ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 16 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 27, 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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      One in six artists is without any form of health insurance.
      Freelance artists often go without health insurance. You may not have an employer or your small employer may not provide it. The All Arts Council has a new resource to help artists seeking health insurance. We have teamed with the Chamber of Commerce to host Insurance for Artists, a meeting that might just get you covered, at the Swanton Public Library on Wednesday, October 3, at 4:30 p.m.
      Many creators -- the self employed artists, musicians, writers, and entertainers -- with an irregular income and unusual profession, have a harder time than most arranging or paying for health packages. Anyone who works full or part time in any artistic discipline is eligible for the AAC/Chamber insurance.
      Seating is limited. Please email the All Arts Council to RSVP by Monday, October 1.


     The American Library Association celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Banned Books Week with the Freedom to Read project, starting Sunday and continuing through October 6.
      In 2010, the Merriam Webster Dictionary was banned in a California elementary school; the cherished children's book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. was banned by the Texas Board of Education; a Virginia school pulled Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl. Kentucky pulled Beloved, the 1987 Pulitzer Prize winning novel written by Nobel Laureate in literature Toni Morrison from a High School class in 2007. The list goes on.
      Banned Books Week highlights the value of free and open access to information to support the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
      Click here for more info.


FAIRFIELD--The Bent Northrop Memorial Library will display books on the list, community librarian Kristen Hughes said.
      "When we were still at the school," she told me, "the K-8 kids were amazed by the books we put out. 'These are books we've read,' they said."
      All the "banned" books in the collection are available to borrow. Ms. Hughes wants this event to start a community-wide discussion.

HIGHGATE--Librarian Liza Comiskey is calling all readers with cameras.
      The Highgate Public Library has a new display, Oh, the places you can read! a spin off of a Dr. Seuss book, Oh, the places you'll go! They need readers' help to bring this idea to life.
      Send, email or drop off a picture of a unique place where you or your child likes to read, or a photo of you alone with your favorite book, or a picture of a grandfather or great-great grandmother reading. The goal is to include as many community members and patrons from the past and present as possible.
      "The Messenger has sent in pictures, a patron now in Texas sent a photo. I'm looking for all the community organizations, too," Ms. Comiskey said.
      The exhibit will also include photos of school workers, community employees and volunteers, and state employees.
      The Highgate Library is open Monday and Thursday 2 - 6 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 12 noon.

RICHFORD--"I'm going to break out my brown paper bags," Arvin A. Brown Public Library Director Susan Smolensky said of her display hiding books that have been banned in the past. Each bag has a description of why the book was forbidden.
      "They will all be available for checkout!" she said.
      In addition to library books, A.A. Brown card holders can find Free Online Content including Heritage Quest genealogy databases, the Internet Archive of books, movies, and music, Listen-Up Vermont Downloadable Audio and E-Books, the Okoha online catalog, UniversalClass™ continuing education classes, Vermont Library research databases.
      "And coming soon will be the 'Chilton's Repair Guide' on September 30," Ms. Smolensky said.
      Stop in or call the Library (802.848.3313) or email for your account numbers or passwords.

SWANTON--The Swanton Free Public Library will also display banned books for juveniles and adults, Librarian Marilyn Barny said.
      "Stop by and read one of the books," she said. "We don't ban books here."


JOHNSON--The Julian Scott Gallery at Johnson State College presents the work of sculptor Willard Boepple.
      Mr. Boepple is known for his use of utilitarian objects to evoke common place utilitarian forms like rooms, shelves, sawhorses, ladders in his sculptures. His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Storm King Art Center, The National Academy, and numerous other public and private collections. The Gallery will host an artist talk next Thursday, October 4, at 3 p.m. The exhibit continues through October 13.
      The exhibit is free and open to all. The gallery is also open during all Dibden Center events.
      The current Martinetti Gallery exhibit is the Landscape Paintings of four seasons in Vermont from Johnson-based painter, Laura Heijn.
      Click here for more info.


MADE IN ST. ALBANS--The Vermont Symphony Orchestra's Made in Vermont Music Festival comes to the Bellows Free Academy stage on Sunday at 3 p.m.
      The program includes Michael Haydn's sparkling Symphony No. 25 in G Major, the dark Shostakovich Sinfonia for String Orchestra, Schubert's melodic Symphony No.5, and the world premiere of a commission by University of Vermont composer David Feurzeig. Anthony Princiotti, conducts.
      Admission is $26 for adults, $22 for seniors $22, and $13 for anyone under 18. Special discounts for Vermont State College faculty/staff and college students. Click here for tickets and more info.

     Plan ahead: the VSO Symphony of Whales, a string quartet family concert for Halloween, comes to St. Albans on October 20.

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--Moog's Place has "live music every night we're open, starting between eight and nine pm" with open mic night scheduled most Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m.
      Click here 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--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 repeats next Wednesday and on the first Wednesday of every month. Their Open Comedy Night for comics 18 and older is held on the third Tuesday of every month. Vern Colburn is Live on the Piano on Friday nights, Dayve Huckett on the guitar on the first and third Saturday, and the Best Little Border Band plays some of the best Jazz in Vermont on the second and fourth Saturdays, starting at 5:30 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405, email, or click here for more info or booking requests.


     From Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to Year 501: The Conquest Continues, it is easy enough to find books that have been banned in this country and around the world, thanks to Wikipedia: Books Banned by Governments and Books Challenged in the U.S.


      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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