ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 13 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 24, 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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      The Opera House at Enosburg Falls presents Vermont's favorite singer, songwriter, teacher, performer, and optimist, Jon Gailmor in Concert on Saturday at 7 p.m..
      "I love singing in opera houses," he told me from a four-day songwriting gig in Baltimore, Maryland. "There have been a lot better voices than mine in them."
      This concert will feature almost all original songs with a lot of audience participation because he makes the audience feel welcome. "I can't express how much it means to me to have people hear [and enjoy] the music."
      Mr. Gailmor asked us for a "prenatal through prehistoric audience" at the Opera House to join him in a program about family and life, about current events and even scathing political satire. There will be very few love songs (he has written three, all about the same women).
      He has written and performed since 1971 in a tennis stadium in Lima, Peru, in theaters in Russia, coffeehouses in the New York, and in Summer Sounds with us. His concerts involve the family and his performances are renowned for audiences singing and clapping together, guffawing, and weeping. We can expect an eclectic, emotional, exhilarating, optimistic, and provocative concert from an entertainer equally at home fronting a flagpole in the village park or fronting the Vermont Symphony in the Flynn. Listen for original music, children's songs, ballads, witty ditties, a little dirt, and more from Lake Elmore's favorite family performer.
      His three oldest albums, Passing Through, Dirt, and Gonna Die With A Smile If It Kills Me, are now available on CD at
      Concert admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students 5 and older. Tickets are available at all Opera House ticket locations.
      "I hope the audience does as much singing as I do," he said.


ST. ALBANS-Champlain Collection presents an exhibit of Oren Lane photography in black-and-white and full color, starting with a reception this evening from 6-8 p.m. The show will include scenics, flowers, and still life with a number of Vermont images.
      Mr. Lane was a news and competition photographer and did darkroom work in New York in the 1970s but he started as a younger man.
      "There's an artist under the pastor," Connie Lane said. "We went to Europe when he was fresh out of seminary and people said you take gorgeous pictures. He did a lot of current events stuff in the village for a number of years and was the official photographer for his church's conference from the late 70s until just 5 years ago."
      At church he began by creating slide shows, then moved on to digital videos. He initiated the PowerPoint displays in St Pauls Methodist and then again in the Grand Isle.
      "You hear more voices in song because the congregation is looking up," not paging through the hymnals.
      Mr. Lane shoots with a Nikon D80 digital SLR camera that received the American Photo Editor's Choice 2007 Award from the editors of American Photo and Popular Photography. He has a neurological disease and is confined to a wheelchair.
      He still sees pictures, though. "We'll go out and he will see a flower or a scene he wants. I'll take his camera and shoot the picture. Thank goodness for digital. I bring it back to the van where he can say, 'too much sky' or 'pan left' or 'change the focus.' He critiques the composition."
      "The photographs will remain here for a couple of weeks," Norm Choiniere said.

STOWE--The latest Helen Day Art Center exhibit features hundreds of cell phone photos taken by artists around the world. The show of the "Polaroids of 2009" opens tomorrow and will stay on view through late November.
      A snapshot of an Elvis impersonator eating with a woman dressed as Marilyn Monroe is one of those moments you just have to capture, whatever it takes. Nowadays, it likely means grabbing your cell phone. "I think a lot of people will be surprised that this quality of photograph can come from a cell phone," curator Odin Cathcart said.
      Visitors may send their own cell phone pictures for possible addition to the collection. Many of those photos will be available in an online gallery too. Click here for more info.


ESSEX JUNCTION--Pat Guadagmo, the well-traveled troubadour, plays WCLX Blues Night at the Lincoln Inn tonight at 7 p.m. The Inn has the magic of Chris McBride tomorrow at 6 p.m. followed by Sturcrazie at 9 p.m.
      Call 802.878.3309 or click here for more info.

COLCHESTER--UVM Old Time Music Club and students at St. Michael's College present a Contra and Square Dance with callers Will Mentor and Mark Sustic and music by Pete Sutherland and Colin McCaffrey in the Elly Long Music Center tomorrow at 7 p.m. Email Will Mentor or Mark Sustic for more info.

BURLINGTON--Counterpoint Chorus hosts the second annual Sing for Peace Concert at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Saturday at 7 p.m. Six area choruses will take part in the program including Bella Voce, Essex Children's Choir, Sounding Joy, Syrinx, Maple Jam, Pumpkin Hill Singers and Counterpoint.
      "There's going to be a free will donation going to Vermont kids for peace," Claire Hungerford said. The concert is dedicated to the late Mary Travers of Peter, Paul & Mary.
      The concert will be followed by a reception in the Community Room, featuring delicious finger food, desserts and fresh apple cider.
      Admission is free but free will donations will be gratefully accepted. All are welcome.

ST. ALBANS--The Northwest Farmers' Market hosts Clement Yonkers' SubStation 7 in Taylor Park on Saturday at 11 a.m.
      SubStation 7 is mostly Mr. Yonkers with lots of guitars and electronic gadgets and in occasional collaboration with other musicians and friendly noisy people. He uses a Boss RC50 loop pedal primarily to build original compositions. The arrangements are layered, live electronics, resulting in the sound of a multiple-artist ensemble. click here for more info.
      The Farmers' Market continues to offer some of the best local produce at reasonable prices.

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MASS--The Vermont Building at the New England Exposition (the Big E) features the Rick and the Ramblers Western Swing Band at 12:30 and Atlantic Crossing at 4 and 6 p.m. on Saturday plus Prydein at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

BURLINGTON TO MIDDLEBURY AND BACK--The Vermont Rail System ‘Fire and Ice Buffet Champlain Flyer Train’ presents the Starline Rhythm Boys on Sunday. The train departs Burlington at 11 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. with dinner at Fire & Ice. Call 800.707.3530 or click here for more info.


     The Vermont Youth Orchestra opens the 2009-10 concert season next Friday, October 2 at Saint Mary’s Church in Saint Albans with Interim Conductor Andrew Massey’s debut performance. The program includes Brahms, Grainger, Jay Greenberg, and Tchaikovsky. Click here for more info.


AROUND THE STATE--The Vermont Symphony Orchestra 2009 Made in Vermont Music Festival begins at Middlebury College tonight and continues tomorrow at Johnson State College. The concert features ten foliage concerts in communities around the state.
      Principal Guest Conductor Anthony Princiotti will lead the orchestra in the premiere of a new work by Vermont Composer Derrik Jordan, based on the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial theme The Lake, The Land, The People plus works by Mozart, Bizet, and Schubert.
      Admission is $22 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $6-12 for students. Click here for tickets and schedules.


     Fulbright Scholar Janice Perry of Ferrisburg has been called "a cross between Doris Day and a high velocity rifle." She works with digital media in the European cabaret tradition in costume, voice, video, and physical theater. The first big box on her site is the invitation: "You can contribute." The site includes a video interview, tours, her bio, lectures, teaching, past projects, fan mail, links, and contact info.


      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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