River Arts and the Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association invite the public to the opening of a new exhibition, “Sheepscot Watershed,” Friday, Oct. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. The River Arts fundraising raffle winners of six Louis Goldstone pastel paintings also will be drawn; raffle tickets are still available. And Mac Economy of Camden also will be celebrating the opening of his new abstract show in the West Gallery.

River Arts and SVCA teamed up this year to highlight the arts and nature through a series of events, culminating in this exhibition portraying the flora, fauna and vistas of the Sheepscot Watershed from Boothbay Harbor to Freedom. Juror for this show is Bob Keyes, writer for the Portland Press Herald. The exhibition will hang until Nov. 5.

Midcoast artists with work in the show include Tania Amazeen-Jones of Washington; Roberta Baumann of South Thomaston; Betsy Birge of Liberty; Geoff Bladon of Tenants Harbor; Julie Cyr of Belfast; Sherry Dec, Roberta Goschke and Robert Macdonald of Waldoboro; Dianne Horton of Swanville; Janetta Jennings of Union; and Doug Raymond of Montville.

Established in 1969, the Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association is a nonprofit land trust and advocacy group of 550 member families. Their mission is to conserve and restore the natural and historic heritage of the Sheepscot Watershed, which encompasses 320 square miles spanning 58 miles from Freedom to Southport.

River Arts holds 10 themed, open, juried exhibitions per year, with some of Maine’s most prominent art community members as jurors. More than 1000 different 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.

River Arts, located at 241 Route 1 just north of N.C. Hunt Lumber, 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 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.