River Arts call to artists

River Arts in Damariscotta invites artists’ submissions for its upcoming show “Maine Icons and Special Places,” opening August 3. Artistic images powerfully influence our sense of a place, and this exhibition will present works that portray the visual “icons” that have come to represent Maine, from lighthouses and lobsters to potatoes, ski slopes, moose and seagulls, as well as specific “special places,” whether widely-known, such as Portland Head Light, Mt. Katahdin and Baxter State Park, to more personal choices, such as the MOFGA Fair, a local country store or a historic building.

Juror for this exhibition is Bjorn Runquist, well-known painter of the Maine art world. Will Barnet commented that a “certain air of romanticism permeates his work reinforced by a wonderful feeling for light and color.” Born in Sweden , Runquist completed his secondary education in France, his bachelor’s degree at Colgate University, in the U.S., and his master’s at King’s College, University of London.  After several years as an abstract painter, he returned in the 1990s to painting landscapes and seascapes.  For many years he has divided his time between homes in Connecticut and Clark Island, Maine.  He describes painting as “an experience framed by contemplation.”  He is currently represented by Gleason Fine Arts, Boothbay Harbor and Portland; Landings Gallery, Rockland; Morrison Gallery, CT; and the Horton Hayes Gallery, Charleston, SC.

Submissions for the exhibition in all media are welcome, including photography.  Sculpture is encouraged.  Wall-hung work should not exceed 40 inches in any dimension, and for safety reasons, plexiglass should be used for work over 34 inches, excluding pastels. Drop-off dates for art work are Friday and Saturday, July 27-28t, from 10 -4 p.m. at the River Arts Gallery at 170 Main St. (Bus. Route One) Damariscotta. Artists may submit up to three works for an entry fee of $15 for members, $20 for non-members. All work in the exhibition must be for sale and may not have been exhibited at the gallery previously. Entry forms are available on the website www.riverartsme.org as well as at the gallery when submitting. The opening reception will be on Friday, August 3rd, from 5 -7 p.m. Queries and requests may be directed to River Arts at 563-1507 or by email at info@riverartsme.org . The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10 to 4, and on Sundays from 10-2.