ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 12 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 30, 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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MANCHESTER--Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC) begins an exhibit of new paintings by artist Gail Salzman of Fairfield in the Yester House Gallery on Saturday. SVAC will host a public opening and reception on Saturday from 2-4 p.m.
      Ms. Salzman's exhibits include vibrant abstract oil paintings that celebrate the complexity of nature. The artist is known for her translucent layers and the looping lines that reflect her love of water and the rhythms of nature. She calls the new work more "organic than geometric."
      Ritorno is a detail from one of the new pieces in the show. "With colors and textures influenced by recent trip to Tuscany," she said, "['Ritorno'] reflects on the shifting relationship between [my] internal and external landscape."
      Ms. Salzman has exhibited extensively throughout the East Coast for over twenty years. She has received a painting award from the NEA and grants from the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund. A respected art teacher, she teaches drawing and painting at Community College of Vermont and Burlington City Arts. Her work can also be seen at the Furchgot- Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne.
      The SVAC show continues through December 2. Call exhibitions director Jocelyn Grayson (802.362.1405 x22) Click here or here for more info.


ESSEX JUNCTION--The Lincoln Inn all night Halloween Party tomorrow evening features Sturcrazie at 9:30. Bob Degree is busy this week with two gigs there. The Inn will hold a Open Bluegrass Jam with Bob Degree on Monday; the Bluegrass Storm returns in full force on Tuesday and the Starline Rhythm Boys play Eagle Country Music Night on Wednesday, all at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.878.3309 or click here for more info.

MONTPELIER--Langdon Street Café presents Yankee Chank on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. The Vermont-based Cajun dance band performs traditional dance music from southwest Louisiana. The group features traditional instruments and specializes in the two-steps and waltzes played in the dance halls and honky-tonks of Louisiana. With Bob Naess, fiddle and vocals; Cannon Labrie, accordion and vocals; Jim Burns, guitar; and Mark Sustic, bass and percussion, they have played dances, festivals, concerts, parties, and weddings throughout New England since 1996.
      Click here for more info.

JERICHO--Events for Tom--Great Music for a Great Cause--and the Deborah Lawson Memorial Library present a Young Tradition Showcase with Kate Frattelone and Hannah Crary on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the library. The Young Tradition Showcases spotlight exceptional young performers who carry on traditional music.
      Ms. Crary is a High School Junior. She studies violin and fiddle and is a member of the band Switchel. Ms. Frattelone plays a wide range of musical instruments from fiddle to clawhammer banjo. She often with her band, The Dear.
      Proceeds from the concert benefit the Tom Sustic Fund, which supports families with children with cancer. Email Mark Sustic for more info about the Tom Fund and the Young Tradition concerts.

SOUTH BURLINGTON--Advance Music presents the 10th annual Advance Music Acoustic Singer/Songwriter Contest in the Showcase Lounge at Higher Ground on Sunday at 7 p.m. The eclectic contest draws seasoned musicians as well as those who have never performed in public in an almost unlimited range of musical and lyrical styles, textures, and tastes. Two semi finals held last week and just two nights ago narrowed the field to half a dozen performers. The winner takes all prize package includes a Taylor guitar and 6 hours of recording time at a Colchester studio. Click here for more info.

ONLINE--The Second Annual Vermont Youth Orchestra Auction has added several items including the opportunity to conduct the VYO on stage at the Flynn on First Night. The winner will receive a conducting lesson with music director Troy Peters.
      I had the opportunity to "front" the VYO for Copland's Lincoln Portrait. It is an unforgettable experience to have a 95-piece symphony orchestra follow your lead. The only prize better than one chance to conduct would be ... two.
      This year's auction also features the collection of whimsical "Musical Chairs" created by local artists for the VYOA. Look for an assemblage of sumptuous getaways, eclectic treasures, fine artwork, voice lessons, gourmet foods, and tickets to local arts events. Click here for complete auction info.
      The VYOA auction ends with a reception at the Champlain Mill on November 7.

ENOSBURG FALLS--Mark Your Calendars! The Opera House at Enosburg Falls presents children's musician Rick Charette next Friday, November 7. The event is part of the new Childrens' Entertainment series.
      Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children. Advance tickets are available at Better Planet Books in St. Albans, and in Enosburg at all the banking institutions, plus the Enosburg Pharmacy, Parkside Grill, Precious Things Jewelry, and Somerset Inn.


     Hallowe'en art may be the dark side of the Internet.
      The Artist's Coalition of All Hallow's Eve. Their 10th annual exhibit is the national showcase of original, collectible Halloween art by today's top and upcoming talents in a ghastly gallery online. The family-focused online media company has free clip art plus a Hallowe'en index of spooky costumes, creepy crafts, and haunted recipes.
      Unique Halloween Art Treasures. This commercial site has a group of artists with paintings, sculptures, jewelry, art dolls, angel/fairy wings, primitive, vintage, and folk art pieces and more. Be warned; some links go to eBay.


      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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