Dighton Arts Festival

Twelfth Annual Dighton Arts Festival

The Twelfth Annual Dighton Arts Festival will be held on Sunday, November 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Araujo Farms and Greenhouses, 1522 Williams Street, Dighton. The festival is sponsored by the Dighton Lions Club. The six greenhouses at Araujo Farms will be filled with arts, crafts, music, food, and activities for this fun-filled community event.
Please return to this page and visit the Dighton Lions Club Facebook page for festival news and updates.

The mission of the Dighton Arts Festival is to provide a place where local and regional artists and crafters can display and sell their work in a family-oriented environment that encourages artists and crafters 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.


Music Schedule | Sixth Annual Dighton Arts Festival

The Dighton Lions Club is pleased to welcome back several outstanding local musicians to the Sixth Annual Dighton Arts Festival. Download and print a copy of the schedule using the link below to aid in planning your visit to the festival.

Times are approximate

Outside on the Lawn

10:30 Folk Dance Ensemble, Dighton Elementary School

11:15 Star Spangled Banner, Rebekah Philip accompanied
by the U.S. Navy Sea Cadets Honor Guard

Inside on the Stage in Greenhouse #5

11:30 Flute Ensemble, Dighton Middle School

11:45 Rebekah Philip

12:00 Julie Araujo

12:30 The Strangers

1:30 Michelle Tetreault with Elise Milka

2:00 Matt Borrello

3:00 Sarah Borrello

Inside during Wine Tasting in Greenhouse #1 (12:30-3:30)

Kara Fortier, performing at various times during the wine tasting

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2008 Dighton Arts Festival Entertainment

Several musical artists from the area will perform contemporary and traditional folk music throughout the afternoon, led by headliner Michael Troy of Somerset, whose songs have been critically acclaimed. Michael will be accompanied by Barry Brown, a guitarist who is known and respected in his own right.

Sam Ruest, a violinist with the Fall River Symphony and accomplished Celtic fiddler, will perform with guitarist Mike Keshura. Sam and Mike will play music that is steeped in the Celtic tradition. Kara Fortier, one of Sam's most promising students, will play traditional Celtic and Cape Breton fiddle tunes, accompanied on some selections by her brother Alex on piano.

Singer-songwriter Johnny Botelho, whose song, Lincoln Park--a fond remembrance of the bygone Westport amusement park—has become a regional hit on YouTube, will be on hand. He will play songs of his own and host a group of young performers that include Matt Borello, Sarah Borrello, Maria Ventura and Mia Boostrom, all of whom are already well known in local folk music circles. They will play individual sets, and do songs together.

Earlier in the day, the Dighton Rehoboth High School Jazz Band will play a set, the Dighton Middle School flute ensemble will perform, and the fourth graders of the Dighton Elementary School will lead a family folk dance, under the direction of music teacher Brian Michaud.

Posted On: Wed, 09/24/2008 - 9:18pm by daaadmin
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2008 Dighton Arts Festival Exhibitors

We'd like to welcome the following new and returning exhibitors to this year's Dighton Arts Festival. Be sure to stop by each exhibit and see their art!

George Ferreira
B & W Art
38 Elm Street
Berkley, MA 02779
Artist's website

George FerrieraI have been working in the powder mediums of charcoal & graphite since 2004. Being a self taught artist, I am constantly experimenting with the application of the charcoal/graphite powder mediums with the tools I use. I have always been drawn to the look and feel of black and white artwork. I consider my works more paintings than drawings. Although traditionally, when you think of charcoal & graphite you don't think painting, but as for my technique, drawing is only a small part of the finished work. Since 2005, my work has been exhibited locally in both juried and non-juried art shows & festivals.

KM Designs by Kyla Mullin is handmade beaded jewelry
All pieces are unique designs crafted with Sterling Silver and Semi Precious Stones. I specialize in Swarovski Crystal & Pearl paired with Bali Silver accents.

Custom designed Mothers Bracelets are created with sterling silver block letters, Swarovski Crystals, and Bali Silver accents to create a unique look.

At JL RibbonGear, you will find all sorts of one-of-a-kind handmade ribbon accessories, from high-end belts, to watches you design yourself, to baby blankets, to hair bows--and everything in between! If you're a girl or woman of any age, you'll be sure to find something you'll love. Visit my website to browse and purchase your favorite ribbon accessories for you or for a loved one as the perfect gift! To contact me, Julie Letourneau, directly, email me at Julie@JLRibbonGear.com or call 774-991-0423.

Michelle Tripp
Contemporary Knitting

My name is Michelle Tripp and I am addicted to knitting and creating contemporary wearable items for adults and children. I will have mostly shrugs, shawls, capelets, scarves and mitten/hat sets out of bold fun fibers. Also I create fun barrettes out of different hip fabrics.

Joan Wilding CDA

I have been painting for over 20 years and have been a member of the Society of Decorative Painting having been a certified decorative artist (CDA) since 1995. I have had the wonderful fortune of having two of my Christmas ornaments chosen to hang in the White House. The first time was for the Clinton administration and the second for the Bush administration and was lucky enough to be invited for a reception at the White House. I have taught at the National level for the SDP and continue to teach local classes. I became involved in jewelry making a short time ago and because of my love of color and creating, it soon became a favorite thing to do. I decided to display my jewelry in the Dighton Arts Festival because I had heard so many good things about the festival.

Janis Dellarocco
Custom Lawn Art

Interchangeable Custom Lawn Art with unique staking system. All YartWorks creations are made of wood, have a quality paint finish and can be used year after year.

Our catalog has hundreds of pictures to choose from, or you can use a design of your own. Some of our categories are Holidays, Seasons, Popular Characters, and Baby Boomer Characters. YartWorks creations are between 2 and 4 feet tall, and range in price from $12 to $45.

WILD SAGE STUDIOS in Dighton, MA is owned by photographer Lisa A. Paquette. Lisa enjoys photographing children, pets, families, children and their pets, preschools, hobbies in action such as Karate or Dance, yearbook photos, and special events. Wild Sage Studios offers a variety of products and services and works in conjunction with a professional lab for all of your printing needs. Quality work, personal service, flexible schedule and reasonable prices.

Janet Mansfield
Natural Gemstone Designs
Rehoboth, MA
Artist's Website

Janet on the Planet offers gallery quality colorful, custom made necklaces, pendants, earrings, braclets, and men's accessories, hand-crafted and wire wrapped jewelry, made with the finest precious stones including Crystals, Herkimer diamonds, Mexican agate, Russian Charoite, Russian Blue Demaurtorite, Ammonite fossil, Chrysoprase, Amazonite, and many other calming, soothing, meditation, and healing stones.

Hometown Prints'Come home again' with Hometowne Prints special collection of artwork illustrating cities and towns throughout Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.

Local artist Donna R. Ide has captured that hometown feeling with her collection of prints illustrating your favorite spots, historic places, and familiar parks and beaches. Whether it is the local eating establishment where steamers abound and lobster a must or the carousel you rode as a child or even the lighthouses that are so familiar to New England, each has its own fond memory in our past, present and future. Ide's media is pencil and color pencil done in montage form.

Bob Pearson
Taunton, MA
508 823 0652

Chairs By Bob offers cane and rush wooden chairs and also chair refinishing.

Ron O'Connor

Ron O'Connor is a Dighton photographer who specializes in outdoor portrait photography of children and families using film and digital cameras. His photograhic style is directed at capturing children and families in a natural environment - particlarly in settings where children can be most expressive of their unique personalities. He prefers black and white images because of their ability to focus the viewer's attention on the subject.

H.G. Designs
Westport, Ma 02790
508 493 6206

Heather Gavriluk is a line of contemporary jewelry consisting of handmade clay pendants and glass beads, wire wrapped creations, hand crafted sterling and gemstone pendants and select beads and findings. All materials are top of the line and always extraordinary- this jeweler is not "just another bead stringer". Each piece is a one of a kind wearable piece of art suitable for the woman who has her own original style and refuses to wear what everyone else is wearing. New this year is a line of knitted sweaters, shrugs, scarves and shawls composed of select highly fashionable yarns and fibers designed for the woman who loves the unique and decadent for herself.
Heather's designs can be found at Courtyards (Tiverton Four Corners), Sticks Stones and Stars (Westport), TSI Jewelry (Fall River), and The Samuell Day Gallery (Barnstable) and at select arts festivals in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Michelle McNamara
Artist's Website'

Michelle McNamaraI have been drawing and painting since I was a young girl. I am a graduate of the New England School of Art and Design and for many years ran my own Interior Design business. I am a traditionalist who specializes in painting scenes of the New England landscape. I've studied under various art instructors and, most recently, for the past fifteen years, continued my growth under the watchful eye of Ron Brake, a well-known and respected New England artist and teacher. Watercolors have been my media of choice since the beginning as I believe they reflect more realistically the wonderful hues and tones of New England. My new business (Blueberry Cottage Primitives) combines my love of primitive arts and crafts with my first and truest love - painting. My web store features many primitive decorative items and some of my paintings. I hope you'll stop by and take a look at what I have to offer!

Brenda Levasseur
Handmade Soap

Artist's Website

Brenda Levasseur(brenda@handmadesoap4me.com) "My name is Brenda Levasseur and my business name is Handmade Soap..I make a cold process soap that contains olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, castor oil and wheat germ oil, cocoa butter and shea butter , we cure it for no less than 5 weeks. They are carefully scented with natural plant essential oils and no synthetic additives. I also make a lip balm that is very moisturizing and have a great shaving soap for men that contains bentonite clay to detox the pores while the oils soften the skin. I started making soap after looking into an alternative to store bought soap...trying to get away from the chemicals..having confronted breast cancer the alternative way with a naturapathic doctor from North Attleboro for the last 2 years meanwhile I changed my life style eating habits to vegan and was analizing what I was putting ON my body as way of preservatives and additives. I was in the right place at the right time, I found my soap teacher and she has taught me alot...I love making soap..it makes your skin feel so good between the castor oil and the skin healing wheat germ oil you will feel the difference."

Claudin Poyant
Images Studio Gallery

72r Main Street
Wareham, MA. 02571
Artist's Website

Claudin Poyant of Images by Claudin is a graduate of Swain School of Design in graphic design and photography. Claudin is a natural light photographer who captures nature's surroundings to his advantage. Having a design background and keen eye for composition, gives him an uncanny ability of transforming an ordinary shot into a work of art.
Claudin's photography is a mix of fine art photography, impressionism, and graphic art.
His images are finished as Glicee prints. He personally prints all of his work, with the exception of his canvas pieces. Customers marvel at his wide range of interest.
His finest works to include framed canvas, framed Glicee prints, and holiday cards will be displayed.

Posted On: Wed, 09/24/2008 - 6:40pm 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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