River Arts in Damariscotta is inviting artists throughout Maine to submit artwork for jurying in its upcoming exhibition, Fall/Harvest. Artists can submit up to three works in any medium including sculpture, photography, collage, painting, ceramics, and fine craft – representational or abstract. Work can be delivered anytime during gallery hours until the deadline, which is Saturday, Sept. 3 at 4 p.m. The exhibition will hang Sept. 9-Oct. 1; an opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9.
Critic and art historian Martica Sawin will be the juror for this exhibition. She has been writing on contemporary art since the 1950s, when she was a contributing editor of Arts magazine and New York correspondent for Art International Magazine. Sawin chaired the department of history and criticism of art and design at Parsons School of Design for 30 years. She 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. Her winter home is the West Village in New York City, and for 40 years she has spent summers on Basin Point in Harpswell.
Artists may submit up to three works for an entry fee of $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Artists will be notified by email or phone of the juror’s decision. Submissions may not have been shown at River Arts previously. Entry forms are available online at riverartsme.org and at the gallery, at 241 U.S. Route 1 in Damariscotta, when submitting. All work entered must be for sale. Wall-hung work size maximum is 60 inches in height, 42 inches in width; for safety reasons, Plexiglass or other nonglass option should be used for work over 34 inches, excluding pastels.
River Arts holds 10 themed, open, juried exhibitions per year — with some of Maine’s most prominent art-community members as jurors. More than 1,000 Maine artists have exhibited in these shows. The gallery program creates opportunity for artists to have their work selected, participate in the gallery process, and sell their work. More than 7,000 people visited the gallery and participated in events and workshops last year.
Queries and requests may be directed to River Arts at 563-1507 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. River Arts is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.