ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 9 * * All Arts News On the Web * * June 16, 2005


      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 live music and more at the Fairfax Music Sessions at the Foothills Bakery in Fairfax most Saturday afternoons at 1 p.m., at ChowBella or at the Overtime Saloon in St Albans 8-10 p.m. most Wednesday evenings, at the Bayside in St Albans Town most Sunday afternoons, and the Cambridge CoffeeHouses at 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of every month.
     These gatherings bring new opportunities, gossip, "show-and-tell" and occasional workshops. The booked performances and acoustic Open Mike Nights feature music, readings, and more from the best new artists in Vermont.


      The Northern Vermont Artist Association has held the June Juried Show since 1930. Their 75th annual exhibit opens Saturday at the Mary Bryan Memorial Gallery with about 100 pieces of new artwork in all media. NVAA members include several All Arts Council artists; Mary and Alden Bryan were NVAA members in the 1940s.
      Because this is the tenth year the Mary Bryan Memorial Gallery has hosted this show, they have chosen to spotlight ten years of prize winners including Snack Time, a work in colored pencil by Joshua Demer of Fairfax, and the work of Robert W. Brunelle Jr., Susan Goodby, Marilyn James, Gene Rybicki Judkins, Penny Koburger, Sheila Reiss, and Eric Tobin.
      The show runs through July 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free, although donations are welcome. 180 Main Street Jeffersonville.


      The Vermont Maple Festival and the AAC begin a new season of Summer Sounds concerts next Sunday, June 26, as O.C. McCuin & Sons present Roy Hurd and Friends in Highgate Municipal Park. The lineup of big summer shows includes bluegrass, classic oldies, gospel, jazz, and a concert band including Atlantic Crossing, Patti Casey and Paul Asbell, the Citizens Concert Band, FatBack, Jazzmosis, the Stockwell Brothers, and the Diane Ziegler Trio.
      Roy Hurd has an unparalleled following for his Adirondack anthems, environmental songs, love songs, and rockin' good time tunes. The first Summer Sounds concert of the year may also be a CD release party for his new album, No Sad Stories Tonight. Joining Mr. Hurd on stage will be Junior Barber, fiddle, and Jeff Rindinaro, harmonica. The singer, Nashville songwriter, and dynamic performer, is a staff writer for Sony Music Publishing and for Warner/Chappell, two of the largest music publishing companies in the world. His recent CDs, Lady of the Lake released in May and Wolf Brother will also make their area debut next week.
      The Vermont Maple Festival presents the concert series to keep music and maple together all year. Summer Sounds concerts are always on a Sunday night, always in a Town Park, always at 7 p.m. and always free. The community based All Arts Council brings the performing arts to northwestern Vermont. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and maybe an umbrella as you settle in to enjoy outdoor family music and fun.


CALL TO MOSAIC ARTISTS (June 23)--The Grand Fish and Goose Soiree is a one evening exhibition and party in San Francisco offering a $250 best in show award and other prizes. The $15 entry fee is almost worth it simply to be part of such an event. The soiree seeks two-dimensional original mosaics. Call 415-503-1711, e-mail, or click here for more info.

SIXTH ANNUAL WILL'S CREEK SURVEY (July 1)--This Allegheny Arts Council national juried art and fine craft exhibition offers $1000 Best of Show plus $4,500 in additional awards. Entry fee. Call 301-777-2787, e-mail, or click here for a prospectus and entry form.

2D PHOTOGRAPHY (July 5)--The Center for Fine Art Photography at the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art wants entries from U.S. and International professional and amateur photographers in all mediums, styles, and schools. The Center will consider traditional and experimental fine art photography and strongly encourages those working in the avant garde to participate. Entry fee. Submission by slides or CD images. Call 970-224-1010, e-mail or click here for more info.

VISUAL ARTIST RESIDENCY (July 15)--Weir Farm Trust seeks applications from visual artists for 2-4 week residencies that include studio, furnished apartment, and $500 monthly stipend. Call 203-761-9945 or click here for complete guidelines.

T-SHIRT ART (July 29)--Endicott College seeks artists for a fine art T-shirts exhibition. No application or exhibition fee. Call 978-232-2250 or e-mail for a prospectus or info.


      Recording artist, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Bill Shontz gives concerts for the whole family. He plays clarinet, flute, saxophone, penny whistle and the amazing wind synthesizer with values, humor, up-beat messages, and fun. He has performed at the White House, Fenway Park and Summer Sounds. The site includes his schedule, workshops, and the Children's Music Hall of Fame.


      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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