Small Stones Festival of the Arts announces new site, dates


Small Stones Festival of the Arts announces new site, dates
“Girl at Pottery Wheel,” by Susan Cardosi

GRAFTON – The Small Stones Festival of the Arts has announced a new schedule and venue for the sixth annual fine art and photography juried exhibition.

It will run Jan. 27 – Feb. 4 at the Brigham Hill Community Barn, 37 Wheeler Road. The free exhibit is open to the public.

The festival will open on Saturday, Jan. 27, from noon to 5 p.m. The awards ceremony will take place at 2 p.m.; artist talks will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the gallery.

The exhibit will be open Sunday, Jan. 28, from noon to 4 p.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 1 and Thursday, Feb. 1, from noon to 4 p.m., with extended hours on Friday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 3, from noon to 6 p.m.

The festival will continue on Monday, Feb. 4, with exhibit hours from noon to 4 p.m., and juror talks at 2 p.m.

This year the festival received a grant of $2,500 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as additional grants provided by the towns of Grafton’s and Millbury’s cultural councils administered through the nonprofit organization.

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A distinguished panel of six jurors (three for each category) have selected 144 works to appear in the exhibit and printed catalog. The hardback exhibit catalog is for sale online and at the festival. All submissions meeting minimum requirements are featured in the festival’s web gallery.

Distinguished fine art jurors include Michael Rose, gallery manager of the historic Providence Art Club, art historian and columnist; Glenn Murray, an award winning contemporary realist painter; and Kim Morin Weineck, a fine art artist who works in all mediums and is a signature member of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod.

The photography jurors are composed of three photographers – Ron Rosenstock, Shane Gutierrez and Tom Nault.

Awards will be given for both fine art and photography categories – cash prizes of $500 for first; $250 for second; and $100 for third. Additionally, each of the six jurors select a juror’s choice. The public votes for a popular choice winner in each category.

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