Grafton festival brings local artwork to public sphere

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Grafton festival brings local artwork to public sphere
Attendees visited the Small Stones Festival of the Arts, which began on Jan. 27. (Photo/Evan Walsh)

GRAFTON – Grafton’s 2023 Small Stones Festival of the Arts is officially underway.

The sixth annual festival was delayed this year due to storm-related damages at the Grafton Public Library. With new festival dates — and an entirely new venue — the festival returned to Grafton to showcase local artists.

“The inspiration was really the realization that there was a need… in Worcester County to showcase some of the remarkable artists we have in this region. We felt there wasn’t enough available to them. We wanted to create an exhibition that would allow both rising artists — some of whom might have never exhibited before — as well as some of the more established artists that could have more of a spotlight,” said Festival Organizing Committee member Ken Crater, who helped found the festival in 2018.

The festival is located inside the spacious Brigham Hill Community Barn this year and showcases hundreds of local art pieces. The festival includes artist talks and juror talks from experts in the field.

“I believe art provides a way to communicate ideas and emotions that are very difficult to put into words. It’s a different language, if you will. That language can be so rich, so expressive, and it can reach people who may not be reached by literature or narratives. Art has a unique role and impact on our culture,” Crater said.

The festival – which is located at 37 Wheeler Road in Grafton – lasts until Saturday, Feb. 4. The full remaining schedule can be found below.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 31: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 1: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 2: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 3: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 4: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

More information on the Small Stones Festival of the Arts is available at https://smallstonesfestival.org/.

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