ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 12 * * All Arts News On the Web * * March 6, 2008


      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!

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ENOSBURG FALLS--The Artist In Residence art cooperative and gallery features paintings, fiber arts, stained glass, sculpture, lamps, pottery, folk art boxes, scarves, hats and more by 45 Franklin County and surrounding area artists. It is owned and operated by the artists and sponsors. The Village Frame Shoppe is located within the coop as a resident framer. The Blue Crayon, a small private studio, is available there for individual or small group lessons. The gallery, located at 349 Main Street, is open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 802.933.6403 for info.

ST ALBANS--Each March the Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts the stunning work of Vermont Life photographer David Juaire. His award-winning color photography celebrates the state's places and rich heritage.
      The show continues through the end of this month.

ST. ALBANS--The Staart Gallery (ST. Albans ARTs) is a place to show, sell, teach, create, and enjoy art. Artists hold "meet and greets" on weekends. There will be a gallery reception on March 14.
      Exhibitors at Staart include Harald Aksdal, Louise Counos, Karen Day-Vath, Maryann Godin, Barbara Hamm, Suzanne Kenyon, Marcin Kropiewnicki, Nelson Parker, Ron Peltier, Stina Plant, Jeremy Read, Jennifer Steinmetz, and Colleen Yandow. Staart will continue to host the rotating exhibit of student art with work by art students from BFA-St. Albans.
      Norwegian by birth and an architect by education, Harald Aksdal has always loved to draw. The cornerstone of his work comes from architecture. His attention to detail shows in his combination of pencils, pen and ink, and watercolor in rural and natural landscapes.
      The Staart Gallery has a prime downtown location for weekly artist receptions, classes and artist talks, a comfortable upscale environment complete with couches and WiFi, a gallery with a dedicated marketing budget, and space to sell original works and prints.
      The gallery is next to the old post office at 42 South Main Street. Call 802.524.5700 for more info.


      The 13th season of the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival begins Saturday. It offers the entire northern Vermont community a week of activities leading up to St. Patrick's Day. The days (and nights) of music, lectures, movies, drama and dance to celebrate Irish-American culture and community.
      Most events are presented with free admission There is also a fund raising raffle with prizes that include two round-trip tickets to Ireland

COLCHESTER--Opening night is Saturday for Firefly Productions week-long run of The Irish Play by Tim McGillicuddy at the McCarthy Arts Center Recital Hall at St. Michael's College. The play continues Sunday through Wednesday as well as next Friday, March 14, all at 7 p.m. A reception and discussion will following the opening night performance.

BURLINGTON--Ri Ra presents The Croppies on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Call 802.860.9401 for more info.

BURLINGTON--Radio Bean hosts an Open Session of Irish Music next Wednesday at 9 p.m. Click here for more info.

ESSEX JUNCTION--The Lincoln Inn hosts also an Open Session of Celtic Music next Wednesday at 7 p.m.


ESSEX JUNCTION--The Lincoln Inn presents Summer Sounds favorite Jenni Johnson & Friends tonight in the WCLX Blues Night at 7 p.m. Big Spike Bluegrass continues a busy week as they return on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.878.3309 or click here for more info.

MORRISVILLE--River Arts hosts a Family Contra Dance with caller Mark Sustic and Fiddleheads tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. Click here for more info.

SHOREHAM--The very busy Big Spike Bluegrass plays tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Shoreham Elementary School. The spring bluegrass series benefits the Newton Academy Restoration Project. Call Susan Peden (802.897.2001) for info.

BURLINGTON--The Peace and Justice Center presents 'I Ain't Marching Anymore: A Phil Ochs Song Night' featuring Summer Sounds favorites Jon Gailmor and Jenni Johnson, as well as Colin Clary, Dick McCormack, the Magnolias, Rik Palieri, and Hannah Pitkin tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. at Contois Auditorium in City Hall.
      Admission is $20.00 for adults and $15 for children under 12. The concert benefits the Recruiting for Peace Campaign. Click here for more info.

HINESBURG--There will be a Contra Dance on Saturday with caller Mark Sustic and musicians Toss the Feathers at the Town Hall. Email for more info.

BARRE--The Barre Opera House presents two of Vermont’s hottest bluegrass bands, Big Spike and Gopher Broke, in a late winter extravaganza on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The double bill will feature the release of Big Spike's second CD: A New Day on Corduroy Road Records.
      Big Spike musicians include Enosburg's Bill Gaston, banjo and vocals, plus songwriter Freeman Corey, fiddle; Pete Langdell, guitar and vocals; Neil Rossi, mandolin and fiddle player, vocalist, and songwriter; and Michael Santosusso, upright bass and vocals.
      The traditional group Gopher Broke, brings an animated stage presence and soulful singing to the stage.
      Admission is $15 for adults, $10 seniors and students, and $5 kids under 12. Call the Barre Opera House (802.476.8188) or click here, or click here for more info or advance tickets sales.

HINESBURG--The Good Times Café presents Will Patton, Dono Schabner and David Gusakov on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Call 802.482.4444 or click here for more info.


     Wilma Lovely was born on a farm in Calais in 1924. Ms. Lovely creates colorful recycled assemblages on board, slate, and vinyl records. Her early work used primarily wire and electrical components, but in recent years she has added glass, buttons, discarded jewelry, and other trinkets. Her site includes galleries of work on slate, on boards, and on records, as well as contact info.


      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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