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The Leominster Art Association organizes the 57th Annual Arts, Crafts and Photography Exhibition

LEOMINSTER — The Leominster Art Association’s 57th Annual Arts, Crafts and Photography Exhibition is scheduled to take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at St. Leo’s Auditorium, 108 Main St.

The co-chairs of this exhibition will be Yvonne Hemenway and Janet Baron. Both are long-time members, artists and very involved in the association.

This is a judged show, which includes different mediums and levels. The ribbons will be awarded by a jury composed of two qualified artists. Only members of the association are invited to participate.

“Too much time has passed since our last spring show,” said Cindi Peterson, publicity chair for the Leominster Art Association. “We are very happy to exhibit our work, once again. And especially so that the community can see the talent of our member artists.

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to see more than 220 works of art made by local artists, artisans and photographers. Some of the exhibits will be for sale.

The exhibiting artist for the 57th Art Show will be Tom Bradley.

“Tom has been a member for 20 years, past president for three of those years, and is very much part of the Leominster Art Association,” Peterson said. “He has also received many awards, too many to mention. Most of his work is in pastel, but he has also dabbled in oil and acrylic.

Bradley says he was an artist for most of his life, drawing at a young age and painting in high school.

“I started with oil painting, then in my twenties I fell in love with pastels, which have been my favorite medium for over 40 years,” he said.

And capturing the hidden treasures in the landscapes that surround us all, which can go unnoticed in our daily lives, is his passion, he said.

“Growing up in what was then the rural heartland of Massachusetts, I always explored the woods, prairies, fields and farmlands of the region, which became the primary basis for my work,” said said Bradley. “And through my life’s work in the nursery and landscape industry, I am constantly amazed, every day, by the natural beauty that surrounds us.”

Bradley says it’s an honor to have been selected as the featured artist for the 2022 show.

This is a painting created by artist Thomas Bradley who will be the featured artist at the Leominster Art Association’s 57th Annual Arts, Crafts and Photography Exhibition this weekend. PHOTOS COURTESY OF THOMAS BRADLEY

“Recognition from the Leominster Art Association to feature my work is the culmination of the years of study, experimentation, struggles and successes that we all experience as artists in pursuit of our work is a great and humble reward and an honour,” he said.

The public is invited to discover the exhibition. This public exhibition is free, but donations are accepted.

Public viewing hours are 7-9 p.m. Friday; 1-3.30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Saturday; and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

The Leominster Art Association draw will take place over all three days. Participants stand a chance to win donated items such as artwork, crafts, museum passes, gift certificates and more.

All proceeds from the raffle will go to the Leominster Art Association, a non-profit organization that helps raise awareness of cultural art forms by supporting regional talent from all age groups and stages of artistic development .

For more information, visit leominsterartassociaton.comtheir Facebook page or email Cindi Peterson at [email protected]