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.



January 14 – February 11, 2023

The 2023 Joy of Art exhibit is being hosted in person in Topsham Public Library’s Crooker Gallery and Highland’s Community Room. Click here to register!

Reception Saturday, January 21, 2023

from 1:00-2:30PM


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 11th. Didi Washburn has graciously donated her painting, “Mellow Yellow”. Current members are automatically entered into the drawing. Not a member? Join by February 10th and you will be entered into the drawing automatically.



* 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 2022 Joy of Art Winners!

  • Painting: Abi by Kevin Mizner
  • Drawing: Artichoke by Linda Wolcott
  • Printmaking: Maine Deer by Mya Sol
  • Mixed Media / Collage: Gratitude by Natasha Kempers-Cullen
  • Textile: 100 Years by Rebecca Jauch
  • Digital Art: Mi Mundo Entero by Cali Montes
  • 3-Dimensional: Smoke & Flames by Douglas Kanes

Honorable Mentions:

  • Painting: Notes of Neon by Anne Schutz
  • Drawing: Rocky Coast Sunrise by Diana Washburn
  • Mixed Media / Collage: Crocodile Love by Libby Sipe
  • 3-Dimensional: Flattop Gourd by Douglas Kanes

People’s Choice winner

  • Diamond in the Calm by Jon Coffin


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


Library Lover’s Lottery – 2023 art coming soon



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