The annual Joy of Art exhibit, inaugurated in 2008, features two-dimensional and three-dimensional work by current Maine artists, both amateur and professional, aged 16 or older. Awards are made in several categories identified in the published guidelines with an additional Peoples’ Choice Award announced at the close of the exhibit. This signature event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Topsham Public Library and the Library’s Board of Trustees.




The 2025 Joy of Art exhibit is being hosted in person in Topsham Public Library’s Crooker Gallery and Highland’s Community Room. Check back for more information.


  • Congratulations to the 2024 Joy of Art Winners!

    • Painting: Graduate by Kevin Mizner
    • Drawing: 1950’s Summer by Emily Hollister
    • Mixed Media / Collage: Red / White / Blues by Howard Solomon
    • Textile: Positive Influence by Barb Stainman
    • Digital Art: Quantum Movements by Jeffrey Plucker
    • 3-Dimensional: Amber Glow by Sandy Bickford
    • Other: Spring Runoff by Jane Page-Conway

    Honorable Mentions:

    • Painting: Urban Arrangement by Harriett Lindemann
    • Drawing: Moonlight Over Orr’s Island by Mercedes Gastonguay
    • Mixed Media / Collage: Protean Folds by Ian Trask
    • Textile: The Dress by Rana O’Connor
    • 3-Dimensional: Purple Rain by Sandy Bickford


Library Lover’s Lottery

In conjunction with the Joy of Art show, the Friends will hold the Library Lover’s Lottery at the close of the show on Saturday, February 10th. Current members are automatically entered into the drawing. Not a member? Join by February 9th and you will be entered into the drawing automatically. Yellow, a painting by Angela Dumais, last year’s People’s Choice winner, is the prize in the Library Lovers’ Lottery.



* Again this year, we have the option for the public to purchase a color catalog of the exhibit. All funds raised will go to the Friends of TPL and will be used for future Joy of Art expenses. You will find it by clicking the image below.

Joy of Art 2022 catalog
Joy of Art 202…
By Friends of TPL
Photo book


For friends and family near and far that cannot see the exhibit live, please visit the Crooker Gallery virtual exhibit page to view it online.


  • Congratulations to the 2023 Joy of Art Winners!

    • Painting: Needlework by Kevin Mizner
    • Drawing: Portrait of Reuben by Emily Hollister
    • Mixed Media / Collage: In Conversation by Barbara Stainman
    • Textile: Flower Power by Theresa Green
    • Digital Art: Clover and Ivy by Sula Demers
    • 3-Dimensional: Crown/Helmet of Horns by Douglas Kanes

    Honorable Mentions:

    • Painting: An Abundance of Pears by Susan Cunniff
    • Drawing: Last Light by Diana Washburn
    • Mixed Media / Collage: I Found Your Keys #5 by Ian Trask
    • 3-Dimensional: Golden Acorn Crown by Douglas Kanes

People’s Choice winner

  • Yellow by Angela Dumais


If you have any questions, please email Monique Marchilli-Barker at or call the library at 725-1727.




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