Registration for the 65th Maine Lobster Festival Open Juried Art Show, sponsored by Camden National Bank, is set for Monday, July 30.  Artists are asked to bring their works to the ATM entrance of the downtown Camden National Bank between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Artists may enter as many as two pieces with a size limitation of 24-by-28 inches. Artwork is to be framed and ready for hanging. Exhibitors are asked to supply one easel for the display of one piece to be exhibited in a merchant’s storefront window. Artists may download the registration information from; or fill out forms at the registration table at the bank. Questions may be directed to Su Johnson, art director for the festival, via email to or by calling 594-4942.

Fees for registration of up to two works per artist are as follows: $20 in the amateur and professional division; and $5 for students, both elementary and high school. Prize categories for the professional division are first, second, third and honorable mention with all media considered. The amateur division breaks down into oil paint; water media to include watercolor paint and acrylic paint; and other media, which may include chalk, pastel, ink, graphite, collage, colored pencil or marker.  There are four tiers of awards in this category as well. Students, high school age 14 to 18 and elementary age 5 to 13, receive a ribbon for participation and each division is awarded the four tiers of awards.

There are two special awards given for two artists who were integral in the creating avenues for the arts as a part of festival activities. They worked hard at bridging the festival and Rockland downtown through the arts. An award given to the painting that best depicts a Coastal Scene honors Betty Kinney, 25-year art director of the Art Tent and the Merchant’s Showcase. Eddie Harriman painted the lobster design on windows of merchants in Rockland for many years and also was known for his clown car in the big parade. He is honored by an award given to a work that best depicts the lobster is a creative way. Both awards are cash awards open to all divisions.

The show timeline is as follows. Registration is Monday, July 30. The judging by a panel of three judges will take place Tuesday, July 31.  The Maine Lobster Festival and its Open Juried Art Show will open Wednesday, Aug. 1. The artwork may be viewed in Camden National Bank and in participating merchants’ windows.  The art awards ceremony will be held Friday, August 3 on the festival’s Main Stage at 1 p.m. Award winners will be notified in advance. Art pieces are to be picked up from the bank and storefront windows on Monday, Aug. 6 between 10 a.m. and noon.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or