ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 11 * * All Arts News On the Web * * May 17, 2007


      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.

      Find links to these events and more in our Spotlight!


      St Paul's United Methodist Church presents A Knight with the Chevaliers on Sunday evening at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary in St. Albans. The Chevalier Family Singers concert will present an adult evening out with a family whose name means a member of the orders of knighthood or merit, often the knights of the Legion.
      "It's a two to two and half hour program," Bobby Chevalier said. "There is a lot of stuff where we focus on the harmonies we can do as a family." The program will range from the Beatles to Chicago to Roberta Flack to the Mammas and the Pappas.
      The Knightly singers include Marie Chevalier, Bob Chevalier, Tommy Chevalier, Peter Chevalier, and sister Claire Hungerford. Bobby will play "the eight foot grand piano at St. Paul's--that beautiful piano--and we're just going to sing and play." There will be plenty of harmony, a capella singing, and "Tommy will do a bit of comic relief,"
      Refreshments will be served.
      Admission to the Chevalier Family Singers in concert is $7 per person. Tickets are available at the door.


     The Events for Tom Series presents the third annual Young Tradition concert on Saturday. With over 50 under 25 musicians, singers and dancers, the concert runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of Kids Day at Waterfront Park in Burlington.
      The series offers an eclectic mix of music and dance styles from African, Appalachian, Asian, Blue Grass, Bosnian, Cape Breton, Celtic, Folk, Irish, Old Time, Quebecois, Sacred Harp, to Scottish played on accordion, banjo, drums, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bagpipes and more. There will be plenty of original Singer/Songwriter performances.
      Performances from this year’s event will be included in a DVD project.
      The performers include Alash Ensemble, liver Ames, Avi and Celia, the Bosnian Lilies, David Boulanger, Daniel Brouard, Becca Camp-Allen, Roland Clark, Hannah Beth Crary, Kate Dwyer-Frattelone, Fiddleheads, FolKids of Vermont, Catherine Fortier, Jake Greico with Ross Kahle and Hayden Lake, Henry Jamison-Root, Heather Lanzetta School of Dance, Liza Mackey, Owen and Elly Marshall, Mayfly (Katie Trautz and Julia Wayne), Jan Monteagudo-Meese, Ngoma Ya Kwetu, Nate Ouellette, Renewal Chorus, Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Sasha Ross-Becker, Sophie Theriault, Triskele (Corrie Wilcox, Abigail Sargent, Gus Dillon, Elly Marshall and Owen Marshall), Duncan Yandell, songwriters from the Young Writer’s Project and others.
      A donation of $1 at the gate gains admission to all the Kids Day activities, including the Young Tradition concert.
      The concert is presented by the Events for Tom Series and Burlington Parks and Recreation with support from Ronald McDonald House Charities.
      This concert is the 63rd presentation in the Events for Tom Series. Proceeds from these concerts benefit the Tom Sustic Fund, supporting families with children with cancer. Call Mark Sustic (802.849.6968) or email for general info about the series and the Tom Sustic Fund.


     The Arts and Cultural Center committee had a busy week. The Center is still short of space, but the group is already planning a summer program which will include the "Bach Bus" (instead of a Front Bus) to Knight's Point State Park for a Vermont Mozart Festival concert in July.
      "We want to bus people to the good stuff," Ann Levy said. The group expects to collaborate with the Northwest Vermont Public Transit Network.
      The Virtuoso Violin Bach Concerti trip will include admission to the park and the concert, a chauffeured ride through the Islands, and even a box supper. Call Mike Curtis (802.524.9000) for more info and to reserve a seat.


BRIGHTWATERS JURIED COMPETITION (May 31)--The outdoor art show takes place in and is part of the centennial year celebration of Brightwaters, NY. The show is open to original fine art and crafts by the exhibiting artist, working in any media. Cash Awards. No entry fee. Booth fee for exhibitors. Email Michael McDyer, call the Brightwaters Village Hall (631.665.1280), or click here for more info.

FILM AND VIDEO SUBMISSIONS FROM WOMEN AND GIRLS (June 1)--The Femme Film Texas Festival features films and videos written, directed and produced by women and girls. They are accepting entries in narrative feature, documentary feature, narrative short, documentary short, experimental/video art short and youth short. Entry fee. All proceeds support media literacy and film making programs for young women and girls. Click here for festival guidelines and an entry form.

AMERICAN SURREALIST EXHIBITION (June 1)--Saginaw Art Museum seeks American artists creating Veristic Surrealism, Classical Surrealism, Visionary Surrealism, or Social Surrealism. No fee. Call Michael S. Bell (989.754.2491 x204), click here, or email for more info.

CALL FOR EPHEMERA (June 1)--City|Space is calling artists, tourists, residents, visitors, place experts, and place lovers to submit their interpretations of and ideas for new souvenirs of places in the San Francisco Bay Area. From a coffee mug to a walking tour, from a postcard series to a personal assemblage, from a video collage to a song, from a reproducible idea to a unique sculptural object. One-of-a-kind pieces, a series, and potentially reproducible objects in any media are all accepted. Send proposals as a single postcard. Click here or email for more info.

DOES GENDER STILL MATTER? (June 8)--The Purdue University Galleries national exhibition will examine the role of gender in contemporary society, including constructs of masculinity, femininity, androgyny, etc. No entry fee but exhibiting artists will be responsible for shipping. All media eligible including new and emerging technologies. Send up to 10 slides, jpegs, or DVD for time-based media. Click here or email for the prospectus.


     In an ongoing effort to gather more data with the public survey started last month, the Arts and Cultural Center committee has launched an online version of the survey. Visit to fill out the survey with just a few tail wiggles of your mouse.


      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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