ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 6 * * All Arts News On the Web * * August 22, 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.


      Highgate Municipal Park will host a proper Tea Party as the Tyler Place presents the popular Woods Tea Company in the final Vermont Maple Festival/Summer Sounds Concert of this season on Sunday evening.
      The "biggest trio in Vermont" will play a mix of traditional lively variety of bluegrass, sea chanties, Celtic music, and dry New England humor side by each with original folk songs. Bring this newspaper to sit on during their well known question and answer period. This busy touring band is known for their easy going and often two-way rapport with their audiences and for their powerful musicianship.
      "We played 42 states this year," Rusty Jacobs said about a trip that put a lot of miles on the van. "We're going out in September on a tour that begins in Oregon and ends in the middle of Kansas." Since one can't get to Vermont from Kansas, they plan to go "somewhere where you can get here from, like New Hampshire or Maine. We didn't play in Alaska and Hawaii, although someone is talking to us about going to Hawaii. We wouldn't drive there."
      This concert will feature new material including the old time song Gimme Just a Little More Time (as school begins again, that song is very popular among kids trying to finish tests). They have also brought back St Patrick's Day in America which rose to Number Seven in the Worldwide Celtic Music charts. Woods Tea is only band not signed with a major label to have made that chart.
      Rusty Jacobs (he "now live where you can see Vermont on a clear day"), Mike Lussen, Chip Chase ("a poor wretched soul from New Hampshire"), and Howard Wooden deploy banjos, bezoulis, bodhrans, fiddles, guitars, tin whistles, bass, concertinas and mandolins in every concert. Founded in 1980, they have seven nationally released albums; their latest CD, This Side of the Sea is available locally at Rail City Market and the Kept Writer, on, and on
      Just before the concert, stop by for a bookload of goodies at the Highgate Library Summer Sounds Social in the Park starting at 6:30 p.m. The social hour is a chance to visit with friends and eat some delicious desserts.
      The Vermont Maple Festival presents the Summer Sounds concerts in Highgate because music and maple go together year round. The concerts are sponsored by the Town of Highgate, and the All Arts Council, and underwritten by Chevalier Drilling, The Highgate Manor, O. C. McCuin & Sons, Ray's Extrusion Dies & Tubing, and The Tyler Place. The rain site will be the Methodist Church. The community based All Arts Council brings the performing arts to northwestern Vermont with concerts that are always on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m., always in a town park, and always free.


      Long hours. No Pay.
      The All Arts Council is small group of volunteers presenting concerts, benefits, exhibits, and educational programs from Summer Sounds to the ArTrain at Railroad Days. is an all-volunteer membership organization. To continue that level of programming takes volunteers and members. In order to find and keep our members, we need a membership director. Email the All Arts Council for more info.


ST ALBANS--The funk/jazz/blues combo Turning Point with Eric Bushey, guitar, Justin Bedell, bass, and Craig Benson, percussion, plays the Kept Writer, tomorrow evening, 7-9 p.m. Then the bookstore and café presents the California contemporary folk music of Eli Salzman on Saturday, 7-9 p.m.

FRANKLIN--The Sky is Blue over the Boonys Pub and Grill as Pat Murphy, Chris Conti, and Mike Willey of Blue Sky perform an eclectic mix of country and more on Saturday starting at 7 p.m.

HIGHGATE FALLS--The Summer Ministry of the Arts presents Horns Borealis, a French Horn trio in a light classic program at St. John's Episcopal Church on Sunday at 3:30pm. The concert will be preceded by an Episcopal Evensong service at 3 p.m. Admission is by donation.


      The Northwestern Medical Center is exhibiting portraits by Jennifer Stone Gonzalez through the end of August.
      Ms. Gonzalez started taking photographs in high school and began to experiment with digital photography several years ago. Each portrait begins with a photograph which she imports into a computer, overlays with digital effects, and prints on canvas. The technique turns a simple photographic portrait into a unique piece of art.


      The second issue of The Kept Writer Magazine is now available in town at Rail City Market, As The Crow Flies, and at the Kept Writer, of course, as well as at several Burlington locations, including North Country Books, Pure Pop, The Everyday Book Shop, Downtown Discs and Radio Bean.
      "We're working on the third issue now, which will hopefully be out by the beginning of September," Jedd said. "We are always looking for contributors and submissions, so keep them coming in."
      The KW Writing Group meets every Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. for free-writing and critique. Bring a pad and pencil.


EIGHTH ANNUAL NATIONAL PHOTO COMPETITION (September 3)--Open to black & white or color photographers living in the USA. Cash prizes. Send a SASE to: Texas Artists Museum, 3501 Cultural Center Dr, Port Arthur TX 77642 for a prospectus.

"SHOES: THE SOLE OF HUMANITY" (September 30)--Call for entries for an exhibition of inventive footwear at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. No entry fee. E-mail for more info and guidelines.

CALL FOR ENTRIES FROM CHILD ARTISTS (September 30)--The Arts Olympiad, organized by the International Child Art Foundation, culminates in the world's largest international celebration of children's creativity and imagination, held on The National Mall in Washington, DC. Open to all children ages 8 to 12. The 2002 theme is "Me in the New Millennium. Click here for more info or E-mail for more info

CLICK HERE: ART SITE OF THE WEEK has great depth about all things ballet and dance in the UK and around the world. The monthly Magazine section contains reviews, interviews, ballet history, and regular columns by choreographers. They have interviewed rising stars of the Royal Ballet. This month offers a piece questioning the new idea that students should be trained as multi-purpose dancers.
      The site also includes Bruce Marriott's Resources on the Cinderella Ballet and's notes on Ashton's Cinderella


      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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