Midcoast artists and artists from around the state were invited to join the Maine Lobster Festival in celebrating its 63rd year by entering work in the Maine Lobster Festival Open Juried Art Show. The show was housed in the Rockland branch of sponsor Camden National Bank plus participating Main Street merchant windows.

The show was open to professional artists, as well as adult amateurs; and high school, middle school and elementary students. Show registration was held Aug. 2 at Camden National Bank and judging by a panel of three artists took place Aug. 3. Results were announced on the festival grounds on Aug. 6. Presenting the awards on the Maine Stage were Shari Bartlett from Camden National Bank; artists Janet Washburn and Lynn Lamb; and Su Johnson, Art Show and Tent director for the Maine Lobster Festival. Student Donnie Beeman assisted in the setting up and managing of the stage area. Michael Whitman provided photographing service for the event.

Medium categories accepted for display and judging were sculpture, watercolor/acrylic, oil, mixed media, photography and digital imagery. Ribbons and prizes were awarded to the chosen art works. In the Professional and Amateur groupings, first place winners received a $50 savings bond from Camden National Bank; second place, a sketchbook with Maine Lobster Festival medallion; third place, an official festival poster T-shirt; and honorable mention, a signed 2010 festival poster. Among the students, first place winners received a sketchbook with MLF medallion; second and third place, a MLF 2010 poster T-shirt; and honorable mention, a 2010 signed MLF poster.

The Eddie Harriman Award, based on the parade theme From Ocean to Table; and the Betty Kinney Award for Best Depiction of a Coastal Scene were cash awards of $100 each.

Professional

In the professional group, Samuel Minot’s “Fort Point Bell House” won first place; Nancy Peasley’s “Measure Up” won second place; and third place went to M.J. Dunn’s “Sailing At Sunset.” Honorable mention awards were presented for Billy Anderson’s “Bell Bouy,” Paula Cannon’s “Climbing High” and Beth McKinney’s “Red Roses.”

Amateur

The amateur awards are divided up by mediums. In watercolor/acrylic, Rayetta Simmons’ “Retired Buoys” won first place; Janet Bell’s “Quiet Water” took second; and Marion Hall’s “The Tree” was awarded third place.

Oil paintings by Sally Paul took first, “Marshal Point,” and third, “Pemaquid,” places; and Carolyn Gabbe’s “Early Birds On Damariscotta” was awarded second place. Honorable mention was presented for Nathan Borst’s “Perfect Night.”

John Moro’s “Baseball Players” was awarded first place in the sculpture category with Craig Berube-Gray’s “Granite Lobster” receiving second and Susan Morse’s “From Ocean to Table” placing third.

In mixed media, Susan Morse’s “Fish” place first, Sandra Hilt’s “North Haven Boat House” second and Cindy Wandell’s “Fogged In Day” third. Honorable mention awards were given for Crissy Palmeter’s “Strong Woman” and Cindy Wandell’s “Owls Head Light.”

The photography category received the highest number of entries for the show. First place went to Elizabeth Steele’s “Bugs Eye View,” second to Stephen Decato’s “Boat At Rest” and third to David Turnick’s “Majestic Coyote.” Honorable mentions were awarded for Deborah Stevens’ “A Rivers Moment” and Kim Clarke’s “Dorey.”

Student

The Best of Show for high school students was awarded to Charlie Carver’s photograph “Tangible.”

In the student/elementary grouping, Rachel Johnson was awarded first place for her oil painting “Mountain Bliss”; Heather Dumond took second for her painting “Untitled”; and third place was awarded to Zoe Billington’s “Chowdah.” Alexandra Bunker, Remi Schwartz, Jordan Schwartz, Sarah Wandell and Taylor Hamlin were given honorable mention awards.

Special awards

The Eddie Harriman Award went to Susan Morse’s “From Ocean to Table” sculpture. The Betty Kinney Award went to “Penobscot Bay Islands,” an oil painting by M.J. Dunn.

Judges of this year’s show were Jenilyn Johnson, Holly Smith and Janet Washburn, who volunteered their time to carefully access the works displayed at Camden National Bank and the works displayed in the Main Street business windows. Lynn Lamb of West Farmington, Sam Heald of the Georges Valley High School art department and Janet Mawhinney of Jonesboro volunteered their time on the registration of participants at the downtown Rockland branch of Camden National Bank. Lorain Francis was instrumental in the setting up of the participating businesses.

Businesses participating in this year’s exhibit were Bangor Savings Bank, Loyal Biscuit, Dooryard Books, Grasshopper Shop, Mace’s, Reading Corner, Sea Street Graphics, Brass Compass, Amalfi’s, Quilt Divas, Huston-Tuttle, Upcycle, Fiore Olive Oils and Vinegars, Caravans, Puffin’s Nest and Freedom Jewelers. Camden National Bank was awarded a plaque as recognition for its support of both space and awards for this highly successful show.

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