ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 17 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 24, 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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      The St. Albans City Council appointed a new St. Albans Arts Council in 2011. The city decided an entity established by the City could focus on economic development, and promote the arts. The arts idea languished until Jim Walsh became available to chair the group. They have a six-member board and a large advisory council modeled on the hospital Board of Incorporators.
      They have started organizing a year-round community chorus. They also plan visual arts, performing arts, and written word projects.
      "We are lucky enough to have Karen Casavant directing us," council chair Jim Walsh said. "Our goal for the chorus is to allow our many talented vocalists in the greater St. Albans area to perform several times a year throughout the community."
      They will carol and perform at the Festival of Trees this year.
      The chorus will prepare holiday tunes but Ms. Casavant is already looking forward with classics including Beautiful Dreamer and Danny Boy for St. Patricks Day. They expect to present several civil war selections as part of the entertainment for the Raid celebration next September.
      The St. Albans Community Chorus meets in City Hall each Wednesday evening from 7-8 p.m.
      The Advisory Board will meet next on November 7 at 6:30 in City Hall.
      Email Jim Walsh for more info.


BURLINGTON--The Vermont Metro Gallery, Burlington City Arts' new art space, opens today on the 4th floor of the BCA Center. The commercial-style gallery will showcase and sell the work of contemporary artists from all over Vermont, in all mediums.
      BCA will "return to their roots" with the Metro Gallery by cultivating the connection between local collectors and local artists. BCA is still seeking a small group of founding members to contribute to the growth of the new venture. Take the hint, Franklin County artists.
      The grand opening reception is this evening on the Fourth Floor of the old Firehouse Gallery from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The reception will feature works by Bill Davison, John Gonter, Don Ross, and Kathleen Schneider.


ST. ALBANS--Marko ("Vermont's most popular Magician") returns to Twiggs for an hour long show this evening at 7 p.m. Only 50 tickets will be sold at $10/ticket. Dinner will be available.
      Call 802.524.1405, email, or click here for more info or booking requests.

FAIRFAX--The Country Pantry presents the busy Missisquoi River Band this evening at 7:30 p.m. The traditional and original bluegrass music group features Cindy and Jim Weed and Pat Murphy.
      Call 802.849.0599 for reservations.

ST. ALBANS--ROCKtober continues in full swing as Backstreet presents the Justice Halloween show 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 all on Friday at 9:30 p.m. "All the music and mayhem you could ask for."
      Come dressed in costume and win swag and prizes. Backstreet will also be celebrating Mr. Guptill's birthday that night.

ST. ALBANS--The Vermont Council on the Humanities presents Vermont and the Civil War, with Howard Coffin in Bliss Hall at the St. Albans Historical Museum on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
      From Cedar Creek to Gettysburg, Vermonters were central to the Union cause. The Vermont author and Civil War historian will speak about the War and its effect on people in this state.
      The event is free and open to the public. Call Connell Gallagher (802.899.3034) or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Franklin County Home Health Annual Blue Jean Ball takes place in the American Legion on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      Since this is all about the arts, DJ Bobby C will provide the music and Kate and Kevin Laddison of First Step Dance will provide the dance demonstration. There will be plenty of auctioneering plus a drawing for a queen sized quilt handmade by the Home Health Quilters.
      The dinner will be catered by Bob Santini, with dessert by Northwest Technical Center culinary arts students.
      The casual, denim ball has a Moonlight in Vermont theme.
      Admission is $50 per person. Call 802.527.7531 or email for more info.


ST. ALBANS--Northwest Access TV presents the NW Nightmares Film Premiere at the Welden Theater on Monday at 6:30 p.m.
      The short horror films are all home grown in Vermont.
      Admission is $5/person.
      Twiggs will host the the NW After Party (after the films roll). It's open to everyone, but only those 21+ will be able to sample the limited edition 14th Star Northwest Nightmares brew.
      Click here for more info.


SHOEBOX INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURE EXHIBIT (November 8)--Middle Tennessee State University's Todd Art Gallery offers cash awards and covers return shipping for the annual January-February juried show. Entry fee. Call 615.898.5653, email or click here for more info.

WONDROUS INDEED PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT (October 30)--Life is full of remarkable experiences, unique people, beautiful things, the delightful and the bizarre; photos of these can present as wondrous indeed in a juried show at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO. Entry fee. Call 970.224.1010, email, or click here for more info.

MONTEREY PENINSULA COLLEGE GALLERY CALL (October 31)--The MPC Gallery hosts six exhibits each academic year in all media. Exhibits are 5 weeks long. Artists are exhibited in pairs, groups and solo. These shows are for all media and open to U.S. residency. Limit 10 images. Entry fee. Call 831.646.3060, email, or click here for more info.

WOMRATH PARK PUBLIC ART RFQ (November 1)--Professional artists living within driving distance of Philadelphia are invited to apply for a public art commission for a permanent outdoor sculpture in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. The budget is $100,000. Individual artists or teams with experience in public art projects are eligible to submit qualifications. Five finalists will each receive $1,000 for proposals. No entry fee. Email or click here for more info.

YOSEMITE FINE ART COMPETITION (November 16)--Yosemite Renaissance XXIX wants all media for a juried fine art competition and exhibition on the theme of Yosemite and the environment of the Sierra Nevada. Open to all living artists. $4,000 in awards. Entry is by digital files only. The exhibit will open in February at the Yosemite Museum Gallery. Entry fee. Email or click here for more info.


     Heather Morris of Charlotte is a Celtic dance teaching artist, dancer, choreographer and event organizer. The site includes her bio, info about Highland Dance and step dance, a schedule, photo gallery, contact page, links, and the Celtic gathering.


      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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