ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 14 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 6, 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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      Lexington, Kentucky-area quilters have been decorating bras in advance of Breast Cancer Awareness month which began on Saturday and continues through the month of October.
      Breast cancer accounts for 16 percent of all cancer deaths among women nationwide; a woman’s risk for developing breast cancer in her lifetime is one in seven. A man's risk is smaller but not tiny.
      The Plum Creek Quilters Guild and the Lexington Regional Health Center will sponsor the Think Pink Cele-bra-tion next Thursday.
      PCQG member Kathy Beck made themed art bras called "Cheer for the Cure" and "Snow Boobies." Cancer survivor and member Linda Maloley made two art bras, "Flat Busted" and "Support Bra." The quilters' art bras will be modeled and auctioned to raise money for the Eppley Cancer Center.
      90% of all diagnosed cases of breast cancer have no family history.
      In other fund raisers, Art beCAUSE held its 9th annual Breast Cancer Foundation Gala at Westin Copley Place in Boston yesterday. Art beCAUSE is a foundation founded by an art gallery owner and breast cancer owner. Together, they decided together to use some of the profit from the art gallery to fund research.
      Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among Vermont women.
      Art brings joy and can bring funding. And art projects like these help more than cancer survivors.
      Click here for info about the Franklin County Cancer Survivor Network.


     Summer Music at Grace concludes the fall mini-series with a special double bill tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m. The shared event brings together the Missisquoi River Band with special guests plus Simply Saxes.
      The Missisquoi River Band features Cindy Weed, Jim Weed, and Pat Murphy with special guests Will Patton and Roland Clark.
      Simply Saxes, a local jazz quartet, features Liv Laporte, Jen Kirkpatrick, Alisa Martin and Emma Hardy.
      Grace Church is located at 215 Pleasant Street, Sheldon. The suggested donation of $10 for adults or $5 for children/youth benefits the performers. Call 802.933.4083, 802.326.4603, or click here for the music at Grace Church.


GRAND ISLE--Island Arts hosts a craft show and sale at the Folsom Educational Center. on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ENOSBURG FALLS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on painters Martha Ohliger and Tess Beemer; Kitten Ellison with designs on porcelain and glass; and Carl Newton's Shaker style bentwood boxes.
      The A.I.R. gallery hosts a free meet-the-artists reception with refreshments tonight from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. The exhibit continues through the end of October.
      The Artist in Residence art cooperative features paintings, fiber arts, stained glass, sculpture, lamps, pottery, folk art boxes, scarves, hats and more by 45 Franklin County and surrounding area artists. It is owned and operated by the artists and sponsors. The Village Frame Shoppe is located within the coop as a resident framer. The Blue Crayon, a small private studio, is available there for individual or small group lessons. The gallery, located at 349 Main Street, is open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

ST ALBANS--"We have two wonderful artists who often paint together," Dolly MacNeil said of the Northwestern Medical Center Gallery exhibit of Maurie Harrington and Susan Larkin this month.
      Ms. Harrington summers at North Hero and uses watercolor to capture Vermont landscapes and houses. Ms. Larkin paints with oils on canvas; her work captures her surroundings in soft, vibrant colors. "Their styles are very different, but their love of Vermont's beauty is evident in all their work," Ms. MacNeil said.
      The show continues through the end of October.


PROCTORSVILLE--Glimmerstone presents Yankee Chank tomorrow evening at 9 p.m. The Cajun dance band performs traditional dance music with traditional instruments from southwest Louisiana. The concert will include the two-steps and waltzes played in the dance halls and honky-tonks of Louisiana.

ST. ALBANS--Hudak Organic Farms hosts the 7th annual Northwest Citizens for Responsible Growth Harvest Event featuring the Missisquoi River Band on Saturday from 11:30 a.m - 3 p.m. The event includes Warriors of the Sky (these are homing pigeons used in war, so please save the precision bombing analogies for the pumpkin-chucking demonstrations); fine art pumpkin carving demonstrations, crafts for young and old, a silent auction of local artisans' work, refreshments and more.

BURLINGTON--Grace Potter & the Nocturnals will headline Goodnight Irene: Flood Relief Benefit at the Flynn Theater on Sunday at 7 p.m. Burlington City Arts will host a concurrent silent auction at the Firehouse Galley from 5-8 p.m. Burlington's art community has donated to the auction. The concert is already sold out but
      The goal is $100,000. All profits from both events will be donated to several Vermont charities including the Mad River Valley Community Fund.

ST. ALBANS--The St. Albans Historical Museum and the Osher Lifelong Learning Series present Don Wickman's The Civil War Photographs of George Houghton on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
      Mr. Wickman's new book follows Brattleboro photographer George Houghton who accompanied Vermont soldiers in fall and winter at Camp Griffin in Virginia, in McClellan's campaign on the Virginia Peninsula, and along the Occoquan River during the winter and spring of 1863.
      Subscribers may attend any sessions of the series. Lectures are also open to non-members for a fee of $5 per lecture. All events are held on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. in the Bliss Auditorium on the third floor at the Museum.


     David and Lisabeth Sewell McCann of Charlotte are story tellers. Modern story tellers. Their Sparkle Stories site offers three original stories they read every week, all based on their three original story lines: brother and sister Martin and Sylvia, So Many Fairies, and Junkyard Tales. The site includes info about the audio treasure chest, sample stories, a sign up page, 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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