About the Festival

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The Small Stones Festival of the Arts is a new arts festival planned as a collaboration of three regional arts organizations, to be held November 9-11 at the Grafton Town House, One Grafton Common in Grafton. The Festival will combine juried exhibitions of photography and painting with an accompanying music program with the goal to elevate the practice and appreciation of fine art in the region.

Apple Tree Arts, a Grafton-based nonprofit community music and theatre arts school, will host the event and organize the music program.

Juried exhibitions of photography, organized by the Worcester County Camera Club, and painting, under the aegis of the Blackstone Valley Art Association, will be featured in the festival.

The organizers hope to see the festival grow in future years to encompass more art forms and expand to additional venues.

Small Stones Festival of the Arts

Organizing Committee

Donna Blanchard (Co-Chair) Apple Tree Arts
Alaina Calloway Bolton Apple Tree Arts
Ken Crater (Co-Chair) Worcester County Camera Club
Gary Cunningham (Exhibition Coordinator) Blackstone Valley Art Assoc.
Bonnie Frederico Sellar Shop, BVAA
Carol Frieswick (Artist Liaison) Blackstone Valley Art Assoc.
Bob Hassinger Worcester County Camera Club
Linda Hassinger (Juror Liaison) Worcester County Camera Club
Carolyn Kinloch-Winkler Grafton Artist
Bennie Thornton Worcester County Camera Club
Dana Wilson (Publicity) Apple Tree Arts

Festival Schedule

2018 Festival Schedule

Artwork drop-off by artists Wednesday, November 7, 12:00 – 7:00 pm
Thursday, November 8, 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Exhibition set-up Wednesday, November 7, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thursday, November 8, 10:00 – 4:00 pm
Friday, November 9, 10:00 – 2:30 pm
Juror reception and judging Friday, November 9, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Artist and VIP reception Friday, November 9, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Opening Event (free admission)* Friday, November 9, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Festival* Saturday, November 10, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, November 11, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Artwork pick-up by artists Sunday, November 11, 4:00 – 8:00 pm
Monday, November 12, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
* Open to the general public and free of charge.

Music Schedule

Friday, November 9
7:30 pm
after opening ceremony
Chamber music selections featuring:
Corbin Calloway Bolton, piano *
Amy Carroll, flute *
Kathryn Haddad, violin *
Saturday, November 10
10:00 am Claflin Hill Youth Symphonies
Woodwind Trio
12:00 pm Kelly Clark Trio
2:00 pm Kelly Clark Trio
3:00 pm Rhythmic Heart Kirtan +
Sunday, November 11
11:00 am Matt Torres, piano +
11:15 am ATA Theatre Arts selections +
directed by Lisa Scarlett *
11:45 am ATA Performance Troupe +
directed by Matt Mariner *
12:00 pm Brian Barlow, guitar
Jan Barlow, ukulele & vocals *
1:00 pm Sutton Ukulele Strummers
directed by Jan Barlow *
2:00 pm Stephanie Sarkisian, vocals *
Russell Jewell, trombone *
3:00 pm ATA student performers +
from the studio of Alaina Calloway Bolton *
+ denotes Apple Tree Arts student
* denotes Apple Tree Arts faculty


Fine Art Photography Jurors

Nancy Burns

Nancy is currently Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs at the Worcester Art Museum, where she has organized several photography exhibitions. Previous to her work at the museum she taught art history at Holy Cross and Clark University.


Scott Erb and Donna Dufault

Scott and Donna are working as a team as “one” of our photography judges.  As Erb/Dufault Photography, they focus on advertising, editorial, commercial portraiture and product work with a specialization in food, restaurant and hospitality clients.


Robert Ring

Bob is a photographer with over 40 years of experience in 35mm, medium format, 4×5 view camera, and now DSLR photography.  He is a cofounder of New England Photo Workshops and is a member of the Professional Photographers of America and Photographic Society of America.


Fine Art Painting Jurors

Carol Arnold

Carol has been a part of the Putney Painters group, mentored by Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik, since 2006.  She served as a faculty member at the Portrait Society of America’s annual conference in 2015 and 2016 with responsibilities including mentoring, portfolio critiques and a workshop.


Juliet Feibel

Juliet has served as Executive Director of ArtsWorcester since joining that organization in 2011.  In this role, she oversees the myriad activities of the organization, including twenty exhibitions each year, numerous educational and professional development activities in the arts, and other work to advance art as a career path for area residents.


Piya Samant

Piya is a contemporary artist working out of her studio in Auburn, MA, while also serving as Curator for the Sprinkler Factory.  She works primarily in oil, but also enjoys working with acrylic and graphite medium.  Her commissioned pieces include portraits of people and pets, semi-abstract florals and figurative paintings.


Sponsoring Organizations

Apple Tree Arts

Established in 1989, Apple Tree Arts’ mission is to enrich the community through the arts, by providing educational, music and theatre arts programs for individuals of all ages. We are a vibrant, growing organization that welcomes people all ages! Our programming includes parent/child music education and keyboard, outreach preschool music education; musical theater for elementary through high school age youth; improvisation, stage confidence, and playwriting; private music lessons; flute choir, wind ensembles, musical events, adult chorus, and a senior citizen chorus.

Worcester County Camera Club

The Worcester County Camera Club is made up of photography enthusiasts who join together each month to share knowledge and camaraderie surrounding their common interest in the art and science of the camera.

At the regular meetings, held on the third Tuesday of each month at the Brigham Hill Community Barn in Grafton, members share recent photos, take on small assignments for the following month, and have a program which might include a speaker or presentation to enrich their engagement and understanding of the photographic art.

Blackstone Valley Art Association

The Blackstone Valley Art Association is dedicated to the advancement of the arts and preservation of the finest artistic traditions by means of exhibitions, classes, lectures, and other activities favorable to artistic expression, and to the development of friendly exchanges amongst artists and those interested in the arts.

They meet at the Uxbridge Community Gallery, 5 South Main Street, Uxbridge, MA on the third Tuesday of every month EXCEPT during the summer months and also hold art shows, field trips, outings, plein air sessions, and other events regularly throughout the year.

Why Small Stones?

The name of our festival, Small Stones Festival of the Arts, reaches deep into the heritage of our land. The name of the original Native American settlement in Grafton, Hassanamesit, translates as “a place of small stones.” Today, the phrase has acquired a literary meaning as a “short piece of writing that precisely captures a fully-engaged moment”. Our aspiration is to provide moments that fully engage our community with the artistic talents of our region.

Small Stones Festival of the Arts