Artists are invited to meet the challenge of the intriguing upcoming exhibition focus at River Arts, 170 Main St./Business Route 1. “Tools of the Trade” will feature art work portraying instruments, objects and devices used to accomplish tasks in anything from cooking, fishing, painting to gardening, woodworking, car repair or other undertakings. Submissions may portray the objects in use in a setting or as a still life. Art in all media is encouraged, including sculpture and photography.

Juror for “Tools of the Trade” is artist John Arden Knight, who holds a master of fine arts degree from American University and a bachelor of fine arts degree from Indiana University, both in painting. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Maine Arts Commission, the Millay Colony and the Vermont Studio Center; and artist-in-residence awards from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass., Acadia National Park and the Carina Residency program on Monhegan. In Maine, Knight’s work may be seen at the Elisabeth Moss Gallery in Falmouth, Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland and the Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth.

Drop-off dates for submissions are Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23 and 24, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information and entry form, visit or call 563-1507.  Artists should note that works must not exceed 40 inches in height or width; for safety reasons, Plexiglas or acrylic must substitute for glass in works larger than 35-inches on any side. All works must be for sale.

River Arts is located downtown, next to the Skidompha Library. “Tools of the Trade” will run from Sept. 30 through Oct. 27.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to