ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 17 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 5, 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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ST. ALBANS--St. Luke's Episcopal Church will host the annual Bishop Street Art Show and Sale in the Parish Hall this weekend. Doors will be open on Friday at 5 - 8 p.m., Saturday at 10 - 3 p.m. and Sunday, 9 - 2 p.m. An opening reception offers light refreshment, a book signing, and an opportunity to meet and mingle with the artists on Friday evening.
      Writers are the new artists this year so the Bishop Street show will have Joy Choquette with her crime story Epidemic, Ann Levy with A Cooking Journal for the Culinarily Challenged, and Sarah Rosedahl with a neat, watercolor illustrated book Chickens! Illustrated Chicken Breeds from A to Z. The participating artists also include Jane Bower, Pat Burton, Mary Ellen Bushey, Louise Bellows Counos, Clair Dunn, Don Grenier, Beth Maginn, Meta Strick, and Ann Volatile. Mostly Franklin County residents, they will also have small and large paintings and prints, note cards, jewelry, and slates on exhibit.
      The show is free.

ENOSBURG FALLS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on painters Jim Foote and Melissa Haberman plus paper sculpture magician Becky Wright.
      The A.I.R. gallery hosts a free meet-the-artists reception with refreshments on Sunday (rescheduled from last week to miss the holiday) from 1 - 4 p.m. The exhibit continues through the end of September.
      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.

ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts local artist Linda B. Wirts this month. Ms. Wirts is exhibiting watercolors of flowers and nature.
      Call Katherine Winchester (802.524.1055) in the NMC Volunteer Office to purchase a painting or to learn more about them.
      The show continues through the end of September.


ST. ALBANS--The City holds a Streetscape Celebration downtown in front of Taylor Park this evening at 5-7 p.m.
      The whole family event features music by the Starline Rhythm Boys plus local food, face painting, and a bouncy house. The rain site is City Hall.

ST. ALBANS---Twiggs presents Jack Grimmer of Abby Road solo In The Window tonight at 8 p.m. Tomorrow, Josiah D. McKeon takes the Main Stage at 7 p.m. Dayve Huckett brings his the guitar To the Window on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      Mr. McKeon is a homeschooled 10th grader who has played the bagpipes under Chris Dolan and Charlie Tricou for a year and a half. He attended the Balmoral School of Piping. He started attending college at 14 and also loves to blacksmith.
      Call 802.524.1405, email, or click here for more info or booking requests.

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Blues Night with the Nobby Reed Project tonight at 7 p.m. Vermont's premiere blues trio includes Eric Belrose, percussion, Ray Bushey, bass, and Mr. Reed on lead guitar and vocals.
      Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS TOWN--On Saturday, the Town of St. Albans hosts a 250th Anniversary Celebration at the Bay Park at 4 p.m. There will be a pig roast, hot dogs, ice cream, and beer samples from 14th Star Brewery in St. Albans, plus music by Carol Ann Jones with Will Patton with music and dancing starting at 5:30 p.m. They will play right into the fireworks!

BAKERSFIELD--Homeland Days features a chicken BBQ with live music by the Missisquoi River Bluegrass Band at the school gym on Sunday at noon.
      Homeland Days starts at 11:30 a.m. with a parade on Main Street. There will be BVFD training drills, a cow plop contest , a frog jumping contest, horseshoe contests on the cemetery green, a petting zoo, and an open house at the BVFD Fire Station. A silent auction and 50-50 raffle will benefit the Fire Department.


     Twiggs will host actor Rick Andosca with a free six-week Intro to Acting workshop starting on Saturday at 10 a.m.
      Mr. Andosca has more than 1,000 performances in over 70 theater productions, 21 television shows, and 5 films. This introductory class will "share the art that he has studied from California to New York over the past 46 years."
      Email for more info.


     The Humane Society of the United States reports that a chimp who paints with his tongue has won a $10,000 prize in an Humane Society sponsored art competition (queue the chimps/typewriters/Shakespear quote). The contest for chimpanzees only was judged by 27,000 public votes.
      The winner, a 37-year old retired laboratory animal named Brent, crafted his painting with daubs of violet, blue and yellow on paper. The prize will benefit his home at Chimp Haven in Louisiana. Cheetah and Ripley, the second and third place winners, live at Save the Chimps and the Center for Great Apes, both in Florida.
      Other chimp artists won $500 participation grants for their sanctuaries.
      Click here to see the winning works.


     Alan Steinberg of Putney is one of the sculptors at Brattleboro Clayworks, Southern Vermont's ceramics resource center. His claywork has focused on objects for sacred space. Some are functional vessels and some are sculptural, using unglazed high fire clay, often mixed with sawdust, grains, paper pulp or gravel, giving the surface the feel of natural stone.
      The Clayworks maintains professional studio space and equipment for members and renters, classes and workshops, a gallery, and a community outreach program. Other artists there include Marilyn Buhlmann, Rob Cartelli, Jennifer Gardner, Christie Herbert, Annie Lauterbach, Rochelle Prunty, Billie Stark, Claudia Teachman, Kate Wylie, Shari Zabriskie, and Bronna Zlochiver.
      The site includes events, details about the center, the artists, the showroom, classes, space rental, directions 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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