ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 14 * * All Arts News On the Web * * April 21, 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.

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      The St. Albans Free Library hosts The Partner by John Grisham, for Mornings, Muffins & Mysteries, today at 10:30 a.m. Then more writerly thoughts for those interested in writing as the Library continues with a writers' medley on Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. It is a time of fun and sharing.
      Call Wanda (802.524.1507) for more info.


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 or click here for more info.

EAST MONTPELIER--Pete Sutherland with Will Patton, Jeremiah McLane, Colin McCaffrey, and Patty Casey play a Benefit for Pete's Greens at the Four Corners Schoolhouse on Sunday at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.586.2836 or email for more info.

BURLINGTON--The UVM Old Time Music Club hosts a Shape Note Sing in Ira Allen Chapel at UVM every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Mason Gohl holds pitching/leading/sight-reading lessons before the Sing at 6 p.m. Check for occasional changes in time, date and location.
      Email for more info.

MORRISVILLE--River Arts holds a Farmers and Artisans Market at the River Arts Center every Wednesday from 3 - 7 p.m.
      Click here for more info.

SHELBURNE--Shelburne Steakhouse presents Carol Ann Jones in a regular gig on Wednesdays from 7 - 9 p.m.
      Call 802.985.5009 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Chow Bella offers Music to Dine By with the jazz and improv of Vern Colburn on the Piano on Fridays at 5:30. Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.


     BFA Saint Albans still needs your hospitality to house the incoming students All State Music Festival. Lots and lots of students.
      "Less than two weeks to go and we need just 129 more," Eric Bushey said.
      Click here for more info and for a hosting form or here to sign up online.


FINAL CALL FOR YOUNG TRADITION WEEKEND SHOWCASE (Now!)--If you think it fits, it probably does. The Showcase Contest at Waterfront Park in Burlington is the focus of the annual Young Tradition Weekend. Young singers, players and dancers perform 2 or 3 numbers solo, or in duos or groups. Prizes include showcase performances at concerts and festivals (Champlain Valley Folk Festival, Dance Flurry, Festival Memoire et Racines, First Night! Burlington, New World Festival and more), cash ($1000 for 1st, $500 for 2nd, $250 for 3rd, $125 for 4th), camp scholarships, and more. There are only 20 slots available. Email or click here for more info.

NATIONAL CONTEMPORARY DRAWING EXHIBITION (April 22)--Purdue University Galleries juried show is open to US artists over the age of 18. They will explore conceptual and theoretical issues, push the boundaries of drawing practice, and engage in critical dialogue. Any media considered by the artist as appropriate to the contemporary practice of drawing is eligible. Work may be no larger than 8 feet tall or 10 feet wide. Entry fee. Call Craig Martin (765.494.3061), email or click here for an entry form or more info.

42nd NATIONAL WATERCOLOR EXHIBITION (April 23)--California Watercolor Association will host its juried exhibit juried at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross, CA. Submit up to three JPG images online only. Cash and merchandise awards. Entry fee. Click here for a prospectus.

POETRY COMPETITION (April 30)--Prizes of $1,000, $250 and $100 to be awarded, in addition to publication in The Ledge Magazine. Entry fee. All poems must be previously unpublished but simultaneous submissions are acceptable. No restrictions on form or content. Include a SASE for results. Send entries to: The Ledge 2011 Poetry Awards Competition, 40 Maple Ave., Bellport, NY, 11713 or click here for more info.

IMAGINATION EXHIBITION (May 18)--Smithtown Township Arts Council seeks national entries for a summer show at the Mills Pond House Gallery in St James, NY. The show will feature "art that ignites our curiosity, and delights our senses encouraging us to take some time away from the world as we know it and enjoy the creative power of Imagination!" Entry fee. Call 631.862.6575, email, or click here for a prospectus or more info.

ARTIST-OF-THE-DAY GALLERY (Ongoing)--This is a passable marketing idea from the good (and free) Art Deadlines List: you might find something to your liking in Ritchie's list and inclusion in AOTD might drive additional visitors to your own site. Click here for submission guidelines or here to view all the AOTD pages.


     Youtube. Youtube? Really. Consider the power of a mini-documentary that can showcase you as an artist as well as introduce you to an entirely new audience. Furniture designer Tanya Aguiņiga of Tijuana and Los Angeles and Nick Cave who blends textiles with modern dance show how.


      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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