ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 16 * * All Arts News On the Web * * March 1, 2012


      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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      On Tuesday, March 6, we all come together to legislate what will happen in our Towns and our schools for another year (you are going to Town Meeting, right?). Most Franklin County communities will have some issue relating to the arts in their Town or school budgets.
      While you are there, don't forget to fill out the Doyle poll.
      Sen. Bill Doyle has represented Washington County in the Vermont Senate since 1969. He currently serves as the Senate Minority Leader. And since 1969 he has conducted an annual poll at Town meetings across Vermont. This year the questions range from Vermont Yankee's license to cell phones in vehicles to mandated health insurance to your confidence in our systems. He has no "artsy" questions but your answers are important nonetheless.


ST. ALBANS--Tammie Colburn Consejo of Healthy Minds hosts Create Some Art!, a pair of community workshops for kids and teens, at the Healthy Minds offices at 391 South Main Street tomorrow. The workshop for grades 5-8 runs 10 a.m. - noon and for 9-12, fro 1 - 3 p.m.
      Call 802.524.0305, ext. 1 for more info.

ENOSBURG FALLS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on painter Marilyn James who has a studio in Essex Junction. Tony Whedon will also present the life and work of photographer Jon Zurit. The A.I.R. gallery hosts a free meet-the-artists reception with refreshments on Sunday from 1 - 4 p.m. The exhibit continues through the end of March.
      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 gallery, located at 321 Main Street, is open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. plus the first Sunday of each month, noon to 5 p.m. Call 802.933.6403, click here , or here on Facebook.

ST. ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts photographer Wayne Tarr this month. Mr. Tarr specialized in portrait and fine art photography. The David Juaire exhibit continues in the surgical services gallery.
      The show continues through the end of March.

ST. ALBANS--Cosmic Bakery and Cafe presents the first public showing of the work of St. Albans artist Mark Simcox. The Florida native creates abstract and fantasy paintings primarily in acrylics, pen, pencil, and marker. He has been drawing and painting since childhood and a St. Albans resident for 10 years. His works are for sale, and will remain on display through mid-March.


ST. ALBANS--The (busy) Cosmic Bakery and Cafe also hosts Carol Ann Jones with Gary Spaulding for Cosmic Nights tonight at 7 p.m.

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap at the Lincoln Inn offers Blues Night with the Nobby Reed Project tonight at 7 p.m., the Phil Abair Band tomorrow at 9 p.m., and Sturcrazie on Saturday at 9.
      Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

BRISTOL--I know Bristol is a bit far afield, but you have to travel to find the Vermont Ukulele Society. They hold their "Bring a new song!" meeting and strum-along in Howden Hall at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Click here for more info.

COLCHESTER--Young Tradition Vermont, the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival and St. Michael’s College present two of the most respected traditional Irish musicians in the world, Mick Moloney and Robbie O’Connell with the Celtic Knights and the Sleepless Knights in the McCarthy Arts Center at St. Michael’s College next Wednesday (not Tuesday) March 7 at 7 p.m.
      Guitarist and vocalist Robbie O’Connell performed with the Clancy Brothers throughout the 1990s. Musician and anthropologist Mick Moloney has recorded and/or produced dozens of Irish albums, advised hundreds of American festivals and concerts, and has received the National Heritage Award.
      Admission is by a suggested donation of $20. Advance reservations are available by Email . Partial proceeds benefit the Tom Sustic Fund.
      Email or click here for more info.

COLCHESTER--The Vermont Youth Orchestra will hold a special recital to present and dedicate the Truman Piano at the Elley-Long Music Center on Wednesday, March 7, at 6:30 for refreshments and 7 p.m. for the concert. The recital and dedication will feature solo performances by VYO student and staff pianists.
      Margaret Truman, daughter of President and Mrs. Harry S. Truman received the 1924 Baldwin baby grand as a wedding gift from her parents when she married New York Times reporter Clifton Daniel in 1956. Her youngest son Thomas and his family presented the piano so "it could be used to teach and be played by those with her same passion for music." The piano will be maintained and used on a regular basis by the VYO Chorus and the Vermont Youth Concert Chorale, their accompanist Annemieke Spoelstra, and choral conductor Jeffrey Buettner.
      The VYO has requested all attendees reserve a seat. Email with your name and the number of people in your party. Admission is free and donations are most welcome at the door.


ST. ALBANS--In conjunction with the St. Albans Free Library's February Food for Fines program, Teddy asks kids to drop off a non-perishable item in his giant grocery bag at the entrance to the library. Cereal, pasta, and canned meat (or other foods) will help fight hunger in this community.
      The Monday Movie Matinees continue at 1 p.m. at the library to celebrate school vacation with popcorn and drinks. Treasure Buddies, rated G, plays Monday, March 5. The new Walt Disney features takes everyone's five favorite chatty pups in an adventure in Egypt.


      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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