River Arts invites the public to the opening reception of the “Artists’ Choice” exhibition Friday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. The show includes artwork by 80 artists from all over Maine, in a wide variety of media, sculpture and fine crafts.

Juror for “Artists’ Choice” is Mark Kelly, a founding member of Åarhus Gallery in Belfast. He said as he looked through and started to choose pieces for this show, it struck him that what spoke to him were the works that leaned towards an appreciation of the elusive “simple.”

“It all begins with an appreciation of the dichotomy between simple and complex, and I feel that these works — these artists — are translating and expressing that in a variety of heartfelt, soulful ways,” he said.

Midcoast artists whose work was selected for the show include Charles Laurier Dufour, Charlie Jones and Eric Leppanen of Belfast; Pat Ryan of Cushing; Doug Raymond of Montville; Kathi Peters of Morrill; William S. Jackson and Catherine Winslow of Rockland; Trelawney O'Brien of Rockport; Sandi Cirillo of Searsport; Roberta Baumann of South Thomaston; Lucinda Talbot of St. George; Linda Shepard and April White of Union; Marie Bickford of West Rockport; Roberta Goschke, Carl Solberg and Joyce Steel of Waldoboro; Polly McGrory and Linda Stevenson of Warren; and Tania Amazeen-Jones and Jeffrey Jelenfy of Washington.

River Arts holds 10 themed, open, juried exhibitions per year, with some of Maine’s most prominent art community members as jurors. More than 600 different Maine artists have exhibited in these shows, and more than 7,000 people visited the gallery and participated in events and workshops last year.

The exhibition will hang until Dec. 11. Visitors also may view a new solo exhibition in the West Galley featuring the encaustic work of Kendra Denny of Camden. River Arts, located in the Hunt Business Center on Route 1, is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 563-1507; email info@riverartsme.org; or visit riverartsme.org.

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