ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 17 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 10, 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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      "I thought I'd show a Fall scene as we're right in season," artist Janet Bonneau of Fairfax said.
 ArtBits News Photo     Pleasant Valley Autumn is an oil painting, 24 x 30 inches, and is available for sale at the Village Frame Shoppe in St. Albans.
      "I have started a line of 'Cheap Art' on my website in the spirit of the Bread & Puppet Theater Cheap Art Manifesto which promoted the idea of art being affordable and available for everyone," she said. "I liked that concept and wanted to offer art that anyone could afford." Prices range from $10 - $25 for small, original oils. "Why shouldn't art be something you can put a thumbtack through and hang on your wall? There should be room for art in every price range."
      "I feel very fortunate to live in Vermont which offers endless possibilities for the landscape artist," Ms. Bonneau said. She paints mostly outside in "what's called 'plein air' because I can more directly observe nature. I love painting all the seasons, especially fall and winter and find inspiration in many ways. Sometimes an idea for a painting comes from seeing an old barn in the morning light, trees in a snowstorm, or a certain light in the sky that colors the whole landscape. I try and capture that one thing about the scene which first caught my eye and how it made me feel."
      She also has a new "Painting of the Month" feature on Facebook. At the beginning of each month she posts a painting on that site at about half price to encourage sales. "Last month I sold a painting within an hour of it going up on FB!" she said. At the end of the month, the price returns to normal.
      "I don't do photographic paintings," she said. "I like to tell a story on the canvas." Her painting style is described as impressionistic which that doesn't surprise her. "Some of my favorite artists include Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh."
      Ms. Bonneau is also President of the Northern Vermont Artists' Association.
      The Messenger and the All Arts Council will feature a new image from a Franklin County artist many weeks through the fall and winter. Email the All Arts Council or click here for more info. A list of the AAC Featured Artists can be found here.
      Janet's Cheap Art is available on her site at Like her on Facebook at


     This week, a new book on the shelves from writer in Enosburg. Later this month, one from a writer in Highgate Springs. Cool!

     On Vermont Time, a new title from writer Tim Stetson of Enosburg Falls, features many his own short pieces as well as the work of other Vermont authors, poets, photographers and artists including poetry by Lauren Young and Roderick Bates, drawings by Kraig McFadden, and the posthumous publication of prose by Lou Hill, and photos by Gardner Stetson and Harold Green. It's all done in a style Joe Citro calls "Neighborhood Writing."
      The book makes a journey through life in the Green Mountains from the 1950s to the present day with an exploration of everyday life. The contributors share stories of their escapades as kids and even more as adults, all illustrated by the bird's-eye view of life in the midst of sugaring, making cheese and wines and local brew and more.
      The book is available from, on the author's, and from Mr. Stetson direct.


JEFFERSONVILLE--The Bryan Memorial Gallery and the Cambridge Arts Council are collaborating to hold a mixer tomorrow evening at 5 p.m.
      The Cambridge Arts Council runs The Festival of The Arts in Jeffersonville and sponsors or co-sponsors the Smugglers' Notch Heritage Winterfest, 4th of July Celebration, Cambridge Book Club, Contra Dances, and a number of concerts and live events.
      This season, the gallery is celebrating the 100th birthday of its founder, Alden Bryan. An exhibition of his works, painted over 60 years in 26 countries, is featured in the Main Gallery. The work of Mark Tougias, an artist friend of Alden's, is featured in the Middle Room. In the East Gallery, the 2013 - 2014 Legacy Collection features the works of artists whose work carries on the legacy of Alden and Mary Bryan.
      Email for more info.


ESSEX JUNCTION--Backstage presents Justice with Scott Belisle on bass and backup vocals; Todd Dunn, lead and rhythm guitar; Gary Greeno, lead vocals; Mike Stella, drums; and Scott Guptill, rhythm guitar and backup vocals in a Saturday night bash at 9:30 p.m.
      Click here for more info.

LOWELL, MASS--The Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! Festival presents Michele Choiniere on Saturday at the Old Court Pub upstairs at 8 p.m.
      Jack's Roots: From Canada to Lowell, features Michele Choiniere, Brent Mason, Bob Martin, David Amram, and poet Steve Dalachinsky. These Kerouac-influenced musicians from Vermont, Canada, Lowell, and New York will perform individually and jam together in exploring his cultural roots. There will be poems and readings mixed in from Kerouac's novels.
      2013 is the 50th anniversary of Visions of Gerard and the 25th anniversary of the Kerouac Commemmorative. "Everybody goes home in October," Jack Kerouac wrote in On the Road.

WESTFORD--The Westford Music Series presents Carol Ann Jones and Will Patton in the United Church on the town green on Sunday at 4 p.m. They will have a warm up by Rik Palieri and Robert Wuagneux.
      Admission is by $10 suggested donation.


     The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has launched a new site for its Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America program. Southern Exposure supports engagements by dance, music and theater artists from the region in communities across the United States. The new site features Artist profiles, media clips and images, tour dates and an event calendar, an archive, all important guidelines and application information with resources for applicants.
      Southern Exposure provides support for tours developed by consortia of nonprofit organizations in different cities or states that include public performances and opportunities for direct interaction with visiting artists during their stay in the United States.


      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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