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 2020 winners!

Donna Coffin, Wood & Little Wood – Oil/Acrylic
Mercedes Gastonguay, High Tide at Monhegan – Pastel
Les Borodinsky, Shelter from the Storm – Watercolor
Libby Sipe, Oscar Wilde – Mixed/Other Media
Douglas Kanes, Many Eyed Mask– 3-Dimensional
Alyssa Smith for A Quiet Evening – People’s Choice

Honorable Mentions:
Penney Markley, Mill Stream – Oil/Acrylic
Beverly Price, Jack in the Field – Pastel
Max Annable, Aventuros – Watercolor
Cheryl A. Young, Fox in Glade – Mixed/Other Media
Bob Metivier, Island Cottage – 3-Dimensional

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 and a Teen Award and Honorable Mention sponsored by TPL Teen Scene. 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 in next September.

Congratulations to the 2018 winners!

Greg Tulonen for Black Lady, Chase the Lady, Crubs – The Verdi L. Tripp Fiction Award
Zach Brockhouse for On How Fat Jimmy Oates Lost His Leg – Fiction Honorable Mention
Patricia Ferrara Fuchs for Artifacts – Margaret F. Tripp Poetry Award
Lynne Schmidt for The Perfect Dress – Poetry Honorable Mention
Lauren Sangster for I Love You, I Miss You Already – Richard F. Snow Nonfiction Award
Ruth Watkins for A Matter of Perspective – Nonfiction Honorable Mention
Jack Ouimette for Hidden in the Eyes – TPL Teen Fiction Award
Nathan Deveney for Dances – TPL Teen Poetry Award
Lynne Schmidt for Memories and New Beginnings – Just Write Maine-related Nonfiction Award