The Grafton Municipal Center’s gymnasium will be turned into a gallery filled with artwork submitted by local amateur and professional artists of all ages. The stated mission of the festival is “to encourage, celebrate, and promote artists and musicians from Central Massachusetts, Southern Worcester County, The Blackstone Valley, and beyond.”
The day begins at 11 a.m. with the children’s art reception and closes that evening with the adult art reception from 6 to 8 p.m. In between will be musical performances and workshops for all ages. Admission all day is free.
Mr. Kim Webster offers a musical puppet show for children at 12:00; children’s activities will be provided by Worcester Art Museum’s outreach coordinator, among others. Performances at each hour feature classical, rhythm, and jazz performance, with the ensemble Rhythm Room, teen composer Katie Hudek, Apple Tree Arts’ Flutes, Community Chorus, and Jan and Brian Barlow. Performing for the evening reception is none other than Apple Tree Arts’ Director Donna Blanchard (flute) and Kelly Clark (guitar).
In addition to the artist categories of previous years – fiber art; graphic art; oil/acrylic painting; watercolors; traditional photography; digital photography; sculpture and clay art; mixed media / assemblage – a new category of digital art has been added for graphic designers. A first, second and third prize will be awarded for each of the 9 adult categories; children’s prizes will include 12 prizes in the age 5-11 category and 12 prizes in the age 12-18 category. In addition to the major prizes sponsored by the Grafton Suburban Credit Union, prizes have been made available by The Grafton Land Trust (best nature artwork), The Grafton Historical Society (best historical building or landmark), and the Grafton Garden Club (best garden artwork).
This year’s judges are Christopher R. Whitehead, Bret M. Herholz, and Valerie M. Spain, for the adult category, and Caroline Malley Scott, for the children’s categories.
The festival is supported by many local businesses, including: Anzio’s Brick Oven Pizza, Pecorino Cheese Shop, Holy Cow Ice Cream, Wong’s Restaurant, Spirit of Wellness, among others and we sincerely thank the prize sponsors as well as our corporate sponsors including: The Grafton News and IPG Photonics without whom the festival could not take place.
All information regarding the festival is officially available at http://www.graftonartsfestival.org. This year’s festival will be filmed by Grafton’s local cable network to be broadcast and relived again.