ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 4 * * All Arts News On the Web * * January 13, 2000


      ArtBits always features a calendar of the goings on of Franklin County artists. Check out these events around Franklin County. Each issue includes the entire text of our weekly newspaper column.

      There is a free AAC Networking Meeting/Coffee House at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. These gatherings bring new opportunities, gossip, and workshops every month at the The Northwest Transportation Network office in St Albans.


      The Vermont Youth Orchestra returns to the MVU stage Saturday, January 29, with a tribute to Aaron Copland entitled A New Birth of Freedom. The VYO concert is hosted by the All Arts Council of Franklin County and presented by media sponsors the St Albans Messenger and WWSR/WLFE radio.
A New Birth of Freedom features music commemorating the battle for political liberty throughout the world. In keeping with its tribute to Aaron Copland, the VYO will perform Copland's Lincoln Portrait, a moving tribute to America's sixteenth president. Beethoven's Egmont Overture honors a Dutch hero's fight for freedom from Spanish conquerors. The Polovtsian Dances by Borodin, one of the most popular works in the orchestral repertoire, evokes the exotic world of an Asian tribe struggling for independence from Czarist Russia.       The VYO seats 92 top student musicians from Vermont and northern New York this year. Musicians from Franklin County include Amy Branagan, violin, of St. Albans, Anne Clark, violin, of East Fairfield, Heather Davis, horn, of Richford, Malikah Fulton, viola, of Georgia, Elisabeth Lauffer, violin, of Enosburg Falls, Morgan Pollitt, violin, of Fairfax, Nicole Rawding, flute, of St. Albans, and Rebecca Snyder, violin, of Georgia.
      Tickets for the performance cost $5 for adults; all students and seniors are free. Tickets are available at Jukebox CDs and Tapes in St Albans, Spears Pharmacy in Enosburg Falls, Swanton Rexall in Swanton, from most AAC members, from the VYO (658-4708), and at the door.


      "All new theater companies take a little time to build from the ground up," Peter Murray said. "Exit Stage Left Players' second production is finally on its way."
      Exit Stage Left will present Noises Off, a play written by Michael Frayne and directed by Matt Peck, this spring. The troupe needs a Stage Manager for this production. Email Peter at for more info.


ST ALBANS--Northwestern Medical Center is exhibiting the paintings of XX in the main lobby, through February, 2000.
BURLINGTON--Martha Ohliger of Fairfield is showing her paintings at Fletcher Allen Health Care at the UHC Campus, through February, 2000.
SOUTH BURLINGTON--Lorraine Manley of Milton is showing her paintings at 1 Timber Lane, through February, 2000.


MONTGOMERY--Gustav Verderber, the nature photographer whose images are works of art, will give an illustrated lecture in Pratt Hall, Friday, January 14, at 7 p.m.
JEFFERSONVILLE--It's Open Mike Night next Wednesday evening, January 19, at Cambridge CoffeeHouse, sponsored by the Cambridge Arts Council. The art of NVAA artist Bob Brunelle will be on exhibit. CoffeeHouse is held at the Smugglers Notch Inn from 7 to 9 p.m.
      CoffeeHouse offers live performers on the first Wednesday of each month and Open Mike on the third Wednesday. There is no admission but donations are appreciated. For more information, e-mail Pete Langdell for info.


      There 450 writing contests listed in the unique World's Biggest Book of Writing Contests. Be aware that the fees many contests charge are the "profit margin" for the contest operators. That means you should approach any expense-based competitions you find this in this list with caution.
INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL (January 15)--The Providence, RI, Parks Department seeks proposals for Convergence 2000 to be held in September. e-mail.
FEATS OF CLAY (January 28)--Juried competition of ceramic works. $9000 in purchase and merit awards. Click here or e-mail for info.
MAURICE ENGLISH POETRY AWARD, (February 1)--For an author in his or her 6th (or beyond) decade of life, with a distinguished book of poems published during 1999. $3000 prize and a public reading in Philadelphia. Helen W Drutt English, 2222 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia PA 19103
BIRDS IN ART (January 31)--The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum wants contemporary paintings, works on paper, and sculpture for its 25th annual juried exhibition. All works must interpret birds and related subject matter. E-mail for info
INTERNSHIPS (January 31)--Documentary Educational Resources, a producer and distributor of anthropology/ethnographic and documentary film, video and multimedia for educational use, has several internships available starting September 1. Click here or e-mail for info
KREFT INTERNATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION, 2000 (February 4)--Kreft Center Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI, has $1500 cash awards. Click Here or e-mail for info
NATIONAL JURIED COMPETITION 2000 (February 28) All media, except sculpture and video art is eligible for cash awards. Juror is Darsie Alexander, Assistant Curator, Museum of Modern Art. e-mail for info
EXHIBITION SCREENING 2001-02 (February 29)--City of Las Vegas seeks all media. Gallery Director, Cultural and Community Affairs, 749 Veterans Memorial Drive, Las Vegas NV 89101.


      This week, we continue to explore the museums and galleries of some United Nations countries.
      An exhibit of Bangladesh photos includes images of tourism and everyday life, rickshaws and rickshaw pullers.
      Alexander Artsyukhovich maintains a Belarusian folk music site with ancient Slavic melodies and songs. The music, he writes, whether "joyful or thoughtful ... flows in a peaceful and good willing way." It affirms the benign attitude of Belarusians to life.
      Levando A Arte Brasileira Ao Mundo offers the Virtual Brazil Gallery, the National Arts Cooperative of the Arts, a Virtual Journal of the Arts, lots of recommended links, and much more.


      ArtBits features a quick weekly peek at the bookshelf or night stand of the folks you know in and around Franklin County. That popular feature has a page of its own at the Franklin County Bookshelf here on the AAC site.
      In honor of the Railroad Days Festival, Bookshelf has most of the volunteers from the steering committee online.


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