ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 17 * * All Arts News On the Web * * June 6, 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.

      Find links to these events and more in our Spotlight!

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ENOSBURG FALLS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight on bowl turner Michael Fitzgerald, photographer Eugene Garron, and glass artist Karen Scheffler is a week later than usual because of Dairy Days.
      The A.I.R. gallery hosts a free meet-the-artists reception with refreshments this Sunday from 1 - 4 p.m. The exhibit continues through the end of June.
      The gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. plus the first Sunday of each month, noon to 5 p.m.

ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts local photographer Leslie Beyor this month. Mr. Beyor's photos feature flowers, birds, and Vermont Covered Bridges and are framed in natural wood. Email Mr. Beyor for more info or to purchase the works.
      The Artist of the Month at NMC is coordinated by Volunteer Services Supervisor Katherine Winchester. Call the Volunteer Office (802.524.1055) to join this ongoing art exhibit and sale at the hospital. New artists are welcome. Always near the main hospital entrance by the switchboard, the current show continues through the end of June.


PERU, NY--Summer Sounds favorites Towne Meeting will perform their fourth benefit concert for the North Country Mission of Hope at St. Augustine's Church on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from donations for the concert will support the Mission's effort to build environmentally friendly, fuel-efficient stoves for families in Nicaragua.
      Admission is by donation.

ST. ALBANS--Chow Bella's Comedy for a Cause series features CFAC Boston Dance Saturday evening at 7 p.m. The charity event series is a night of stand up comedy with several of Vermont's best comedians.
      Call Jenny Dutil (802.782.9794) or email for more info.
      Colin Ryan of A Stand Up Life produces the show. Admission is $15. There are just 70 tickets available at the restaurant.

MORRISVILLE--River Arts and Young Tradition Vermont cast a spell with the Pine Leaf Boys at the River Arts Center on Sunday at 4 p.m. Dinner will be available from 3 on, a Hot Tamale -- traditional Mexican fare -- as well as beer and wine.
      The Pine Leaf Boys are a Cajun and Creole band from Louisiana led by Grammy winner Wilson Savoy on accordion, fiddle, vocals. The band is inspired by musicians dating from the 1920s such as Amede Ardoin to modern bands such as the Mamou Playboys, Jason Frey, Paul Daigle and Cajun Gold. They band have been nominated for four Grammy Awards.
      Admission is by $20 suggested donation. There are no advance tickets but email for reservations.


     This series has looked at several POD sites and considered how and why an artist or photographer might use Print On Demand fulfillment services.
      This week, I'll focus on professional labs which produce exceptional prints and send them to the photographer for framing and delivery to the end customer. The advantage over the hands-off fulfillment offered by other sites is that you get to see your work (and correct errors) before the customer does.
      Pro labs use better quality papers to produce prints to stand the test of time. Most print houses also offer metallic papers. Print quality should be exceptional. They accept embedded color profiles. You will want to download the ICC printer profile from each printer you choose to calibrate your monitors. Most pro labs use the remote order entry system (ROES).

     MyPhotopipe advertises the largest selection of panoramics in the nation.
      Pro: They are the only pro lab that offers both Kodak Endura and Fuji Crystal Archive papers in lustre, matte, glossy or pearl. You can upload accept either JPG or 8-bit TIFF files, with a 20MB maximum. They recognize your color settings and hold them through the entire print process and calibrate the emulsion in Noritsu and Chromira minilabs every time they change rolls so today's colors match the colors tomorrow. They have some interesting effects I haven't seen in other studios, including an available embedded caption box allows you to add a caption or other brief message. They have edge borders, faux mattes, and hairline effects in limited sizes. Their ROES system includes multi-photo prints in which you drag-and-drop image files into pre-designed templates, adjust the cropping, add a caption, and print a single layout ready for framing. Their Fine Art prints use UltraChrome K3 inks on Hahnemühle Photo Rag. They also offer drop shipping to customers (for a fee) in their ROES software.
      Con: Print sizes are limited, especially for artistic crops (they offer just 26 different print sizes) although they also can print 4 x 8' wall murals. The 20MB file limit is problematic. Sunset photos may be less vibrant, black+white photo may have a slight sepia tone, and landscapes may lack a little depth and punch. Other reviewers have noted that myPhotopipe crops excessively. They no longer ship to Canada and they do not ship Internationally.
      Overall? They're a little pricier than some other labs but they can print on a wider choice of papers. Your color spectrum and saturation on the Fuji papers will be different than on Kodak papers. Click here for more info.

     Best advice? Experiment. Test four or five photos with a few labs (my test "suite" includes two foliage shots, a portrait, a sunset, a piece of digital art, and a black+white of the 7-Mile Bridge). Many professional labs require you to set up an account with them and you order through a Java program called ROES (many labs have this option) using your account number.
      Next time, we'll look at two other professional labs. Do you use a professional print house? Email the All Arts Council to tell us what you think of them. Links to each of the reviewed sites as well as to my own test suite are online at


     Demilked is an online design magazine that searches for people mixing industrial design, technology, concepts, advertising and a little bit of web design. Last week's entry, Incredible Self Portraits by 14-Year-Old Photographer, showcase a boy named Zev and his surreal photo manipulations.


      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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