It was a Glorious Artful Day!

Issue Date: 
July, 2019
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The Norwood Art Association’s 42nd Annual Art in the Park was a wonderful day. The sun was shining and the foot traffic was consistent all day. Over 35 artists participated with over 140 pieces being entered! We had a few sales of large framed artwork and also a number of pieces from the binwork sold as well.
Fiona Campbell was this year’s Norwood High School winner, with the honor of receiving the first ever Inez Reardon Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was named in memory of Inez Reardon, one of the founders of the Norwood Art Association who passed away last year. In lieu of flowers, Inez’s family asked that folks make donations to the NAA in Inez’s memory, as she cared so much about the art association and hopes that it flourishes and continues for many years to come. Inez’s son Rick Reardon and her grandson Patrick were in attendance to help with the honor of awarding Fiona her scholarship check. It was an emotional moment for all involved.
When asked, Ms. Campbell stated that she drew a lot of her inspiration in art from her music. She would create animations for her music and was inspired by her songs. She will be continuing her education majoring in Game Art with a minor in Graphic Design at Fitchburg State University.
Music was provided by Joe Fava of Acoustic Muse, with NAA President Frannie Downey stepping in to sing a few songs. The music could be heard all along the streets surrounding the gazebo and was very inviting to folks who were driving or walking by.
The ever popular Kid’s Table was busy all day with art activities for children, as well as a few local junior high students doing face painting.
Ribbons were given in all categories by judges Kim Morin Weineck and Christina Beecher. This year’s Best in Show was awarded to Cindy Rudolph for her beautiful mixed media piece titled “There Are No Rules”.
As was noted by Frannie Downey, the NAA will continue Inez Reardon’s legacy by helping to keep the arts alive in Norwood. She feels it is important for area artists to have a connection and place to share their love of the arts and their creativity. The NAA has a beautiful gallery at the WinSmith Mill on Endicott Street in Norwood where folks can show their artwork year round. The Norwood Fine Artists Gallery and Studio is located in Building 23 on the third floor, elevator provided.
You don’t have to be from Norwood to be a part of the NAA as their artists are from Norwood, Canton, Walpole, and many other surrounding communities. For more information or to become a member, contact Frannie Downey at [email protected].