ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 13 * * All Arts News On the Web * * March 5, 2009


      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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      Highgate voters approved the Town Budget on Tuesday so Summer Sounds will begin in July. The concerts will always be in Highgate Municipal, always on Sunday nights, always at 7 p.m., and always free.
      "I'm looking forward to it," Town Administrative Assistant Michelle Douglas said.
      Voters also approved the Highgate Elementary School budget which means the art, music and literacy programs will maintain a sound footing in this Town. "We have a great need here in Highgate," Highgate Principal Madeline Young said. "We're teaching the whole child and that's what we can do with the arts."


ENOSBURG FALLS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on the spotlight is on the textiles of Vermont Bag Lady Nan Adriance and paintings by both Tess Beemer and Sharon Fiske. The A.I.R. gallery hosts a free meet-the-artists reception with refreshments tonight from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. The exhibit continues through the end of March.
      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.

ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts Vermont landscape photographer David Juaire this month. "The color in his fall scenes is spectacular," coordinator Dolly MacNeil said.
      A Franklin County native, Mr. Juaire was brought up on a dairy farm. He works primarily with a medium format (film) camera and has begun branching out into digital photography. Vermont Life Magazine features his work in the magazine and calendars.
      The show continues through the end of March.


     Fiddleheads are busy this week and next with gigs in Fairfield, in Essex, and at Burlington Irish Heritage Festival.

ESSEX JUNCTION--Tonight is WCLX Blues Night at the Lincoln Inn featuring Jim Branca and the Mystic Mojo Gang at 7 p.m. The Inn will host Celtic Party Night with Fiddleheads on Tuesday at 7 p.m. They are closed for Winter Solstice on Monday.
      "The mystic Knights of the Mojo are ready to bust loose on high octane, original tunes to rip through your cabin fever and make you lose those Mid-Winter blues," Jimmy B. said.
      Call 802.878.3309 or click here for more info.

FAIRFIELD--Imagine sitting down to a full dinner on Saturday and helping a food shelf. That may seem like buying books at a library, but the Fairfield Community Center invites everyone, no experience necessary, to a dinner dance on Saturday night. The benefit for the Fairfield Food Shelf includes a wholesome dinner of organic and local foods and a contra dance with caller Mark Sustic and Fiddleheads, all at the Fairfield School on Saturday evening, 5:30-9 p.m.
      Admission is just $10/person, $18/couple, $8/seniors, or $25/family. Tickets include the full dinner and dance. Bring the entire family. Call 802.827.3130 for more info.

MONTPELIER--Poetry Out Loud has students from across the state competing for top honors and the opportunity to represent Vermont at the national poetry competition in Washington, D.C. The finals in this project to inspire a creative state take place in the City Hall Arts Center on Saturday at 1 p.m.
      The competition is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, Vermont Alliance of Arts Education, and the Vermont Humanities Council. Admission is free; the event is open to the public.

NORWICH--Norwich University hosts International Folk Dancing with Anna Patton's group Xopo featuring Ms. Patton, Becky Ashenden, Barbara Blumenthal, Joe Blumenthal, Chuck Corman, and Miamon Miller in Tracy Hall on Sunday from 3 - 6 p.m. Bring clean, soft-soled shoes.
      Call John Bartholomew and Julianne Harden (802.436.2151), email Julianne or John for more info.

BURLINGTON--The 14th annual Irish Heritage Festival begins with an Open Irish Session at Radio Bean at 9 p.m. in Burlington.


     The Vermont Arts Council statewide "listening tour" draws to a close this week with a final meeting on Vermont Interactive Television in St. Albans. The discussion is hosted at the B.F.A.-St. Albans facility on Monday, March 9, at 5:30 p.m.
      The listening tour has focused on our ideas of the means to sustain and grow the arts during economically challenging times. This is our opportunity to tell the state arts council how to operate. They have developed five questions they need answered.


     What better way to chase the it's-still-winter-blues than to picture men marching across the snow-strewn highlands with their skirts swirling about their knees?
      Skirts? Kilts, of course. The Crann Tara Pipes & Drums Company wears the tartan of the Scottish Rugby Union. Crann Tara is a competitive highland pipe band that participates in numerous competitions, parades, and other events throughout the snowy Northeast. Their site includes their schedule, repertoire, a gallery, the roster, contact links, and information about the band.


      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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