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The Festival of the Arts is a celebration of regional and community creativity, diversity, and art across the South Shore that has been a highlight of Memorial Day Weekend since 1977. Even though this will be the 41st annual Festival, each year features different art and artists, entertainment, food, and special activities that appeal to all ages.  

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 you can imagine.  

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 demonstrate, display, 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, including kids doing chalk drawings on the pavement.


Fine Art and Sculpture Jurors

Jurors Of Selection

Brenda L. Bechtel

Brenda L. Bechtel is an award winning artist and published illustrator with an extensive national exhibition history that includes over a dozen solo shows. Her diverse subjects range from the architectonic landscape and oceanscapes to interiors, figurative works and illustration interpreted in oil on linen, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, and pen and ink. She is an Elected Fellow of the American Artists Professional League, Elected Artist of the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, and the Academic Artist Association. She is a Juried Artist member of the Cambridge Art Association, The Bennington Collection of the Bennington Center for the Arts, Oil Painters of America and a Signature Member of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society. Selected recent honors include: Thomas Moran Memorial Award for Watercolor, Salmagundi Club 37th Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture for Non-Members; and First Place, Connecticut Women Artists 85th National.


Robert T. Sweeney

Robert T. Sweeney’s oil paintings subtly blend the personal with the technical. His paintings, particularly the still lifes, refer not only to the history of painting and the technical aspects of art-making, but to the inclusion of personal possessions, including references to the artist himself. His landscape paintings depict scenes from locations as varied as Italy, classic views of the Oxbow in western Massachusetts, to his wife, Barbara's, garden in their back yard. Robert T. Sweeney has been teaching painting at Amherst College for the past 30 years. He is the William R. Mead Professor of Art, and the Chair of Art and the History of Art.


Alain Picard

Alain Picard earned a BA in illustration from Western Connecticut State University and went on to study at the Art Students League of New York. Picard cites Sargent, Degas, and Sorolla among his artistic influences. A love of light and beauty are immediately apparent in his pastel and oil paintings. Alain’s work has been featured in such publications as The Artist's Magazine and The Pastel Journal. He’s garnered top awards throughout the Northeast in esteemed exhibitions, including the Portrait Society of America, the Hudson Valley Art Association, the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, the Connecticut Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of America. Alain is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America as well as the Connecticut Pastel Society where he served as President from 2012 to 2014. In 2004, The Artist’s Magazine highlighted Alain as one of 20 contemporary artists “On the Rise.” He later won the Best Portfolio Award at the 2009 Portrait Society of America Conference in Washington, DC. A frequent workshop instructor and demonstrator for art associations, schools, universities and museums, he recently demonstrated at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Arts Club in New York City. In an effort to share his passion for art with others, Alain recently published three books, Pastel Basics, Mastering Pastel, and Beginning Drawing, and stars in a growing collection of instructional art videos. Alain lives with his wife and two sons in Southbury, CT.


Judge Of Awards

Michele Poirier-Mozzone, PSA IAPS/MC

Massachusetts artist, Michele Poirier-Mozzone, is a juried Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and has achieved the Master Circle designation with the International Association of Pastels Societies (IAPS/MC). She is a Signature Member of both the Connecticut Pastel Society and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. Michele's work has received numerous awards in local and national juried competitions and is held in private collections across the country. Her working methods and artwork were recently featured on the cover and inside the Aug/Sept 2016 edition of International Artist Magazine. The French art publication, Practique Des Arts, featured Michele and her work in its book, “40 Masters of Pastel” 2016 edition. Her work garnered an Honorable Mention in Pastel Journal Magazine’s 2015 Pastel 100 Competition. Most recently, her painting, Insight, won the Silver Award in the IAPS 2016 Web Show. Her paintings have been accepted and displayed in the Pastel Society of America’s National Juried Exhibitions at the National Arts Club in New York City and the International Association of Pastel Societies Juried Shows at Vose Gallery in Boston and the Salmagundi Club in New York City among others. A popular instructor of adult art classes and workshops, Michele teaches watercolor and pastel painting at the Providence Art Club and throughout New England. Her work is represented by Gallery Artrio in Hyannis, MA. Images of her work and additional information may be viewed at:


Photography Jurors

Jurors of Selection

Alison Miniter

Alison Miniter is a PPA Master Photographer, Master Artist and Photographic Craftsman; an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and a Certified Professional Photographer working near the Boston area. She is also a trainer for the Special Kids Photography of America (SKPA), a non-profit organization that educates photographers to work more effectively with special needs children. She currently serves as the secretary for SKPA. She is a graduate of the New England School of Photography; University of Massachusetts, Boston. She also received certificates for digital graphic design from the North Shore Community College, for multimedia applications from UMass Lowell.She has worked as a professional photographer near Boston, MA for several newspapers, as well as Wang Laboratories and the US Air Force, before opening her own studio in Ipswich, Massachusetts. When asked, she’ll tell you she’d “rather color outside the lines”


Matthew Mead

Lifestyle expert Matthew Mead is a stylist, photographer, author and all around style guru. Matthew creates and photographs stories throughout the country for national magazines including THIS OLD HOUSE and BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS. Mead has his own line of news stand magazines on everything from upcycling decor, to painting furniture, to outdoor living and entertaining. Mead produces a free on-line look book called FINISH which promotes DIY transformations with paint for Wagner SprayTech and is currently producing a quarterly magazine titled Upstyled Home. Matthew Mead has written over a dozen books on lifestyle and entertaining and has worked with dozens of national retail brands including Pottery Barn, Dove Chocolate, Stonewall Kitchen and Longaberger Basket.


Stephen Sheffield

Stephen Sheffield, a native of the Boston area, is an alumnus of Cornell University, where he obtained a BFA in painting and photography. He received his MFA in photography from the California College of the Arts, in Oakland/San Francisco, studying under Larry Sultan and Jim Goldberg, and was assistant to Carrie Mae Weems. Sheffield’s photographs depict both everyday and unusual events, all framed by his unique, and occasionally dark, sense of humor. His masterful storytelling in his silver photography combines a timeless formalism mixed with self-portraiture and performance. To flip the coin, to view his other work is to appreciate his use of alternative processes, mural printing, and small and large-scale photo assemblage that combine to bring to his work an unique and cinematic mood. Stephen Sheffield has exhibited nationally for over 25 years, and has a number of large and small-scale commissions in Boston, Cambridge, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Brooklyn NY. Stephen is represented in Boston by the Panopticon gallery, and taught the advanced black and white silver photography major at the New England School of Photography in Boston for 12 years, and is adjunct faculty at the New Hampshire Institute of Art MFA program in New Hampshire.


Judge of Awards

Maria Allen

South Shore Living Editor

Maria Allen has been the editor of South Shore Living since 2008 and a key member of the editorial team since 2003. Also, editor of Plymouth Magazine. Responsible for the overall editorial content of the magazine, she devotes much of her time to exploring the South Shore in search of fresh story ideas that celebrate the region and the local community. Throughout her journalism career she has penned articles on a wide range of topics, including: art, fashion, history, home design, nature, philanthropy and the most delicious of all topics—food and drink. Her work has also been published in sister publications Cape Cod Magazine, Chatham Magazine and Cape Cod Guide. She lives in Sagamore Beach with her husband and 2-year-old son.


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