The 19th annual WRAE will be hosted by the Parish Center for the Arts, a visual and performing arts center located on the Westford Common, and is open to amateur and professional artists of all ages.

Awards are granted in the Adult, Young Adult and Children’s categories. Online registration opens Feb. 20 and continues through March 10, with adult and childrens’ receptions to be held on March 16-17 and open gallery hours to follow. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with Martha Dublin, winner of last year’s Best of Show award.

Dublin retired from a decades-long career as a special needs teacher in order to care for her husband. The extra time in her day afforded her the opportunity to take art lessons from Stephen Previte, a Nashua-area artist and teacher. She submitted her entry to the 2017 WRAE at the urging of her teacher and fellow students. Her winning entry, an oil painting titled “Country Roads,” depicts a trail leading into the woods. The inspiration for the painting, like much of Dublin’s work, lies in the simple, natural beauty of her native New England. The 2017 entry was Dublin’s second time in the WRAE event, and she intends to enter again this year. Exhibiting her art is a relatively new venture for Dublin, although she has been juried at the Whistler House in Lowell.

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