ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 14 * * All Arts News On the Web * * August 25, 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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      Irene could now be a Category 1 hurricane when it enters the Connecticut River Vally on Sunday. This is a big storm, some 500 miles in diameter. The Champlain Valley can expect the strongest winds Sunday evening, right in time for Summer Sounds. If we are extremely lucky, winds will reach sustained speeds of only 30-45 mph, with gusts reaching the 45-65 mph range across the state.
      The Summer Sounds concert featuring Dark Horse in Highgate Municipal Park on Sunday has been cancelled."
      Dark Horse will ride again, but not until next summer.
      Join us next week as Carol Ann Jones and the Superchargers play into the fireworks at Bay Day.
      The Summer Sounds concerts are sponsored by the Town of Highgate and the All Arts Council, and underwritten by Chevalier Drilling, Drummac Septic Service, O. C. McCuin and Sons, and Ray's Extrusion Dies and Tubing.
      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.
      Click here for posters and more info.


     The Teen Coffeehouse continues at Bent Northrop Memorial Library in Fairfield on Friday at 7 p.m. The gathering place invites teens to share music, poetry (or other readings), and artwork.
      The informal coffeehouse is all-acoustic. Bring a lawn chair or blanket since it is held on the back patio as long as the snow holds off. There are snacks and beverages and may try out some home-made root beer.
      Franklin County teen performers, writers, or artists should email the Bent Northrup or Wendy Maquera to join the lineup.


BURLINGTON--Burlington City Arts opens a new exhibit, Outdoor Excursions with work by thirteen international artists, with a reception tomorrow evening in the BCA Center. Guest curated by Art in America writer Gregory Volk, the nature-oriented works become Mr. Volk's version of a wilderness adventure company, with "excursions" to the Swiss Alps, Icelandic volcanoes, the deep forest, suburban backyards, outer space, Vermont ski areas, and more.
      Click here for more info.

MONTGOMERY--The Montgomery Historical Society hosts the annual Art Show and Sale in Pratt Hall on Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Regional artists exhibit in the 1835 former Episcopal Church building with the Montgomery Garden Club's Harvestfest down the street on the Green.
      Admission is free.


St. Albans--The One Federal Restaurant and Lounge Thursday Night Summer Concert Series presents the Nobby Reed Project this evening at 7 p.m.
      The Project plays Vermont's best blues with Mr. Reed, lead guitar and vocals, Ray Bushey, bass, and Eric Belrose, drums. His CDs include Guitar on My Back, Hold the Truth, and the new two-disc live album, An Evening with NRP.
      Admission is free.

ST. ALBANS--The Downtown St. Albans 2011 Summer Concert Series presents the Michele Fay Band in Taylor Park tomorrow evening at 6 p.m.
      The series is sponsored by Saint Albans Society for the Performing Arts and Saint Albans for the Future. Admission is free. The rain site is St. Albans City Hall.

SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro presents Carol Ann Jones with Jon Sochin tomorrow evening outside on the lawn at 6 p.m.
      "There is plenty of room for all you dancers," Ms. Jones said.
      Call 802.372.4814 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Joyful Jazz Band will lead the music worship at St. Paul's United Methodist Church on Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
      This marks St. Paul's first ever jazz service led by the 15-piece jazz band. The music includes sing-alongs to traditional hymns like Amazing Grace and The Old Rugged Cross. There will be gathering music at 9:15 and a coffee hour after the service. Nursery care provided.

ST. ALBANS--Bayside Pavilion presents the Starline Rhythm Boys on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
      Call 802.524.0909 for more info.


ARTSPACE EXHIBITION PROPOSALS (September 1)--Artspace, a non-profit visual art center in Raleigh, NC, wants innovative work in 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional media for solo or group exhibitions. Emerging and established artists are eligible. Exhibitions will be scheduled for 2012 and beyond and typically run for 6-8 weeks with an opening reception held during First Friday Gallery Walks. Many exhibits include a gallery talk or artist's talk. Entry fee. Email or click here for more info.

NATIONAL PUMPKIN POSTER CONTEST (September 19)--California's Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival poster contest offers cash prizes. Original entries must be submitted electronically, vector based, and submitted in both EPS and PDF formats. Entry fee. Email or click here for more info and the prospectus.

GREELEY HISTORY MUSEUM MURAL (September 6)--The City of Greeley's One Percent for Art Program is pre-qualifying artists for historical Weld County mural(s) on an outside wall of the Greeley History Museum in Colorado. No project proposal is necessary, just a c.v. and indication of interest. Click here for more info.

36th WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION (September 30)--The juried show for female artists working with in any photographic process offers cash prizes, a group show in a Manhattan gallery, an online exhibition, and the cover image of IMPRINTS Magazine Fall/Winter 2011 issue. Click here for a prospectus.

EXHIBITION PROPOSALS (October 1)--South Shore Art Center has invited artists and curators to propose exhibitions for their Bancroft Gallery for 2011/2012. A group wishing to exhibit together must select a designated curator. Artists or curators should think outside the box; exhibitions can include one or several media as well as performance, music, poetry, or related arts. Click here for the proposal and complete info.


     Barbara Molloy of Johnson teaches printmaking and "allows the media to have a voice." Her site includes biographical info, a gallery of prints, and contact 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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