ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 16 * * All Arts News On the Web * * November 15, 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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ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap at the Lincoln Inn presents Summer Sounds favorite Jenni Johnson and friends this evening at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

FOOD (and MYSTERIOUS FUR)!--Woodmen of the World presents Gone to the Dog performed by Co-Op Theater East as a mystery dinner at the Opera House at Enosburg Falls Friday at 5:30 p.m.
      The Victorian era mystery is catered by Chow Bella as a very special fund-raising event that benefits both the Franklin County Humane Society and the Opera House.
      2012 marks the fourth year Co-Op Theater East has produced socially minded performances. The ensemble and staff at COTE uses theater to make a positive impact in the world. COTE is in residence at Looking Glass Theater this season.
      Admission is $45 per person for dinner and the show. Call 802.933.6171 or click here for tickets.

ST. ALBANS BAY--The Bayside Pavilion presents Carol Ann Jones performing with Dono Schabner and Derek Burkins tomorrow evening at 7 p.m.
      They will play a mix of original country/Americana and popular classic covers.


     e-Vermont has completed two years of work in the 24 rural e-Vermont towns across the state. Their new report, Putting Broadband to Work for Vermont, presents the lessons learned, resources developed, and communities stories shared. Click here to read the free report.
      The group will host a free workshop on skills for working with Internet beginners tomorrow in Rutland. This half day workshop, presented by Community College of Vermont, is the foundation for e-Vermont's iConnect toolkit. Click here to RSVP.
      The Vermont Small Business Development Center continues to offer free workshops on online tools for business. Art is a business. Dance is a business. Music is a business. Theater is a business. They have new sessions on mobile applications and cloud computing. Click here to get the schedule and to check out their Business Basics toolkit.


CALL FOR LARGE SCALE PHOTOS (November 16)--The City of Tampa Art Programs Division, has a budget of $25,000 for Photographer Laureate X: Large Scale Photography for the Tampa Convention Center. Entry fee.
      Click here for details.

SMALL-SCALE CERAMIC SCULPTURE BIENNIAL (November 19)--Two by Two, the Eastern Washington University Gallery of Art juried small-scale ceramic sculpture biennial, has cash and/or purchase awards. Entry fee.
      Click here for a prospectus or more info.

NYC4PA INTERNATIONAL JURIED PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION (November 30)--The theme is PEOPLE (Alone, Together, In the street, At Work/At Play). The show with cash prizes, online gallery, and exhibition in a NYC gallery, is open to professional and amateur photographers working in all photographic formats. Entry fee.
      Click here for more info/

CALL FOR SCULPTORS (December 1)--The Wheeling National Heritage Area seeks sculptors for the creation of a life-size bronze figurative sculpture of Francis Harrison Pierpont, the father of West Virginia. The sculpture will be set at West Virginia Independence Hall in Downtown Wheeling.
      Click here for more info and a prospectus.


     The season to settle in, fix our tractors, and check out the library offerings looms.
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ENOSBURG--The Enosburgh Public Library is now automated and has Wi-Fi. Click here for access to their catalog.

FAIRFIELD--The Bent Northrup Library hosts a Community Adieu & Thank You on Monday at 3-5 p.m. to Sara Kittell, Lynn Dickinson, and Richard Howrigan for their service in the legislature.

HIGHGATE--Highgate Public Library has been approved as a Girls on the Run site, the seventh such site in Franklin County. The Highgate focus is on students in grades 3-5.
      Girls on the Run "inspire(s) girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running." And books, of course.
      Click here to sponsor a girl and for more info.

RICHFORD--The A. A. Brown Public Library has set a goal of $12,273 needed to continue as the center of the community; the "Go To" place for residents and neighbors to find answers and make connections.
      Call library director Susan Smolinsky (802.848.3313) or click here for more info or to make a pledge.

SWANTON--The Swanton Free Public Library book group is reading The Memory Keeper's Daughter, a novel by Kim Edwards. They will meet to discuss the book on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the library.
      Stop by the Circulation Desk or call 802.868.7656 to join the group or for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The St. Albans Free Library has a busy day today with Burglars Can't Be Choosers by Lawrence Block for Mornings, Muffins & Mysteries at 10:30 a.m., the Writers' Medley for those interested in pursuing writing and sharing work with peers this afternoon at 2 p.m. Teen Craft takes over at 4 p.m. to make a cool chunky ring out of shrink plastic.
      The Movie Matinee on Saturday at 1 p.m. features the newly released animated film Brave for the entire family. All films are shown on the 4' by 6' screen in the upstairs conference room cinema. Admission is free, along with popcorn and beverage.
      Next Tuesday, Classic Readers digs in to The Wreath by Sigrid Undset at the library at 6:30 p.m.
      Call Wanda (802.524.1507) to get this month's Writers' Medley prompt and anyone at the library for more info or to RSVP these events.


     Rob Zollman of Brandon is a lifelong drummer/percussionist, drum circle facilitator, educator and writer. His site includes upcoming performances, Online Lessons and Sessions, Study in Vermont, the 2012 Summer Drum Camp, Residencies, and a Blog.


      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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