WATERVILLE — The Waterville Area Art Society, Waterville Public Library and Waterville Main Street will co-present the 2015 Maine Open Juried Art Show March 21 through April 25 at the Waterville Public Library, 73 Elm St. Entering its 25th year, the show attracts more than 80 artists representing more than 50 Maine communities in a variety of media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel and other media, according to a news release from the co-presenters.

Sponsored by Kennebec Savings Bank, The Colby College Museum of Art and the Bank of Maine this year, the show seeks to provide a venue for artists to display their work, inspire artistic excellence and showcase Waterville as a hub for creative enterprise. More than $3,000 in prizes are to be awarded this year. In addition, local prizes of high quality art printing services from Digital Imageworks, watercolor field studio set by Winsor Newton from Berry’s Stationers, framing services from FrameMakers, Maine Film Center and Railroad Square Cinema gift passes, and The Lunder Collection: a Gift of Art to Colby College, a catalogue of the museum’s works, will be presented to the winners.

The judges will be Lauren Lessing, Marsha Donahue and Lisa Wheeler.

Lessing is the Mirken curator of education at the Colby College Museum of Art, where she directs community outreach and programming, links the museum’s collections and exhibitions to the curriculum at the college, and oversees American paintings and sculptures created before 1900.

Donahue holds degrees from both American University in Washington, D.C., and the Maine College of Art in Portland. She is owner of North Light Gallery in Millinocket. Marsha’s work has been published in American Artist, Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors, and Maine Home + Design.

Lisa Wheeler, program manager at Waterville Creates!, manages arts programming and gallery exhibitions at Common Street Arts. A graphic designer and printmaker, Lisa has exhibited monoprints in solo and group shows throughout Central Maine and has original pieces in collections at the University of Maine at Augusta and MaineGeneral’s new Regional Hospital.

The awards ceremony and reception is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, at the Waterville Public Library. The public is invited to attend. The work will remain on display in the library until April 25, with the community invited to vote for their favorite piece for the People’s Choice Award throughout the month.

Library hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. For more information or to register as an artist, visit watervillemainstreet.org.

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