ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 16 * * All Arts News On the Web * * April 5, 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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ST. ALBANS--The Collins Perley Sports & Fitness Center hosts the annual Franklin County-wide Student Art Show this year, starting next Tuesday, April 10, and continuing through April 15. Art work from Franklin County students in grades K-12.
      There will be an opening reception at the Collins Perley on Wednesday, April 11 at 4:30 p.m.

ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts watercolor artists Millie Boyd, Linda Clark, Debbie De Cell, Marianne Marshall, Beverly Montiel and Linda Wirts this month. The artists paint together with Instructor/Artist Kathleen Berry Bergeron on Tuesday mornings in St. Albans. Call Ms. Bergeron (802.899.4628) for painting and class info.
      The show continues through the end of April.


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

ST. ALBANS--St. Paul's United Methodist church is just one congregation celebrating an Easter Jubilation with special music on Sunday. St. Paul's 10:15 a.m. service will include the organ, piano, trumpet, chimes, Joyful Jazz Band, and the Senior Choir. Personal listening devices are available and the service is projected on a large screen.
      Channel 15 broadcasts that service on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and on Monday at 2:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

BURLINGTON--The UVM Folk 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 527.9951 for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Carol Ann Jones and Shila Boomhower sang a few duets at the Chow Bella Open Mic last night. The restaurant 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. Their regular Open Mic Night happens the first Wednesday of each month and Comedy Night on the third Tuesday.
      Call 802.524.1405, email, or click here for more info or booking requests.

PLAN AHEAD--The Opera House at Enosburg Falls hosts the Richford Jr. Sr. High School and Enosburg Falls High School faculties presenting two one act comedies, The Godmother and Queen of the Silent Scream, next Friday the Thirteenth of April. The shows will feature large cast and student music.
      Admission is just $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets to OHEF events are also available at the door on the night of the performance; the doors usually open one hour before the event.


     The second annual Sappy Art Show "still has room for a few artists," Karen Day-Vath said.
      The April show at the Village Frame Shoppe coincides with the 46th Annual Vermont Maple Festival. Any artist may submit no more than one piece of artwork with a maple theme. All media is welcome. Pre-registration is required for participation. Click here to register and for more info.


MONTPELIER--Vermont Humanities Council hosts a free You Come Too Poetry Discussion on E.E. Cummings at the VHC this evening at 5:30 p.m. In this series, Executive Director Peter Gilbert examines selected works of influential poets.
      Norman Friedman wrote in 1992, "It may at first seem of little import, but for a poet who paid such exacting attention to typography, it must be said once and for all that his name should be written and printed with the usual capital letters in their usual places: 'E. E. Cummings'."
      Admission is free but RSVPs are encouraged at 802.262.2626 ext. 307.


     The 12th annual Phoenix Film Festival closes its biggest and best event so far today. Named one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals by MovieMaker Magazine, the festival was started in 2000 by independent filmmakers to showcase independent filmmaking. They screen over 150 films, hold parties and seminars, and accommodate over 22,000 attendees in eight days. The two intriguing facets of the festival are the major sponsors (Cox Cable and starz) and the fact that it is a big event organized by a small group with many volunteers. The site includes info about the festival, tickets, the schedule, the films, travel info and more.


      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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