ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 18 * * All Arts News On the Web * * April 17, 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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SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro presents Carol Ann Jones in a solo show tonight at 6:30 p.m.
      The Blue Paddle has limited seating and a small bar so call ahead (802.372.4814) to assure a seat.

ST. ALBANS--The Twiggs Comedy For A Cause series continues on the Main Stage twice this week in a Weekend of Comedy for Franklin County Girls Softball Team Vermont Thunder as the series celebrates one year of fun and fund-raising. Comedians will take the stage Friday and Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Each girl on the team is on the honor roll and all volunteer in the community. They will give a percentage of all the money raised to the Make a Wish Foundation.
      Colin Ryan of A Stand Up Life produces the show. Admission is $15. There are just 70 seats available at the restaurant. Call Nathan or Shannon Harvey (802.868.6592) or email for tickets. Make dinner reservations prior to the show since only drinks, appetizers, and desserts will be served during the show.
      Call 802.524.1405, email, or click here for more info.

FAIRFAX--The Country Pantry presents singer/songwriter Troy Millette on Friday at 6 p.m.

BURLINGTON--The Zen Lounge hosts a singer/songwriter competition and open mic night on the bamboo floors on Saturday at 6 p.m. Steve Hartman hosts. Troy Millette will probably perform.

WORLDWIDE (and in ENOSBURG)--Saturday is 7th annual Record Store Day.
      Metallica kicked off the very first Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008. The third Saturday every April celebrates "the unique culture surrounding nearly 1000 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally." There are participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.
      Store staff, customers, and artists can come together at stores in their own communities for special vinyl and CD releases, and more.
      "We do sell vinyl records," said Ben Maddox of the Flying Disc in Enosburg Falls.
      Around the state, Buch Spieler Music, Montpelier; Burlington Records, Burlington; Exile On Main Street, Barre; In The Moment Records, Brattleboro; Mountain Man Jewelry/Mountain Music Vinyl, Rutland; Pure Pop, Burlington; Speaking Volumes, Burlington; Turn It Up!, Brattleboro; and the Vermont Music Library & Shop in Burlington are participating.
      Some stores will have new releases keyed specifically to this celebration. Click here for a list of all the titles.
      Call the Flying Disc (802.933.2994) or click here for more info about their Spend Your Tax Refund day.


64th ANNUAL ART OF THE NORTHEAST (April 25)--The Silvermine Arts Center juried show is open to all media. Awards include Best in Show with a $3,000 prize and a solo exhibition at Silvermine in New Canaan, CT. Artists must reside in Vermont (and some other states). Entry fee. Call 203.966.9700, email, or click here for a prospectus.

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE (May 5)--The Enosburg Falls cooperative gallery will host a jury session for Vermont artists. The gallery has a limited number of memberships available for two- and three-dimensional artists for the 2014-15 year. The Artist in Residence is an artist-owned and operated cooperative gallery that serves northern Vermont and southern Quebec. It has annual dues, no fees, and each member devotes a few days to operate the gallery.
      Call jury chair Barb Langevin (802.868.4084) or email for a membership application.
      Call the gallery (802.933.6403), email or click here for more info about the AIR gallery itself.

ART ON THE REFUGE (May 10)--The Missisquoi Wildlife Refuge wants any two dimensional medium -- oil, acrylics, watercolor, pen and ink, pastels, photographs or fabric -- that is hangable, as long as it relates to the Refuge landscape. Images of water, the lake, river, marsh, forest, wildlife, wildflowers, fields, bugs, weeds, sky, and people are welcome. Skyscrapers not so much. Photographs must have been taken on the Refuge, or from the River or Lake adjacent to the Refuge. There is a hanging fee of $15 per piece. There is no sales commission. The exhibit will run May 17 through July 18 at the Refuge.
      Call Carol Yarnell (802.796.4388 or 802.324.6939) or email Ms. Yarnell or Paul Yandow for more info. Click here to download the registration form and instructions.

ART IN BLOOM (Until Filled)--There are still spaces for the festival of art, crafts and music will be held in Fairfax on July 26. Now in its 8th year, the event is a fund raiser for the BFA-Fairfax Nordic Ski Team.
      Call Rev. Liz Griffin (802.849.6588) or email for more info.


HIGHGATE--The Town of Highgate is again part of the Statewide One-Book Community Reading Program.
      "I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse." Auggie is a 10-year-old who likes Star Wars and Xbox but his facial deformity causes others to shun him. Writer R.J. Palacio brings Auggie to life in this year's book, Wonder. It is available at both the school and town libraries.
      Sam Drazin will host "Bringing Wonder to Life," a workshop for community members, on May 15.

CLICK HERE: ART SITE OF THE WEEK ("The Gname You Trust in Photo to Canvas") is owned and operated by life-long friends, DJ and the Bear at Village Frame Shoppe & Gallery in St. Albans, a full service custom frame shop, fine art gallery, print shop, and graphic design studio.
      "As artists ourselves, we have a passion to produce a quality product at an affordable price."
      The site includes information about the shop, FAQs, a Product rundown, custom options, the 366 Day Guarantee, the Art Gallery, Contact info, and more.


      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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