ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 6 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 10, 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 Opera House at Enosburg Falls presents the Tenth Annual Talent Search at the Opera House next Saturday, October 19. The annual show is an evening of entertainment, celebration, and the arts with the most talented performers in the area. The evening will include special anniversary performances by several previous winners including 1995 winners Sarah Jo Willey (Miss Vermont 2002) and her brother, Jared. 2001 Junior Winner Lindsey Larivee will co-host.
      The Opera House Art Gallery will also host the first All Arts competition and exhibit for two-dimensional art created in 2002 by area students in grades 9-12.
      Applications for the Performance Awards are available at most local schools and directly from the Opera House. Student artists can ask their high school art teacher for information. The Opera House awards cash prizes in two performance divisions, Junior (youth up to 14) and Adult (15 and up) as well as for the two dimensional art division.
      Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are free. Save TWO bucks on advance sale tickets from Steve Comeau at the Enosburg Pharmacy, and 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 All Arts Council board of directors will meet this evening at 7 p.m. in Northwestern Medical Center Conference Room 1. The agenda includes creating committees for exhibits, finance, marketing, membership, operations, programming, and our search for a permanent home. Ron Kilburn will join us to discuss the Swanton Downtown Revitalization and plans for the Swanton theater.
      The AAC will hold a juried winter exhibit of fine Franklin County art. We encourage artists and community members who would like to organize this event to attend the board meeting tonight.
      The All Arts Council brings all the arts to Franklin County and showcases and develops local artists.


      The Montgomery Recreation Center presents the annual Montgomery Variety Show, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Montgomery Grange.
      The program includes the Swedish Chef, the Sorrell Ballet ("mature women dancing in boots"), and Rick Ross from WJAY with drawings and commentary from the whole year. MC Bobby Anderson will have some secret skits and a very special finale. This wildly eclectic show also features a pit band of world famous local musicians. New acts are welcome.
      Adult tickets cost $5; kids under 16 are $3. Friday only is Senior night for only $3. The show is an annual benefit for the Montgomery Recreation Center. Call 933-8561 or 326-4223 for info.


JEFFERSONVILLE--The Cambridge CoffeeHouse presents OPEN MIC-LESS NIGHT (acoustic) at Dinner's Dunn at the Windridge Bakery in Jeffersonville from 7 to 9 p.m. next Wednesday, October 16.
      The Cambridge Arts Council sponsors the CoffeeHouse on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. E-mail for more info for info.


2002 HANDCRAFTED (October 28)--A juried exhibition of ceramics, fiber, glass, metal, and wood with $1,600 in prizes at Rocky Mount Arts Center. E-mail for more info

CALL FOR ENTRIES FROM CHILD ARTISTS (October 31)--The Arts Olympiad, organized by the International Child Art Foundation, culminates in the world's largest international celebration of children's creativity and imagination on The National Mall in Washington, DC. Open to all children ages 8 to 12. The theme is "Me in the New Millennium. E-mail for more info or Click here for more info

CALL FOR EXHIBITS (November 1)--The Art Department of Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH, seeks proposals for the 2004 exhibition season. SCC has three separate, professionally designed galleries, including one dedicated to photography-based media. Sinclair provides return shipping or an honorarium to defray return travel expenses. E-mail for more info

CREATIVE WORK FUND (November 1)--For collaborations between media artists and nonprofit organizations as well as between traditional artists and nonprofit organizations such as the AAC to create new works. Grants in both categories range from $10,000 to $35,000 for projects expected to be completed within 2 years. Click here for more info

6TH INTERNATIONAL OPEN (Nov 13)--The Woman Made Gallery invites women from the international community to submit artwork in all themes, styles, and media. Juried. Click here for more info


      After four years of construction, the National Gallery of Art in Washington has unveiled a redesigned and expanded suite of sculpture galleries.
      The NGA web tour this week features Shaker crafts.
      The NGA also offers "walks" through QuickTime virtual exhibition tours of current exhibitions with close-ups, streaming audio commentary, and detailed information. Online now are Van Gogh's Van Goghs, the Sculpture of Angkor and ancient Cambodia, Thirty-Five Years at Crown Point Press, engineer, sculptor, and mobile inventor Alexander Calder, and more.


      I ran into AAC director emeritus Dave Kiefner in St. Albans this week. He and his wife Kheya moved to Florida where she is finishing a PhD at USF and he is pursuing a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration.

CURRENTLY READING: Dave pulled John Sandford's Mortal Prey out of his carryall. Kheya is reading Face the Fire by Nora Roberts. "Romance, magic, and a fast moving plot," she said. "What more could you ask for?"

FAVORITE VERMONT AUTHOR: Dave likes the police work in all of Archer Mayor's Joe Gunther novels. Kheya picked historical fiction writer Elswyth Thane. Since some of her books are out of print, a good place to find her is your local library.

FAVORITE FLORIDA AUTHOR: Kheya picked Dave Barry but Dave didn't.

RE-READ: Kheya "rereads everything." She picked David Weber's Honor Harrington space opera series with a strong female lead. Dave just finished The Godfather by Mario Puzo. "I had to read it for class," he said.

FAVORITE KIDS' BOOK: Dave and Kheya have three daughters. "I saw my new niece Asha for the first time this week," he said, "and I read a chewbook 'I'm a Little Teapot' about 27 times."
      They both picked Dr. Seuss. Kheya chose One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish because it was the first book she read by herself and Dave took Hop Along Poppa because all three of his daughters took it to heart.


      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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