ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 13 * * All Arts News On the Web * * March 19, 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.

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      Saint Michael's College hosts a very special Karen McFeeters benefit concert to celebrate the release of her new album Here and Now in the McCarthy Arts Center on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The concert will support Kids on the Block-Vermont.
      The concert will include her mix of contemporary folk and pop songs. Guest performers include Carol Abair, Sarah Allerton, Craig Anderson, Peter Engisch, Adam Frehm, John Gibbons, Alec Julien, Colin McCaffrey, Melissa Morrison, and Brendan Taylor.
      A St. Albans native, Ms. McFeeters began her folk career at the Songwriter's Showcase at Burlington's Contois Auditorium. She has appeared in Summer Sounds, First Night--Burlington, the St. Albans Concert Series, and the Independence Day Celebration on the State House lawn. Ms. McFeeters' solo debut album, Bachelor Girl, was chosen as one of the Top 10 Best releases by Vermont Artists and her rendition of My Only Son by Carol Abair was the Times Argus' Best Song of 2007. She gives community lectures about songwriting and has taught classes through Burlington City Arts. Her music has been recorded by Rachel Bissex, Karen McFeeters, Rebecca Padula, Robert Resnik and Marty Morrissey, and Paul Webb.
      100% of concert proceeds and 10% of CD sales will support Kids on the Block-Vermont, a nonprofit group that uses life-sized puppets to teach children how to keep themselves safe and healthy. Ms. McFeeters and Kids on the Block have been popular Maple Festival performers.
      Admission is $12. Tickets are available in advance (802.860.3349) and at the door. Click here or click here for more info.


     The Vermont Youth Orchestra will hold annual auditions for their orchestras and choruses from May 4 through 20 at the Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michaelís College in Colchester. The auditions are the opportunity to play music or sing with one of the VYOA orchestras or choruses. Students must participate in their school instrumental or chorus program, if one is offered. Download the 2009 auditions brochure here or call 802.655.5030 for more info.


     The Village Frame Shoppe now has two locations. Their new store, at 72 N. Main Street in St. Albans, is across the street from the Garden Patch in the RSVP store. The new space has room for a complete framing shop, a blessing since the Enosburg location has limited space. The current Enosburgh store will continue operations as a "satellite" shop. Customers will be able to shop in either store and take delivery at whichever is convenient.
      Dan Pattullo will frame family heirlooms, original paintings, priceless photographs from family vacations, and more. He has new projects he hopes will address the expectations of the local artist community
      The St. Albans store starts the spring season with hours on Saturday 10-5 or by appointment. The Village Frame Shoppe remains the resident framer for the Artist In Residence Gallery in Enosburg Falls. That store is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10-4, each week.


WILLISTON--The Brick Church Concert Series presents members of the VYO in a salonesque soiree of music and art on Friday at 7 p.m.
      The ensemble includes Samantha Angstman, piano; Samantha Bottom-Tanzer, violin; Noah Chornyak, double bass; Bronwen Hudson, harp; Quinn Parker, trombone; and Duncan Yandell, violin. The young musicians will present an eclectic solo and ensemble program of classical, jazz, traditional, and popular music. Williston artist Tally Groves will exhibit whimsical oil paintings. All proceeds from the concert benefit the VYO tour of Quebec and France in July.
      Admission is $8 per person or $5 for seniors and those under 12. Tickets are available at the Williston Town Clerk's office or at the door. Click here for more info.

HYDE PARK--The Constitution Brass Quintet returns to the Hyde Park Church Music Series with music from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein, Collier Jones Quintet for Brass, and selections by Victor Ewald, Scott Joplin, and John Philip Sousa. on Friday at 7 p.m. CBQ concerts feature music and commentary for the whole family.
      Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for Students and free for preschoolers. The proceeds to benefit the church.


CALL FOR FRINGE ART (March 27)--Cincinnati wants artists to exhibit the Visual Fringe and the Film Fringe. The exhibition opening kicks of the 2009 Cincy Fringe Festival in May. The Visual Fringe selection committee will select artists based on work that breaks from tradition. When that fails, dart throwing, coin tosses, and various games of chance will be employed. Entry fee. Call 513.300.5669, email or click here for more info and the prospectus.

DAILY PAINTERS AMERICA (April 3)--The competition and exhibition is open to artists 18 or older living in the United States and Canada. Cash prizes, exhibition and awards. Only emailed digital entries of work will be accepted. All artwork must be for sale. Entry fee. Call 866.458.3766 or email, or click here for more info.

THE CANVAS PROJECT (April 15)--This pay-for-play will fill the world's busiest airport with small art. The project sends participating artists five 3"x3" canvases and a list of 5 user generated words to interpret onto each canvas. The exhibit goal is to create a visual encyclopedia using mini canvases and artists from all over the world. At least one canvas from each participating artist will be published in an Art House book and one will be on display at the Atlanta International Airport. Entry fee is $18. Click here to sign up.


      Arts Achievement Day on Wednesday will showcase the arts community. It includes an accessibility workshop, a presentation on the Arts and Economic Stimulus Funding, a tour of the State House art collection, lunch with your legislators, a showing of the new documentary Five Vermont Artists, a panel discussion of The Arts: Part of the Solution, and a late afternoon reception.
      Parking can be difficult to find in Montpelier. The Capital Shuttle is free and offers service from the National Life and Department of Labor parking lots.
      RSVP by phone (802.828.3292) or email.


     Crossing Art is a commercial gallery in Flushing, Queens. The gallery represents Chinese and international contemporary artists. Their site includes info about the business, exhibitions, the artists they represent, news, and contact info. They also have the world famous Flushing Cow Parade.


      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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