River Arts of Damariscotta presents “New Works”, a hopeful vision in these trying times. From March 29 through May 7, the “New Works” exhibit graces the gallery walls with recent works by Maine artists in a wide range of media. From a record number of entries, juror Bob Keyes selected 87 pieces by 85 artists for this spectacular show. The public is invited to the opening on Saturday April 2 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Bob Keyes said of the jury experience: “I am always grateful to have the opportunity to see new work by artists committed to the currents of our times. It helps me feel connected to the pulse of humanity. I believe this exhibit of “New Works” by members of the River Arts community reflects some of what we are all feeling right now, which is a mixture of despair and hope, anger and contentment, chaos and calm.
“As an observer of contemporary art, I have always been predisposed to favor figurative painting and sculpture. I like things that look and feel familiar. I like boats, landscapes, seascapes. With this exposure, I found myself drawn to abstract, looser work in a way that I might not have before the pandemic, before the chaos, before the division,” Keyes said. “I was less interested in concrete ideas and more interested in ideas that expanded what I saw and how I thought. Themes emerged: work, home, humanity and, above all, color. think the colors yellow and blue caught my eye, representing the hope of a million clear skies.
Artists were called upon to submit works from the past 12 months and they responded overwhelmingly with the most submissions in River Arts history. The resulting spectacle exudes a sense of calm in the chaos and strength in the face of despair.
River Arts is located at 36 Elm St. Plaza, Damariscotta. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks are mandatory in the gallery. Contact River Arts at 207-563-6868 or email [email protected]