Small Stones Festival returns to Grafton Oct. 14-23


Small Stones Festival returns to Grafton Oct. 14-23
Some of the art from 2018 is displayed.

GRAFTON – The fifth annual Small Stones Festival of the Arts will offer a variety of literature, music and arts-related programming including a juried exhibit of fine art painting and photography at three venues in Grafton.

Extended festival hours run from Oct 14-23.

Five regional arts organizations — Apple Tree Arts, the Worcester County Camera Club, the Blackstone Valley Art Association, the Shakespeare Club of Grafton and Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra — have collaborated to create the fine art and photography festival.

The painting and photography exhibit will be held at the Great Hall, Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common, Grafton.

The Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra Chamber players will present a lecture and demonstration concert on Saturday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Grafton, 30 Grafton Common.

The principal string musicians of the CSHO will deconstruct a Mozart string quartet demonstrating the classical form and structure. Then, they will perform the entire piece. The quartet, joined by Paul Surapine, founding executive and artistic director of the CHSO, will perform Mozart’s “Quintet for Clarinet and String.”

The literary track, organized by the Shakespeare Club of Grafton, will include three programs to be held at the Grafton Public Library, 35 Grafton Common, including “Shakespeare Now and Then,” “A Writer’s Odyssey” and a performance of “Victorian Gossip Girl: Annie Adams Fields.”

Artists will learn the basics of how to bring their art to market at our program “How to Market Your Art” presented by Michael Rose, gallery manager of the historic Providence Art Club, on Oct. 19.

The popular artist and juror talks return Sunday, Oct. 16, 1 p.m. The artists will discuss their work while the juror’s presentations will provide insights about their thoughts and perspectives regarding their favorite festival artwork.

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