Winthrop Spring Arts Festival April 30 – May 1

By Joseph Domelowicz

For the Transcript

The 42nd Annual Winthrop Art Association Spring Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 at the Winthrop Senior Center, featuring a juried arts competition and free viewings of dozens of local artists in nine different mediums.

“The annual arts festival usually features about 50 or 60 artists and a number of original crafters,” explained WAA Vice President Dawn Mahoney. “This year’s show is very exciting as we have a number of new artists exhibiting their work and two very accomplished judges in Jeff Fiorvaranti and Ian Factor, both successful artists in their own rights.”

The times for the festival are 12 to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, with a reception for the artists and their works from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Art will be displayed throughout the Senior Center, both for exhibition to the public and for sale by the artists.

The judges will review art in the following nine categories: Oils, Acrylics, Mixed Media, Graphics, Photography, Cyber Arts, Crafts, Recycled -Reborn, and Sculpture. Prizes will be awarded for First, Second, and Third places, in 12 awards, and several first place prizes also include either $25, $35 or $50 cash, based on the award.

The Somerville Art Association Award is offered in any medium, with a cash prize of $50 for first place.

The Loretta and Harry Goldstick Award in any medium and the Cheap Joe’s Art Supply Award in any category both offer $35 first prizes.

The Classic Companies Newcomer Award in any medium, Ralph and Lillian Brody Award in Painting, John Ward Mahoney Award in Graphics, The Harold P. McCormick Award in any medium with a floral subject, Ronald and Randal Barisano Award in any medium, and the Bessie and Samuel Kadiff Award in Mixed Media all offer $25 cash for first place.

The Artist and Craftsman Supply Award includes an Art Box and Art Supplies for the first place winner.

However, the Town Council Award and Most Popular Award, chosen by the Town Council and event attendees, are the often the highlight of the show and feature no cash prizes.

There is no cost of admission to the show, however, the Winthrop Art Association is a non-profit and does gratefully accept donations.

For more information about the show or to find out how to enter your artwork, contact Dawn Mahoney at 617-846-2644, Beverly Barisano at 617-846-5305 or Brenda Curry at 617-846-5375.

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