The 68th Maine Lobster Festival art show, sponsored by Camden National Bank of Rockland, had an impressive turnout of participants. Prizes were awarded in different categories and divisions, as follows.

Amateur division

In the amateur oil painting category, Rayetta Flint Simmons placed first with “View of Owls Head” and second with “Old Homestead.”

For acrylics, W.D. Rouse’s “Parrot” placed first, Larry Kinney’s abstract “Water” placed second and and Allie Turner’s caricature “Zoe” took third.

In the collage and mixed media category, Hannah Nelsbach’s “Pisces” placed first, Larry Kinney’s “Waterfall” placed second and Nelsbach’s “Fall Foliage” placed third.

The sculpture category had two assemblage hanging wall pieces by Ron Smith: “Windows” took first and “Cortlandt Alley Gritscape” second.

In the photography category, first place went to Bethany Clough’s black and white “June Fourteenth”; second place to Jackie Paine’s black and white “Festival”; and third place to Richard Wehnke’s “Sunset at the Breakwater.”

Roger Ryder’s ink pyrography on wood entries drew first place for “Through the Looking Glass” and second for “Maple Syruping Through the Years.”

Student division

Keariel Peasly placed first with her sepia photo “Rose.”

Professional division

In the professional watercolor category, Jack Ross placed first with “Island Docks,” Lydia Kaeyer second with “Windjammers on Parade” and Ross third for “North Haven Barn.”

In pastels, Ann O’Hara’s placed first with “Jewels of Rockland Harbor.”

On acrylics, Kathleen Thornton placed first with “Rockland Breakwater,” Mary Dunn second “Waiting For High Tide” and Laurie Webberthird for “Pincher and Crusher.”

In the oil category, Mary Dunn placed first with “Apples in Yellow Bowl” and Marjorie Austin second with “Varnum Pond.”

Richard Carney’s glass and clay mixed media piece was awarded first in that category; Joan Wright’s black and white photo “Fish Weir #1” placed first in photography; and John Kendall took first place with his ink-washed drawing “‘A Tribute to MS Bounty.”

Special awards

The Eddie Harriman Award, presented in memory of the artist whose brushwork graced the downtown windows festival week for years, went to Jack Ross for his watercolor “Island Docks.” The award requires a lobster theme.

The Betty Kinney Award was presented to Anne O’Hara for her pastel seascape “Jewels of Rockland Harbor.” The award, an annual tribute to the longtime Maine Lobster Festival Art Director and founder of the Art Tent, is for a painting that best depicts a Coastal Scene.

Merchants Showcase

The main part of the art show was housed at the Camden National Bank at the Rockland Branch and also in the windows of Main Street merchants. Thanks go to the following businesses for their participation this year — Reading Corner, Huston-Tuttle, The Eclipse and Speakeasy, Grasshopper Shop, Over the Rainbow Yarn, Thorndike Creamery, Puffin’s Nest, Dooryard Books, Distinctive Tile and Design, Hall’s Antiques and Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars

Registration date for next year’s MLF Art Show is Aug. 1, 2016. Information on the art show can be found online at

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