ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 7 * * All Arts News On the Web * * January 16, 2003


      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.


      The BFA-St. Albans Fine Arts Department presents the Ithaca College Men's Chorus conducted by Brian Messier in the BFA-St. Albans Theater tonight at 7 p.m.
      17 voices strong, "we perform a wide variety of music," chorus president Jeff Hoffman said. "This concert will include traditional choral works, barbershop tunes, and pop music heard on the radio." The program includes Running Away by Hoobastank, Footloose by Kenny Loggins, Here is Gone by the Goo Goo Dolls, the barbershop melody Coney Island Baby, and Aija, a traditional Latvian lullabye sung in Latvian.
      Members of the Ithaca College School of Music founded the Men's Chorus in 1996. It now includes "men from all different majors and all different backgrounds," Mr. Hoffman said. "We all know a little bit about music and all love to sing."
      The chorus includes tenors Christian Carichner, Jeff Hoffman, Jamie Paisley, Ethan Powell, Don Ferlazzo, Jeremey Horan, Gavin Sidebottom, Brandon Steinorth, and David Stills, and basses Neal Gauger, Anthony Healy, Chris Pearsall, Caleb Whelden, Jeff Gould, Brian Messier, Tyler Ogilvie, Kristaps Sorins, and Ryan Toyama. Conductor Brian Messier of Georgia is a senior and a Music Education (percussion) major. The Ithaca College Men's Chorus is a completely student run group.
      The Chorus is on tour around New England. This tour stops in Middlebury College tomorrow and also includes Boston, Albany, and Syracuse. "Brian wanted to perform close to home, so we called Armand Messier at BFA as we were putting together the tour."
      Their CD ...the band never showed is available online and a second CD in production for this spring. Click here or E-mail for more info.
      Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students of any age. Children under 6 are free. Tickets are available through BFA music (527-6538), all BFA chorus members, at the All Arts Council ticket centers: Better Planet Books, Toys, and Hobbies and the Kept Writer in St. Albans, Swanton Rexall, and Enosburg Pharmacy, and at the door.
      "It's a fun filled evening," Mr. Hoffman said.


ST ALBANS--The Kept Writer presents guitar player and singer/writer Charlie Messing to play solo country blues, folk music, old-time songs, novelties, new stuff, and in-between, all on Friday. Then Jerry Bowers and Tyrone Shaw bring you twisted tales of love and other ailments on Saturday.

FAIRFAX--Regular Music Session with acoustic instrumentalists playing traditional songs at the Foothills Bakery on Saturday, 1-4:30 p.m. Admission is free by donation.


20" x 20" x 20": A COMPACT COMPETITION (January 29)--National juried art competition for all media, 2D and 3D, at the Union Art Gallery, Box 25123, Louisiana State University. $4,000 in cash awards. Fax (225) 578-4329 or E-mail for a prospectus.

WRITING CONTEST (February 2)--The Iowa Review has categories of Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. Submit up to 25 pages of prose or 10 pages of poetry (1 poem or several). Cash prize plus publication. Entry Fee. Click here.

VERMONT PUBLIC ART (February 3)--The Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Department of Buildings needs artists for two projects: to design and oversee the installation of the entranceway floor for the new Bennington Downtown State Office Building and to design and oversee the installation of sculpture for the new Williston I-89 northbound rest area. Vermont resident visual artists in all media are eligible. Each project includes a $1,500 planning and design contract and up to $7,000 for fabrication and installation. Call 802-828-3294, E-mail, or Click here and the required RFQ.

FACES OF WOMAN (February 15)--13th annual juried exhibition is a celebration of the feminine. Entry fee and cash awards. Original work in all media in 2 or 3 dimensions which were completed within the past two years. Send SASE to Las Vegas Arts Council, Box 2603, Las Vegas NM 87701 for a prospectus.

PHOTOGRAPHY 2003 (February 28)--Juried Stage Gallery show of traditional or innovative photographic techniques or mixed media with photography as primary element. Click here for more info.


      The All Arts Council needs you.
      We leverage a combination of grants, volunteer sweat, business advertising, and Town appropriations to present events such as Monday's Grumpy Grownups concert, fine art exhibits, and the popular Summer Sounds series.
      Nationally, arts festivals bring about $2 billion in annual spending to local communities, on top of all art purchases and lodging revenue; locally, cultural-heritage programs are the single largest draw of tourist dollars in Franklin County.
      The All Arts Council aims cultural programming directly at tourists and at residents. We buy space and time, maintain a popular web site, air announcements and some concerts on local television, and poster the community. In the course of one year, we provide over two million advertising, editorial, and direct impressions in Vermont alone. Your "eyeball" is ours right now.
      If you would like to share that advertising bonanza and the opportunity to build the cultural events that attract visitors and keep residents in this part of the state, Email the All Arts Council. It could be Your Name right here next week.


      The OGI School is one of four schools of Oregon Health & Science University. The degree programs include Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Computer Science, and Environmental Science. The Department of Computer Science and Engineering hosts an encyclopedia of percussion at here.


      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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