Midcoast artists and artists from around the state are invited to join the Maine Lobster Festival in celebrating its 68th year by entering work in the annual juried art show, housed in the downtown branch of Camden National Bank and participating Main Street merchant windows.

Camden National Bank is the sponsor for the show, which is open to professional artists, adult amateurs and high school, middle school and elementary students. Show registration will be held Monday, July 27, and judged by a panel of artists Tuesday, July 28. Individuals will be notified by email or phone for placing in the open juried art show. The show may be viewed during the Maine Lobster Festival run July 29 through Aug. 2. Awards may be picked up in the Art Tent on the festival grounds or Monday, Aug. 3, at tear-down when art pieces are to be picked up from the bank and storefront windows between 10 a.m. and noon.

Work should be no larger than 24 by 28 inches and should be framed, ready for hanging.  Exhibitors are asked to supply one easel for window display.

Awards in 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, as well.  Students will receive a ribbon for participation, and each division is awarded the four tiers of awards.

The show features two special awards. The Eddie Harriman Award is judged based on the Maine Lobster Festival theme — lobsters. The Betty Kinney Award, established in memory of the 25-year art show and art tent director, will be given to the painting that best depicts a coastal scene.

Registration and drop-off are set for Monday, July 27, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the ATM lobby of Camden National Bank, at the corner of Main and Park streets. Entry fees are $20, $5 for students, and there is a two-work limit.

For complete guidelines and a registration form, visit mainelobsterfestival.com/contact. Artists also may fill out forms at the registration table at the bank. Questions may be directed to Su Johnson, Art Director for the festival, at art@mainelobsterfestival.com or 542-6933.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.