ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 13 * * All Arts News On the Web * * August 20, 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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      Summer Sounds drew to an official close last Sunday (oh no). But wait! There's more!
      Scotty's Taxi presents a Young Traditions bonus concert in the free Summer Sounds series in Highgate Municipal Park on Sunday evening at 7 p.m. With step dancer Ann Whiting, fiddlers Frank Heyburn and Catherine Fortier, caller Mark Sustic on bass, members of Fiddleheads, and more, it will be an evening of roots music and dance.
      Ann Whiting brings Appalachian clogging, also known as flatfooting, the percussive step dancing that accompanies old-time southern music, to the stage. Frank Heyburn is a renowned fiddler and teacher with regular appearances at concerts and dances around the state. Mark Sustic spends most of his time on "things that fall under the folk/traditional music umbrella.
      "We're not exactly sure what will happen at the concert," Mr. Sustic said, "but we know it will be fun!"
      Just before the concert, stop by for the All Arts-Summer Sounds Social in the Park starting at 6:30 p.m. The social hour is a chance to visit with friends and eat some delicious desserts.
      The Summer Sounds concerts are sponsored by the Town of Highgate and the All Arts Council, and underwritten by Chevalier Drilling, Desorcie's Market, Drummac Septic Service, O. C. McCuin and Sons, Ray's Extrusion Dies and Tubing, and Scotty's Taxi.
      The community based All Arts Council brings the performing arts to northwestern Vermont. The concerts are always on Sunday evenings, always at 7 p.m., always in Highgate Municipal Park, and always free. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair as you settle in to enjoy outdoor family music and festivities. The rain site is the Highgate United Methodist Church.


MONTGOMERY--The Montgomery Historical Society presents the 11th annual Art Show and Sale in Pratt Hall on Friday evening and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The event features a raffle for a Michael Domina watercolor and renowned local art on exhibit and for sale. It is held in conjunction with the 7th Annual Harvestfest on the Village Green.
      MHS will host an Members Appreciation Reception and preview with refreshments on Friday at 6 p.m.


SHELDON--Ben Lanza and Jane Jarecki of Eclectic Music Productions present the second Annual Liberate Music and Arts Festival on Poor Farm Road, Friday evening through Sunday noon. Liberate has two days and nights of music featuring Ryan Montbleau Band, Nate Wilson Group, Spiritual Rez, Roots of Creation, Greyspoke, Jeff Bujak, New Deal, Orchard Lounge, Rubblebucket Orchestra, the Brew, Twiddle, Wagon, and Avi & Celia, plus yoga, camping, and organic food. Liberate is a leave no trace event.
      A two day weekend pass includes two nights of rough camping and costs $70. The Saturday only single day pass includes one night of rough camping and costs $50. Tickets are available at the gate. Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The periodic TGIF concert series presents the Burlington-based Starline Rhythm Boys in the E A Loomis Memorial Bandstand in Taylor Park on Friday at 5:30 p.m. The trio includes lead singer Danny Coane, Big Al Lemary on lead guitar, and Billy Bratcher on bass. Click here for more info.
      The concert is free. The rain site is the City Hall Gymnasium.

ESSEX JUNCTION--The Lincoln Inn offers Sturcrazie tomorrow evening at 10 p.m. With Kevin Benedict, vocals; Brian Bissonette, drums, Rick Carnell and Gary DuCharme, guitar; Doug Ryan, bass, Sturcrazie does some originals plus classic and new rock covers. You can hear the influence from of Eric Clapton, The Doors, Santana, The Beatles, Hendrix, Moody Blues, Three Doors Down, and more.
      Call 802.878.3309 or click here for more info.

BARRE--Randy Smith, formerly of St. Albans, is on the Bittersweet Tour, an ongoing CD release party for his new solo CD. The party wraps at Gusto's Saturday evening at 9-ish. The summer tour reunites Andre Maquera, Frank Barnes, Gary Spaulding, New England drummer Hirsh Gardner, and special guest CrashGirl.
      The Bittersweet Tour concert also stops in Shelburne Falls, MA, tomorrow evening. Click here for more info.

GRAND ISLE--The Vermont State Parks presents Bread and Bones (Richard Ruane, Beth Duquette and Mitch Barron) at Grand Isle State Park on Saturday at 6 p.m. The acoustic trio performs original music with a strong traditional roots in imaginative two- and three-part harmonies over guitar and bass work. Click here for more info.

COLCHESTER--The inaugural Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival begins Monday, August 24, and continues through Sunday, August 30, at the Elley-Long Music Center in Fort Ethan Allen.
      The inaugural season under Artistic Director and violinist Soovin Kim includes performances, master classes, and workshops. The Festival will feature Solo Bach works for the cello and the violin, Schubert 4-hand piano pieces and the cello quintet, Schumann lieder, and several world-premieres performed by cellist Edward Arron, Avery Fisher career grant recipient violinist Jennifer Frautschi, violist Hsin-Yun Huang, pianist Jeewon Park, clarinetist David Shifrin, pianist and conductor Ignat Solzhenitsyn, virtuoso cellist Alisa Weilerstein, Soprano Hyunah Yu, plus Composer David Ludwig.
      Admission to the three main concerts is $25 for adults and $10 for students. The Master Class Day is $12 for adults $5 for students. Tickets are available at FlynnTix (802.863.5966) or online at
      Call 802.846.2175 or click here for more info.


FREE ONLINE MARKETING WORKSHOP (now)--Xanadu Gallery of Arizona presents a series of free, online mini-workshops on marketing to and in a gallery. This is the perspective of an art gallery owner on how to work with galleries to sell artwork. Each workshop lasts 25 to 30 minutes. Call 480.368.9929 or click here for more info.

CELL PHONE PHOTOGRAPHY (August 31)--Helen Day Art Center in Stowe will host the Relentless Eye, an exhibit of the creativity possible with the ubiquitous cell phone camera. The ten-week exhibition opens in September. Point and shoot, throw away cameras, Polaroids, or digital SLR images will not be accepted. Juried. Click here for detailed info and submission guidelines.

DREAM DEFERRED (September 18)--Purdue University Galleries will host an exhibition of contemporary art relating to the Langston Hughes poem "A Dream Deferred" and contemporary socioeconomic challenges facing minorities in the United States. The exhibition will take place conjunction with performance of "A Raisin in the Sun" at Civic Theater. All media are eligible, including new and emerging technologies. The exhibit will be curated from submissions. Call Craig Martin (765.494.3061), email or click here for more info.

WORLDWIDE PHOTOGRAPHY GALA (September 27)--Amateur and professional photographers may submit black and white or color photographs for a juried event in Portrait, Fine Art, Landscape and Cityscape, Abstract, Digital Enhanced, and Documentary. Prizes include $5,000 cash the WPGA 2009 Photographer of the Year, plus an Humanitarian Documentary Award, and prizes for each Best in Category award. The Save the Children alliance receive a donation from this event. Click here for a prospectus and details.

INTERNATIONAL JURIED SHOW (September 30)--The 24th Visual Arts Center of New Jersey exhibit is open to all artists in all media. Best In Show award is a $1,000 prize and lunch with the juror, Susan Kismaric of MOMA. Enter by slide or digital image. Entry fee. Email or click here for more info.


     Sculptor Bruce Hathaway of Richmond works with stainless steel, aluminum, brass, steel, copper, and marble to create "lyrical figures and undulating forms [that] evoke a sense of motion in suspended animation." His site includes Themes and Information, a gallery of indoor and outdoor sculptures, and contact info for questions and pricing.


      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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