ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 12 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 16, 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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      The Opera House at Enosburg Falls presents the Sixteenth Annual Talent Search on Saturday evening at the Opera House. The Junior Division and the Adult Division have been combined into a single show that opens at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
      One of the premiere talent events in Vermont, this show is an evening of entertainment, celebration, and the arts with the most talented performers in the area. The Talent Search is a Fall tradition that started as a fund raiser for the restoration of the now-116-year old historic landmark. Each year the competition draws some of northern Vermont's most outstanding young amateur performers who perform vocal, dance, instrumental and a variety of other stage talents. The growing number of contestants made expanding the show to two nights possible.
      The two divisions in the Talent Search encompass a wide range of youthful performers. The Junior Division includes ages 5-14; the Adult Division covers ages 15-24. Significant talent pass through the Opera House doors on these nights as may local performers go on to a national stage.
      The Talent Search has provided a showcase for hundreds of talented performers. The 2008 show will feature jazz, classical violinists, fiddlers, piano soloists, modern dance, flutists, and more. Prizes awarded are in cash. First Place in each division $200, Second Place $100, Third Place $75. A special Optimist Newspaper Award is also given out in both divisions.
      With such a broad array of musical styles and abilities, judging a talent show can be as difficult as entering one. Each contestant competes only against him or herself. The criteria include originality or interpretation, weighted at 25% of the total, technical ability, 30%, performance and presentation, 30%, and costumes or props, 15%. The accompanist is not rated.
      Admission for either night is $10 for adults, $8 for senior and students, $5 for children (age 6 to 12), and free for those under 6, There is a $30 family rate. Tickets are available in St Albans at Better Planet, and in Enosburg at Merchants Bank, Community National Bank, Enosburg Pharmacy, Parkside Restaurant, Precious Things, Somerset Inn, and TD Banknorth. Call 802.933.6171 for more info.


     The Second Annual Vermont Youth Orchestra Auction opens for online bidding on Monday. This year's auction features the collection of whimsical "Musical Chairs" created for the VYOA by local artists. The VYOA has also assembled sumptuous getaways, eclectic treasures, fine artwork, voice lessons, gourmet foods, and tickets to local arts events. Click here for complete auction info.
      Author Chris Bohjalian name a character in his next novel after one winning bidder. New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss has signed an original print. Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary painted a one-of-a-kind "musical chair." The auction includes tickets to the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Vermont Stage Company, and the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.
      The VYOA auction ends with a reception at the Champlain Mill on November 7.


SCHOLARSHIPS (November 21) bills itself as the premier online venue for the contemporary art world. The site offers $16,000 in undergraduate and graduate art scholarships to its community members. JPEGs/videos must be uploaded to a myartspace online gallery.
      myartspace allows users to combine images, video, music and audio narration. Membership is free as is the entry into the scholarship competition. Click here for additional rules and guidelines.

WIPI PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION (November 1)--The Women In Photography International event is open to all photographers. Winning images with bio clips and honorable mention images will be showcased on All subject matter and formats accepted. Founded in 1981, WIPI has become a well known non-profit organization for women photographers worldwide. Entry fee. Email or click here for more info.

AJAS 7th BIANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION (October 28)--The American Juried Art Salon 7th Juried Exhibition offers jury feedback to all artists on their entered works. Entries must have been completed within the past three years. Cash and exhibition awards. Entry fee. Click here for more info for complete details and entry blanks.


     Bill Botzow of Bennington sculpts, paints, draws, creates digital media and performs on site specific projects that connect audiences to their built and natural environments. His projects include habitat enhancement, river restoration, and public art. His two sites have examples of collaborations and events, exhibitions, writings, sales galleries, and back office stuff at and


      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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