FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2007
Ron O’Connor - (508) 821-3782
Carl Stonstrom - (508) 669-5665
THIRD ANNUAL DIGHTON ARTS FESTIVAL ON OCTOBER 28TH
The Third Annual Dighton Arts Festival will be held on Sunday, October 28th from10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Araujo Farms, 1522 Williams Street, Dighton. The festival is sponsored by the Dighton Lions Club in cooperation with the Dighton Art Association.
Thirty-five fine artists and artisans will exhibit, demonstrate their art, and offer their work for sale. Paintings, sculpture, textiles, jewelry, wood carvings, photography, fine art greeting cards, and mosaics are among the many offerings expected at this year’s event. A list of exhibitors is on the Dighton Art Association web site at dightonart.org/festival.
Carl Stonstrom, who is leading the festival planning effort for the Dighton Lions Club, said “the festival is designed to promote an appreciation for the arts in our community. We feature local artists as well people from outside the community to provide a broad experience for festival participants. Children are an important part of our community so we have included activities that help to build an appreciation for the arts among children. We had very successful events the first two years and we look forward to another great festival this year. The change in venue to Araujo Farms will provide heated and enclosed space for the comfort of artists and visitors. We are grateful to the Araujo family for opening their greenhouses for this community event.”
Children’s art will be featured in the Emerging Artists Gallery where festival visitors can view artwork submitted by students from Dighton and Rehoboth. The Emerging Artists Stage will feature musical performances by local youth: Matt Borrello of Dighton (2nd place in the 2007 Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest, Youth Division), Sarah Borrello of Dighton (Ist place in the 2007 Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest, Youth Division), Maria Ventura of Taunton (voted Best Female Vocalist in the Providence Phoenix Poll 2007), fiddle player Kara Fortier of Dighton, and singer-guitarist Mia Boostrom of Dighton. The Dighton Elementary School Chorus is also scheduled to sing at the festival.
The 2007 festival will also include a wine tasting event hosted by Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery of Westport and sponsored by Vault Liquors of Taunton. Festival visitors will have the opportunity to try a variety of wines while learning about wine selection. Visitors to the wine tasting area will hear singer, finger style guitarist, song interpreter, and songwriter Gary Duquette (Westport; 1 Bad Ant) and folk singer/songwriter Johnny Botelho (Fall River).
At the 2005 and 2006 Dighton Arts Festivals, children painted one square foot sections of the “Hidden Magic Places” murals. These murals are on display in the Dighton Lions Club Pavilion located near Dighton Town Hall. Festival participants will have the opportunity to participate in the creation of new murals and in other children’s art activities throughout the day.
“The festival provides an important opportunity for Dighton Art Association members and other artists to share their work with the community and each other” said Dighton Art Association President Ron O’Connor. “We are grateful for the commitment that the Dighton Lions Club makes to the festival and its ongoing contribution to fostering an appreciation for the arts in our community. We are excited about this year’s event and the opportunity it provides to showcase established and emerging visual and performing artists.”
The Food Court will be hosted by the Dighton Dandi-Lions again this year.
More information about the festival can be found at the Dighton Art Association web site: dightonart.org.