Juried Exhibition at Grafton Brings out some fine art

The village of Grafton will once again provide the backdrop for the Exhibition at Grafton 2009, a select juried art event of original works by noted professional artists from New England and surrounding states. The free third annual event, had its opening on August 30 and the exhibition runs through to September 10.

Dozens of artists and art lovers packed the three galleries hosting the exhibition -- The Old Tavern at Grafton, the Hunter Gallery of Fine Art and Gallery North Star -- during a special reception preview the works and to celebrate the awards last Saturday evening.

The three galleries will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily during the show.All the art displayed is for sale during the show.

The juried collection of work was judged by Lisa Leavitt, Associate Curator of the Danforth Museum in Framingham, MA and Josephine Bloodgood, artist and current curator of the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, as well as a fine art instructor at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, NY.

One best in show award and three merit awards were given Saturday night:

Best In Show - "City Night After Rain", Elaine Reed, watercolor

Award Of Excellence- "Last Stand", Randall Gardner, oil

John R. Alford, Jr. award Of Excellence- Iris And Jewelweed, Ailyn Hooey, charcoal

Donald E. Kissel Award Of Excellence- "Oh Boy! Coy"- Marlene Kramer, watercolor

Exhibition at Grafton supporters include Chittenden Bank and Barrett & Valley Associates Professional Real Estate Services.

The Old Tavern at Grafton, an historical 45-room inn, is offering a special Exhibition at Grafton lodging package for visitors. Details can be found at www.oldtavern.com.

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