Joy of Art


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.

Registration for the next JOY OF ART is open!

Registration for the Thirteenth Annual Joy of Art begins November 16, 2020. The deadline is Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 4pm. Printable guidelines with rules of entry and key dates for this year’s Joy of Art 2021 are available below. Links will also be emailed to you with your registration confirmation.


January 16 to February 13, 2021

Like with so many things right now, the 2021 Joy of Art will be a bit different. The upcoming JOY exhibit will be hosted in Topsham Public Library’s new virtual gallery space. You can view the current exhibit here.

Hosting this exhibit virtually has many benefits:

  • It is accessible to a larger, wider audience.
  • It can be visited at any time of day or night.
  • It is a way to carry on with the show and keep everyone safe at the same time.
  • It is easily shared with friends and family anywhere in the world.

Artists, below are the documents you will need to review and reference. We suggest printing them to have on hand:

Topsham Public Library Gallery Policy and Waiver.
Joy of Art Rules of Entry & Submission Guidelines.
How to Photograph Your Artwork.

Exhibit and registration is online only. Click the link below to enter.

Joy of Art 2021 Registration

If you have any questions, please call Monique Marchilli-Barker at the library at (207) 725-1727 or email at

2020 Library Lover’s Lottery:  One lucky family member of the Friends of the Topsham Public Library won “Storm at Sunset,” a soft pastel artwork by Barbara Snapp, after a photograph by Dan Bush, in the drawing at the Artist Talk in which all members of the Friends were automatically entered.

Congratulations to the 2020 Joy of Art Winners!

  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE:  Alyssa Smith for “Quiet Evening” [Acrylic, India Ink, Gold Leaf]
  • OIL/ACRYLIC: Donna J. Coffin for “Wood & Little Islands”
  • PASTEL: Mercedes Gastonguay for “High Tide at Monhegan Island, ME”
  • WATERCOLOR: Les Borodinsky for “Shelter from the Storm” 
  • MIXED/OTHER MEDIA: Libby Sipe for “Oscar Wilde” 
  • 3-DIMENSIONAL: Douglas Kanes for “Many Eyed Spirit Animal Mask”

Honorable Mentions:

  • OIL/ACRYLIC:  Penny Markley for “Mill Stream”
  • PASTEL: Beverley Price for “Jack in the Field”
  • WATERCOLOR: Max Annable for “Aventuras” 
  • MIXED/OTHER MEDIA: Cheryl Young for “Fox in Glade” 
  • 3-DIMENSIONAL: Robert Metivier for “Island” Cottage”