 7 p.m. reception Friday, Nov. 23 and run through Dec. 20. River Arts is inviting submissions for the show, which explores the idea of “the new,” whether as a subject or as an expression of an artist’s new approach, method, materials or genre. Everything from art made with recycled materials to an adventure into a new medium may be among the submissions.

Entries in all media are encouraged including sculpture, photography, collage and assemblages. All work entered must be for sale. Wall-hung work should not exceed 40 inches in any dimension and, for safety reasons, Plexiglas should be used for work over 34 inches, excluding pastels.

Juror for the show is artist Martha Miller, a Carina House Monhegan residency award winner, Maine College of Art faculty member and well-known artist in more than two dozen solo and invitational exhibitions in Maine, New Hampshire and California. Her work is in the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation collection and the Aschenbach collection for San Francisco Museums. Among her recent solo shows are exhibitions at CMCA, University of New England, Maine College of Art, Katz Library at UMA, Mast Cove Galleries in Kennebunkport and several shows of former Carina House award recipients. For more information about her work, visit marthamiller.com.

Drop-off dates for “What’s New?” at River Arts’ new premises are Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Calls to arrange early submissions for those who cannot attend these times are essential during this transitional period. Submissions should be dropped off at the River Arts Gallery, next to N.C. Hunt Lumber near the easternmost junction of Route 1 and Business Route 1.

Artists may submit up to three works for an entry fee of $20, $15 for members. Artists will be notified by email or phone of the jurors’ decision. Submissions may not have been show at the River Arts gallery previously.  Entry forms are available online at riverartsme.org and at the gallery when submitting. Queries and requests may be directed to River Arts at 563-1507 or by email at info@riverartsme.org. Starting with “What’s New?” the new location will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

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