“Primavera: The Maine Fine Art Figure Exhibitions” will celebrate modern interpretations of the figure, or nude, in this classic art genre. Submission for the two-part show is open to part-time and full-time Maine residents.

“Primavera I” will feature fine art figure photography, and “Primavera II” will feature fine art figure drawing, painting and block printing. The inaugural event will take place at Galerie Dufour, 94 Main St., between April 14 and May 19. The “Primavera: exhibitions are open to part-time and full-time Maine residents who create two-dimensional works; up to three images may be submitted for consideration Submission guidelines and other details can be found at du4photo.com under 2012 Primavera Exhibitions.

Its roots from Latin, Primavera literally means “first green” or spring. Judges Charles Laurier Dufour and David Estey will be looking for quality artwork that depicts the nude with respect. They will select artwork they find artistically strong for any of a variety of points including but not limited to its composition, style, emotional capture/expression, technical detail or mastery of its medium. Submissions in 2012 are limited to two-dimensional artwork including photographs (“Primavera I”) and figure drawings, block prints or paintings (“Primavera II”).

Submission deadline for “Primavera I: The Photography Exhibition” is Saturday, March 31 by 5 p.m. The show’s opening reception will be Saturday, April 14 from 5 to 8 p.m.; the show will run through April 28. Submission deadline for “Primavera II: The Other Exhibition” is Saturday, April 21 by 5 p.m. The show’s opening reception will be Saturday, May 5 from 5 to 8 p.m.; the show will run through May 19.

Judges will select first, second and third place honors with cash awards of $100, $75 and $50 for both “Primavera I” and “Primavera II.” Any Honorable Mentions will not have cash awards associated with them.

Dufour is the owner of Galerie Dufour and has exhibited fine art nude photographic artwork for almost 20 years in group and solo shows around the country. A number of his photographs have earned regional, national, and international awards; in 2010, renowned photographic artist John Paul Caponigro selected one of Dufour’s nudes as Best in Show out of 754 entries in the Maine Photography Show hosted by the Boothbay Region Art Foundation.

Estey of Belfast is an award-winning abstract-expressionist painter who has lived, taught, exhibited and sold his artwork around Baltimore/Washington, Philadelphia, Charlotte, N.C., and Midcoast Maine. He is represented by Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland; some of his most recent work can also be viewed online at davidestey.com.