ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 14 * * All Arts News On the Web * * June 17, 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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      Summer Music at Grace presents Aurora Ancient Music, a homegrown Vermont ensemble with international connections in the early music world, in Grace Church tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m. Aurora will perform sings The Wild and The Sacred, a concert of medieval and new songs and dance music for the earth.
      Aurora specializes in medieval vocal music, from 8th century chant to 15th century English Carols, all from a time musical innovations were appearing in courts, monasteries and abbeys around the Western world. This concert will include chants of the medieval mystic Hildegard von Bingen; the complex harmonies of the English late medieval composer John Dunstable; processional songs from 13th century France; and new works by Vermont's Don Jamison and Aurora's Liz Thompson. Aurora Ancient Music is Ms. Thompson, Susan Comen, and Social Band Director Amity Baker.
      Grace Church is located at 215 Pleasant Street, Sheldon. The suggested donation of $15 benefits the performers. Email for more info about the performers. Call Liz Thompson (802.453.4353) or information about Aurora Ancient Music. Click here or call 802.326.4603 for info about the music at Grace Church.


QUECHEE--The 2010 Quechee Balloon Festival presents Yankee Chank tomorrow at 3 p.m. The Press Gang performs in a Young Tradition showcase on Saturday at noon and 2:45 p.m. Hey Mama and One Morning Fair will also perform Saturday; Banjo Dan and the Mid Nite Plowboys take the stage on Sunday at 4 p.m.
      The Vermonters of Yankee Chank -- Bob Naess, fiddle and vocals, Cannon Labrie, accordion and vocals, Jim Burns, guitar, and Mark Sustic, bass and percussion -- immerse the audience in Cajun music with the traditional Cajun two-steps and waltzes as it continues to be played in the rural dance halls and honky tonks of Louisiana. There is always some spicey Zydeco.
      The annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft & Music Festival fills the skies over the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire with hot air balloons and the grounds with continuous arts and music. It is one of the longest running hot air balloon festivals in New England
      Admission tickets good for the entire weekend cost $10 for adults and $5 for children 6-12. Children 5 and under are free.
      Click here for more info.

FRANKLIN--The Franklin Variety Show in the Town Hall on Saturday at 7 p.m. is a benefit for the Haston Library. Look for many local performers headlined by Miss Vermont Caroline Bright as well as singer/songwriter Meg Cossaboom.
      Donate lots at the door.

ENOSBURG--The Opera House at Enosburg Falls presents Summer Sounds favorite Meg Cossaboom and her voice students in an evening of music at the Historic Opera House on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
      The Summer Recital program includes music from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods, as well as songs from the 20th century. Sopranos Zoe Dubilier, Sarah Boutin, Jessica Draper, and Ms. Cossaboom will be accompanied by pianist Patrick Evans.
      Ms. Cossaboom (nee Willey) is a hometown girl who moved to the big city for a pretty good gig at Nectar's. She has a sweet soprano voice and writes music influenced by everyone from Spinal Tap to Monty Python. She was a Solarfest songwriter showcase finalist.
      Admission is by donation. All proceeds will go to the Friends Of The Opera House.


GUGGENHEIM and YOUTUBE VIDEO (Beginning June 21 through July 31)--The new biennial event YouTube Play seeks innovative, amateur videos from unexpected sources. The call is open even to entrants who donít consider themselves artists, and actively encourages the participation of people with little or no experience in moving pictures. Works must be no longer than 10 minutes, created within the past two years and not made for commercial use. Up for grabs is a place in the October video-art exhibition at Guggenheim Foundation museums in Berlin, New York, Spain, and Venice. Click here for more info and to upload videos.

THE ARTFUL PALETTE (June 23)--The Foundry Art Center juried exhibition celebrates painting in a call for works in any paint media including, but not limited to, oils, acrylics, watercolors, and gouache, in traditional or experimental styles, and any genre. Small cash awards. Entry fee. Call 636.255.0270, email, or click here for more info and entry forms.

61st NATIONAL ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW (June 25)--Wind River Valley Artists want 2D and 3D fine art entries for a Guild show and sale. The exhibition is open to professional and non-professional artists and photographers. All works must be original and may not exceed 48"x60". Cash and purchase awards. Both legacy and digital prints are acceptable. Entry fee. Call 307.455.3404, email, or click here for a prospectus.

NATIONAL COLOR AND DESIGN EXHIBITION (June 30)--LH Horton Jr Gallery calls for any 2D and 3D media that demonstrates a strong emphasis in formal design concepts. Digital designs will be considered but the gallery prefers works using non-digital media. The juried show has small cash awards, purchase awards, and non-cash merit awards. Entry fee. Call Jan Marlese (209.954.5507) or click here for a prospectus or more info.

11th ANNUAL WILL'S CREEK SURVEY (July 1)--The Allegany Arts Council national juried exhibition has categories for 2D and 3D works. Send two JPEGs on CD to enter. Entry fee. Call 301.777.2787, email or click here for more info


     Wunderle's Big Top Adventures of Saxtons River promotes circus programming, entertainment, and exploration with school residencies, strolling entertainment big top workshops, camps, and bubbles, a one man circus, and circus extravaganzas. The site has links to each feature as well as info about Troy Wunderle and contact links.


      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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