The judges for this year’s Maine Lobster Festival Open Juried Art Show, sponsored by Camden National Bank, are local and Maine residents. The venue will be Camden National Bank and Main Street businesses, with merchants exhibiting works in their store windows. Connie Sawyer has worked closely with festival coordinators to make this year’s show successful.

Paintings and other works will be submitted Monday, Aug. 1 and the judges will do their work the following day and a half before the festival opens. Categories of oil and acrylic painting; watercolor painting and other media will be judged.

Heading the judging panel for the 2011 Open Juried Art Show is Janet Washburn of Farmington, who paints with water media and oils. 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. Her work is exhibited at the Washburn and Johnson Gallery of Farmington and Johnson Gallery on Lake Avenue in Rockland. She will be showing her paintings at the 2011 Maine Lobster Festival Art Tent.

Holly Smith of Rockport is an art teacher at the new Oceanside High School in Rockland  An avid watercolorist and photographer, Smith brings extensive depth to the panel with her background in accessing and viewing works of art.

Maggie D. Johnson of San Diego, Calif., returns to the Maine Lobster Festival to be recognized as the 2001 Maine Sea Goddess. While attending Colby College working on her undergraduate degree in biology, she minored in art. Art making and appreciation are very much a part of her life as she continues her doctorate work in marine biology at Scripps College.

In addition to the awards for oil and acrylic, watercolors and other media, the Eddie Harriman Award will be presented to the best representation of this year’s theme — Lobsterpalooza; Like It, Love It, Eat It. To commemorate her years of dedicated service to the Maine Lobster Festival Art Tent and Art Show, the Maine Lobster Festival also will present the Betty Kinney Award to an artist who best renders a coastal scene.

Awards will be announced and distributed on the festival grounds Friday, Aug. 5. Artists who have work that places will be notified by phone or e-mail so they may be present for the awards ceremony.

Registration form and tags as well as the guidelines for the 64th Maine Lobster Festival Open Juried Art Show may be found online at or through Su Johnson at or 594-4942.

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