The Joy of… Series

The Joy of…series comprises of three cultural events at Topsham Public Library that are co-sponsored by the Friends of the Topsham Public Library: Joy of Art, Joy of the Lens and Joy of the Pen.

Joy of Art  

The Joy of Art is our annual judged art exhibit which features original artwork by Maine residents, both amateur and professional. Each year the work can be viewed in the Crooker Gallery and the Highlands Community Room. Prizes are awarded in categories including oil/acrylic, mixed/other media, pastels, watercolor, and 3D. Applications for the next Joy of Art will be available in November.

Congratulations to the 2021 winners!

  • Still Life: Pandemic by Elliott Miller
  • Animal: Below the Surface by Anne Schutz
  • Abstract: Crescendo by Linda Murray
  • Portrait: Engineers by Kevin Mizner
  • Landscape/nature: Merrymeeting Bay by William Stanton
  • Peoples’ Choice – to be chosen

Honorable Mentions:

  • Still Life – Oak Leaf and Two Acorns by Gloria Brown
  • Animal: Bee by Jennifer Mulcahy
  • Abstract: Three Gourds with Geometric Patterns by Douglas Gregory Kanes
  • Portrait: The Ranger by Jeff Plucker
  • Landscape/nature: Shoreline by Mike Timberlake

Joy of the Lens

The Joy of the Lens is our annual judged photography exhibit which features original photography by Maine residents, both amateur and professional. Each year the work can be viewed in the Crooker Gallery and the Highlands Community Room. Prizes are awarded in categories including Color, Black & White, and a specific Challenge themed category chosen by the Challenge winner of the previous year. Applications will be available in February.

Congratulations to the 2019 Winners!

Jack Sharkey for Katahdin Stream Fall – Color
Wayne Fournier for The Last One – Black & White
Linda Cullivan for Spiral – Mike’s Challenge: Leading Lines *
Scott Anderson for Salt Fog, Bailey Island – People’s Choice Award

Honorable Mentions:
Linda Cullivan For Frozen – Color
Jack Sharkey for DDG-116 – Black & White
Craig Snapp for Ice Bridge to Spruce Island – Mike’s Challenge: Leading Lines*

*Theme selected by Mike Cullivan
2018 Peoples’ Choice Award winner

Joy of the Pen

Joy of the Pen is our annual writing competition which is open to year-round Maine residents. This year, we awarded the following prizes, sponsored by The Cryer: The Verdi L. Tripp Fiction Award, Margaret F. Tripp Poetry Award and Richard F. Snow Nonfiction Award and sponsored by Just Write Books: Maine-related Nonfiction Award and Honorable Mention. We also awarded Honorable Mentions in Fiction, Poetry and Nonfiction, sponsored by the Friends of The Topsham Public Library, a Teen Fiction Award and Teen Poetry Award sponsored by TPL Teen Scene,  a Kids Fiction and Kids Poetry Award sponsored by the TPL Children’s Department, and as a special category in 2020, an award and honorable mention for Pandemic Reflections. You can read the winning entries and author bios, watch readings and much, much more on the online Joy of the Pen Literary Journal. We will be accepting submissions for Joy of the Pen next September.

Congratulations to the 2020 winners!

The Verdi L. Tripp Fiction Award: Peter Simmons for The Premium Plan
Fiction Honorable Mention: Michael Tooher for 180°
Margaret F. Tripp Poetry Award: Matt Bernier for The Day Mary Oliver Died
Poetry Honorable Mention: Richard K. Williams for Growth
Richard F. Snow Nonfiction Award: Cynthia Larson for Reshuffling
Nonfiction Honorable Mention: John Reinhart for Odds
Nonfiction Honorable Mention: Chris Chapman for Great Escapes
Just Write Maine-related Nonfiction Award: Shannon Bowring for Fresh Cut
Maine-related Nonfiction Honorable Mention: Lynne Schmidt for Lions and Tabby Cats: An Ode to How Snowboarding Saved My Life
TPL Teen Fiction Award: Josy Hollenbach for This is Where It Gets Better
TPL Teen Poetry Award: Emma Haims for Afraid of Humanity
TPL Kids Fiction Award: Mattheus Reinhart for The Backstory of Bagel-Grease’s Scar
TPL Kids Poetry Award: Lucien Reinhart for When the Trees Were Made of Cotton Candy
Pandemic Reflections Award: Lorraine Davis for Sylvia
Pandemic Reflections Honorable Mention: Lucien Reinhart for Covid Chronicles