Registration for the 66th Maine Lobster Festival Open Juried Art Show, sponsored by Camden National Bank, will take place Monday, July 29. Artists are asked to bring their works to the ATM entrance of Camden National Bank, at the corner of Main and Park streets, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Artists may enter as many as two pieces with a size limitation of 24-by-28 inches.  Artwork must be framed and ready for hanging; exhibitors are asked to supply one easel for the display of one piece to be exhibited in a merchant’s storefront window.

Artists may download the registration information from or fill out forms at the registration table at the bank. Questions may be directed to Su Johnson, Art Director for the festival, at or 542-6933.

Fees for registration are as follows. In the amateur and professional division, the fee is $20 for up to two works. The fee for students, both elementary and high school, is $5 for up to two works. Categories for the professional division are first, second, third and honorable mention with all media considered. The amateur division breaks down into oil paint; water media including watercolor paint and acrylic paint; and other media that may include chalk, pastel, ink, graphite, collage, colored pencil or marker. There are four tiers of awards in this category as well. Student, high school ages 14 to 18 and elementary 5 to 13, receive a ribbon for participation and each division is awarded the four tiers of awards.

There are special awards given in honor of two artists who were integral in the creating avenues for the arts as a part of festival activities; they worked hard at bridging the festival and Rockland downtown through the arts. An award given to the painting that best depicts a Coastal Scene honors Betty Kinney, 25-year art director for the Art Tent and the Merchant’s Showcase. Eddie Harriman painted the lobster design on windows of merchants in Rockland for many years. He was also known for his clown car in the festival parade. He is honored by an award given to a work that best depicts the lobster in a creative way. Both awards are cash awards open to all divisions.

Following registration July 29, the judging by a panel of three judges will take place Tuesday, July 30. The Maine Lobster Festival and the Open Juried Art Show open Wednesday, July 31; the art work may be viewed in Camden National Bank’s and participating merchants’ windows. The art awards will be held Friday, Aug. 2, at 1 p.m. on the main stage (award winners will be notified in advance). Art pieces are to be picked up from the bank and storefront windows Monday, Aug. 5, between 10 a.m. and noon.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or