ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 14 * * All Arts News On the Web * * August 19, 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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      Scotty's Taxi presents the indie rock of The Fizz in the free Summer Sounds concert in Highgate Municipal Park on Sunday evening at 7 p.m.
      With Dave Kleh, vocals, guitars, keyboards; Jim White, keyboards and vocals; Bob Greenlese, drums and percussion; and Howard Ring, bass, this renamed Summer Sounds group "sounds like Steely Dylan on the 'Dark Side of the Moon'." The group played here last summer as "Flood in the Fizzy Factory" but Mr. Kleh said because FitFF "was too long and difficult to explain."
      "Mix up a bunch of great music that you have heard over the years and pour it into a blender," Mr. Kleh said. Look for pieces of Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, Bob Dylan, Talking Heads, and The Beatles. Stir well. "Throw the entire mixture into the trash and try to remember what it sounded like." The result will be an evening of "little songs that sound like you should have heard them before somewhere."
      Dan Bolles says their seven-minute epic song In the Days to Come is "alternately goofy, strangely poetic and charmingly geeky. In other words, it is [The Fizz] in microcosm." Their current CD is A Song for the Troops.
      Just before the concert, stop by for Highgate Library-Summer Sounds Social in the Park starting at 6:30 p.m. The social hour is a chance to visit with friends, read the odd book, and eat plenty of delicious desserts.
      The Summer Sounds concerts are sponsored by the Town of Highgate and the All Arts Council, and underwritten by Chevalier Drilling, Desorcie's Market, Drummac Septic Service, O. C. McCuin and Sons, Ray's Extrusion Dies and Tubing, and Scotty's Taxi.
      The community based All Arts Council brings the performing arts to northwestern Vermont. The concerts are always on Sunday evenings, always at 7 p.m., always in Highgate Municipal Park, and always free. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair as you settle in to enjoy outdoor family music and festivities. The rain site is the Highgate United Methodist Church.
      Repeat after me. No flood. No flood. No flood...


      The Opera House at Enosburg Falls presents Hello Dolly! beginning tonight and continuing tomorrow and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. each night.
      The musical farce was written by Michael Stewart based on a Thornton Wilder story with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman. In turn of the (last) century New York, Dolly Levi is in town to meddle a little, matchmaker a little, teach a little mandolin, arranges things... like furniture and daffodils and lives. She seeks a wife for grouchy old Horace Vandergelder, well-known half-a-millionaire and New York's almost most eligible bachelor.
      The cast includes Arlene Jarvis, Jim Bray, Peter Garrow, Michael Boomhower, Emily Evans and Danielle Yandow as well as your dentist, organic butcher, and the fellow who just fixed my furnace.
      Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available at all Enosburg Banks, Enosburg Pharmacy, Parkside, Precious Things, Somerset Inn plus at Better Planet and the Franklin County Regional Chamber of Commerce in St. Albans. Call 802.933.6171, email, or click here for more info.


SHELDON SPRINGS--The 3rd annual Liberate Music and Yoga Festival returns to Poor Farm Road on Friday and Saturday with some of the same artists, vendors, kids activities, an art market, and healing arts practitioners from last year, along with a mix of fresh new ones. The Festival features Lotus, Rubblebucket Orchestra, Spiritual Rez, Twiddle, and Toussaint the Liberator with Bure Style and more.
      Two day weekend passes including two nights of camping are $90. A Saturday-only single day pass is $50. Call 802.999.2183 or click here for the schedule, tickets, and more info.

ISLE LA MOTTE--Island Arts presents a Celebration of Native Ways at St. Anne’s Shrine on Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts and crafts will be on display and for sale by Jack Sabon (Athabaskan) of Stowe; wood carver Richard Menard, of Highgate; Kathy Craig of Isle La Motte, Richard Philips (Black Horse) from Plattsburgh; and Robert and Jeanne Sulesky of Rochester, NH; jewelry by Hilde Barnes; Evelyn Maiskell of Connecticut with have tribal shirts and other clothing. Bring a picnic and stay for activities all day.
      Click here for more info.

COLCHESTER--The Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival opens on Sunday at the Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michael's College. The East Coast Chamber Orchestra with 17 young string players and Soovin Kim opens on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Ensembles from ECCO perform Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
      2010 Festival Subscriptions are still available; the tickets include the four main Festival Concerts, as well as the Virtuoso Showcase, Sounding Board, and all master classes as part of Master Class Saturday. Click here to order. Single tickets are available from the Flynn Regional Box Office (802.86.FLYNN) or

BURLINGTON-Carol Ann Jones will sing the National Anthem for the Vermont Lake Monsters at Centennial Field on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. It is 25-cent hot dog night.
      Sadly, the Opera House Tour at the Barre Opera House for the Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation and the Higher Ground benefit for the American Cancer Society have both been postponed. Watch this space for the new schedule.


WORKSHOP (Open until filled)--The South Shore Art Center (SSAC) will host an Encaustic Workshop September 25-26 with Visiting Artist Kim Bernard. Participants will learn to prepare supports, mix colors, apply wax, fuse, etch, layer, combine collage, transfer Xerox images and incorporate found objects. Click here to register.

BODY LANGUAGE (September 17)--The SSAC national juried exhibition is open to all artists and all media with no geographical restrictions. Work must have been completed since January 1, 2008 and not previously shown at SSAC. Cash awards. Entry Fee. All work must be for sale. Click here for the prospectus.

ART and PUMPKINS (September 17)--The 2011 Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival Poster contest continues the never-ending search for the Great Pumpkin. Cash prizes. Entry fee. Click here for an entry form, rules and past shows and winners

EXHIBITION PROPOSALS FOR 2011-12 (October 1)--SSAC seeks exhibition proposals for late 2011 and 2012 for the Bancroft Gallery. Click here for more info and for exhibition proposals.

PROFESSIONAL WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS JURIED EXHIBITION (September 30)--The 35th Anniversary Women Only Juried Call for a show at Manhattan's SohoPhoto gallery has four categories: People, Places, Nature and Abstract. All styles and processes are welcome. Cash exhibition awards. Open to amateur and professional women photographers worldwide. Entry fee. Click here for a full prospectus.


      Today would have been my grandfather's 120th birthday, a date he shared with Orville Wright and Ogden Nash. Interesting man, Wilbur Dunning. He was a chemistry professor, his sister an opera singer, and one brother was signed to play professional baseball but gave it up because he would not pitch on Sundays.
      He encouraged us to see art. He made sure my mom, a painter, attended Spring Garden Institute for fashion design after she was graduated from Swarthmore. He made me look beyond the motion of a piston or the lines of a yacht to see the lines of a cloud.
      I called him "Boppa" and now my granddaughters call me that.


      Music Alive composer-in-residence Rob Paterson has been blogging about the week he spent working with Vermont Youth Orchestra and the Vermont Youth Philharmonia members. His residency kicks off the concert season for the two orchestras. The site contains Maestro Paterson's posts as well as posts by flautist Emily Wiggett, a large archive, and info about the VYOA.


      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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