Midcoast artists explore ‘Abstraction’

Oct 23, 2018
“Like a Faded Quilt,” an encaustic by Abbie Read of Appleton, is juried into the “Abstraction” exhibition at River Arts in Damariscotta.

Damariscotta — River Arts in Route 1 invites the public to the opening reception for its newest exhibition, “Abstraction,” Friday, Oct. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. Sarah Wilde also will be on hand, to celebrate her solo show in the West Gallery. The show will continue through Nov. 23.

“Abstraction” includes 80 abstract works by artists from all over Maine in sculpture, photography, collage, painting, ceramics, fiber and fine craft and painting. Juror for the exhibition was artist Leonard Meiselman, who received his art education at the Cooper Union, the Skowhegan School of Art in Maine and the Cranbrook Academy in Michigan.

Midcoast artists with work selected for “Abstraction” include Abbie Read of Appleton; David Estey and Kathryn Shagas of Belfast; Paul Karlsson and Jeanette Phillipps of Rockland; Sandi Cirillo of Searsport; Jannetta Jennings of Union; and Henry de Mauriac, Bernadette DeCesare, Valerie Greene, Jean Kigel and Joyce      Steel of Waldoboro.

River Arts holds 10 themed, open, juried exhibitions per year, with some of Maine’s most prominent art community members as jurors. More than 1,000 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.

River Arts, located at 241 Route 1, just north of N.C. Hunt, 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, visit riverartsme.org.

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

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