ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 14 * * All Arts News On the Web * * November 18, 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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      The Superboats wrapped up a noisy week in the Florida Keys with a series of offshore races in the clear waters around Key West on Sunday.
 Flying Spinnakers Copyright (c) Rosenfeld Collection, Mystic Seaport, All Rights Reserved     I grew up around boats but I don't understand Superboat scoring. In Superboat Unlimited, the 170 mph+ class on water, Cintron apparently won by covering 42.4 miles at an average speed of 114 mph and received 250 points. Last place went to Mixed Emotions for covering 0 miles at an average speed of 0 mph for which that boat got 182.5 points. That was gratuitous knowledge and not at all related to art.
      We talk about the "art of boat design" and there is indeed still as much art as science in hull development, from the simplest dinghy to the fastest racers under sail or power. Ties in to the creative economy, that does. Different kind of art, though.
      I've been looking at fine art, the paintings and photographs of the sports and activities that enthrall us.
      The Art of the Boat, a series of yachting photographs from the Rosenfeld Collection, is a small part of the largest single collection of maritime photography in the world. Mystic Seaport holds the nearly one million images that document the period from 1881 to the present. The Rosenfeld Family, David, Morris, Stanley and William, captured the fusion of man, boat, and the sea in a way that speaks to me, personally.
      I started this essay by looking for paintings or photos of the Superboats and found the Rosenfeld Flying Spinnakers by pure serendipity. It is arguably Stanley Rosenfeld's best known photograph.
 McCarthy Sculpture Copyright (c) Land And Sea Collection, All Rights Reserved.     There's more. Illustrated with more photographs from the Rosenfeld Collection, the Mystic Seaport book, On Land and On Sea by Margaret Andersen Rosenfeld, extends the art with explanation. That book features the lives of women in yachting, and also as workers, care givers, and sportswomen throughout the twentieth century. The interpretive essays that accompany the images illustrate the social and historical context.
      Similar name, different place: The Land and Sea Collection in Palm City, Florida, shows an original sculpture of a custom offshore powerboat racer. The sculpture is actually the builder's concept model designed by Daniel J. McCarthy. The model is mounted on a Plexiglas base as a work of art. As a sculpture, this piece shows her racing features and her beauty.
      Boats are not our only avocation. Long time readers will also remember that the NASA Artistry of Space art collection rode the rails to St. Albans in 1997 in Artrain USA's only visit to Vermont in the 20th Century. The NASA Art Program has invited more than 250 American artists to interpret space flight through their art. That resulted in a rich visual record of space exploration by artists ranging from Peter Max, Norman Rockwell, and Andy Warhol to Jamie Wyeth.
      Fine art in the paintings and photographs of the sports and activities that engage us, from Superboats to NASCAR, from kicking a soccer ball to testing physics with a space launch, not only makes our lives better, it makes us more interesting.


SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro presents Carol Ann Jones tonight at 7 p.m.
      "Reservations are a good idea, there is limited seating and a small bar," Ms. Jones said. Call 802.372.4814 for more info.

COLCHESTER--Lake Champlain Access TV (the other Channel 15) hosts Open Mic Live! on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the studio. Rebecca Padula hosts.
      Email to sign up to perform live on TV or click here for more info.


     Tight deadlines this month.

JURIED PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION (November 19)--The Center for Photographic Art show is open to amateur and professional photographers working in all still media with any subject matter. Submitted images should be in JPEG format. The Center is a nonprofit public benefit corporation in the Sunset Cultural Center in Carmel, California. Entry fee. Call 831.625.5181, email, or click here for more info.

NATIONAL "HIDDEN CITY" EXHIBITION (November 19)--Open to all female artists who are invited to explore the idea of their own Hidden City, real or imagined, a place of refuge from gender, race, class and sexual exclusions, in any media. The theme will be broadly interpreted from an activist, political or personal context. The Women's Caucus for Art creates community through art, education, and social activism. Email or click here for a prospectus or more info.


     Printmaker Brian D. Cohen of Westminster Station founded Bridge Press, the publisher of limited edition artistís books. His own visual books and etchings are found in college, university, museum, and private collections across the country. His site includes links to the entire book and folio list, individual prints, Mr. Cohen's etchings, new work, biography, and upcoming exhibits.


      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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