ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 11 * * All Arts News On the Web * * December 20, 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 various restaurants around Franklin County throughout the week, 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!


      Perhaps "resolutionary" would be a better title, but I like column heads that grab the reader. Using words like "naked" and "revolution" do that better.
      Business slows down this time of year. We had a foot of snow in Highgate on Monday morning when I wrote this. It's a great excuse, but no one really wanted to go to work anyway. That means this week is the perfect time to think about your Resolutions.
      You could resolve to buy more original art.
      Or you could resolve to create more original art.
      Or you could resolve to submit more original art.
      (For "art," substitute choreography or music or any other form or media.)
      This week we have a number of art deadlines that are looming closely. Take a break from shoveling and get your stuff ready to send out.
      That really would be revolutionary, wouldn't it?


ESSEX JUNCTION--The Lincoln Inn features Jim Branca and The Mystic Mojo Trio in their big Holiday Jam Christmas Show in the WCLX Blues show this evening from 7-10 p.m. "There will be many surprised guests," Mr. Branca said.
      The Starline Rhythm Boys play Friday evening at 9 p.m.
      Call 802.879.3309 or click here for more info.

JEFFERSONVILLE--The Village Tavern hosts Open Mic at 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

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.


     Vermont singer and AAC Treasurer Tim Stetson's debut CD, He'll Never Let Me Fall, is now available for Christmas stocking stuffers.
      The disc includes 12 gospel songs that cover the styles of Southern Gospel, Christian Country, and Country Gospel, as well as the hymns Where Could I Go," "In The Garden and How Great Thou Art. The CD has been about three years in the making. It was produced by Tim's son David Stetson and was recorded and mastered by Armand Messier.
      The album sells for $15 direct from Tim Stetson, PO Box 282, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450-0282.


NORTHEAST HERITAGE MUSIC CAMP (December 31)--offers an early bird tuition discount for the June, 2008, camp featuring one week of instruction by world class players of traditional music from Cape Breton, Quebec, Ireland, New England and the American South, at Johnson State College in Johnson. Camp includes music study, concerts, contra dances and nightly jams every evening. Seamus Connolly, Alan Jabbour, Laura Risk, Dwayne Cote, Pete Sutherland, Grey Larsen, Cindy Kallet, David Kaynor, Jeremiah McLane, Sarah Hotchkiss, Peter Langston and Ken Perlman will instruct. Click here for more info.

INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN ART COMPETITION (December 31)--$3000 in cash awards for two dimensional work, ceramics, jewelry, songs, short films, sculpture, photography, and general entry meaning something not in the other categories. Entry fee. Click here for more info.

LARGO CENTRAL PARK ARTISTS' MARKET FINE ART FAIR (December 31)--The juried two-day fair in the Tampa Bay area offers $6,400 in award money. Entry/booth fee. Click here or email for more info

BLAIR L. SADLER INTERNATIONAL HEALING ARTS COMPETITION (January 5)--Artists, healthcare practitioners, and their arts in healthcare programs are invited to this annual competition. Click here for the FAQ.

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY (January 15)--Calls for photos of life in public spaces and the many elements that affect our daily lives. The images can be in urban or rural settings, and from any country or culture in the world. Click here for info and online submissions.

DELICATE SITUATIONS ART (January 15)--The year-long group exhibition brings together work that is placed in any space anywhere. The one common factor is that the works must be left in one place (for as long as they last). Submit more than one work in the form of documentation (for example photograph, text, link to movie or sound file) over the period of the year if the work evolves with exposure to the environment in which it is placed. Click here or email for more info.


     New England Foundation for the Arts has published its latest creative economy study, The Creative Economy: A New Definition, online. The report builds on NEFA's 30-years of creative economy research. That analysis shows that New England's cultural organizations employ about 4% of the workforce, some 274,719 people.
      Authors Douglas DeNatale and Gregory H. Wassall also propose a standard research methodology and core definition of New England's creative economy that could be employed throughout the U.S.
      Click here to download the report.


     "Traveling around this great big, exciting, lush, bustling, wondrous, lavish, friendly, beautiful, intriguing, humorous, spiritual, generous, adaptive, dangerous, creative, sincere, simple, and ever changing world of ours had been on my life list of things to do since I can remember," photographer Greg Davis of Texas wrote. He started a one-year photographic World Tour in 2004. I'm not sure if he has really returned, but buyers can order prints directly from his site.
      Like many other photographers, Mr. Davis uses to host, display, and sell his work. smugmug calls itself the "ultimate file sharing site" with no ads. The host provides proof-delayed shipping, backprinting, digital downloads, custom watermarks, prints up to 30" x 40", gifts, and HD video.


      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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