Grafton – Artists are invited to submit their original works of art to the Small Stones Festival of the Arts (SSFA), a juried exhibition of fine art and photography to be held the weekend of Nov. 9-11 hosted by Apple Tree Arts at the Great Hall, One Grafton Common.
Three regional art organizations – Apple Tree Arts, Worcester County Camera Club and Blackstone Valley Art Association have collaborated to create the festival to provide an opportunity for Central Massachusetts artists to exhibit their work and gain recognition. The juried displays of photography and painting will be accompanied with a music program.
The festival is co-chaired by Ken Crater, Worcester County Camera Club and Donna Blanchard, executive director of Apple Tree Arts. An eclectic array of music is planned for the opening reception Friday evening and during select times at the exhibit.
A distinguished panel of jurors will review all submissions and determine which art work will be exhibited.
Photography jurors include Nancy Burns, associate curator of prints, drawings and photographs at the Worcester Art Museum; Scott Erb and Donna Dufault of Erb/Dufault Photography; and Robert Ring, cofounder of New England Photo Workshops.
The fine art category is juried by Carol Arnold of the Putney Painters group; Juliet Feibel, executive director of ArtsWorcester; and Piya Samant, a contemporary artist who is curating a show in July at The Sprinkler Factory.
Prior to the festival opening, jurors will select first ($500), prize ($250), and third ($100) prize winners for both categories. A thumbnail of each accepted submission with a description of the artist will be included in the exhibit catalogue. A $10 submission charge is required for each piece of artwork. Submissions will be accepted until Monday, Sept. 10 at the Art Call website, https://smallstonesfestival.artcall.org.
Sponsorships are available to help support the Small Stones Festival of the Arts. Contact Donna Blanchard at [email protected] or 508-839-4286 for information. For more information about the festival, visit smallstonesfestival.org or contact Blanchard or Ken Crater at [email protected], 508-272-9696.