Dighton Art Festival


ARTOberFest 2008

The Fourth Annual Dighton Arts Festival, sponsored by the Dighton Lions Club, will be held on Sunday, November 2nd at Araujo Farms and Greenhouses in Dighton The Dighton Lions Club is offering a series of pre-festival workshops in October (ARTober) at Araujo Farms as part of its ongoing effort to build interest in and appreciation for the arts in our community. Please note that space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please register early to assure your space.

ARToberFest Workshops

All workshops will be held in a heated, enclosed greenhouse at Araujo Farms, 1460 Williams Street, Dighton, on Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.. Pre-registration with payment is required.


Join Dighton Arts Festival exhibitor/photographer Ron O?Connor for an introduction to digital photography. Learn how to use your digital camera to take better photographs. The registration fee will include an opportunity for participants to exhibit one photograph at the Dighton Arts Festival. Details will be available at the workshop. Limited to 12 participants.


Michael Troy of Somerset is an award-winning singer/songwriter who will be performing at the Fourth Annual Dighton Arts Festival. This workshop will focus on essential elements of successful songwriting for youth and adults. If you are working on a song, feel free to bring it to the workshop. For more information about Michael Troy, please visit his web site at www.folkmichaeltroy.com. Limited to 10 participants.


Dighton Lions Club member Chris MacDonald and his son Nathaniel will provide a workshop on Manga (Japanese Cartooning). If you are familiar with this popular form of cartooning, you won't want to miss this workshop! Limited to 15 participants.


Sarah Manuels will lead a mask-making workshop for children 6-11 years of age Sarah will be face-painting at the Dighton Arts Festival again this year! Limited to 12 participants.

For more information, please send an e-mail to info@dightonart.org or call
Ron O'Connor at 508.821.3782 .

Register today! Space is limited.

Posted On: Wed, 09/24/2008 - 10:04am by daaadmin
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Fourth Annual Dighton Arts Festival

The Fourth Annual Dighton Arts Festival sponsored by the Dighton Lions Club
will be held on Sunday, November 2, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
at Araujo Farm and Greenhouses, 1460 Williams Street, Dighton
Registrations for artist/exhibitor space are now being accepted. Please see the link to the Exhibitor Registration form below.

We are pleased to announce that the featured musician this year will be folk singer and songwriter Michael Troy of Somerset. Please visit his website for more information(www.folkmichaeltroy.com).

2008 Artist Registration Form

Pictures of the festival are online!

Posted On: Thu, 06/19/2008 - 8:48pm by President
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Taunton Gazette: Artists at work - 2007 Festival

By Kendra Sardinha, Staff writer
GateHouse News Service
Sun Oct 28, 2007, 10:49 PM EDT

Ellie Campion creates mosaic art with her mother, Lisa Hodgson.

Photo by Kendra Sardinha: Ellie Campion creates mosaic art with her mother, Lisa Hodgson. The two were among the 40 vendors at the third annual Dighton Arts Festival on Sunday.

DIGHTON - For the third year, people came from all over to take in a little art, music and wine. The annual event, held at Araujos Garden Center on Sunday, was sponsored by the Dighton Lions Club and the Dighton Art Association. Martha and Rose Sibin, of Tiverton, R.I., took one of the school buses, courtesy of Bloom Bus Services, which shuttled people from the Auto Auction to Araujos. They have been involved with the arts for years. “We heard about this through a friend,” Martha said.
“We travel around the area to different arts festivals,” she said. “It’s a great way to support local artisans,” Rose explained. “Plus, having the wine and children’s area gives it so much more. It’s a great exposure to everyone.” This event is the dream of Lions member Carl Stonstrom with help from Ron O’Connor, Dighton Art Association President.

“This dream began 10 years ago,” Stonstrom said. “I went to an art festival in Arizona and fell in love with what I saw and I knew I wanted it to happen in my town.”
In previous years, the event was held at the Lions’ Pavilion, behind the Dighton Town Hall, but due to increasing popularity, it was moved this year to Araujos.
Of course both O’Connor and Stonstrom have great volunteers within the Lions and the Art Association to help pull the event together. O’Connor said it’s the people’s commitment to the arts and community that makes planning the event so easy. The art association even has a waiting list now for artisans who want to participate.
The people that are involved really care,” Stonstrom said. “Our camaraderie and determination is evident.”

Visitors walked from greenhouse to greenhouse, five in all, and enjoyed just about every form of art as well as a greenhouse for children’s art work. Students from all the Dighton and Rehoboth schools created drawings, paintings and sculptures and students from grades one to seven from the Palmer School had paintings on display. There were various vocal performances by young local artists such as 16-year-old Maria Ventura, 17-year-old Matt Borrello, 16-year-old Sarah Borrello, 14-year-old Kara Fortier and 14-year-old Mia Boostrom. Both the Dighton Elementary School Chorus and the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School Jazz Band performed and singers, Gary Duquette and Johnny Botelho performed on the main stage.

Almost 40 exhibitors came from all over the Bristol County area, some as far away as West Warwick, Rhode Island to showcase their pieces, most, one-of-a-kind.
For the first time this year, the event offered wine tasting. Rui Campos, Lions member, shared his expectations. “I’d like to start off slow with about five or six tables, and grow the wine portion as time goes by,” Campos explained. “We’re trying to bring some culture in,” he said. “Some of our wines are local, while others are from Portugal. We also have Port wine and Maderia wine.”

Mary Ann Martin and Martha MacNaught were at this particular festival for the first time selling handcrafted jewelry. Both former educators, they decided to take some jewelry making lessons five years ago. “We never intended to start a business,” Mary Ann explained, “but we had so much stuff, that we decided to do a craft show. We actually sold some stuff, so we figured we might have something here.”

Ester Entin and Steve Davis came from Swansea to take in the great atmosphere.
“This is our first time,” Entin said. “Our friends live down the street. They told us about it.”
“It’s a nice mix of arts and crafts and the fact that it’s local artisans,” Davis said. “Mixing in stuff for the kids makes it nicer as well.”
“I also like that the artists are local,” Entin added. “I found one who has a pottery studio that I’m interested in working in.”
This was the second year for Charles and Brenda Winters, of Somerset.
“There’s a great mix of items and we’re interested in seeing what the wine tasting has to offer,” Charles said.

Mother and daughter team Lisa Hodgson and Ellie Campion, of Crooked Moon Studio, are mosaic artists from Taunton. They had their pieces on display for the first time. Hodson learned of the festival through the Dighton Art Association, where she is a member. Given it was her first time, she had a slight touch of nerves, but her beautiful mosaic pieces could speak for themselves. One of the more unique items she had was a mosaic acoustic guitar.

“I’ve been doing mosaics for three years now,” Hodgson said. “I offer classes as well.”
Painter Theodore Lippold from Berkley has been selling his work at the festival since it began. He specializes in restoration of heirloom photos and nature photography. Lippold has been painting in watercolor since 1965 and working with digital photography since the 1980s.

“This is a great festival because it gives the community the chance to see all local artists and crafts people,” Lippold explained. “The setting is desirable because you’ve got the wine-tasting and great vendors. All these things combine to make a great event.” He noted how the natural light from a greenhouse also adds to the atmosphere and brings out the best in all the art pieces.

Visitors could take a break and grab some quick eats from the Lions Club, who were serving burgers and hotdogs, chicken wings, chili fries and curly fries, coffee, hot cider and hot chocolate and a few other favorites. According to Stonstrom, this was the perfect place to learn about wine and art and have fun doing it. “I want people to come and experience culture,” he said.

Reprinted with permission, courtesy of the Taunton Gazette

Posted On: Wed, 11/21/2007 - 6:52am by daaadmin
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Posted On: Sat, 10/20/2007 - 12:14pm by daaadmin
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2007 Dighton Arts Festival Press Release

September 16, 2007

Ron O’Connor - (508) 821-3782
Carl Stonstrom - (508) 669-5665


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 www.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: www.dightonart.org.

Posted On: Fri, 09/07/2007 - 7:51pm by President
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Ninth Annual Dighton Arts Festival! The mission of the Dighton Arts Festival is to provide a place where local and regional artists can display and sell their work in a family-oriented environment that encourages artists of all ages and promotes interest in the arts in our community. The Dighton Lions Club sponsored festival is held annually on the 1st Sunday in November at Araujo Farms and Greenhouses in Dighton, Massachusetts.

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