ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 14 * * All Arts News On the Web * * July 1, 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!

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      Bay Day 2010 kicks off a day with lots more than fireworks in St. Albans Town Bay Park all day this Sunday. The 30th annual summer festival offers a full family day with the Great Race, lakefront games, sports, fair food, fireworks, and continuous live music, all to celebrate Independence Day. This familiar Franklin County family festival has new surprises every year.

SUMMER SOUNDS--The All Arts Council and the Town of St. Albans welcome a band that can rock the Pavilion as Carol Ann Jones & her All-Star Band The Superchargers perform an Independence Day tribute in the Summer Sounds Bay Day season premiere on Sunday evening at 7 p.m. The popular rock band from Georgia will play right into the fireworks.
 ArtBits News Photo     The Superchargers have a fresh take on rockabilly, country, rock & roll, bluegrass and contemporary music. Ms. Jones' debut indie album, Out of the Blue, showcases her broad range of music from All About the Wheels and Mr. Engineer (that would be St. Albans' theme song) to the Farmhouse Blues.
      "It's rBHT free, organic fun for everyone!" Ms. Jones said.
      The regional band has nationally known performers: Andre Maquera on lead-guitar and backing vocals; Gary "Spud" Spaulding on drums and percussion; Thom Carvey on bass and sax; Will Patton on bass, steel guitar and mandolin and Carol Ann Jones on lead vocal and acoustic guitar. Their special guests for the evening are Keeghan Nolan with guitarist Tracy Lord and guitarist John Haas from Big Boots DeVille.
      The Summer Sounds concerts are sponsored by the Town of St. Albans and the All Arts Council, and underwritten by Chevalier Drilling, Desorcie's Market, O. C. McCuin & Sons, Ray's Extrusion Dies & Tubing, and Scotty's Taxi. Click here for the summer concert schedule.
      The community based All Arts Council brings the performing arts to northwestern Vermont. The concerts are always on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m., always in a town park, and always free. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair as you settle in to enjoy outdoor family music and festivities.

LIVE MUSIC ALL AFTERNOON--The All Arts Council and the Town of St. Albans will offer live music for Bay Day starting about 2 p.m. on the back stage at St. Albans Town Park at the Bay. The afternoon music lineup includes Keeghan Nolan plus Gary Dulabaum and Josh Brooks, and some very special guests. These popular entertainers will mix it up with great country music, easy rock, and some family and kid friendly favorites.
      Franklin County's Number One country music star, Keeghan Nolan brings the fire of Patsy Cline to her own original material, along with her Trio to the stage. She won First Place for solo Vocalist at the CMA Music City Rising Star competition in Nashville. 2 and 4 p.m. on the Bathhouse stage.
      Gary Dulabaum is a nationally known performer, recording artist, author, and teacher from South Burlington. Josh Brooks plays a popular mix of story-based originals and folk songs. Their concert together will include traditional and original American folk songs, sing-alongs, and fun. 3 and 5 p.m. on the Bathhouse stage.
      [Times are approximate -- come for the whole day.
      The family events include the great race, volleyball and horseshoe tournaments, food and games for all ages, and more all starting at 1 p.m. The park opens at 8 a.m. Parking is $3 per car but the music is free.
      The Bay Day-Summer Sounds social, presented by St. Albans Town Recreation, will be an all day event with the Bay Day food vendors starting to serve at about 2 p.m.
      Fireworks will begin at dusk thanks to generous contributions from the community. The fireworks alone have a rain date, July 7.


ENOSBURG FALLS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on wildlife painter Bob Eldridge with "one planned brush stroke"; Pam Krout-Voss with sculptures, photography, drawings, and a painting drawn from the heron rookery; Martha Ohliger with paintings of the rural character of Vermont; Karen Scheffler's smaller, portable stained glass panels; and photographer JoAnne Wazny's images of the underside of things.
      The A.I.R. gallery hosts a free meet-the-artists reception with refreshments tonight from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. The exhibit continues through the end of July.
      The Artist in Residence art cooperative features paintings, fiber arts, stained glass, sculpture, lamps, pottery, folk art boxes, scarves, hats and more by 45 Franklin County and surrounding area artists. It is owned and operated by the artists and sponsors. The Village Frame Shoppe is located within the coop as a resident framer. The Blue Crayon, a small private studio, is available there for individual or small group lessons. The gallery, located at 349 Main Street, is open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

BURLINGTON--Corliss Blakely's Visions of Nature exhibit opens tomorrow in the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn in conjunction with the Flynn's annual Garden Tour. The Flynn will host an artist's reception tomorrow evening, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
      Ms. Blakely lives and works in St. Albans.
      The show continues through September 25. The Gallery is open to the public on Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., and during the First Friday Art Walk. Performance attendees may also view exhibits prior to MainStage shows and during intermission.

ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts the photographs of Lori Lagro of Montgomery this month. The show continues through the end of July.

JEFFERSONVILLE--The Bryan Memorial Gallery summer exhibit, Land and Light, begins tomorrow in the Main Gallery. Selected artists include Pam Fiaschetti, Charles Meunier, and Mark Tougias.
      The show continues through September 12. Click here for more info.


RICHFORD--The Missisquoi River Band will perform in the Fourth of July parade down Main Street on Saturday at 11 a.m. and at the Richford noontime Chicken BBQ that follows.
      Call 802.933.2545 for more info.

FRANKLIN--Bluegrass Jams return to the Old Bowling Alley Restaurant on Lake Carmi on Saturday, 6 - 9 p.m., leading into the annual fireworks. Donations will go to the Franklin Fire Department.
      The Missisquoi River Band with a host of guest musicians will lead the jam.
      Musician Leonard Larose and his wife and restaurant owner Kathryn invited fellow musicians to bring their instruments. A portion of Rte 120 at the north end of the lake will close to traffic at 6 p.m. for the fireworks. Call Jim and Cindy Weed (802.933.2545) or Leonard Larose (802.285.6200) for more info.


     Musician and composer Kelly Moore of Manchester Center rode with the Bennington International Motorcycle Club in their 2010 Relay For Life for the American Cancer Society. His site is the online home for a benefit concert series that raises funds for food and disaster relief locally and around the world. The site includes info about the organization, an events schedule, pressroom, contact info, and the ever present Donate button.


      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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