ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 17 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 12, 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 and SWANTON--The Village Frame Shoppe & Gallery and the Friends of Missisquoi Wildlife Refuge will hold the first plein air Missisquoi Paint Out in and around the Refuge next Saturday, September 21.
      The Paint Out is open to artists of all levels who love to paint outdoors, or just love to be around nature and other artists.
      "We wanted to create an event that would make people aware of the natural beauty that surrounds the Missisquoi Bay," gallery owner D.J. Pattullo said.
      Artists will have their choice of painting on the refuge, or nearby at one of the neighboring farms or villages. There will be a small registration fee of $15 for artists who want to participate in this event. All monies raised will go to support the Friends of Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge.
      Click here or their Facebook page here for more info about the event.


MORRISVILLE--River Arts Fall programming is starts this month. There will be classes and workshops in Ballet, Tap and Salsa Dancing plus memoir and nonfiction writing for adults and teens as well as after school classes and vacation camps to explore street art, rock band, printmaking, cartooning, and more for students ages 5-17. Click here for more info.

WATERTOWN, NY--Flash Art. 100 works. $100 a ticket. 100% guarantee you take home a piece of art.
      The Arsenal Center for the Arts hosts the Flash Art opening night reception this evening at 5 p.m. All artwork is available for viewing online. Tickets (first come, first served) and art preference selection sheet will be sold at the reception. Tickets are available online now.
      We are very excited about the show - we've got a great body of work! Flash Art Co-Chair Kimberly Thompson said. They will enable online ticket purchases again if they don't sell out tonight.
      Patrons will list 20 favorite pieces in the exhibit in order of preference; the artwork will be matched by lottery drawing and art preference selection sheet order. Matches will be announced at the Closing Reception on October 29; ticket holders take artwork home that night.
      This biennial fund-raising event supports the Arsenal Center for the Arts which hosts dynamic theater, creative art classes, visual art exhibitions, and diverse musical performances as well as subsidizes programming for local seniors and underserved youth.
      Art exhibits use the first and second floor galleries at the Arsenal which also houses the 340-seat Charles Mosesian Theater, a modern performance space, and the intimate 90-seat Black Box Theater nestled directly below the Mosesian. New Repertory Theater is the resident theater company.
      Click here for more info about the Arsenal. Click here on Tumblr or here on Pinterest for a look at the art and to buy a ticket.


SHELDON--"I guess you could call it our 'BlueGrace' season," Beth Crane said about the two remaining bluegrass concerts in the Summer Music at Grace series.
      "It's technically still summer here in Sheldon," she said. The popular series presents Chasing 440 chasing great bluegrass at the church on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The band is David Benway, guitar and vocals; Arnold Royea, fiddle; Michael Ryan, banjo and vocals; and Michael Fortin, mandolin. Their sets include 9 Pound Hammer, 30 Years of Farming, and That Bluegrass Music.
      Grace Church is located at 215 Pleasant Street, Sheldon. The suggested donation of $15 benefits the performers. Click here for more info about Chasing 440. Call 802.326.4603 or click here for info about the music at Grace Church.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs, the former Chow Bella, presents Saint Albans singer/songwriter Chuck Foster In The Window tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405, email, or click here for more info or booking requests.

ST. ALBANS--The Marc's Barc Parc grand opening celebration will open the kennel doors at Cioffi field at the base of Hard'ack on Sunday, 2 - 6 p.m. The afternoon will feature music by people, raffles, a silent auction, kids games, and a doggie costume parade at 4 p.m. There will be a hot dog barbecue (I'm sorry, I just write what gets slobbered in my ear) with fur and fixins.


FAIRFIELD--The Bent Northrup Library hosts memoirist Sandy Levesque today at 7 p.m. as part of Fairfield's 250th birthday celebration.
      The author of Under A Fig Tree: A Family Memoir, Ms. Levesque will address how to organize a story-telling project. Some memoirs are written by novelists, politicians, or celebrities but most are written by the people next door. Anybody, at any time in his or her life, can write their story.
      Call 802.827.3945 or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The St. Albans Free Library Classic Movie Night continues this evening with The Sting at 6 p.m. Set in 1930s Chicago, Paul Newman and Robert Redford play small-time hustlers who con a powerful mob boss played by Robert Shaw out of serious money. The 1973 film won seven Academy Awards.
      The Saturday Movie Matinee brings Adventures in Zambezia to the screen at 1 p.m. The animated adventure features a young falcon named Kai who flees his country against the wishes of his father (Samuel L. Jackson) and encounters great peril.
      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. Call 802.524.1507 for details.


     National artist and Vermont native Corliss Blakely of St. Albans has a new website to showcase her new work, the Forgotten Seeds.
      "At the moment [the paintings] are at my studio," Ms. Blakely said.
      Her new site includes a slide show and description of The Forgotten Seeds Oil Paintings, images at the studio, a brief biography, contact info, and additional photos.


      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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