GFAMF 2014 Art Show Judges 

March 3, 2014 - The Grafton Fine Arts and Music Festival committee is introducing judges who will be awarding prizes in all artist categories for the 2014 annual event.

The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.”  Auguste Rodin

This cultural celebration on Saturday March 22, 2014, 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 22nd 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.  If you meet this years judges at the reception please thank them!

Allison Coelho Picone:  is an award winning painter who specializes in embracing Nature’s beauty and healing properties. Her artwork has received many accolades and awards, including exhibitions at Hope Gallery and Alta Luna Gallery in Bristol, RI, ArtsWorcester and Unum in Worcester, MA, and Manhattan Arts International in NYC.  In September of 2013, Allison shared her Queen Anne’s Lace series in a nearly sold out solo show “Renewal of Spirit: Queen Anne’s Lace and Other Works” at the Parson House Gallery in Assonet, Massachusetts.

Allison manages the marketing, design, website, and ongoing creation at Allison Picone Studio (www.allisonpicone.com). She graduated from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 1992 and 1993 with two BFAs, Illustration and Painting, and a Concentration in Computer Animation.  She has attended numerous art workshops, provides art mentoring, and judged a local art show.  She lives in Grafton with her family.

Irena Russell :  has been creating art for over 30 years. She has exhibited her artworks in local galleries, arts & crafts festivals, Fitchburg Art Museum, Worcester Art Museum and Anna Maria College She creates art with oils, acrylics, watercolors and explores mixed media. In the summer she tends to an inspirational flower garden. Ms. Russell has a strong interest in art therapy and believes that art is meant for everyone. She believes that the process of making art can often be more enriching to the artist than the outcome just for the joy it brings.  She sees this joy in her students every day.

She is a graduate of the School of the Worcester Art Museum (3 year diploma Fine Arts. She graduated from Worcester State College with a Bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Art. Her masters in Art education is from Anna Maria College. She is a recipient of the Kinnicut Travel Award from SWAM and attended the Centre d-Etude Francaise, Avignon, France. She has taught art at Worcester Art Museum, Worcester Public Schools, AMC and Advanced math and Science Academy Charter Schools. She resides in central Mass with her family and pet cat, Neo.

Cristi Winona Collari:  received her BA in Studio Art from Wellesley College in 2002.  Her focus was film photography and multi-media installation work. Upon graduating, she ran the Applied Arts Program for the Wellesley College Art Department where she hired and assisted visiting artists with class instruction, Jewett Art Gallery Exhibits, and Collaborative Projects.

Ms. Collari has exhibited her photographs and multi-media installation work at the Jewett Art Gallery, the Davis Museum’s Collin’s Café Gallery, and The Pendleton-West Studio Gallery at Wellesley College; The Photographic Resource Center at Boston University; and numerous site galleries in and around Wellesley Massachusetts. She has won several juried submissions for 2D and 3D work, has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, and has participated and collaborated in various installations with other fine artists.  She has photographs in private collections in Wellesley, Natick, Sherborn, and Framingham, MA.

Janel Shurrocks:  grew up in an artistic family, the imprints and inspirations from her childhood carried her into adulthood. She studying classical fine arts in high school, graduated from the Pratt Institute where she studied Communications Design and graduated with a BFA in Illustration and Graphic Arts. Beginning as a fine artist, she then took a more modern approach. Her diverse interests vary from pastel, drawing, painting, fiber arts, clay, 3 dimensional design and multi-media computer design.

She has tutored art students, worked in museums, worked as a multi-media computer designer and editor. She presently attends Westfield State University working toward her BA in Psychology, with a goal of integrating different expressive arts modalities and holistic therapies into a traditional therapy setting.