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. Applications for the next Joy of Art will be available in November.

Congratulations to the 2022 winners!

Painting: Abi by Kevin Mizner
Drawing: Artichoke by Linda Wolcott
Printmaking: Maine Deer by Mya Sol
Mixed Media / Collage: Gratitude by Natasha Kempers-Cullen
Textile: 100 Years by Rebecca Jauch
Digital Art: Mi Mundo Entero by Cali Montes
3-Dimensional: Smoke & Flames by Douglas Kanes

Honorable Mentions:

Painting: Notes of Neon by Anne Schutz
Drawing: Rocky Coast Sunrise by Diana Washburn
Mixed Media / Collage: Crocodile Love by Libby Sipe
3-Dimensional: Flattop Gourd by Douglas Kanes

People’s Choice winner:

Diamond in the Calm by Jon Coffin

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. Applications will be available in February.

Congratulations to the 2022 winners!

Color: The Weight of Sorrow Cannot Be Measured by Norma Warden
Black & White: Moxie Falls by Dick Tarr
Peter’s Challenge – Contrasts: Stranded by Karen Kurkjian

Honorable Mentions:

Color: The Kiss by Linda Cullivan
Black & White: Solitude by Jack Sharkey
Peter’s Challenge – Contrasts: Infinite Conflict by Rob Smith

People’s Choice winner:

Happy Moose by Victorien Rami

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. 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, and a Kids Fiction and Kids Poetry Award sponsored by the TPL Children’s Department. 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 on September 1, 2022 and will be adding a new category, short plays sponsored by The Crowbait Club. We will no longer be awarding the Maine-related nonfiction award.

Congratulations to the 2021 winners!

The Verdi L. Tripp Fiction Award: Leah Siviski for “The Sound of Letting Go”
Fiction Honorable Mention: Kelsey W. Libby for “One Man’s Trash”
Margaret F. Tripp Poetry Award: Jeanne Julian for “Angel of the Sensual”
Poetry Honorable Mention: David Sloan for “Flames”
Richard F. Snow Nonfiction Award: Michael Tooher for “Hit Men”
Nonfiction Honorable Mention: Haley Warden for “The Hike”
TPL Teen Fiction Award: Julia Viani for “The Water Hole”
TPL Teen Poetry Award: Piper Staples for “The Girl in the Willows”
TPL Kids Fiction Award: Lydia Cabot for “Ruby and the Magical Violin”
TPL Kids Poetry Award: Opal Reinhart for “Cat”
Just Write Maine-related Nonfiction Award: John Reinhart for “One More Ride”