ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 4 * * All Arts News On the Web * * June 15, 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 Simple Pleasures in St Albans.


      Family entertainment is Franklin County's middle name this summer as St John's Ministry of Arts resumes its annual 3-concert series at St John's Episcopal Church in Highgate Falls, starting this Sunday afternoon at 3:30.
      The first concert features the Celtic music of Sheefra. Named after an Irish air spirit, this duo's moving interpretations of traditional melodies touch the heart and quicken the pulse. Sheefra is poet Leanne Ponder on Celtic harp and Tim Jennings on concertina. The program begins with evensong at 3 and the concert at 3:30
      The Ministry of the Arts continues with Peter and Wendy Matthews in July.


      Summer started over again at the Dairy Festival with sunshine, plenty of free milk, and two stages of free music. Now we get to play through the whole summer.
      For the tenth season of our Got Milk Summer Sounds 2000 we have a new sponsor and 15 live free concerts lined up for every Sunday evening throughout the summer. We are pleased to welcome the New England Dairy Promotion Board to this solid "Summer of Milk and Music." Concerts always alternate between the Highgate Municipal Park and Taylor Park in St Albans. The popular series places individual concerts in Fairfax, Franklin, and Richford.
      The series started in Highgate, so each concert there will have a double feature this summer! Some of our old friends are returning (and bringing new ones). The lineup includes a medley of a capella, bluegrass, classical, country, folk, pop, and classic rock-n-roll. Each summer concert is free. Settle in on your own blanket or lawn chair and enjoy outdoor family music. Bring your own bug spray.
      Although the music begins at 7 p.m., you will want to arrive earlier because every outdoor concert this year features a festival or social. Local community groups will host each event with special activities, family fun, milk contests, and enough food to make every Sunday a great family holiday in the park. There will be a special flower fete, an art show, a pet day, and more. Watch this space for the details.
June 25 Highgate Municipal Park O. C. McCuin & Sons Diane Ziegler with Josh Brooks
July 2 St Albans Bay St Albans Auto Dealers Vermont National Guard Band
July 9 Highgate Municipal Park Dexter Products The Naturals with Bob Gesser
July 16 Taylor Park-St Albans Main Street Merchants Surf's Up
July 23 Highgate Municipal Park Ray's Extrusion Dies Nobby Reed Project with Jenni Johnson
Richford Richford Merchants Enosburg Town Band
July 30 Taylor Park-St Albans Select Missisquoi Valley Attorneys Constitution Brass Quintet
August 6 Highgate Municipal Park Chevalier Drilling Dark Horse with Upper U.S.
Richford Richford Merchants Mr French
August 13 Taylor Park-St Albans Northwestern Medical Center Roy Hurd Trio
Franklin Franklin Businesses Redwing
August 20 tba tba 8 0 8 4
Highgate Municipal Park Champlain Valley International Stockwell Bros with Derrick Jordan
August 27 Taylor Park-St Albans St Albans Area Realtors Champlain Echoes
September 3 Highgate Municipal Park The Tyler Place Andersen-Gram with Tom MacKenzie

      "Free" concerts are expensive. The New England Dairy Promotion Board, the five towns, local business sponsors, and the All Arts Council hire the bands, create the publicity, and set up all 15 shows. They need your support to continue. Please remember to thank the hosts and patronize the sponsors.
      The Highgate/Got Milk Summer Concerts are presented by the Town of Highgate and the All Arts Council of Franklin County, and sponsored by Champlain Valley International, Chevalier Drilling, Dexter Products, O. C. McCuin & Sons, Ray's Extrusion Dies & Tubing, and The Tyler Place.
      The Got Milk Summer Sounds in St Albans are presented by the City of St Albans and the All Arts Council of Franklin County, and sponsored by St Albans Realtors, the Main Street Merchants and Businesses, select Missisquoi Valley Attorneys, Northwestern Medical Center, and the St Albans Area New Car Dealers.
      The Got Milk Summer Sounds concerts in Fairfax, Franklin and Richford are presented by the Franklin Recreation Department, the Village of Richford, and the All Arts Council of Franklin County, and sponsored by Franklin General Store, Franklin Telephone, Dick Wright Ford, Wright Excavating in Franklin; and Blouin's IGA, The Crossing/Riverside House of Pizza, and Pinnacle Peddler in Richford.
      Summer Sounds concerts are always in a Town park, always on Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m., and always free. The rain sites are the Methodist Church and/or the Highgate Arena, the Congregational Church in St Albans, and the Town Hall in Franklin. The rain sites will be announced in Richford and Fairfax.


      The summer raffle for the Elder Art Program offers 31 donated items and gift certificates from Chow Bella! Corliss Blakely, As The Crow Flies, Lorraine's, The Garden Patch, The Gift Gallery, Better Planet, Jeff's Seafood, Poncho's Submarines, and Barbara's Bouquet. Tickets will be on sale at various locations.
      The drawing will be held in August at a Franklin County Art Show in St Albans City Hall.


FRANKLIN--Josh Brooks plays The Boonys on Saturday at 9 p.m. Josh will open for Diane Zeigler at the first Got Milk-Summer Sounds concert in Highgate on June 25.

ST ALBANS BAY--Run for Cover plays the Bayside Pavilion this Friday and Saturday evening at 9 p.m.


FIFTEENTH ANNUAL ART COMPETITION (June 26)--The Bosque Conservatory Art Council Exhibit and Sale for artists who are US citizens. $5,000 Jones Award and total awards over $10,000. or for info.

ANNUAL ART COMPETITION EXHIBIT (Jun 26)--Open to all representational artists who are US citizens. in Clifton TX, $5000 Award. Over $10,000 total. Bosque Conservatory Art Council OR

ANNUAL OPEN PASTEL EXHIBITION (July 1)--Open to all soft pastel painters only (no oil pastels). Over $20,000 in awards. Entry fee. SASE to Rae Smith, Pastel Society of America, 15 Gramercy Park S, New York NY 10003

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION (July 1)-- Open to all artists working in photography. No entry fee. SASE to Macy Gallery, Westchester Medical Center, 10 Rye Road, Rye, NY 10580

VISIONS OF PARADISE (July 31)--Open to all artists, the exhibition will create different artistic representations and interpretations of what Paradise can be. The show is also designed to introduce the art of the world to the Pacific island of Guam. $2000 in prizes. Entry fee or

SCIENCE/FICTION (July 30)--An exhibition for artwork by women inspired by science and/or contains scientific elements or references. All media. Juried. Entry fee. OR

POETRY CONTEST () contest is not for the faint of heart. With stiff competition is best suited for published poets with formal training and/or moderate success. Reading fee and substantial prizes.


      This week, we continue to explore the museums and galleries of some United Nations countries.
      Music Nepal is the largest private music publishing/recording house in Nepal. The award winning business has archives, radio broadcasts, downloads, and Songeet, the music magazine online.
      Art Singel 100, Amsterdam's Contemporary Art Gallery (Galerie voor hedendaagse kunst) has a current exhibition, a long list of featured artists, and exceptional links to Dutch galleries, artists and museums, an International database for artists, and a searchable Gallery and museum guide for the Netherlands.
      Te Kete Hao Korero - The Maori Bibliography is a list of selected resources for the study of Maori culture, language and history in what is now called New Zealand.


      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.


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