Grafton Fine Arts and Music Festival to award $2,700 in prizes

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Grafton – The 2012 Grafton Fine Arts and Music Festival, taking place March 23 through 25 at the Grafton Municipal Center, invites the public to participate in the annual arts celebration. As in previous years, hundreds of pieces of art will be judged anonymously by a panel of distinguished independent judges.

Three prize winners will be determined in each of the following eight categories: Fiber Arts, Graphic Arts (pen & ink, pencil, pastels), Oil/Acrylic, Watercolors, Traditional photography (image captured via film camera and printed from darkroom), Digital photography (image captured via digital camera and printed from computer), Sculpture and Clay art, Mixed Media/Assemblage. In addition, 12 outstanding art pieces will be selected from both the children and youth display. Winners will receive saving bonds.

Also, Grafton Land Trust is sponsoring four additional prizes, Best Nature Artwork, Best Nature Photo, Best Child's Nature Artwork (age 5-11), Best Youth Nature Artwork (age 12-18), for all submitted artwork. Prizes in this category are determined by the Land Trust independent judges.

The winners will be announced at the artist reception and award ceremony Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m., and children and youth prizes will be awarded Saturday, March 24 at 11 a.m. At the end of the festival, the winner of the People's Choice Award will be determined and announced.

Deadline for art submissions is Monday, March 12. The artist application is available at www.graftonartsfestival.org and in paper form at various places in Grafton and beyond, including the Grafton Municipal Center and Grafton Library. To keep up to date on the Grafton Fine Arts and Music Festival, follow it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/graftonfineartsmusicfestival.