ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 12 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 4, 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.

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ST. ALBANS--the Bishop Street Artists, a ministry of St. Luke's, presents the eighth annual Art Show and Sale this weekend at St. Luke's Parish Hall. There will be a reception to meet the artists on Friday, 6-8 p.m. The Art Show will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. - noon. Twenty area artists in a wide variety of mediums are represented. The Holiday House art group will also exhibit several paintings completed in the past year.
      The show introduces an artists' retrospective display as its new feature this year. Painter Douglas Underwood will have ten works beginning with his early pieces up to the present.
      The Bishop Street Artists will raffle two works during the Friday evening reception. Mr. Underwood has donated The Birches, an acrylic painting, and Carolyn Fouts has donated her counted cross stitch Celtic Cross.

ENOSBURG FALLS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on paintings by Donna Blatchly and Paule Gingras, pen and ink drawings by Frank Tiralla, and paintings and photographs by Jim Foote. The monthly meet-the-artists reception will be held at the gallery this evening from 5 - 8 p.m.
      The Artist in Residence art cooperative 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. The exhibit continues through the month of September.

ST. ALBANS--Celebrate Saint Albans hosts an Art in the Park Day in Taylor Park on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Artists Chepe Cuadra, Keith Gallup, Dorothy Lear, Meta Strick, and others will paint in the park. Art teacher and Blue Crayon owner, Rebecca Anne Bennett will have a children's table. The Gazebo and surrounding tables will display and sell fine art, prints, and cards by Rebecca Anne Bennett, Corliss Blakely, Bob Chaperone, Jr. Chepe Cuadra, Paule Gingras, Mary Godin, Barbara Hamm, Gillian Ireland, David Juaire, Dorothy Lear, Meta Strick, and Karen Day-Vath.
      There will be also be a raffle of fine art donated by member artists of the Saint Albans Artists' Guild at the Guild table.

ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts photographer David Juaire this month. His stunning landscape portraits also won a blue ribbon at the Champlain Valley Fair Art Exhibit last week.
      The show continues through the end of September.


BURLINGTON--Breakwaters hosts the Starline Rhythm Boys on the King Street Dock tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. The Boys include singer and rhythmic foundation Danny Coane, songwriter Billy Bratcher on upright bass, and Al Lemery on guitar and harmony vocals. Click here for more info.

ESSEX JUNCTION--The Lincoln Inn offers some favorites this week. The six-piece Sister French plays tomorrow evening at 9 p.m. Summer Sounds favorite Bob Degree and the Bluegrass Storm play Tuesday at 7 p.m. Wednesday is the regular open session Celtic Party/Ceili at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.878.3309 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Community groups, church groups, the national guard, school children, police and fire departments, volunteer organizations, and more will take over Taylor Park to strut their stuff for Celebrate St. Albans 2008 on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Music, activities, art, displays, entertainment and more will fill the park.

GRAND ISLE--The Grand Isle Historical Society presents Adam Boyce with Old Time Rules Will Prevail: the Fiddle Contest in Vermont on Monday at 7 p.m. in the old schoolhouse next to the log cabin.
      Mr. Boyce' program includes the rural wit and wisdom, poems, short stories, and jokes that he has collected over the years, intermingled with some traditional fiddle tunes. His family has lived in Williamstown since 1786. He has performed at Chandler Music Hall, the Ground Hog Opry, and First Night Rutland, among other venues.
      The talk is made possible by the Speakers' Bureau of the Vermont Humanities Council. Call Jan DeSarno (802.372.4058) or email for more info.

COLCHESTER--Mark your calendars. The Vermont Youth Orchestra Association presents world class musicians Evan Drachman, cello and Jeffrey Grossman, piano, in a free recital as part of the Piatigorsky Foundation Tour next Thursday, September 11, at the Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michael's College.
      This concert is free and open to the public. A post-concert reception with the artists will be held immediately following the performance. Call the VYO (802.655.5030) or click here for more info.

BURLINGTON--Mark your calendars. Events for Tom will present Young Folks Doing Old Stuff, the Young Tradition Showcase, at FlynnSpace on Friday, September 19. The program features children, youth and young adults playing, singing and dancing in folk and traditional styles.


FAIRFAX--The Fairfax Community Theater Company will hold auditions for the fall production of Brian Friel's Translations today and tomorrow in the Baptist Building in Fairfax. All auditions will take place from 7-9 p.m. Translations is set in the British army campaign to replace the native Gaelic with English in 19th Century Ireland. The play casts 7 men and 3 women with stage ages 16 to 80.
      This is FCTC's 46th Show. Call 802.879.2867 or click here for more info.

     Scheduling notes: The Brothers Grimm Spectaculation will be staged in October in the Brick Meeting House in Westford. Translations will be staged in November in the Baptist Building in Fairfax.


     The Vermont Youth Orchestra has a blog! As the September 28 fall concert approaches, VYO soloists Kelly Herrmann and Samantha Angstman will post their thoughts and comments. The blog will focus on preparation for each of this season's concerts. Other VYO members contribute entries throughout the season. Look for backstage comments on all aspects of VYO musical activity from lug and tug to rehearsals to impromptu music history lessons to performance day at the Flynn.


      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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