Connecting regional arts, culture and heritage through advocacy, education, promotion and celebration.

Our region includes twelve communities in Midcoast Maine: Brunswick, Harpswell, Topsham, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Richmond, Bath, West Bath, Phippsburg, Woolwich, Arrowsic, and Georgetown.


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Board of Directors, January 2008


Kathy Durgin Leighton
Town Manager, Town of Bowdoinham
Director of Recreation and Economic Community Development Coordinator for Bowdoinham; became Bowdoinham Town Manager in May 2006.

board members at creative economy forum


Erika Helgerson
Community Relations Coordinator, City of Bath
Erika is a life-long lover of both the creative arts and mid-coast Maine.  She was raised in Bath and began working for the City in 2006.


Anne Jameson
Anne is a consultant for not-for-profit organizations.

Board Members

Liz McGhee
Program Director, Spindleworks, Brunswick
Spindleworks is a nonprofit art center for adults with disabilities serving more than 35 active artists.

Finn MacDonald
Principal, FDM+Design

Marlene Oliver
Marlene has served as President of the Friends of the Topsham Public Library and is a long-time member and volunteer for the Family Arts Festival and Five Rivers Arts Alliance.

Susan Perrine
Susan weaves and constructs textiles at her Woolwich studio.

Bob Santerre
Co-Owner, Arrowsic Island Pottery
Bob has a Ph.D in Zoology and worked as a senior research biochemist for Eli Lilly. In the 1990s he studied ceramics. He and his wife own and operate Arrowsic Island Pottery and travel widely to show and sell their work.

David Tilton
Dave is retired; he is building an energy-efficient home in Richmond and previously worked as part-time Community and Economic Development Specialist for the Town of Richmond.

Leslie Goode
Director of Public Policy and Communication at Maine Health Access Foundation.

Amanda Similien
Specialist, Brunswick Economic Development Office.


Harriet A. Mosher, Executive Director
Harriet served as E.D of Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance and Arts Are Elementary. Other projects include the 1996 Artist Congress in Portland and the E.A. Robinson Poetry Festival in Gardiner, Maine.

Mary Vargo, Bowdoin College Community Fellow, Spring 2006
Mary graduated from Bowdoin in May 2006. During her internship she began updating our directory of artists, worked on Creative Economy Forums and wrote for the newsletter.

Debbie Theodore, Bowdoin College Community Fellow, Summer 2006
Debbie will be a junior at Bowdoin in the fall of 2006. At Five Rivers, she collected information about local artists and helped establish the new identity of the organization at events such as Farmers’ markets and Heritage Days.

Sara Griffin, Bowdoin College Community Fellow, Summer 2007: Sara will be a junior at Bowdoin in the fall of 2007. In her time at Five Rivers she wrote and edited for Artscape, updated and reorganized the website, continued Mary and Debbie's work on the directory, and made the office beautiful.

Volunteer Photographers

Five Rivers Arts Alliance is grateful to the following volunteers who have provided photographs for our publicity and for this website: Helen Boynton, Rena Chevalier, Roger Q. Fenn, Alexis Mann, Gary Pennington, Liz McGhee and Susan Perrine.



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CONTACT: Five Rivers Arts Alliance 108 Maine St. Brunswick, Maine 04011 (207) 798-6964 info@fiveriversartsalliance.org

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