ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 14 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 23, 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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      The Vermont Youth Orchestra Fall Concert takes the stage at Saint Mary's Church in St. Albans tomorrow evening at 8 p.m.
      The VYO welcomes a new Music Director and Conductor. Ronald Braunstein is a musician who teaches, a conductor in the German style, and a keystone repertoire enthusiast. Maestro Braunstein was graduated by Juilliard, has studied at Fontainebleau, at Tanglewood, and at the Salzburg Mozarteum. He studied with Herbert von Karajan for four years, as well as Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Bernstein, and Nadia Boulanger.
      The Fall Concert program includes Dvorak, Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, No. 8, J.S. Bach, Overture No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068 'Air', Bernstein, the overture from West Side Story, and Beethoven, Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67.
      Admission is just $5 for Adults/Seniors or $2 for Students. Tickets will be available at the door on the night of the performance.

      The concert will repeat at the Flynn on Sunday at 3 p.m. There will be a reception immediately following the Flynn concert to meet Maestro Braunstein. Admissions at the Flynn are $15, $12, and $10 for Adults/Seniors or $12, $10, and $6 for Students. Single tickets are on sale now; call 802.86FLYNN or click here for more info.


     Kevin Laddison of First Step Dance will host a Ballroom Dance Social at the St. Albans Historical Museum on Friday evening. The dance social will begin at 7 p.m. with two 30-minute dance lessons to teach the basics of Swing and Foxtrot, followed by open dancing until 10 p.m.
      Admission is $15/person for the lesson and dancing, $10/person for dancing only and $10 for high school/college students. Click here for more info.


     The Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne presents Immersion: Recent Paintings by colorist Gail Salzman of Fairfax beginning tomorrow and continuing through October 26. The Gallery will host an opening reception tomorrow evening from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
      The exhibit includes oil paintings dealing with water as life force, as playground, as balm for body and soul.
      Gallery hours are 9:30-5:30 Tuesday through Friday and 10 - 5 on Saturday.


SHELDON--Summer Music at Grace presents PossumHaw in the final concert of the season on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
      The PossumHaw quintet is an original, authentic bluegrass and folk group with award-winning songwriting and singing complemented by traditional instrumentation. They tell riveting stories surrounded by harmonizing and old-time musical arrangements. The band includes Colby Crehan, lead vocals, guitar, piano; Ryan Crehan, banjo, vocals, harmonica; Charley Eiseman, lead guitar, vocals; Pat Melvin, upright bass, vocals; and Steve Waud: mandolin, vocals. They have three albums Madtom," "Split-rail, and Fortune's Name. They have appeared in Summer Sounds as well at the Champlain Valley Folk Festival, First Night Burlington, Higher Ground, the Long Trail Festival, and more.
      Grace Church is located at 215 Pleasant Street, Sheldon. The suggested donation of $10 benefits the performers. Click here or call 802.326.4603 for info about the music at Grace Church.

JOHNSON--The Vermont Symphony Orchestra Made in Vermont Music Festival Statewide Tour comes to the Dibden Center for the Arts tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m.
      The program offers the world premiere of the commission, It Is Time, by Don Jamison and includes Handel, Concerto for Harp in Bb Major, Op. 4 No. 6, Rachmaninoff, Vocalise, the Bach Flute Concerto in d minor, and Mozart, Symphony No. 29 in A Major.
      features principal players Albert Brouwer performing the flute concerto by CPE Bach, and French horn player Shelagh Abate who solos in the Rachmaninoff. Anthony Princiotti conducts.
      Admission is $24 for adults, $20 for seniors, $12 for JSC faculty and staff, $6 for Vermont State Colleges students, and $12 students at other schools. Click here for more info.

SHELBURNE--The 32nd annual Shelburne Farms Harvest Festival offers exhibits and demonstrations, children’s activities, the farmyard, hay rides, and more music than fits in a hay wagon, all on Saturday, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Look for favorites Atlantic Crossing, Fiddleheads, Jon Gailmor, the Green Mountain Cloggers, the Ed Larkin Old Time Dancers, and Mary Ann Samuels and Susan Reit, plus Haliana Burhans, the Will Dicker Boys, Gary Dulabaum, Gigi and Joni, the Highland Weavers, the Irregulars, the Heather Morris Celtic Dancers, Very Merry Theater and Matt Witten.
      Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children, and free to members and children under 3. Call 802.985.86868 or click here for more info

WESTFORD--The Fairfax Community Theater Company fall production, The Curious Savage opens next Wednesday and continues through Saturday, October 2, at 7:30 p.m. each night in the Westford Brick Meeting House.
      Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and children under 12. Call 802.876.7524 or email for tickets and more info.


CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN FIGURATIVE CERAMICS (October 15)--Open to all ceramic artists over the age of 18 residing in the United States. Works must be made of clay or mixed media, with ceramics being at least 70% of the work and created in the last three years. Juried. Entry fee. Call Craig Martin (765.494.3061), email, or click here for more info.

VISUAL TERRITORY THEMED ART (October 15)--The juried Pittsburgh State University exhibit will explore the intimate territories of personal experience and the global landscapes of place and environment. Small cash awards. Click here for more info.

SNAP TO GRID (October 25)--The seventh annual UN-Juried Exhibit features digital art and photography. All entries will be printed (8.5"x11" on heavyweight paper) and arranged in a grid in the L.A. Center for Digital Art at the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery. All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable. Entry fee. Click here for more info.


     "It's like a concert tour but with sketchbooks." The Sketchbook Project is creating a popular collection with a tour around the country, a permanent collection in The Brooklyn Art Library, and an online library in 2011. The site shows how to receive a sketchbook and participate in the project, choose a theme, choose a sketchbook and cover color. There is an entry fee but they offer group discounts for any group over four.


      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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