Art Show Judges Announced!
March 1, 2013 - The Grafton Fine Arts and Music Festival committee is introducing judges who will be awarding prizes in all artist categories for the 2013 annual event.
This cultural celebration on Saturday March 23, 2013, will highlight local artist submissions in a broad range of art media including: Oil and acrylic paintings, sculpture, photography, fiber arts, mixed media, and much more. The festival’s signature Artists’ Reception, will be held on Saturday, March 23rd from 6-8pm and will reveal the winning selections. As before, the committee has selected 4 judges, with 3 sharing the judging for the adult categories and one judge overseeing the youth awards. The judging this year, as in years past, will continue to be a blind process. Each art piece will be numbered so as to create a non-biased judging environment. After the judging has been completed, festival volunteers then connect each number with the artist name.
Christopher R. Whitehead, Bret M. Herholz, and Valerie M. Spain have been selected to manage the judging this year in the adult categories. While Christopher brings an expertise in photography to the judging process, both Bret and Valerie possess a fine arts background.
Christopher Ray Whitehead is a classically trained artist, specializing in painting and photography. Christopher earned his BFA in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking from Iowa State University and finished his last semester in Rome, Italy. After graduating Christopher moved to California where he taught high school art and photography, worked on his own artwork and earned a Master’s in Education specializing in educational technology from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Christopher earned a second Masters Degree in Museum Studies at the Harvard Extension School in 2009. Presently Christopher is the Manager of Youth and Family Class Programs at the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester Massachusetts and the Past President and Webmaster of the Massachusetts Art Education Association. Christopher is a registered Artist of Boston and a freelance photographer employed by many companies for events, sports and product photography. Christopher’s artwork has been in exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Europe. Website: www.infinitypond.com
Bret M. Herholz is an illustrator and author of eleven books. He graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Sequential Art in 1999. For the past ten years he has taught youth art at the Worcester Art Museum and for the past three years he has taught arts block at the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public Schools. He is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Website: http://www.herbertzohl.webs.com
Valerie M. Spain is a visual artist, fiction writer and poet. She received her BA in English Literature from Millersville University. She uses intensely personal, sometimes humorous, imagery to explore universal themes and archetypes. Valerie draws particular inspiration from the work of feminist women artists of the 1970’s, children’s art, and sacred art from pre-history through the Middle Ages. She is always striving to find that point of balance where dualities co-exist. For many years she has been connecting her words with her visual art. Website: http://www.valerie-spain.com
In addition to the juried adult show, there will be judging on youth art pieces. These will be announced at the Children’s Award Reception, held Saturday March 23 from 11am-12noon. Presiding over the Youth Awards will be Caroline Malley Scott who is a “native” of the area. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art degree in 1996 from the University of CT School of Fine Arts majoring in Painting and Printmaking She was a founding member/artist in the Westborough Gallery, and have taught at The Cultural Alliance in Hopkinton (now part of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts), and have given many private art lessons.