ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 17 * * All Arts News On the Web * * November 14, 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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      Owls are a recurring image in Alex Costantino's work. He writes that this "icon of wisdom and strength and a brutal, nocturnal hunter ... is at times mysterious link to mystical terrain and at other times a connection to the natural world."
      Mr. Constantino has been a member of the Artists in Residence Cooperative in Enosburg Falls since late summer.
      He works in a different media including ceramics, paint, pencil, print, video, and installation.
      "I've never really thought of myself as a sculptor but I've had a gradual romance with clay," he said. He has a studio for 2D pencil work in Burlington but started in 3D at a clay party in grad school where he carved and painted on friends' pieces. "I completely fell in love with throwing in 2010."
      He is "enormously happy" with the amount he has developed as an artist since then.
      The AIR Gallery has all ceramics. "I'm enormously proud of [Strata of Being, the featured] piece. It's in the gallery window as you walk by."
      A Baltimore native but Winooski resident, Mr. Costantino teaches art at Enosburg Elementary and at Burlington City Arts, where he is an active member of their ceramics community. He holds a BFA in Printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from the University of South Florida.
      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; click here to see all the featured artists in a single gallery.


WILLISTON--The Brick Church Music Series presents the Carol Ann Jones Quartet tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. in the second concert of the season.
      Ms. Jones will be joined by Will Patton, Gary Spaulding and Dono Schabner for an acoustic show. Opening the concert willl be a performance at 7pm by 15 yr old singer/songwriter Sadie Bolger.
      Admission is $10 in advance from the Williston Town Office or $12 at the door. Tickets are also available via

ST. ALBANS--BFA Drama presents the musical Grease in the Bellows Free Academy Performings Arts Center for a three-night run starting this evening and continuing Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. All three nights are sold out which proves the adage about worms and tix.
      The 1971 American musical, written by Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs, tells the story of two lovers in a 1950s high school, a local boy and vacationing girl who meet at the beach and fall in love. Love never runs smoothly in a 1950s high school with gangs, bad boys, and the odd beautician.
      Grease highlights a cast of talented BFA students in the hopping music and dance moves of the 50s.
      Click here for more info.

PLATTSBURGH--Olive Ridley's presents Justice as the 2013 Tour ends 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 Friday evening at 9:30 p.m.


     Artist Sam Talbot-Kelly of Montpelier has been juried into the Florence Art Biennale that starts November 30. She designs the sustainable fashion brand SAMUSE.
      The Florence, Italy, Biennale is an international contemporary art event for artists around the world. The "self-financed independent platform" has exhibits at the Fortezza da Basso.
      The event itself is "a pricey opportunity," she wrote. She turned to "crowdsourcing" through Hatchfund to raise the underwriting she needed. Like the larger Kickstarter "crowdfunding" organization, Hatchfund has projects in architecture and design, crafts and traditional arts, dance, literature, media and film, music, theater arts, and visual arts. They have 39,142 community members, 4,205 projects, and 128 organizations. (Since Kickstarter's 2009 launch, 5.1 million people have funded 51,000 creative projects with $867 million in pledges.) Easy to get lost in numbers like that.
      Here's why her effort was successful: Vermont's Office of the Creative Economy director Lars Hasselblad Torres helped spread the word about Ms. Talbot-Kelly's Hatchfund-raiser. "Even $5 isn't too little!" he tweeted. He and others have used social media tools over the past few days to spread the word one friend to another. It worked.
      Her fund raising project has raised the entire $4,200 she sought.
      Ms. Talbot-Kelly created Open, Sesame as a project for this show.
      "My conceptual project celebrates the mystery of the human heart," she wrote in her project pitch. "Open Sesame is a metaphor for attending to the heart's call of liberation." Her conceptual sculpture is a figure wearing a garment construction of silkscreened organzas, tulle, jacquard and hand painted/dyed calico on and around a mannequin. One of its hands is robotic and the organza has drawings of a map of neurons in a web of suspended human hearts.


ST. ALBANS--Tonight is Classic Movie Night at the St. Albans Free Public Library. From Here to Eternity shows on the big 4' by 6' screen in the upstairs "cinema" at 6 p.m.
      This 1953 film of the James Jones novel stars Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, and Frank Sinatra living the lives of soldiers stationed on Hawaii in the days leading up to Pearl Harbor. Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed portray the women in their lives; the cast also includes Ernest Borgnine and George Reeves. The film won eight Academy Awards.
      The library shows a newsreel, cartoon, and trailer of coming attractions before each weekly movie. Admission is free, along with popcorn and a beverage. Call 802.524.1507 for details.


     Pasta Pantaleo is a Florida Keys marine artist from Islamorada. His "lifelong journey" is to study and paint the aquatic wildlife of the Keys. The site has a small slide show, a brief statement, contact info, and the address of his galleries.


      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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