ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 17 * * All Arts News On the Web * * February 21, 2013


      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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      The Vermont Maple Festival will help bring along the next generation of artists with two special activities, a photo contest and a music search, both new this year.
      The Maple Festival is a tremendous showcase. It's our best opportunity to introduce Franklin County artists and entertainers to more than 50,000 attendees each year.

MAPLE SUGARING AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST (April 23)--The Maple Festival seeks amateur Vermont photographers for a juried contest with a theme of Maple Sugaring. There are three categories: Product/Process, People, and Scenery. Entrants may submit up to three photos in each category for a total of nine. Entries have to be 8x10, color or B&W photographs that are flush mounted on mount board or mounted in a photo mat with an 8x10 opening. Do not frame your prints for this contest. Cash awards. No entry fee.
      Wayne Tarr is the contest chair. Call 802.524.3800, or email for more info. Click here for the contest rules and entry forms.

NEW BANDS RISING (February 28)--The Maple Festival seeks Vermont performers and bands for the Main Street stage. The All Arts Council, some of our country music celebrities, and the Maple Festival are all beating the bushes for talented, under-30 performers from this area. AAC particularly wants to showcase the younger, up-and-coming stars. If you haven't played Summer Sounds or any of the four other Franklin County Festivals, we want to know your name.
      This call is open for self-nomination, suggestions from the neighbor down the street you serenade with the garage door open, or even your mother.
      8084's Andre Maquera of West Street Digital is Main Street stage chair and is collecting the entries. Email for more info.


FRANKLIN COUNTY FILM--Jan-Ives Campbell needs a male actor for a 2-5 minute short film for his film making class. You will perform alongside Marla Cline. Meg Cossaboom will compose the score and the short will air on Public Television. Shooting will likely be in March. Click here to message Mr. Campbell.


WIDE OPEN 4 (Early Bird Deadline February 25 or March 11)--Hurricane Sandy may have set the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition back a couple of months, but Wide Open 4 will open May 11 in a newly rebuilt gallery. The juried show explore this idea of 'wide open' in all the hidden niches of our collective psyche." Entries can be in all traditional and non-traditional 2D and 3D media, except film/video. Submit only original works in a .jpg file format; no slides, photographs or DVDs. CDs will be accepted for postal mail applications. Entry fee. Cash prizes. Click here for a prospectus or here to enter now.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BELT BUCKLE COMPETITION (March 7)--The second annual juried online exhibition and photographic exhibition invites all one of a kind, handmade buckles. Cash prizes; the 1st place maker will win a World Championship title buckle. All styles and interpretations welcome. Entry fee. Email or click here for more info.

CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE STUDENT AWARDS (March 18)--The International Sculpture Center's annual award competition supports and recognizes the work of young sculptors and their schools' faculty and art programs. No entry fee for ISC members. Call 609.689.1051 x305, email or click here for more info.

CAMERA USA NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD (March 26)--The third annual call for photographers residing in the USA for a juried exhibition at the von Liebig Art Center in Naples, Florida. Entry fee. Email or click here for more info.


ENOSBURG--The Enosburg Falls Music Department presents a Rock Show in the Enosburg Falls Auditorium tonight at 7:30 p.m. All performers are students in Franklin County schools.
      Admission is $8. Tickets are available at the door. Click here for more info.

SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro presents Carol Ann Jones in a solo show 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.

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap at the Lincoln Inn has Summer Sounds favorite Jenni Johnson & Friends tonight at 7 p.m. Justice keeps their rock rolling on Friday night at 9 p.m.
      Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Chow Bella's Comedy for a Cause features the St. Albans Historical Museum on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The charity event series is a night of stand up comedy with several of Vermont's best comedians.
      The Museum has been open since 1972 when donations from people county-wide underwrote the Saint Albans Historical Society efforts. The membership, friends and supporters of the Society, admission fees, gift shop earnings, and events like this one make sure it can keep the doors open.
      Colin Ryan of A Stand Up Life produces the show. Admission is $15. There are just 70 tickets available at the restaurant.
      Chow has Music to Dine By with relaxed music and the arts. Upcoming events include benefits for Operation Comfort, Samaritan House, and Camp Ta-Kum-Ta. Call 802.524.1405, or click here for more info about programming at Chow!Bella or call Al Weldon (802.864.2583) or email for more info about the Saturday evening event.


RICHFORD--The AA Brown Public Library hosts Make It and Take It : Needlefelting, a free workshop on Saturday at 11 a.m.
      Workshop leader Becky Wright says, Needle felting is a fun and easy fiber-art. The process interlocks wool fibers by stabbing them with a barbed needle to catch the scales on the fiber and cause them to tangle and bind together. Unlike traditional felting, it is done with dry wool. Participants will use wool roving, a felting needle, and punch board to create a shaped felted ornament or a gift tag.
      Ms. Wright is a member of the Artist In Residence Co-operative Gallery in Enosburg. The workshop is free and aimed at adults, but older children or children with helpers are welcome, too.

ST. ALBANS--Humphrey Bogart Month continues at the St. Albans Free Library with To Have and Have Not, the 1944 film that brought Bogart and Bacall together
      The library shows a newsreel, cartoon, and trailer of coming attractions before each weekly movie. All films are shown on the 4' by 6' screen in the upstairs conference room "cinema." Admission is free, along with popcorn and a beverage.

SWANTON--The Swanton Free Public Library Scrapbooking Workshops continue every other Thursday at 6 p.m.
      The workshops are free; bring your own materials (pages, glue, etc.) and join the rest of a creative group.


      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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