ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 14 * * All Arts News On the Web * * May 20, 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.

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      ST. ALBANS--The Overtime Saloon presents Substation 7 with Difficult Mike on Saturday evening. Clem Yonkers and Mike Willey, two of Franklin County's original rockers, will perform alternating solo sets of new and original work.
      St. Albans native Clement Yonkers is well known from his days as lead guitarist with area bands to play his own original instrumental compositions using solo guitar and live looping techniques. Known as Substation 7, Clement is a composer, guitarist, and self-professed music technology nerd. The music incorporates a range of styles (avant-garde, alternative, ambient, rock, heavy, melodic to name just a few) using state of the art musical technology to execute an eccentric musical vision.
      Michael Willey, also a St. Albans native, has laid the bass line for area bands. His new solo project Difficult Mike incorporates contemporary classical, finger style, and folk guitar with modern rock. His performances will include acoustic versions of several decades of popular songs.
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ST. ALBANS--The BFA-St. Albans Music Department presents Vivaldi’s Gloria in St. Mary’s sanctuary on Sunday at 3 and 7 p.m. The concert has moved "off site" because the current BFA stage cannot fit the 100 choristers, let alone the soloists and orchestra.
      Performing Gloria in the large church setting gives the work a magnificent feeling. St. Mary's offers a beautiful setting and wonderful acoustics.
      Vivaldi wrote the familiar and popular sacred music in the early 1700s. The Gloria is often performed at Christmas and other sacred events. It has been recorded on about 100 CDs and used in several films. The second movement created the climactic final scenes of Runaway Train.
      The BFA Chorus reaches for the stars with major programs almost every Spring. They performed Handel's Messiah in 2002 and 2006, also at St. Mary's. The chorus programs helps students develop singing and individual sight-reading, aural skills, and vocal technique. Their advanced repertoire includes not only major pieces like the Gloria but also Renaissance to Contemporary music including sacred, folk, jazz, and popular styles.
      The soloists and musicians bring broad experience to the concert.
      St. Albans own Claire Chevalier Hungerford, soprano, and Evelyn Kwanza, mezzo-soprano, will solo. A professional orchestra will compliment the 100-plus members of the Academy Chorus. BFA Choral Director Armand Messier conducts.
      The orchestra includes 15 strings -- violins, violas, cellos, and a bass -- as well as trumpet, oboe, and piano. Some members also play in the VSO or the Burlington Chamber Orchestra. Gianna Messier is concert mistress.
      Admission is $8 for adults or $5 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at Better Planet in St. Albans, Swanton Rexall in Swanton, and at BFA (802.527.6556). Tickets will be available at the door.


YEARLY ART GRANT (May 26)--A new Southern Exposure award offers an annual $15,000 prize to an emerging artist for a public art project in the San Francisco Bay Area. Entry fee. Call Jayna Swartzman (415.863.2141), email, or click here for more info.

WITHOUT A MAP (May 31)--The 8th annual Northbrook Public Library international juried show wants all 2-D and 3-D art media. Digital entries of original artwork created within two years of the entry date. The theme embodies free-spiritedness, exploration, independence and an inherent desire to attain a goal. Entry fee. Call 847.272.7074, email, or click here for more info.

JURIED CERAMIC EXHIBITION (June 1)--Any thematic and stylistic presentation of functional or sculptural works with clay as the primary medium for this San Joaquin Delta College show. Cash awards. Entry fee. Call Jan Marlese (209.954.5507) or click here for more info.

WILD LIFE THEMES (June 2)--Projekt30 seeks animal symbolism, animal spirit guides, animal human hybrids or feral children, animalistic human behavior, and more. Entry fee. Click here for more info.

ANNUAL JURIED NATIONAL LANDSCAPES EXHIBITION (June 10)--Maryland Federation of Art's Circle Gallery wants any 2- or 3-dimensional work in any medium that depicts or interprets the American landscape. Cash awards. Digital submission only. Entry Fee. Email or click here for a prospectus.


     Diane Gabriel of Burlington uses drawing, photography, printmaking, and sculpture to tells stories visually. Her work explores personal, historical and spiritual ideas including mysterious veracity, psychology, and the experience of memory. Her site has Sculpture, Drawing, Print, and Photograph galleries, reviews, 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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