ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 6 * * All Arts News On the Web * * August 15, 2002


      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.

      Stop in for the AAC CoffeeHouses at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. These gatherings bring new opportunities, gossip, "show-and-tell" and workshops. We come together on the second Wednesday for a booked musical performance and an art exhibit at Simple Pleasures in St Albans. On the fourth Wednesday come to the Kept Writer in St Albans for acoustic Open Mike Night featuring music, readings, and more from the best new artists in Vermont.


      The All Arts Council and the Town of St Albans concludes the biweekly series of Saturday Arts Fests in the St Albans Town Park this Saturday afternoon. Each Festival offers special events plus a show and sale of local artworks and fine crafts.
      This weekend features fine crafts plus an exhibit of Black and White Photography as well as a free concert by the Croppies
      On exhibit will be the ethereal and often spiritual photographs of Martha Sheperd, intimate and thought-provoking images by Wayne Tarr, my own bright landscapes, and renderings, and more.
      The Croppies Franklin County debut came last weekend with their unique arrangements of popular ballads. Cheryl Kerr, fiddle, bodhran, mandolin, banjo, vocals; John Murray, bouzouki and vocals; Padrick Smith, button accordion, four-string banjo, vocals, cittern, and mandolinola; Steve Foley, mandolin; and Chris Gauthier, bodhran, percussion and vocals; play "jazzed up" traditional music.
      The Saturday Arts Fests take place rain or shine in and around the St Albans Town Park "bath house" from 2-8 p.m. Admission is free. All Arts Council for more info.


      Ben & Jerry's presents Roy Hurd and Friends in this week's Vermont Maple Festival/Summer Sounds concert on Sunday in St Albans Bay Park. Mr. Hurd has an unparalleled following for his Adirondack anthems, environmental songs, love songs, and rockin' good time tunes. Joining him on stage will be Frank Orsini, fiddle, and Jeff Rindinaro, harmonica.
      "I play music like I drive," Roy said. "By ear. My mom was a singer and I've always been around music."
      Singer, professional songwriter, and dynamic performer, Roy Hurd is a staff writer for Sony Music Publishing and for Warner/Chappell, two of the largest music publishing companies in the world.
      "We write across the board but definitely try to fit through the little window for country music radio. There is a lot of pop influence in country music right now and a lot of alternative influence so that opens it up for people like myself," he said. "I'm a little more folk oriented and into pop." His songs have been recorded by Paul Brandt (the SOCAN Award-winning Take It From Me), David Kersh, Sonya Issacs, and Jo Dee Messina (Nothing I Can Do on her platinum release Burn)
      His own recordings include Poncho, Night Visit, The Back Woods at Daybreak, Forever Wild, and his most recent CD, Mountain Thunder recorded at Chaz Eller studio. The storytelling and his smooth vocals in all his own songs show a breath of fresh mountain air.
      Writing for himself and as a performer, he said, "I'm not under the radio kind of structure. I get a chance to play songs for people who really aren't worried whether the chorus happens quick enough or if the bridge is enough a breakaway from the melody. The audience listens more with their hearts.
      "I love what I do in Nashville," he said, "but I love more coming home to play my heart for the people."
      The Vermont Maple Festival presents the Summer Sounds concerts in St Albans to keep music and maple together all year. The concerts are sponsored by the Town of St Albans, and the All Arts Council, and underwritten by Ben & Jerry's Homemade, the Handy Group new car dealers, Northwestern Medical Center, and the St Albans Main Street Merchants. The community based All Arts Council brings the performing arts to northwestern Vermont. The concerts are always on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m., always in a town park, and always free. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and maybe an umbrella as you settle in to enjoy outdoor family music and fun.


      Arlene Jarvis, Claire Campbell, and Marcia Perry present a concert of light classics and folk songs in St Paul's United Methodist Church on Saturday afternoon. The program will open with duets of three Copland folk songs. Ms. Jarvis will sing three songs by Duparc and Ms. Campbell will perform three songs based on the stories of Joan of Arc. There will be several Spanish duets. Ms. Jarvis will perform Obradors' classical Spanish folk songs and Ms. Campbell will end with the folk songs of Scotland Ireland and Wales.
      Arlene Jarvis, soprano, has been a Franklin County musician and has taught at City School for years. She performs regularly in Vermont.
      Claire Campbell, mezzo-soprano, recently moved here from New York City where she sang professionally. "We were college roommates," Ms. Jarvis said.
      Marcia Perry, piano, is a professional pianist, accompanist, and teacher.
      The Afternoon of Song will begin at 4 p.m. in St Paul's United Methodist Church in St Albans. Admission is free.


      Today is the Feast of St. Mary the Virgin in the Anglican and Roman Catholic traditions.
      Grace Church organist Erik Kenyon will give a recital on the restored 1833 Erben organ to commemorate this feast date. The program includes two 'magnificat' fugues by Pachelbel, a 'Salve Regina' setting by Franz Liszt, a prelude & fugue by Clara Schumann, and a trumpet voluntary by Handel. "The 'voluntary' is particularly well suited to the Erben organ, which was built in the English Classical style," Mr. Kenyon said.
      Music director at Grace Church, and organist at Grace and at St Ann's Church in Richford, Erik Kenyon is pursuing a masters degree in Greek and Latin at UVM. The Erben is the oldest organ in Vermont and the oldest unaltered pipe organ in New England. It may be the organ on which composer John Henry Hopkins, Jr. first played We Three Kings. St. Paul's Cathedral in Burlington sent the organ to Grace in 1869. It was restored by Andrew T. Smith of Cornish, New Hampshire, with metal pipework by David Moore of Pomfret.
      This is the fifth season of the Summer Music at Grace series. Tonight at 7 p.m. at Grace Church, 215 Pleasant Street, Sheldon Creek. A community dessert will precede the concert at 6 p.m. Admission to this concert is by donation. Call 326-4603 or Click here for more info about the concert series.


      "Vermont's finest musical comedy stars," Burlington's Encore singers will perform a cabaret style revue of Broadway and Off-Broadway hit songs at the Opera House at Enosburg Falls on Friday evening. Encore is Tim Barden, Cathy Walsh, Steve Rainville and Denise Whittier, with pianist Joyce Flanagan.
      The Opera House "Encore" on Friday opens at 8 p.m. It will benefit Health Seekers, a Vermont non-profit dedicated to the dissemination of information about alternative non-toxic health care options. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students. Save a buck on advance sale tickets at the Merchant's Bank in Enosburg Falls, at Swanton Rexall, and at Better Planet and at the Kept Writer in St Albans. Call 802-933-6171 or click here for more info.


      The Fairfax Community Theater Company will hold auditions on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday for George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man. All auditions are in the Brick Meeting House in Westford village, on Sunday at 1 p.m. and on August 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. Call 849-2923 or E-mail for more info.


ST ALBANS--The Kept Writer presents the folk and blues of Matt Newberg from his home in Maine on Friday at 7-9 p.m. Then the Shrinking Violets, the contemporary folk singer/songwriter duo of Daryl and Julia Murdock, with guitar, viola and voices, returns on Saturday 7-9 p.m.

FRANKLIN--The Boonys Pub and Grill presents the Hub Cats in an evening of contemporary folk music, smooth vocals, and light humor on Saturday starting at 7 p.m.

ST ALBANS--Sterling Weed and his Imperial Orchestra play the Holiday House on Sunday from noon-3 p.m.


      Brazilian artist Giselle Beiguelman created Egoscopio, an Internet-based work meant to be shown in public. Egoscopio is displayed on two electronic billboards in Avenida Faria Lima, in a busy street in the center of Sao Paulo's high-tech district. The billboards are simultaneously on the street and online to blur the boundary between the real and virtual worlds.
      Visitors can interact with and alter the works them from the comfort of their Franklin County computers. About 120,000 daily pedestrians will see the 16-by-13-foot electronic panels.


      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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