Joy of Art


The annual Joy of Art exhibit, inaugurated in 2008, features two-dimensional and three-dimensional work by current year-round Maine artists, both amateur and professional, ages 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.

Guidelines and registration forms for JOY OF ART 2020 will be available in November 2019.

ELEVENTH ANNUAL JOY OF ART – January 15 to February 23, 2019

Award winners in a multiple categories  were announced at the Artists’ Reception on Saturday, January 19, 2019.  Guests enjoyed refreshments, community, conversation, and of course, inspiring artwork!

At the Artist Talk on Saturday, February 23, 2019, we heard from the award-winning artists, including the winner of the People’s Choice Award.  We also drew the name of the lucky member of the Friends who won Antje Kay Sutton’s mixed media piece  entitled “A Little Bit Off the Top” , the Library Lovers’ Lottery prize.

The work of award-winners from Joy of the Art 2019, along with the work of award-winners from Joy of the Lens 2019, will be featured in an exhibit from August 21 to September 19, 2019, at the Topsham Public Library.

Congratulations to the 2019 Joy of Art Winners!

  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Emily Hollister for “Lily” – (OTHER MEDIA-COLORED PENCIL)
  • OIL/ACRYLIC:  A. Sienna Dode for “White Mountains Mosaic”
  • PASTEL: Heather Randall for “Sharing the Berry”
  • WATERCOLOR: Judy Nixon for “Delicate Blooms” 
  • MIXED/OTHER MEDIA: Barbara Bean for “Glads” 
  • 3-DIMENSIONAL: Catherine Gibson for “Excavated Vessel”

Honorable Mentions:

  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE: to be announced on February 23rd
  • OIL/ACRYLIC:  Dale A. Bourassa for “Peacock”
  • PASTEL: Amy Puleo for “Reid’s Rocks”
  • WATERCOLOR: Barbara Snapp for “Spirit of B95” 
  • MIXED/OTHER MEDIA: Emily Hollister for “Lily” 
  • 3-DIMENSIONAL: Lee Cheever for “One of Those Days”

Guidelines and registration forms for JOY OF ART 2020 will be available in November 2019. 

In the meantime, please see Joy of Art 2019-Guidelines-FINAL.

For a copy of the required Gallery Waiver, click here: Gallery Policy and Waiver 2015