Joy of Art

The annual Joy of Art exhibit, inaugurated in 2008, features two-dimensional and three-dimensional work by current Maine artists, both amateur and professional, aged 16 or older. Awards are made in several categories identified in the published guidelines with an additional Peoples’ Choice Award announced at the close of the exhibit. This signature event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Topsham Public Library and the Library’s Board of Trustees.


Live in the Crooker Gallery, January 15 – February 9, 2023

The 2023 Joy of Art exhibit will be hosted in-person in Topsham Public Library’s Crooker Gallery and Highland’s Community Room. A reception is scheduled for Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 1pm and is open to the public. There will be no artists’ talk this year.

Registration for the Fifteenth Annual Joy of Art is now open. The deadline is Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 4pm. Printable guidelines with rules of entry and key dates for Joy of Art 2023 are available below.

Registration is now open!

(click above to go to the online registration form)

New to our JOY lineup is the option for the public to purchase a color catalog of the exhibit. All funds raised will go to the Friends of TPL and will be used for future Joy of Art expenses.

Cast a vote for your favorite artwork in the People’s Choice poll. Poll closes February 4th at 12pm.

Artists, below are the documents you will need to review and reference. We suggest printing them to have on hand:

Topsham Public Library Gallery Policy and Waiver.
Joy of Art Rules of Entry & Submission Guidelines.
How to Photograph Your Artwork.

If you have any questions, please email Monique Marchilli-Barker at or call the library at 725-1727.

Library Lover’s Lottery – Drawing to be held on February 12th at the close of the show

Congratulations to the 2022 Joy of Art 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

** Sign up to receive email notifications about the JOY exhibits by clicking here. **

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If you have any questions, please email Monique Marchilli-Barker at or call the library at 725-1727.