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9th Annual Grafton Fine Arts and Music Festival

Come spend a wonderful Saturday on March 22 at the 9th annual Grafton Fine Arts & Music Festival. See an amazing array of art from exceptional student work to incredible paintings by artists from Grafton, from throughout the Blackstone Valley, Worcester and beyond.

This all-day arts spectacular is completely run by volunteers. It includes the always-anticipated and exciting children's art awards ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Twenty four children in two categories will receive savings certificates donated by the Grafton Suburban Credit Union. At 6:30 in the evening, the adult artists will receive cash prizes for their anonymously judged work. In addition, there will be several special awards from local Grafton organizations and these will include both adult and student categories. There are usually three-to-four-hundred pieces of art exhibited.

Art demonstrations take place throughout the day. This year's demonstrations include collage methods by Stephen Halpert, luminaries by Cathy Taylor of Upton, and fiber work by Laura Cahalane of Northbridge. Throughout the day there will be performances by local musicians as well as performers from Apple Tree Arts. The reception at 6 p.m. includes the adult awards ceremony, delicious refreshments and a special program of entertaining live music       

Now in its 9th year, the annual Grafton Fine Arts & Music Festival has been beneficial to students from elementary through high school, giving them the opportunity to exhibit their work alongside skilled and dedicated amateur and professional artists. This year's categories include oil and acrylic painting, watercolor painting, traditional photography, digital photography, sculpture and clay art, graphic art (pen and ink, pencil, pastels), mixed media/assemblage, fiber art including quilts, and digital art.

The Festival was founded in 2005 by Stephen & Tasha Halpert. They proposed to create an opportunity for amateurs, professionals and students to be exhibited and judged alongside one another, bringing an artistic renaissance to Grafton. Together with initial grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Festival's beginning was embraced by the Grafton Suburban Credit Union and other local businesses who generously contributed  toward its enduring success.

There is plenty of free parking at the Grafton Municipal Center on Route 122, Providence Highway in Grafton. The $5.00 entrance fee provides an all day enriching artistic experience plus catered refreshments.

For more information visit the Festival's Facebook page or website at www.graftonartsfestival.org.