You’ve gotta have arts

GFAMF Chair Fay Morrisson gives artist Wendy Rowland the People's Choice Award at last year's festival.

GFAMF Chair Fay Morrisson gives artist Wendy Rowland the People's Choice Award at last year's festival.

Are you ready to show off your artistic side? The Grafton Fine Arts and Music Festival is gearing up for its fourth year celebrating the local arts scene, which this year is March 27-29 at the Grafton Municipal Center.

The event is filled not only with artwork from local artists but also workshops that are designed to bring out the artistic side of both adults and children alike.

The deadline for artists to submit their work is Thursday, and you can use the handy application form right here: artist_application

In its fourth year, the Grafton Fine Arts and Music Festival (GFAMF) is a unique event combining a weekend exhibition of artwork by local artists with a full music and dance performance schedule, and workshops by art and music teachers. The GFAMF committee strives to keep the festival a fun family event which is reflected in reasonable admission charges: tickets are $3/day for adults; $2/day for children (age 5+), and free for participating artists, musicians, and children four years and under. Local vendors will sell crafts; food and drinks are for sale.

Don’t miss the Friday night art opening, a wine and hors d’oeuvres party featuring music by jazz man and local entertainer Chet Williamson. The music and performance schedule for Saturday and Sunday focuses on local talent, with two local youth dance groups, jazz by Grafton Memorial High School’s Saxophone Quartet, Worcester’s Joy of Music Program, and WPI’s big band. Grafton’s Apple Tree Arts is represented in the music program with jazz guitarist Tim Gruntman and the lyrical duo Jan and Brian Barlow. Other local eclectic jazz and rock bands will perform.

Workshops in art and music take place Saturday and Sunday, 12-4 PM, offering something for all ages. Families with young children are encouraged to take part in drop-in workshops in mask making, sponsored by the Worcester Art Museum, and a Torn-Paper Community collage. Workshop leaders are professionals in their respective art field and have teaching experience. To sign up for a workshop and learn more about the instructors, visit: www.graftonartsfestival.org

Celebrate art and music at the GFAMF. Proceeds from the festival are used to fund next year’s event. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Grafton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

The workshops look really fun and creative — if we weren’t going to a family event Saturday, my daughter would be all over the beading, but instead we’re just going to be attending one, Kristi Proctor’s “fairy houses” workshop. I just talked to Patti Sims, who is coordinating sign-ups, and she said the workshops are slowly starting to fill; if you have your heart set on one, it’s better to sign up sooner rather than later.

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