Submissions wanted for  spring River Arts exhibition

River Arts seeks submissions for its fine crafts exhibition, scheduled to open May 6 at River Arts Gallery II on Route 1. Noted Maine art critic Carl Little will juror the show. Submissions will be taken digitally until March 31.

Little is a regular contributor to Ornament magazine. He edited “Discovery: Fifty Years of Craft of Experience at Haystack Mountain School of Craft” (University of Maine Press), and in 2008, he received the Maine Crafts Association award for contributions to the field of craft in Maine.

The fine crafts exhibition is open to all artists; up to three works can be submitted. Entrance fee $20 for members; $25 nonmembers. Prospectus and entry information are available at www.riverartsme.org.


Film festival proceeds to help Iraq War wounded

A short-film showcase Wednesday in Portland will benefit the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, a nonprofit organization that helps wounded Iraq War veterans.

The festival, “Maine Frozen Shorts: A Night of Local Films,” at Nickelodeon Cinemas will feature “A Marine’s Guide to Fishing,” a 15-minute fictionalized drama that follows a Marine veteran as he returns to his job as a marine mechanic at a Maine boat yard. Nicholas Brennan, a Maine native and 2010 graduate of the Tisch School for the Arts at New York University, wrote the film. It was shot last year in Falmouth, South Portland and Cape Porpoise.

“Maine Frozen Shorts” begins at  7 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets cost $8 in advance and $10 at the door.