ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 10 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 28, 2006


      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.


      No rooms to let, though, and we'd better raise more than 50 cent.
      The All Arts Council and St. Albans for the Future will host a Palette Party Auction at the St. Albans Historical Society next Saturday, October 7.
      "There are about 130 palettes available," said SAFF Executive Director Karen Bresnahan. "The palettes will be auctioned off via 'Silent Auction' at the Bliss Auditorium."
      The Palette Party Auction will include jazz music, hors d'oeuvres, and a cash bar as well as age appropriate refreshments. Five palettes as well as other prizes, will be raffled off during the course of the evening. Each guest will receive one free raffle ticket at the door (more will be available for purchase).
      The project began at the Maple Festival and continues through the October auction. The newest palettes are on display at City Hall and around St Albans now. Silent auction bid sheets accompany each palette in the St. Albans downtown exhibits; the highest bids will win the palettes at the closing event on October 7. Bid early and bid high. You might be able to "close out" other bidders.
      The Palette Party Auction is free to the public, all ages are invited. click herefor listings and info.


     St. Albans artist Corliss Blakely has not been in Weston, Vermont, for six years, but she is excited to return for a new one-woman show opening today.
      "I'll have about 60 new pieces in the show," Ms. Blakely said. "There are lots of new landscapes, still lives. It's going to be fantastic."
      The feature piece is her new painting of the Weston Mill, The Old Mill at Weston Vermont.
      Ms. Blakely maintained a gallery in Weston in the 1990s. "I'll be able to see old friends, clients, new friends. They're not just clients. They're old friends. It's going to be fun to see everyone and to get back into Weston."
      Ms. Blakely creates uniquely photographic paintings often using the homes, farms and antiques of her ancestors in northern Vermont as models. She is nationally recognized for her work, which hangs on every continent in several media including oil, watercolor, egg tempera. She received her formal art training in Boston where she studied at both Vesper George Art School and the Museum School Of Fine Art.
      The new work is in oil. She will also offer all new limited edition prints, including the featured Weston Mill, along with a full line of giclees, and some original watercolors.
      "I have all new frames, too," she said. "They're a wonderful." The hardwood frames are in a soft gold-silver and some in a plum brown with touches of gold.
      The seventh generation Vermonter was born in St. Albans where she presently lives. Each Spring, she travels to Balgue, a small village on Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua. Last year she taught 450 young students there in an ongoing art project that she and her husband, Barry Hickok, founded.
      The art show opens today and runs through October 9 across from the Bryant House Restaurant in the center of the Weston Village. It will be open daily 10 - 5. Click here for more info.


ST ALBANS--Sing Handelís Messiah. BFA Choral Director Armand Messier will begin teaching Handelís Messiah on Tuesday evening. The joint concert in December will include the community chorus, the BFA St. Albans Chorus and a 25-member professional orchestra.
      Weekly rehearsals will be held at BFA-St. Albans every Tuesday night from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
      "Singers do not need to read music," Mr. Messier said, "although individuals must be able to sing in tune with others." Call 802.527.6538 or email for more info. Learning the Messiah is free and open to the public.


HINESBURG--The Hinesburg Fall Festival presents a Contra Dance with caller Mark Sustic and musicians Sasha Ross Becker, John Mullett and members of Fiddleheads on Friday from 8-10 p.m. at the Town Hall. Call James Donegan (802.355.6395) for info.

BURLINGTON--The Catalyst Theater Company presents a multimedia production of Howard Zinn's The People Speak at the Waterfront Theater, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. plus Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m., through October 1. Directed by Veronica Lopez, The People Speak cast includes Kathy Ford of St. Albans.
      Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and $9 for anyone under 12. All seats are $8 on Thursdays. Tickets are available at the Flynn Box Office (802-86-FLYNN) or click here. Call (802.862.2287) or email Catalyst for info.

ESSEX JUNCTION----The Lincoln Inn presents Tammy Fletcher and the Disciples Saturday at 9 p.m. Click here or email for more info.

Morrisville--Northeast Fiddlers Association hosts a Fiddle Meeting at the VFW on the first Sunday of each month at 1-5:30pm. Call Marc Gregoire (802.476.7798) for info.


INTERNATIONAL POSTER COMPETITION (October 6)--The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship wants entries for a commemorative poster. $1,000 grand prize and a trip for two to the event. No entry fee. Click here or email for more info

2ND ANNUAL PUBLIC ART-OUTDOOR SCULPTURE EXHIBIT (October 15)--The Foundry Art Center wants sculptures suitable for a year long exhibition. Entry fee. Email or click here for more info.

TOY DESIGN CONTEST (October 31)--Open call art/design contest by a global quest to find the cutest design for a fictional alien space baby that has recently been discovered on Earth. The winning designs will receive cash prizes. No entry fee. Click here for more info

ART RESIDENCY GRANTS (October 31)--The Leeway Foundation seeks artists for advanced study with a significant mentor, travel associated with residency, reading, performance, exhibition, rental of equipment or purchase of materials needed. Open to artists working in all disciplines. Artists may request up to $2,000. Call 215-545-4078, click here, or email for more info.


     Pentangle is one of the eight Local Arts Service Organizations in Vermont. They present the arts for the enrichment of the Bennington area community and schools. They have had a Palette quest, Palettes with crayons in area restaurants, and more. This weekend, their Palettes are on display at the Woodstock Union Arena and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Carriage Barn.


      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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