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.

TWELFTH ANNUAL JOY OF ART – January 14 to February 22, 2020

Registration is now open for Joy of Art 2020

Pre-registration is required and the registration deadline is Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 4:00 PM.  You may enter up to two pieces.  No more than 70 works will be accepted for the exhibit.  If over-subscribed, early registrants will receive preference.

Printable guidelines with rules of entry, including framing requirements and key dates for Joy of Art 2020 can be found here: Joy of Art 2020-Guidelines-FINAL

You can register online by clicking here:  Joy of Art 2020 Online Registration Form

You can print out a registration form and return the completed form to the library: Joy of Art 2020-Registration-FINAL

When work is dropped off on Thursday, January 9  (5:30-7:30 PM) or Friday, January 10 (12:00-3:00 PM), exhibitors must submit a signed Gallery Policy & Waiver with their entry fees of $15 per work. A copy of the Gallery Policy and Waiver can be found here: Gallery Policy and Waiver 2015

Important change for 2020:  Judging will be blind; artists’ names will be hidden from the judges.

The public is welcome at the Artists’ Reception on Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 1-3 PM where award winners will be announced.  2020 awards categories are: Oil or Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolor, Mixed Media or Other Media, and 3-Dimensional.  Join us for refreshments, community, conversation, and, of course, inspiring artwork! You can cast your ballot then for the 2020 People’s Choice Award or on another visit to the exhibit.

Don’t miss the Artist Talk on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 11:00 AM when you will hear from each of the award-winning artists and learn the winner of the People’s Choice Award. You can vote for your favorite artwork for the People’s Choice Award until 2:00 PM on Wednesday, February 19th.

Library Lover’s Lottery:  Become a member of the Friends by Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Artist Talk and you will be entered into our lottery to win a special artwork. Already a member?  Then you are automatically entered into the drawing.  You do not need to be present to win.

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”

2020 Joy of Art winners will be announced at the Artists’ Reception on January 18, 2020.