Arts Festival Showcases Local and Regional Talent

Grace Allen
Issue Date: 
May, 2019
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In a few short weeks, art lovers can see some impressive work at the annual Arts on the Common, set for Saturday, June 1 on Wrentham’s town common. The free event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The juried art show is the Wrentham Cultural Council’s premiere event.
Organizers anticipate 30 to 40 artists will exhibit and sell their works, with some demonstrating the artistic process.
Evelyn Zepf, one of the event’s organizers, says the cultural council tries to select a wide variety of artists to participate.
“We look at how much artistry and originality goes into the work, and the items must fit into a certain price point,” she explained, noting the show has a good reputation among artists and visitors. “A lot of people look forward to coming to this every year.”
Kinetic artist Bernie Zubrowski will exhibit some of his work at the event, as well as in the town’s historical museum across the street from the common. Kinetic art relies on both virtual and real movement for its effect. Zubrowski’s exhibits have been installed at many locations, including at the Boston Children’s Museum, The Austin Children’s Museum, and the Ecotarium.
The public is invited to meet Zubrowski at an opening reception to be held on Friday, May 31 at the historical museum from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The family-friendly Arts on the Common will also include performances by local dance troupes, music, displays in the town’s historical museum, and more. The King Philip High School Art National Honor Society and the Wrentham Senior Center artists will also participate in community art displays.
Zepf, a writer, believes an event like Arts on the Common is enriching for the entire community, encouraging people to explore and appreciate art in its many forms.
“The arts add a lot of vitality to a town like Wrentham,” she said. “An event like this highlights the many artists around us, and helps foster connections between people who share the same passions.”
She points out that while some professional artists pursue their endeavors fulltime, others do it on the side while working day jobs. Arts on the Common provides a venue for both full-time and part-time artists to showcase and sell their work.
“It’s good for the artist, and it’s good for the community, to have a place to buy unusual things,” said Zepf. “People don’t have to go to the mall. They can come here and buy a handmade, unique item.”
The application process for artists closes on May 24. For an application or for more information about Arts on the Common, visit and select Cultural Council under Boards & Committees.