ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 16 * * All Arts News On the Web * * December 20, 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.

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SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro presents Carol Ann Jones in a solo show of holiday cheer tonight at 6:30 p.m. The Bistro's Thursday Night Music series spotlights a line-up of Vermont musicians. Reservations are encouraged.
      Call 802.372.4814 for reservations or click here for more info.

ENOSBURG--"Bah!" said Scrooge. "Humbug!"
      The Opera House at Enosburg Falls presents A Christmas Carol in a three-day run starting this evening at 7 p.m. and continuing tomorrow and Saturday evenings. The story Charles Dickens wrote in six weeks celebrates its 169th birthday this week. The Enosburg cast of thousands is directed by Emily Frappier.
      Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. Tickets are available in advance at the Opera House and at the door. Call 802.933.6171, email, or click here for more info.

JEFFERSONVILLE AND ST. ALBANS--PoJazz, Vermont's premiere poetry/jazz group, returns this week. The eclectic mix of poetry and jazz by Johnson State College students, faculty and friends include jazz musicians Will Patton, bass, Barry Ries, drums and trumpet, plus Tony Whedon, trombone and poems, and Mike Martello, poems, as well as welcomed invited and uninvited guests. Mr. Whedon calls the show "fluid jazz theater." It changes constantly as new poets and musicians join to create new shows.
      PoJazz arrives at 3 Mountain Lodge on Rte. 108 tomorrow at 7 p.m., then at Chow Bella on Saturday, also at 7.

VERGENNES--The Joe Levesque Big Band hosts its 10th annual Christmas Ball at the Vergennes Opera House on Saturday at 7 p.m. It's an evening to dance the night away in holiday spirit, to Vermont's only modern big band with standards from the Swing Era including In the Mood," "Take the A Train," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "It's Only A Paper Moon and many more. Like Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, and Harry James, Joe's Big Band is a large ensemble with full woodwind, trumpet, trombone and rhythm sections. They wowed the crowd in the Summer Sounds Series this year.
      "Don't forget your dancing shoes!" band leader Laura Barbieri said.
      Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids, and $40 for big families. Tickets are available at the door.


GEORGIA--Vermont artist Corliss Blakely gave two art workshops for seventh and eighth graders at Georgia Elementary and Middle School last month. The Vermont artist 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.
      Each middle school student uses an iPad in core subjects and in unified arts. Ms. Blakely's two-day workshops brought students an understanding of the unique ability the tablet offers for painting and drawing as well as skills training in two art apps (applications or tablet-based computer programs). The school will hold one more series of workshops for seventh and eighth grade students next month.
      GEMS reports that their Visual Arts program "is a hands-on, studio based program that encourages creativity and critical thinking, skill development and understanding of art concepts" in the disciplines of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, collage and ceramics.
      Ms. Blakely is also working on a new oil series called The Forgotten Seeds. She lives in St. Albans.
      Click here to see examples of the student work.


PUBLIC ART (Now)--Arts & Venues Denver, a municipal agency, seeks an artist, or artist team, for a site-specific public art commission that compliments the street improvements made along South Broadway between Arizona and Yale Avenues. This is one of several budgeted public works planned for the city. Email or click here for more info.

16th INTERNATIONAL JURIED SCULPTURE COMPETITION (December 28)--Located in North America's first international Peace Park, the Peace Arch International Park is the Western United States' International Gateway between Vancouver, BC, Canada, and Seattle, Washington. The upcoming show will be exhibited from May to October. The Park offers a $200 stipend for shipping. No entry fee. Click here for more info.

TEMPORARY PUBLIC ARTWORK (January 6)--The Scottsdale Public Art Program coordinates with the Scottsdale Arts Festival to select an artist to create a temporary public artwork for the award-winning festival. It is an ideal opportunity for either an emerging or experienced artist who would like to further develop a piece that engages a variety of audiences, adds to the arts experience, and compliments the festival setting. There is no size limit or theme for the artwork, except that it should be appropriately scaled for the festival and speak to a public audience. Click here for more info.

10th INTERNATIONAL CALL (January 7)--The Sarasota, Florida, outdoor art exhibit celebrates diversity. 38 artists will be selected for the exhibit. No entry fee. A total of $3,000 will be awarded. click here for more info.


     Nancy Means Wright of Cornwall has written eleven books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her most recent work is the novel, The Nightmare in her Mary Wollstonecraft series. Her site includes previews from the series, her other works, children's books, links to buy books, a description of how she writes, a brief bio, 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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