ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 16 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 6, 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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WESTON, VERMONT--Vermont fine artist Corliss Blakely's last art show in Weston begins tomorrow and continues through October 14.
      "This will be my final show with all my traditional paintings," Ms. Blakely said. The St. Albans resident has built her career with still-life and Vermont landscapes in a classically realistic style but makes the news these days for her iPad-paintings. This collection includes her works from 1975 to the present includes The Return, an original oil, plus several other early oils and early watercolors. It is a true retrospective of her work.
      "Many of the paintings have been in my private collection," she said.
      Ms. Blakely is now working on a new oil series called The Forgotten Seeds. They will be available later in the year.
      Her Weston gallery at 652 Main Street will be open daily 11 - 5 p.m. Call 802.782.9550, email or click here for more info.

ENOSBURG FALLS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on Harald Aksdal, Kitten Ellison, Tinka Martel, and Longina Smolinski who will display, present, and discuss their work.
      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 October.
      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.

FAIRFIELD--Bent Northup Memorial Library hosts an art exhibit of the work of Lori Niederer this month. She will share her collection of work newly displayed at the library with all audiences.

ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts local artist Louise Counos this month. Ms. Counos is exhibiting portraits, still life, florals, and landscapes done in acrylic and pastel.
      The show continues through the end of October.


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.

STOWE--Young Tradition Vermont and River Arts present Irish bard Sean Tyrell at the Stowe Community Church tomorrow evening at 7 p.m.
      The native of the West of Ireland comes from a family immersed in the music of Galway. His voice evokes Christy Moore or Stan Rogers in the original and traditional songs he sings. This will be a rare appearance in the US and only his second ever in Vermont.
      The suggested donation is $15.

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE--Montgomery Historical Society presents the Fanning - Davydov Duo in the Concerts by the Common series in Pratt Hall on Saturday at 8 p.m.
      This pianot and cello duo play Brahms, Debussy and Bach. Both Diana Fanning and Dieuwke Davydov have international careers and have won worldwide acclaim.
      Admission is $15 for Montgomery Historical Society members or $18 for non-members. Call Lutz Automotive (802.326.4528) for tickets.

ST. ALBANS--The Sixth Annual Taylor Park Fine Wine, Beer & Food Festival takes over Taylor Park on Saturday at 1 p.m. There will be local wine, beer and food and a silent auction to benefit the Franklin-Grand Isle United Way.
      Admission is $25 per person Tickets are available at As the Crow Flies, Jeff's Restaurant, The Wine Shop, and St. Albans Messenger. Call Jeff's Maine Seafood (802.524.6135) for more info.

SHELDON--The Franklin-Grand Isle Bookmobile will host its first ever Calcutta at the Abbey on Saturday at 6 p.m. for games, dinner, music, and a grand prize of $1,500.
      The F-GI Bookmobile serves in patrons in their natural setting with books, information, activities, and fun through free outreach services and literacy support. These resources can go directly to families, childcare providers, and classrooms.
      Admission is $100 per couple. Call the Bookmobile (802.868.5077) for more info.


     Don't forget that Freedom to Read, the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, continues through October 6. Many Franklin County libraries have displays and all the librarians can point you to the books "on the list."

ST. ALBANS--The Tuesday Night Book Group meets in the St. Albans Free Library on October 9 at 7 p.m. to spend an evening with Stormy Weather by Paulette Jiles.
      Elizabeth Stoddard and her three daughters struggle to survive the Dust Bowl barren Texas landscape during the Depression after their handsome scalawag husband and father is killed in a suspicious accident. Oil is king in their corner of East Texas as they pin their hopes on a wildcat oil and a dangerous racehorse named Smoky Joe.


     Local rock band Justice has a new page on their site, dedicated to all their faithful fans. Most of the pictures date back to the band's beginnings two years ago but they add new shots with each event. They even advertise to seek out the band photographers at a show and ask to be a "Justice Leaguer." It's a good way to connect with an audience. The site itself has info about the band, show dates, more photos and video, the swag shop, contacts, and social network links.
      Artists, photographers, dancers, and other bands could take a page out of the Justice book of how to build a user-friendly site that keeps the audience coming back: a collector holding her favorite artist's painting or a dancer pirouetting en pointe above an enthralled child.


      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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