ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 14 * * All Arts News On the Web * * March 18, 2010


      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!

E-Mail Delivery
Sign up to receive the free weekly ArtBits
newsletter by e-mail
or by RSS feed.


      The All Arts Council, Franklin County Caring Communities, and Common Ground's first Stop Drunk Driving Music Campaign continues a search last week for talented young musicians from Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.
      Time is short. The Stop Drunk Driving Music Campaign still needs a name and still needs music. Send your suggestions for a name by Email.
      A total of 30 artists will appear on the digitally distributed "CD" with the music available for free downloading. The deadline is March 30. There is no entry fee.
      This project is sponsored by the All Arts Council, Franklin County Caring Communities, and Common Ground with assistance from other area businesses and community groups. Click here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The Fairfax Community Theater Company audition schedule continues with a call for Narnia the Musical at the First Congregational Church on Friday, 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, 1-3 p.m.
      As a white antlered dancer glides down the aisle of the Church the audience enters the storybook forest of the 1950 C. S. Lewis tale The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The family musical was designed and beloved of grownups.
      Auditions will consist of readings from the script and a song of your choice. Please bring your own music. Including Aslan, the Great Lion, and the White Stag, there are roles for five adult males and one adult or late teen male; two adult females; two boys, about 13 and 10; two girl, about 12 and 9; plus a dancer, one age and gender nonspecific role, and a chorus of good and evil Narnian animals and beings.
      Performances will be staged in July in St. Albans and South Burlington
      Call 802.425.6331, email, or click here for more info.


SOUTH BURLINGTON--Higher Ground presents the annual talent show Bash 4 Cash on Friday at 7 p.m. Featuring acts from high schools around Vermont, the proceeds this year will benefit the Burlington Boys & Girls Club as well as Vermont's soldiers serving in Afghanistan. With several schools participating, Bash 4 Cash showcases the most talented students Vermont has to offer.
      Admission is $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Click here for more info.

HINESBURG--Good Times Cafe presents Jim McGinniss, Tim McKenzie, David Gusakov and Andy Sacher on Wednesday evening. Call 802.482.4444 for more info.

BARRE--The Barre Opera House presents the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Celebration Series. The iconic folk/bluegrass/country/rock band are 3-time Grammy winners on a rare Northeast tour.
      Admission is $28-32. Call 802.476.8188 or click here for tickets and more info.


COMIC ART AND STORYBOARDING (March 31)--Bam! Pow! Zap! Foundry Art Center wants original works influenced from traditional or contemporary comics in any media for a juried show. Use JPEG on PC format only. Cash awards. Entry fee. Email JPEGs to Click here for more info or applications.

INTERNATIONAL ONLINE COMPETITION (March 31)--The Art Interview quarterly hosts a juried exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculptures in any medium. It is open to all living artists worldwide aged 16 and up. Participation in the Art Interview Biennial Exhibition and a total of EU17,000 may be awarded each quarter to all winners. The competition is run completely over the Internet, which eliminates the need for slides and/or the transportation of artwork. Entry fee payable by PayPal.
      Click here for more info and entries.

ART OF THE NUDE (April 21)--The upcoming N*des-of-the-Month calendar contest will select 61 artworks. Entry fee of $1 per piece includes internet display for all entries, a personalized virtual gallery, other displays and listings. Click here for more info.

ANARCHY (April 23)--Silly season is almost upon us as one side of the political spectrum tries to absorb all things into government and the other seeks revolution, disorder and chaos. Anarchy with its wild diversity and public reactions makes good fodder for art. Studio Place Arts in Barre will mount an exhibit to honor the historic Barre connection to the Anarchist Movement. All media welcome. Entry fee but free to SPA members. Call 802.479.7069 or click here for more info.

FIFTH INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN ART COMPETITION (April 30)--$3,500 in cash awards for seven categories: best two dimensional work (paintings, drawings etc.); best song; best short film; best sculpture; best photography; best digitally enhanced photography; and best mixed media. There are licensing agreements available as well as mentoring programs. Entry fee. Email or click here with questions or to see previous winners.


     Musician, composer, photographer Clement Yonkers of St. Albans has been building a repertoire with live looping, instrumental, ambient and experimental music. His site includes shows, images, a free t-shirt, his gear, an electronic press kit, a F.A.Q. which includes the answer to "What is loop based music?," a newsletter, and contact info. He has demo versions of some of the material he performs live. There is a Pop-Up player so the music can play in the background.


      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.


AAC dancing logo

All Arts Council of Franklin County

Support Free Speech on the Internet
Dick Harper, Chair
P.O. Box 1
Highgate Springs, VT 05460
email us

Go to [ Dick Harper | All Arts Index | ArtBits Archive ]

      This article was originally published in the St Albans Messenger and other traditional print media. It is Copyright © 2010 by Richard B. Harper. All rights reserved. Archival material is provided as-is. Links are not necessarily maintained (if a link in this article fails, try or your favorite search engine).
      Thanks to recent misuse of copyright material on the Internet by individuals and archival firms alike, we emphasize that your rights to this article are limited to viewing it and printing it for personal use only. You must receive explicit permission from the All Arts Council and the author before reprinting or redistributing this article in any medium.