River Arts of Damariscotta plans to present “New Works,” a hopeful vision in challenging times, at its 36 Elm Street Plaza gallery. Shown is “Monhegan Idle” by Eric Glass. Submitted photo

River Arts of Damariscotta plans to present “New Works,” intended as a hopeful vision in challenging times, at its 36 Elm Street Plaza gallery. The show runs through May 7.

From a record-breaking number of entries, juror Bob Keyes selected 87 pieces by 85 artists for this show.

The opening reception is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 2.

“Shadow” by Glenda Drum. Submitted photo

“I am always grateful for the opportunity to see new work by artists who are engaged in the currents of our times,” Keyes said in an event news release. “It helps me feel connected to the pulse of humanity. I believe this exhibition 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, and chaos and calm.”

The artists were called to present work from the last 12 months, and they responded with the greatest number of submissions in River Arts’ history.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Masks are required in the gallery.

For more information, call 207-563-6868 or email [email protected].

“Portland Port” by Jorge Pena. Submitted photo