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 juried art exhibit which features original artwork by year-round Maine residents, both amateur and professional. Each year the work can be viewed in the Crooker Gallery. Prizes are awarded in categories including mixed media, oil/acrylic, other media, pastels, and watercolor. Applications for the next Joy of Art will be available in November.

Congratulations to the 2017 winners!

Patricia Norzow for Piper, Australian Shepard – oil/acrylic
Nancy Lovely for Precious – pastel
Donna Coffin for The Kid – watercolor
Natasha Kempers-Cullen for Dance – mixed media
Emily Hollister for Snowball – other media
Howard Soloman for Drawing Breath – 3-dimensional
Patricia Norzow for Summer, Peoples’ Choice Award

Honorable Mentions:
Gloria Brown, Brown – Oil/Acrylic
Ed McCartan, Out of Doors, Spring – Oil/Acrylic
Bev Walker, Sundown – Oil/Acrylic
Jan Roberston, Full Moon – Pastel
Mary Mendler, Tomatoes in July – Watercolor
Mary Becker Weiss, Noise – Mixed Media
Ann C. Slocum, Untitled – Mixed Media
Richard Carney, Time Bandits, 3-Dimensional

Joy of the Lens

The Joy of the Lens is our annual juried photography exhibit which features original photography by year-round Maine residents, both amateur and professional.Each year the work can be viewed in the Crooker Gallery. Prizes are awarded in categories including Nature and Landscapes/Seascapes, People, Animals, Digital Darkroom, Details and Macro, and 35mm. Applications are available now! Applications are here or at the library.

Congratulations to the 2017 Joy of the Lens Award Winners!
Richard Tarr for Supper Can Wait – Color
Linda Cullivan for Dreams of Sailing Ships – Black & White
Mike Cullivan for Sandhill Takeoff Reflection – Nancy’s Challenge: Reflections **
Linda Cullivan for Nesting Material – People’s Choice Award

Honorable Mentions:
Linda Cullivan for Nesting Material – Color
Craig Snapp for Toy Town Meeting – Color
Robert Delaney for Bubble Girl, First Friday Art Walk – Black & White
Tim Loose for Budd Creek, Yosemite National Park – Black & White
Karin Congleton for Tristen and a Puddle – Nancy’s Challenge: Reflections **
Peter McCarthy for Rivers Meet – Nancy’s Challenge: Reflections **
Denley Poor-Reynolds for Sparticus – Nancy’s Challenge: Reflections **

** Theme selected by Nancy Greindl
2016 People’s 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 the next Joy of the Pen on September 2, 2017.

Congratulations to the 2016 winners!

Shannon Bowring for A Marriage of Similars – The Verdi L. Tripp Fiction Award:
Sandra Neily for Deadly Trespass – Fiction Honorable Mention
David Sloan for Muddying the Waters – Margaret F. Tripp Poetry Award
Stephen Bloom for Night Bus – Poetry Honorable Mention
Pamela Gerry for My Own Savior – Richard F. Snow Nonfiction Award
Nicole Breton for Partial to Blondes- Nonfiction Honorable Mention
Alexandra Burns for Get Rich (Not Quick) – TPL Teen Scene Award
Caitlyn Graney for Dark Woes Howl – Teen Honorable Mention
Vanessa Furu for Up Maine – Just Write Maine-related Nonfiction Award
Cecelia Hitte for Notes to Myself: Community Breakfast – Maine-related Nonfiction Honorable Mention