DAMRISCOTTA — River Arts will host an opening reception of its 8th Annual Member Show fro 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 27. The artwork submitted by members for this reflects the “artist choice” — free from the constraints of a themed show. The 120 works on exhibit represent a wide variety of media and styles and include 10 sculptures. The exhibition runs through July 24.

The 2nd annual fundraising art raffle with works donated by: Isabella Corwin, Kerstin Engman, Petrea Noyes, Barbara Roberts and Sarah Wilde will be launched and local musician, Dave Martin will perform during the opening.

This year’s annual member celebration will also include a table with published books authored and/or illustrated by River Arts members as well as the 2014 River Arts Program book full of classes offered and the full exhibition schedule.

In addition, visitors can view an exhibition featuring the artwork of Wally Schweighauser, watercolor and pencil artist, who at nearly 102 is still creating artwork, along with work by ceramic artist Tom Fontaine, and Wally’s daughter, Delly.

The mission of River Arts is to nurture appreciation, encourage participation and provide opportunity in the arts. Information about exhibitions, events and art classes can be found on the website www.riverartsme.org

River Arts is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays.

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