ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 16 * * All Arts News On the Web * * June 7, 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 Village Frame Shoppe & Gallery Local Artist Show features the works of Meta Strick, Tinka Theresa Martell, and Jill Snapp.
      Lifelong artist Meta Strick of Fairfield earned a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and has taught art for 25 years at CCV. She is best known for mixed media art dolls, wall hangings, and acrylic paintings.
      Abstract artist Tinka Theresa Martell of Fairfax works with wood, paper, canvas, recycled, and other found objects. Her small scale collages often interplay copper leaf and ink. Her large scale works are often boldly colored and three dimensional.
      Artist Jill Snapp was born in St. Albans but grew up in Florida and Virginia. She holds an MFA, served as the scenic artist for the Virginia Opera, Virginia State and Virginia Scenic, and is now the stage artist for the Society of the Performing Arts. She paints colorful landscapes and barns on a large scale.
      Better hurry! The exhibit ends today. Call 802.524.3699, email, or click here for more info.

MORRISVILLE--The Morristown Alliance for Culture and Commerce's Have A Seat In Morrisville "public chair-art-able project" has placed about 20 foldable cedar Adirondack chairs in public areas and outside businesses around the village.
      The MACC mission helps "ensure a strong and viable downtown, uptown commercial district and riverfront." The alliance integrates area history with current physical assets, plus local knowledge, skills, and resources.
      The project promotes regional artists and provides an opportunity for residents and visitors to enjoy the visual arts. Nearby businesses or groups with the chairs store the chairs inside each night. The chairs will be auctioned off at the Rocktoberfest in October.
      Call Tricia Follert (802.888.6669 x231) or email for more info.

ENOSBURG FALLS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on photographer Wayne Tarr, wildlife painter Franklin Tiralla, and tie dye artist Andy Wooten. Works of the featured members are exhibited in the gallery windows and on the "feature" wall.
      The A.I.R. gallery hosts a free meet-the-artists reception with refreshments this evening from 5 - 8 p.m. The exhibit continues through the end of June.
      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.

ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts nature and wildlife painter Michael Celentano of Enosburg Falls this month. Celentano is exhibiting works in oils, acrylic and watercolor.
      The show continues through the end of June.


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

BURLINGTON--Discover Jazz promotes local jazz groups and stages them side-by-side with national groups. The Festival continues through Sunday in Burlington locations from the Waterfront Park to the Flynn.
      The Will Patton Quintet plays Church St. by Leunig's Bistro, tomorrow evening at 6 p.m.
      Click here for more info.

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 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. The regular Chow Open Mic Night took place last night. Their Open Comedy Night for comics 18 and older will be held on the third Tuesday of every month.
      Call 802.524.1405, email, or click here for more info or booking requests.

JOHNSON--Johnson State College offers weekly performances on Thursday nights during the semester in the Stearns Performance Space. The repertoire ranges from jazz, to rock, to folk, to jams. Click here for more info.


     Music Day Camp registration closes tomorrow. The camp will take place at the Elley-Long Music Center June 25-29, 8:45 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuition is $290. Click here to register.
      The VYOA Music Teacher Directory offers a resource to advertise area studios or music related shops. The deadline to subscribe or renew your subscription is June 15. Call Lisamarie Charlesworth (802.655.5030) or email for more info.


     ZARTS (and Mary Mitchell of Burlington) brings the heartbeat of the Children's Community Drum to the classroom. ZARTS is theater arts for youth, a children's performing arts company with arts, drama, and storytelling. The site has Ms. Mitchell's bio, slightly outdated news, programs, photos, 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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