The 64th Maine Lobster Festival’s Open Juried Art Show will hold its registration Monday, Aug. 1 at the back parking lot entrance of the downtown branch of Camden National Bank, sponsor and host of the show, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The show is open to artists — professional, adult amateur and students — and each person may enter as many as two pieces of artwork. Work is to be framed and ready for hanging, no larger than 24-by-28-inches for two-dimensional pieces, and accompanied by an easel for the display of one piece in a merchant’s storefront window.

The following medium categories will be accepted for display and judging: oil and acrylic; sculpture; watercolor; photography; and other media (chalk, pastel, ink, graphite, collage, colored pencil). Professionals and adults/amateurs will pay a fee of $20; and students age 14 through 18 and those age 5 through 13 will have a registration fee of $5.

Judging by a three-artist panel will take place Tuesday, Aug. 2. The show will be mounted at the bank and in the windows of other Main Street merchants by the festival’s opening noon Wednesday, Aug. 3, and results will be announced on the main stage Friday, Aug. 5. Artwork must be collected Monday, Aug. 8 between 10 a.m. and noon at the bank.

This year’s judging panel is comprised of Janet Washburn of Farmington, Holly Smith of Rockport and Maggie D. Johnson of San Diego, Calif. First, second, third and honorable mention placement will be named for each medium in the Professional and Amateur categories. A Best of Show winner will be named for the Student Age 14-18 category; all younger students will receive participant ribbons and first, second, third and honorable mention placements will be named, as well.

In addition to judging the medium categories, the judges will present two special awards. The Eddie Harriman Award is judged based on the Maine Lobster Festival parade theme, Lobster-Palooza. The Betty Kinney Award, established in memory of the 25-year art show and tent director, will be given to the painting that best depicts a coastal scene. All placing artists will receive a ribbon for the place awarded, and there will be a variety of awards given for each category. Camden National Bank provides savings bonds to all first place winners. Eddie Harriman and Betty Kinney award winners will receive a cash prize.

The Open Juried Art Show guidelines, registration form and labels may be accessed through under Maine Lobster Festival Open Juried Art Show; submitting artists also may fill out forms at the registration table at the bank. For more information, contact director Su Johnson at or 594-4942.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to

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