Exhibition Opens October 1st!

The 2020 Small Stones Festival of the Arts – COVID-19 Edition

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This year’s pandemic has occasioned a complete reinvention of the Small Stones Festival – physically distant but socially connected! You will still find great art by the best talents of our region, but it will be online in an open exhibition. We are also planning a series of music events, talks and workshops, presented via Zoom and recorded for the web, and will still be publishing our hardbound festival catalog containing the best works selected by our panel of judges. Watch this page for our evolving plans as we re-vision and reinvent the Small Stones Festival for the pandemic era.

Featured Events – All Online and Free

Festival Schedule

Kelly Clark Trio
The Kelly Clark Trio at the 2018 Festival

2020 Festival Schedule

Web Gallery Opens – Thursday, October 1, 10:00 am
Online Events
Thursday, October 1, 7:00 pm – Artist Talks – Painting/Fine Art
Friday, October 2, 7:00 pm – Artist Talks – Photography
Wednesday, October 21, 7:00 pm – Workshop: Marketing and Promotion for the Artist with Donna Dufault and Scott Erb
Friday, October 23, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Awards Ceremony
Saturday, October 24, 4:00 pm – Juror Talks, with Jim Welu and Ron Rosenstock
Sunday, October 25, 7:00 pm – Piano Recital by Stephen Drury

2020 Organizing Committee

Small Stones Festival of the Arts

2020 Organizing Committee

Alaina Calloway BoltonApple Tree Arts
Sue CardosiWorcester County Camera Club
Ken Crater (Chair)Worcester County Camera Club
Bonnie FredericoSellar Shop, BVAA
Carol Frieswick (Artist Liaison)Blackstone Valley Art Assoc.
Bob HassingerWorcester County Camera Club
James HuntFine Art and Environmental Photography
Bennie ThorntonWorcester County Camera Club
Dana Wilson (Public Relations/Marketing)Apple Tree Arts


2020 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.

Stephen DiRado
A professor in the Studio Art Program at Clark University, Stephen has over 40 years experience in the field of documentary photography, filmmaking and conceptual art. A recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, his book “With Dad,” illustrates the 20-year relationship between Stephen and his father as his dad succumbs to Alzheimer’s. He is currently documenting the societal effects of COVID-19.

Ron Rosenstock
Ron is a renowned nature and travel photographer, former Clark University instructor and published author of six books featuring his own photography. His work is in the collections of the Fogg Art Museum, the Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The International Center of Photography, Peabody Essex Museum, Irish Museum of Modern Art and in numerous private collections.

2020 Fine Art Painting Jurors

Michael Graves
A nationally recognized plein-air artist, Michael has received more than 85 awards and medals. His work is displayed in many galleries in the U.S., hangs in the U.S. Embassy to Nigeria and is included in the permanent collection at the Butler Institute of American Art.

Charlotte Wharton
Charlotte is a highly-accomplished portrait, plein-air and genre artist with over 600 pieces of artwork displayed in national and European collections. She has received over five dozen major awards such as the Copley Society of Boston’s Gold Medal, the Award for Excellence in Portraiture and the Oil Painters of American Award for Excellence in Painting.

Jim Welu
Jim is Director Emeritus of the Worcester Art Museum where he served as chief curator and director. He began his career as an artist and taught studio art in college before pursuing further studies in art history. A specialist in 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art, he has published and lectured widely and organized a variety of exhibitions.

2020 Sponsoring Organizations

Apple Tree Arts
Worcester County Camera Club
Blackstone Valley Art Association