ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 9 * * All Arts News On the Web * * July 14, 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 Vermont Maple Festival/Summer Sounds series continues the July at the Bay concerts in St. Albans Bay Park as Northwestern Medical Center presents Jazzmosis on Sunday evening with St. Albans Bay as a backdrop. This six-piece ensemble plays jazz standards and originals.
      The evening of Jazzmosis will feature tight ensemble work and the creative arrangements and improv that are characteristic of real jazz in the compositions of Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Wayne Shorter, Frank Zappa, and more. Frank Zappa?
      What goes around, comes around. Jazzmosis is not from Franklin County but it sure feels as if we know all six members.
      Marty McRae, trombone, teaches music at Burlington High School now but is well known here from his days at Enosburg High. He also performs with a Dixieland/Traditional Jazz group and Mighty Sam McClain with whom he tours nationally and internationally.
      Steven Bredice, sax, has recorded and toured with Mr. Dooley, Lambsbread, one of the Top Ten American Reggae bands, and Blue Sky. He has a long history with the Hampton Playhouse of Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, and Atlanta's Theater In The Square.
      Andy Smith, Bass, is a graduate of the Crane School of Music. He has performed and recorded in classical to rock, jazz to bluegrass and has shared the marquis with the Neville Brothers, Tower of Power, Vassar Clemments and others. He teaches instrumental and general music at Williston Central School.
      Aron Garceau, guitar, majored in classical guitar at UVM. He was a founding member of Whisky Before Breakfast and recorded on the solo album of Highland bagpiper Iain Mac Harg with whom he started the band Prydein. He teaches instrumental music in Sheldon.
      Caleb Bronz, percussion, attended Johnson State College to study music and to pursue audio engineering. He was Head Sound Engineer at JSC and helped begin the Studio Recording program. He has played with Mighty Sam McClain, The Gordon Stone Band, Smokin' Grass, The Gregory Douglass Band, The Vermont Jazz Ensemble, Voice and now, Jazzmosis. He founded the hip-hop/drum and bass group Voice.
      Jack Phipps, trumpet, performs in orchestral, chamber, and theatrical productions, does studio work, and club engagements. For thirty years he has performed in Philadelphia, Washington, New York, Boston, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Nashville. He now tours across United States, Canada and Europe. In addition to recording sessions and live television and radio broadcasts, he has performed for three Presidents of the United States.
      The Jazzmosis repertoire includes America's jazz icons, influenced by the funk, rock and blues idioms.
      Summer Sounds concerts in St. Albans Bay are presented by the Vermont Maple Festival, the Town of St. Albans, and the All Arts Council of Franklin County, and sponsored by the Handy Group of new car dealers, Key Bank, Merchant's Bank, Northwestern Medical Center, and St. Albans for the Future, the Downtown St. Albans group.
      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 as you settle in to enjoy outdoor family music and festivities. The rain site (if needed) is the St. Albans Bay Bathhouse Pavilion.


      Gail Salzman is one of only 15 national artists in a contemporary exhibition at the Fleming Museum. New Turf at the Fleming explores fresh and diverse approaches to the abstracted landscape. The opening reception, with live music by Frost, is tonight, 6-8:30 p.m. at the Museum.
      New Turf maps the artist's mind where landscape and abstraction meet. The 15 artists from Vermont and across the nation draw inspiration from the rural, urban, and suburban environments around them. The works depict the changing American scene in aerial photographs of environmental sites, pencil drawings of suburban big-box store layouts, and paintings that explore light, color space, and mood.
      Working primarily in oils, Ms. Salzman creates richly layered paintings that suggest primordial rhythms. "Realistic painting is a category that we all understand," she said. "Representational painting which might not be realistic but it represents something recognizable is another category. And narrative painting is representational but does tell a story." She does not think of her work as at all narrative or as completely abstract.
      The artists also include Anne Appleby, Louise Belcourt, Janice Caswell, Marsha Cottrell, Jane Fine, Tom Fruin, Richard Garrison, John Hudak, McKendree Key, Marie Krane/Cream Co., Sandy Litchfield, David Maisel, Sam Prekop, and Lordy Rodriguez.
      The contemporary exhibition continues through October at the Fleming, 61 Colchester Ave. in Burlington. Call 802-656-2090 for more info.


ST. ALBANS--Puppetkabob Productions presents Under Night Sky, an original, cinematic shadow puppet show, next Thursday, July 21, at 7 p.m. at the BFA-St. Albans auditorium. In their Vermont theatrical debut, Puppetkabob tells stories hidden within an old quilt. The stories for family audiences ages 4 and up bring memories of an Irish journey over seas, an old school house, and of the Underground Railroad.
      Sarah Frechette and Frankie Cordero are the puppeteers of Under Night Sky. Ms. Frechette has worked extensively here in Franklin County with YAC, RAIDers, the teen centers, and other local programs.
      The performance will also debut Wednesday, July 20, at 7 p.m. at the Flynn Space. Admission to either show is $8/Adults, and $5/Children under 12.

MORRISVILLE--The Bee's Knees presents Will Patton and Don Schabner next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

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

WATERVILLE--Cambridge Arts Council presents community dances on Saturdays at 7 p.m. in the Waterville Town Hall. The evening will feature contras, squares, circles, play parties and singing games and all dances will be taught. Bring a partner, the entire family, or come alone. Caller Mark Sustic offers dance instruction. Frank Heyburn and Michele Lajoie play. Guest musicians with acoustic instruments are welcome. Admission is $5 per person and $10 for families at the door.

ST. ALBANS--The Overtime Saloon offers Open Mic with Abby Jenne and Friends every Wednesday at 8 p.m. Abby encourages performers of all kinds to attend. If you need instrumental accompaniment, e-mail with the title/artist of song you wish to perform. click herefor more info.


      Adelphia Channel 15 and the All Arts Council produce Almost Live, a series of live concerts that airs each week on Channel 15. One set of Roy Hurd Almost Live in Highgate Municipal Park shot by videographer Mike Montanye airs tonight at 9:30 on Channel 15. The concert will repeat at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow and next Thursday morning at 2 a.m.


      Contemporary Artist Tom Konieczko of Milton has shown his work in Maine and is now establishing himself in Vermont. His paintings are surreal and address the presence of human existence. He also makes indie rock albums and bowls.


      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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