ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 14 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 13, 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 Opera House at Enosburg Falls presents the 19th annual Opera House Talent Show on Saturday at 7 p.m. The popular annual variety show offers cash prizes in both Junior and Adult Divisions.
      The popular variety show offers cash prizes in both Junior and Adult Divisions. Mud Light continues as an annual segment. there are Rising Star awards in each division, and a group number finale. The Optimist Newspaper continues as a sponsor; Heather McKeown will award the annual Optimist Awards.
      Admission is $10 for adults or $7 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available at Enosburg Pharmacy, Merchants Bank, and Precious Things Jewelry in Enosburg plus Better Planet Books and the Franklin County Regional Chamber of Commerce in St. Albans.
      Call the Opera House (802.933.6171) or email for ticket info. Click here for more info about October events at the Opera House.


     The Collins Perley Sports and Fitness Center hosts its 2011 Fall Craft Show (Northern Vermont's Biggest and Best Fall Craft and Vermont Foods Show) on Saturday 9 a.m. - 4pm. and Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 pm. The show has over 125 booths, Vermont-made foods, and lunch.
      St. Albans artist Karen Day-Vath will exhibit and sell her work at the Craft Show. The self taught artist creates expressionist works in oil and acrylic. Vermont Public Radio chose her paintings "All That Jazz" and "Let's Jam" for their 2011 "Artist Mug." Her painting Liquid Gold won second place in mixed media at the Champlain Valley Fair Art Show.
      Ms. Day-Vath is a member of the NVAA, Worldwide Women Artists, Studio Place Arts, and she is on the executive committee of the Saint Albans Artists' Guild.
      Admission is $3 at the door with all proceeds going to public school activities.
      Email Trish LeBlanc for more info.


COLCHESTER--Venue presents Justice tomorrow evening at 9 p.m. to "kick Rocktober into high gear."
      The band includes Chris Fleury, lead vocals and drums; Scott Belisle on bass and backup vocals; Todd Dunn, lead and rhythm guitar; and Scott Guptill, rhythm guitar and backup vocals.

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION--The Tupelo Music Hall presents the Nobby Reed Project on Saturday at 8 p.m.
      Admission is $15. Tickets for this performance must be picked up at the Venue (Will Call). Tickets cannot be mailed. Click here 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.

ST. ALBANS--J & L Guitars hosts Singer/Songwriter Night every Thursday evening.
      Call 802.527.9951 for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Chow Bella offers Music to Dine By with relaxed music and the arts. They may have live piano, violin, or light guitar any day of the week. The Chow! Cabaret offers live performances by musicians, visual artists, poets, and more
      Call 802.524.1405, email, or click here for more info or booking requests.


     The Vermont Department of Libraries has free Universal Classes for library members.
      Universal Class is a series of more than 500 online courses generally geared to patrons of high-school age and older. The courses include both personal and professional topics from hobbies such as arts and crafts, dog training, and photography, to job skills like writing improvement, medical billing, computer programming, and domestic violence counseling. There are courses in education and test preparation and much more. All classes come with continuing education credit.
      Patrons register online, participate in the classes online at their own pace, correspond with instructors online, and have up to six months to complete any individual class.
      All Vermont citizens who have access to a public library may use online learning resource for free in the library or from remote sites.
      Click here for a complete listing of all classes offered. You will need the new 14 digit library patron number to sign in. Call, visit, or email your local library for that number.


     Shaaron Ainsworth makes the case in Science Magazine that kids who draw learn science better even if they don't draw well.
      "Making drawing a key element of scientific education on a par with reading, writing, and discussion can deepen student engagement, reasoning skills, and the ability to grasp complex ideas," Science Magazine's Stewart Wills said.
      "One thing we know is that scientists tend to draw themselves," Dr. Ainsworth said, "so the professional practice of is drawing."
      Scientists use not only words but also diagrams, graphs, videos, photographs, and other images to make discoveries, understand their own work and explain the findings. From the inventions of Faraday and Maxwell to current representations by biologists at a microscope, scientists imagine new relations, test ideas, and elaborate their knowledge through drawings.
      Students understand everything better if they can draw it. And so do the rest of us.
      The full text of the article is available by subscription or single access purchase at but a free podcast of an interview with Dr. Ainsworth can be heard here.


      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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