2014 Festival of the Arts

10 am - 5 pm Sat, May 24 - Sun, May 25, 2014

Venue: North River Arts Society, G.A.R. Hall

157 Old Main Street, Marshfield Hills, MA 02051


Laura Harvey



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Festival runs from 10-5 on Saturday & Sunday and offers activities for every member of the family. The Festival of the Arts is a celebration of regional and community creativity and diversity that has been a highlight of Memorial Day weekend since 1977. Located on Old Main Street in Marshfield Hills, the Festival offers art and photography exhibits, a fair and street party, and a marketplace for artists and artisans. There are juried awards and prizes for artists and the opportunity for visitors to see (and buy) the best work of the area's painters, photographers, and artisans. Featured and juried art will include paintings, drawings, photographs, and multi-media sculptures, as well as wood carvings, textiles, and almost any form of the visual arts that you can think of. Special entertainment and activities are planned for families and children of all ages. Even though this year's will be the 38th annual Festival, each year features different art and artists, entertainment, food, and special activities that appeal to all ages. Two blocks of Old Main Street in Marshfield Hills will be blocked to traffic, so people will be browsing among several indoor exhibit locations for juried hanging art and outdoor tents where artists and artisans will show and sell their work. Several of our best artists will be doing painting demonstrations out on the sidewalks, and musical entertainment will be featured across the street from our G.A.R. Hall. Creativity will be everywhere--artists will do demonstrations at outdoor easels, and kids will be doing chalk drawings on the pavement. Highlights include: Puppet making and parade. Well-known artists including Marcia Ballou, Laura Harvey, and Sally Dean have been working since late Fall with groups of interested volunteers building giant fanciful puppets and masks from recycled materials and paper mache. There will be a Giant Puppet Parade at noon on Saturday May 24 and 1 pm on Sunday May 25. Cartoonist Kent Archer. Kent is creating a large black-and-white cartoon that will be blown up and then cut into over 80 sheets. Kids will be mobilized to decorate the various pieces individually, and then they'll be reassembled into a unique work of art. Juried art and artisans competitions. Both hanging art (painting, drawing, photography, etc.) and crafts will be juried, and prizes will be awarded. Works will be for sale both in the GAR Hall and adjacent firehouse and in artisans' tents along the sidewalks. Street art. There will be both artist demonstrations spontaneously along the streets and kids making chalk pictures in middle of Old Main Street (one of the oldest sections of town), several blocks of which are closed off for the duration of the weekend. Local food treats. Follow signs to parking and shuttle bus.

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