Competitions & Contests

2025 Small Stones Festival of the Arts

Entry Dates 2024-10-15T23:59:00+00:00 - 2024-09-15T00:01:00+00:00 84 Days Left


The 2025 Small Stones Festival of the Arts - Art Call

The Art Call for the 2025 Small Stones Festival of the Arts will open on September 15, 2024.

Welcome to the art call site for the 2025 Small Stones Festival of the Arts.  The Festival is a collaboration of the Worcester County Camera Club and the Blackstone Valley Art Association, now in our seventh year.  Our exhibition of fine art painting and fine art photography will be held at the Brigham Hill Community Barn, 37 Wheeler Rd., North Grafton, Massachusetts.

Work chosen for the juried in-person exhibition as well as prize winning entries will be selected by an independent panel of distinguished jurors.  Once they are announced, you can read about them at our main web site, at the link below.

Art work exhibited at the Festival will be selected from approximately 500 submissions and will include 144 fine art paintings (including drawing, sketches, ink and other 2D productions) and fine art photographs (including film based, digital, infrared and alternative processes).  Please note that we continue to have strict restrictions on the size of the work we can exhibit, as you'll see in the detailed entry instructions below.   Works chosen for the exhibition will be published in our annual hardbound catalog - a tradition we're continuing this year.  All submissions will appear in our Web Gallery, available on this site during and after the exhibition.  


Submitting Your Work

You are invited to submit your original works of art for this exhibition through this website.  Our jurors will select among the submitted entries to determine which to include in the exhibition and the printed exhibition catalog.  Just prior to the opening of the exhibition, the jurors will also select prizewinners in the above categories.

Some Important Notes

There is a nonrefundable submission fee of $10 per entry.
Maximum of 5 entries per artist, of which up to two may be selected for in-person exhibition by our jurors.
You must submit a high-quality photo of your work, suitable for inclusion in our show catalog — see below.
All entries are subject to our Terms and Conditions - READ THESE!

MAXIMUM SIZE: 26" on the longest edge - measure the FRAME, not the canvas/print.  (We wish we could accommodate larger works, but this limitation is required by the size of our panels.)
Must have a HANGING WIRE - not a sawtooth or other type hanger.
You must HAND DELIVER and PICK UP your artwork in the allotted times - no shipping/receiving is possible.NEW THIS YEAR: Artworks that were juried-in to the exhibition in previous years may not be submitted again.

Photographing Your Work

All work submitted to the festival must be of publication quality, without reflections, abnormal color shifts, perspective distortions, etc. Not only will this help our jurors evaluate your work for their prize selections, but also will make the best presentation on the web and if your work is selected for our printed catalog.

Criteria include:

- Format: JPEG or PNG files accepted.
- Minimum Resolution: 1500 pixels total on longest edge.
- Maximum Resolution: 4800 pixels on longest edge.
- Pixels per Inch: Doesn’t matter – really.

If you are a photographer, this shouldn’t be a problem. If, however, you have paintings that you need to photograph, there’s an app for that: Google Photo Scan, available for iPhone/iPad or Android. This app guides you through taking a series of photos of your work, combines them, removes glare (from cover glass or reflections from varnish, etc.), and gives you a nice result. Just be certain your phone/tablet camera has sufficient resolution to meet the above requirement – an iPhone 6 probably will not, but a newer phone or tablet might be fine.

How to Register and Submit Your Work

In order to submit your work for the festival, you must register on this ArtCall site by clicking on the Register button in the header above (if you already have an login, you can simply log in using the green Login button instead).  If you have a narrow browser screen (mobile, etc.) you may have to click on the three horizontal lines in the upper RIGHT to see the buttons.  Fill in the necessary information on the registration form and create a password.

Although there is no registration fee, there is a nonrefundable submission fee of $10 per submitted work.  While you may submit up to five works, a maximum of two works will be accepted into the festival per artist.

To submit work to the exhibition:

IMPORTANT: Read the Terms and Conditions above for the festival.
Register or log in as described above.
From your user page ("My Submissions"), click on Purchase Submission Credits.
You'll see a payment screen where you can prepay for the number of works you will submit.  Enter the required payment information to proceed.
You will now have credits in your account for the number of submissions for which you've paid.  You can click on Add New Submission to enter the information for your first entry.  Scrolling past the terms and conditions, fill out the fields for your entry, including category, subcategory, title, size (you can enter 0 for depth) and price (you can enter 0 if not for sale).  If you wish to sell yiour work or call attention to your other artwork, BE SURE TO ENTER YOUR WEBSITE ADDRESS.
When you submit the information for your first entry, the next screen will prompt you to upload a photo of your entry (see criteria above).
When you have uploaded your photo, your first entry is complete and will appear on your user page.  You can now continue with additional entries if you wish.

Watch the following video to learn more...