The Maine Lobster Festival’s Open Juried Art Show will hold its registration Monday, Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the ATM entrance of the downtown branch of Camden National Bank, sponsor and host of the show between. Works also will be on display in participating Main Street merchant windows.

The show is open to artists — professional, adult/amateur, high school students and elementary students — and each person may enter as many as two pieces of artwork. Work is to be framed and ready for hanging, no larger than 22-by-28-inches for two-dimensional pieces, and accompanied by an easel for at least one of the works. Sculpture pieces are to be accompanied by a sculpture stand. Exhibiting space is limited, and anything more than three feet in height and width needs to be pre-approved by the show director. Wall space is limited so artists are encouraged to supply easels for displaying their work.

The following medium categories will be accepted for display and judging: sculpture; watercolor/acrylic; oil; mixed media; photography; and digital imagery.

Professionals and adults/amateurs will pay a fee of $20 for up to two works; and high school, middle school and elementary school students will have a registration fee of $5. Judging by a three-artist panel will take place Tuesday, Aug. 3. Results will be announced on the festival grounds Wednesday, Aug. 4. Winners will be contacted ahead of the presentation of the awards.

Heading the judging panel this year will be Jenilyn Johnson of Rockland. She is a very accomplished clay figurative sculptor and her work is currently on display at Susan Marsh Gallery in Portland. Johnson has a master of fine arts degree in ceramic sculpture from George Washington University.

Janet Washburn of Farmington, who paints with water media and oils, joins the judging panel for this year’s art show. Drawn to islands off the Maine coast and Canada as well as central Maine mountainscapes, rivers and lakes, she brings a diverse understanding of the art making process to the judging team. Washburn’s work is exhibited at Johnson Gallery on Lake Avenue in Rockland. She will be showing her paintings in the festival Art Tent.

The panel is completed by Holly Smith of Rockport, senior educator of the art department at Rockland District High School. An avid watercolorist and photographer, Smith brings extensive depth to the panel with her background in accessing and viewing works of art.

In addition to judging the medium categories, the judges will present two special awards. The Eddie Harriman Award is judged based on the Maine Lobster Festival parade theme, “From The Ocean To The Table.” The Betty Kinney Award, established in memory of the 25-year Art Show and Tent Director, will be given to the painting that best depicts a coastal scene. Art submitted should be labeled to be included in the judging for these special awards.

The Open Juried Art Show guidelines, registration form and tags may be accessed through under Maine Lobster Festival Open Juried Art Show. For more information, contact director Su Johnson at or 594-4942. Sarah Dolman has worked closely with festival coordinators to make this year’s show successful.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to