ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 18 * * All Arts News On the Web * * March 6, 2014


      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.

     Franklin County's arts and music gatherings bring new opportunities, gossip, "show-and-tell" and occasional workshops. There are also booked and acoustic Open Mic Nights that feature music, readings, and more from the best new artists in Vermont.

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      The St. Albans Literary Guild needs stories, articles, poems, and art for the next issue of Route 7.
      The literary magazine is published by the St. Albans Literary Guild. It focuses on local authors and offers a wide variety of work from fiction to poetry to nonfiction and opinion as well as more art and photography.
      "It definitely had an inactive period," editor Donna Howard said. "I did not think that getting material for another issue would be a problem!"
      Each new issue of Route 7 offers a divers group of writers who can be expected to "cast and illuminate shadows."
      The most recent issue includes writers from Pamela Ahlen to Sarah Willey and artwork by Joshua Givens, Peter Arthur, Meredith Crowley, and Alan Lampson.
      Mail submissions to St. Albans Literary Guild, 70 North Main Street, St. Albans, VT or by email. Click here for excerpts from the new magazine and full on-line content.


     "I just got great news," artist Corliss Blakely said.
      Vermont's premier artist is one of the 16 people selected as visiting artists for the Torpedo Factory Visiting Artists' Program for 2014. She was also one of just 20 artists from around the world featured in the MacWorld/iWorld mobile digital art show last year.
      Ms. Blakely paints still-life and Vermont landscape in a classically realistic style. She received her formal art training at Vesper George Art School and The Museum School Of Fine Art in Boston. She is nationally recognized for her work, which hangs in galleries and private homes around the world.
      The Art Center is the centerpiece of Alexandria, Virginia's Potomac River waterfront with some 500,000 visitors annually. It contains 82 artists' studios, six galleries, two workshops, and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. The Art League School offers classes. The are more than 165 visual artists working in most media including painting, ceramics, photography, jewelry, stained glass, fiber, printmaking, and sculpture in "open" studios. Those artists invite visitors to observe their creative processes, ask questions, learn about each of their art forms, and purchase original work.
      The summer residency Visiting Artist Program is a professional development opportunity to expose visitors to a new group of artists and projects. As part of the program, each Visiting Artist gives demonstrations of her work.
      Click here for Ms. Blakely's work and here for more info about the program.


ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts Arizona and Vermont photographer David J. Griggs in a solo show this month. Mr. Griggs is exhibiting contemplative images.
      Mr. Griggs is a represented gallery artist at the Sedona Arts Center and has shown in every non-juried members exhibition of the center since 2008. He is scheduled to do a solo exhibition at the South Hero Island Arts gallery.
      The NMC show continues through the end of March.


ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Blues Night with the Nobby Reed Project tonight at 7 p.m. Vermont's best known blues trio includes Eric Belrose, percussion, Ray Bushey, bass, and Mr. Reed on lead guitar and vocals. The pub has live music lined up for every evening in March.
      Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

STOW--The Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center also presents the Nobby Reed Project in the Peak Vermont Artists series on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
      Since Mr. Reed formed the Project 17 years ago, the band has recorded 10 CDs and has shared the stage with Blues Traveler, Dickie Betts, Delbert McClinton, Buckwheat Zydeco, Mighty Sam MacLain, Roomful of Blues, The Neville Brothers, Eddie Money, Little Feat, and April Wine.
      Admission is $20 in advance or $25 at door. Click here for tickets.

COLCHESTER--The Vermont Youth Orchestra celebrates 50 years of young music with a fun(d) raiser in the Elly Long Music Center at St. Michaels next Thursday, March 13, at 5:30 p.m.
      There will be performances by VYO students and alumni plus hors d'oeuvres and more.
      Admission is $50 per person. Click here for tickets or more info.


RICHFORD--The AA Brown Public Library hosts Carol Farmer in a Fabrics workshop on Saturday at 10 a.m.
      Ms. Farmer will teach the basics of wet felting, matting fleece into a firm fabric through warm water, soap and agitation. She will also demonstrate how to create 3-D flowers which can be used as embellishments. Wet felting produces felt from wool and other animal fibers. It requires warm soapy water, perpendicular layers of animal hairs, and repeated agitation and compression to cause the fibers to hook together into a single piece of fabric. The felt can be shaped into flowers and other forms. This workshop is aimed at adults, but older children or children with helpers are welcome.
      Call 802.848.3313 or email to RSVP to assure enough material for everyone. There will be an $8 materials fee.
      The AA Brown Vermont Reads book discussion takes place next Wednesday, March 12, with a pizza and pot luck at 6 p.m. and a discussion at 6:30 p.m. The statewide, one-book community reading program is exploring Wonder by R. J. Palacio now. Books are available at the library, as well as at the Richford Elementary School Library and Richford Junior/Senior High School Library.

ST. ALBANS--The Friday Afternoon Comedy Film series continues with Mr. Deeds Goes to Town tomorrow at 1 p.m.
      The 1936 Frank Capra film about a simple-hearted Vermont tuba player who inherits a fortune. Gary Cooper has to contend with opportunist city slickers especially comedienne Jean Arthur as the hot-shot girl reporter.
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 and includes popcorn and a beverage.
      The Tuesday Night Book Group meets at 7 p.m. for The Tricking of Freya by Christina Sunley. The debut novel is called an "intricate family travelogue."
      Call 802.524.1507 for details.


     My driveway is still a skating rink but the Southern Vermont Arts Center's Mud Season Group Exhibition began Saturday with original paintings, sculpture, photographs, mixed media and jewelry from the region's artists.


      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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