NEW CANAAN — A creative tradition returned Saturday when the Silvermine Arts Center hosted the opening reception for its 66th annual Art of the Northeast show.

The juried exhibition featured the 25 finalists among 513 artists from Maine to Washington, D.C., with several prizes awarded.

“Our curator doesn’t come at it with an agenda,” said Gwen Reiss, publicity manager, noting that many entries came from current Masters of Fine Arts students. “He just looks to see what people are exploring.”

“That’s really very important to us,” echoed Jeffrey Mueller, gallery director. “Not just seeing great work, but understanding the work the artists are doing.”

The show will be on through Aug. 20, with open hours Wednesdays through Sundays.

For more information, visit the website at www.silvermineart.org.