The public is invited to the opening reception for the River Arts show “Artist’s Choice” on Friday, Sept. 20 from 5-7 p.m. Contemporary realist artist, Jane Dahmen, selected from 233 submissions of 100 artists statewide. Dahmen chose 101 pieces and the resulting show is packed with personality. “Artist’s Choice” runs until Oct. 19.
This show is remarkable for the variety of mediums as well as the high quality of the artwork displayed. With this open theme, the entries are often more daring than other themed shows because the artists have the opportunity to display pieces that best represent their creative efforts. Fulfilling a request from the gallery, Dahmen brought in a magnificent work of her own which is installed in the show.
The West Gallery presents a solo show of Judson Pealer’s abstract paintings also opening on Friday. A regularly exhibiting artist at River Arts, Pealer of South Paris presents his bold, colorful and beautifully executed abstractions. The West Gallery is richly exuberant with Pealer’s expressive and thoughtfully imaginative paintings. This show runs until Oct. 2.
River Arts is located at 241 Route 1, just north of Damariscotta. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information: www.riverartsme.org or call the gallery: 563-1507.