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6/12/2013 2:00:00 PM
River Arts Annual Members Exhibition Opens
Wally Margaret Schweighauser's 
Wally Margaret Schweighauser's "Trilogy" is bright and eye-catching. At a recent opening, Schweighauser said she "likes to try everything" and is never sure what medium will strike her fancy next. (E. Busby photo)
By Eleanor Cade Busby

River Arts opened its annual Members Exhibition on Friday during an artists' reception. The show includes pieces chosen by 97 members and is not juried.

The choices made by some artists, like new members Joel White and Stephanie Lane's "Farm Girl" are bold and innovative.

"Farm Girl," a mixed media sculpture is entirely white, except for a few stones in her lap. It should be seen from all sides for a full appreciation, as the back clearly shows her spine structure, while she appears to sit peacefully facing front.

Pieces like this lend to personal interpretation. Is she starving? Is she placid and accepting of a hard farming life?

This type of artistic choice is what makes the shows at River Arts exciting. There is room for imagination.

Another imaginative piece, "The Lady Fruit Fly" by Elaine Niemi, sculpted of fruit, flowers, wood and brass tends to the fanciful. At the gallery entrance, this begs a closer look.

In miniature there are human figures juxtaposed with found objects and metal springs, fruits and dried flowers. This delightful work should be in a shop window where it can be seen by passers-by.

Other selections are perhaps safer, but no less interesting, like "The View: Crabtree Exploding" by Teddi-Jan Covell. Maine is awash with flowering trees at this time of year, and "exploding" is the perfect way to describe the blossoming overnight that seems to occur in June.

Wally Margaret Schweighauser's "Trilogy" is bright and eye-catching. At a recent opening, Schweighauser said that she "likes to try everything" and is never sure what medium will strike her fancy next. "Trilogy" is vibrant, with yellows and geometric shapes.

Schweighauser will be part of a two-person show in the small gallery with her friend and neighbor glass sculptor Thomas Fontaine.

Artist Louise Price is presently showing her work in the smaller gallery at River Arts. These are not part of the members show. The small gallery is open at any time that River Arts is open, so the members show and Price's works can be seen at the same time.

This show will continue to hang until July 11 and has a variety that will please every taste. The comfortable and casual setting is welcoming and fully accessible.

In addition to the annual members' show, River Arts holds 10 themed, open, juried exhibitions per year - with some of Maine's most prominent art community members as jurors. Next up: July 19 with "Maine Icons and Special Places II."

Over 600 different Maine artists have exhibited in these shows. River Arts, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays, is at 241 Route 1 (north), in Damariscotta.

For information about membership, how to enter works for exhibitions, classes, events and opportunities at River Arts, visit or call 563-1507.

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