The Midcoast is well represented at both galleries of River Arts, the nonprofit visual arts organization which has galleries at its downtown headquarters at 170 Main St./Business Route; and at River Arts Gallery II, on Route 1 at the intersection of Business Route 1.

The current “Garden of Earthly Delights” group show juried by Colin Page runs through June 10 at the downtown gallery. The exhibition explores all we envision and experience in our gardens, including the natural forces and creatures that occupy them, as well as the human role. It includes work by Lisa Neely of Appleton; Betsy Headley and Lucinda Talbot of Belfast; Amy Cornell and Joan Siem of Camden; Elaine Niemi of Friendship; Sally Stanton of Northport; Luise van Keuren of Spruce Head; Steve Mott and Kathleen Thornton of Union; Ralph Bush, Annie Elliott, Richard Horton and Jean Kigel of Waldoboro; and Bob Richardson of Washington

Page was raised in Baltimore and attended the Rhode Island School of Design and Cooper Union. He has been painting landscapes in Maine for several years now. Page regularly exhibits in group shows on Cape Cod and in Hawaii. His work can be seen at the Dowling Walsh Gallery and the Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth. His online journal may be perused at colinpagepaintings.com.

River Arts’ inaugural “Fine Crafts” group exhibition, juried by Carl Little, will open with a 5 to 7 p.m. reception Friday, May 5 and run through May 30. The exhibition features more than 65 fine craft works by Maine artists including Siem of Camden, Niemi of Friendship and Sara Hotchkiss of Waldoboro. Media include ceramics, furniture, jewelry, stained glass and fiber arts.

Little is a regular contributor to Ornament magazine and the editor of “Discovery: Fifty Years of Craft of Experience at Haystack Mountain School of Craft (University of Maine Press).” In 2008. Little received the Maine Crafts Association’s first individual award for contributions to the field of craft in Maine.

“Some of the work is unruly, some of it refined — and it’s all worthy,” he said of the vibrant show.

Both River Arts Galleries will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.. For information about the many classes, events and opportunities at River Arts, visit riverartsme.org or call 563-1507.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.