Midcoast artists and artists from around the state were invited to enter work in the Maine Lobster Festival Open Juried Art Show sponsored by Camden National Bank. The show was housed in the Rockland branch of Camden National Bank and participating Main Street merchant windows during festival week. The show was open to professional artists, as well as adult amateurs, high school, middle school and elementary students. Results were announced Aug. 2 on the festival grounds. Presenting the ribbons and prizes at Camden National Bank were Carrissa Christy and Heather Burns from Camden National Bank; artists Janet Washburn and Lynn Lamb; and Su Johnson, Art Show and Tent Director for the Maine Lobster Festival.

In the Professional and Amateur groupings, first place winners receive a $50 gift card from Camden National Bank; second place, a festival poster T-shirt and medallion; and third place, a signed festival poster. The Student awards are: first place, sketchbook and signed poster; second place, poster T-shirt; and third place, a signed poster. The Eddie Harriman Award, based on from the parade theme; and the Betty Kinney Award, Best Depiction of a Coastal Scene, are cash awards of $100 each.

Winners in the Professional group are: Mary Jane Dunn’s “Jug and Apples” won first place and Stella Sherman’s “Red Canoe Sunset at Pine Point” was awarded second place.

The Amateur awards are divided up by media. Winners in watercolor/acrylic are: Rayetta Simmons’ “Leaving The Harbor,” first place; Jack Ross’ “Matinicus Rock,” second place; and Jordan Smith’s “Sardine Carrier,” third place.  Janet Bell’s painting of “Araho” won first place in the oil category.

Mixed media awards went to Steffany Tribou’s glass mosaic “Rockland Panorama,” first place; W.D. Rouses’ “Lobster,” second place; and Colleen Murphy’s “First Light,” third.

Photography garnered the highest number of entries for the show. First place went to Kay Gibson’s “Ferris Wheel”; second place to Jason Philbrook’s “Untitled’ photograph of a girl in woods; and third was awarded to Kay Gibson’s “Eastern Chipmunk.”

Student winners were Rachel Johnson, whose painting “Bird’s of Paradise” took first place; Sam Calamari’s “Dragon Fish,” second place; and Tim Bruce’s photograph of “Luna Moth,” third place.

The Eddie Harriman Award went to Tanya Amazeen-Jones’s painting “Lobster Girl.” The Betty Kinney Award went to “Autumn Brook,” a pastel painting by M.J. Dunn.

Judges for this year’s show were Jenilyn Johnson, Holly Smith and Janet Washburn. Lynn Lamb, Liz Lombardo, Rachel Johnson, Abbie Billingston and Zoey Billingston volunteered their time on the registration of participants. Lorain Francis was instrumental in the setting up of the participating businesses. The festival expressed thanks to the Main Street businesses that exhibited art in their windows; they are Dooryard Books, Hall’s Antiques, The Reading Corner, Huston-Tuttle and Planet Toys.  Camden National Bank was awarded a plaque in recognition of its support of both space and awards for this highly successful show.

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