ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 14 * * All Arts News On the Web * * January 20, 2011


      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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SOUTH BURLINGTON--Higher Ground presents a Triple Header in the Ballroom: the Josh Thompson Band plus Chris Cavanaugh plus Carol Ann Jones on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
      Ms. Jones show was originally planned as an acoustic duo, "but I talked them into an acoustic quartet, so we are somewhat Supercharged," she said Andre Maquera on guitar, Will Patton on upright bass and mandolin, and Gary Spaulding on drums will join her. "It's sure to be a blast!"
      Country singer/songwriter Josh Thompson began writing and establishing himself as a rising, working-class country star in Nashville in 2005. He wrote the title cut for Jason Michael Carroll's latest album, Growing Up is Getting Old and landed a recording contract with Columbia, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. He is on a tour now that includes Saratoga Springs and Niagara Falls before he heads to Oklahoma City.
      His current CD is Way Out Here.
      Country/pop/rock singer-songwriter and recording artist Carol Ann Jones of Georgia is also a dairy farmer and an accountant, but that just adds to her songs about her life's experiences. She wrote her new release Soldier's Song for son-in-law while he was serving in Afghanistan.
      Admission is $15 in advance and $18 on the day of the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. Click here for tickets and more info.

MONTPELIER--The Vermont Legislature presents the 2011 Farmers' Night Concert Series most Wednesday nights through April 6. This week Farmer's Night features a Young Tradition Showcase with Hannah Beth Crary and Ben Miller/Oliver Scanlon, Laura Harris and McKinley James. All performances take place in the House Chamber at the Vermont State House.
      Email for more info.


PERFORMERS WANTED (Now)--Mark Sustic is recruiting performers for the 2011 Young Tradition Weekend Showcase Contest. The contest, held at Waterfront Park in Burlington in May, is the focus of the annual Young Tradition Weekend.
      Email for more info.

Artists Wanted: A Year In Review (January 28)--This international, all-medium, open call for art, design, video, and photography seeks a range of technique, style and narrative that captures the best emerging artists of 2010. New York City will host artists, galleries, critics and curators from all over the world in March. SCOPE showcases international emerging contemporary art. Entry fee. Click here for more info and the online entry system.

CULTURAL NONPROFIT ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY (January 31)--NEFA seeks proposals from researchers interested in the next economic and community impact study of New England arts and culture nonprofits. The study may be proposed by individuals or groups and the completed report will be published by NEFA this summer. Click here for study methodology and proposal requirements.

VERMONT ARTISTS WEEK (January 31)--Vermont Artists Week was created in 1984 to support Vermont's artists and writers with an intensive week of studio work and fellowship with other Vermont artists. Applicants should be practicing visual artists and writers and must reside in Vermont. Qualified artists and writers who have not previously attended Vermont Week will receive preference. Vermont Artists Week will be held at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, April 24 - May 1.
      Click here for the application and application guidelines, plus info on accommodations, facilities and fees.

TAKE A SEAT IN THE ISLANDS (January 31)--This call is for local artists to painted and decorate benches designed and built by Nick Durso. Each unique bench will be displayed throughout the Islands from Memorial Day 2011 until the public auction. Artists chosen will receive a $50 material stipend. In addition, artists will receive 20% of the sale price of their bench received at auction.       Call 802.372.8400 or email for details.

POETRY Alive! (February 1)--The Kellogg Hubbard Library in Montpelier will offer a text display and expanded programming for National Poetry Month. "Vermont Poets: Past, Present, and Future" wants 1-3 poems, no longer than 26 lines for an expanded, walkable anthology of contemporary Vermont poetry.
      Call Rachel Senechal or Phayvanh Luekhamhan (802.223.3338), email or click here to submit and for more info.

LACDA 2011 (February 15)--The Los Angeles Center For Digital Art juried competition is open to all styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images. The competition is international, open to all geographical locations. The winner will be the inaugural exhibit for LACDA's new 4,000 square foot gallery. Entry fee.
      Click here for online registration only.


     A favorite in the Events for Tom series, Anais Mitchell, of Marshfield is a national touring singer-songwriter. She won the Kerrville New Folk Award and has opened for Emmylou Harris, Ani Difranco, Shawn Colvin, and more. Her full-length folk opera, HADESTOWN, will be performed tomorrow evening in Glasgow. Her site does include Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, and Youtube links but no direct contact, bio, or other info.


      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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