ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 18 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 11, 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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      September 11, 2001. Already 13 years have passed since that date indelibly blasted into the conscience and consciousness of people around the world. Ground Zero has become one of the best known public art exhibits in this country. It is not the only exhibit.
      The Pentagon Memorial is open to the public. The site offers significant educational resources, the design elements, photos, FAQs, tour information, and much more.
      The National September 11 Memorial & Museum will pay tribute to those who were killed in the terrorist attacks. This site tracks the progress on the Ground Zero construction.
      The World Trade Center Site Memorial includes a virtual exhibit of all 5,201 submissions.
      The NYC.COM site includes a street view that shows off terrific technology, user reviews, map and directions, links to nearby attractions, and an upload area to add photos of the World Trade Center Memorial. NYC.COM
      The ARTproject is a virtual exhibit created in response to the events and aftermath of 9/11/01.


ENOSBURG FALLS--The Opera House at Enosburg Falls presents Scott Helmer's Support Your Cause Tour, helping charities raise $1 million, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
      Mr. Helmer does a solo-acoustic set of rock and country favorites along with original material from his new CD, Wake Me When It's Over, and covers of John Mellencamp, The Eagles, George Strait, and more. He has opened for Heart, Eddie Money, 3 Doors Down, and Big Country. The Illinois native is traveling the country to raise money for historic landmarks and has included the Opera House on his list; all proceeds benefitting the Opera House directly.
      Opening the evening will be performances by singer/songwriter Emily Butson and St. Albans singing sensation Rosie Newton.
      Admission is $20. Call 802.933.6171 or click here for tickets and here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The St. Albans Historical Society and Museum presents the Vermont Civil War Songbook in the Bliss Room on Friday at 7 p.m.
      Dressed in period costume, singer/researcher Linda Radtke will brings the Civil War period here to life through songs from Vermont during the Civil War period plus observations and letters from Vermont soldiers. These rarely-heard songs include Grafted into the Army, Yankee Robinson at Bull Run, and Neath the Pines of Vermont in which a soldier returns home to die, a satirical song about Jefferson Davis, and sentimental ballads from Vermont during the period.
      Pianist Arthur Zorn accompanies Ms. Radtke in a program for all audiences.
      The northernmost land action of the Civil War took place in St. Albans in 1864. The 150th Anniversary commemoration of the raid, a Top 10 Vermont Event, starting Wednesday and continuing through September 21 has the music and action of the period including the music, the art, the theater, and the 2nd South Carolina String Band leading a promenade.
      Call Cindy Rutkowski, (802.524.6897) or click here for more info.


CALAIS--The Kent Museum will feature several Gail Salzman paintings in Reflections, an exploration that uses different mediums including oil, poetry, and sound installation. There will be an opening reception on Saturday at 3 p.m.
      Ms. Salzman, after an annual retreat in coastal Maine and travel, is back in her studio and beginning another teaching cycle.
      Reflections opens tomorrow and continues through October 5. The museum is open Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment. Call 802.223.6613, email, or click here for more info.

JEFFERSONVILLE--The Bryan Memorial Gallery celebrates their 30th Anniversary with the 2014 Annual Land & Light & Water & Air exhibit. Two Janet Bonneau paintings are among the New England landscapes chosen for this show. The opening reception will be held Sunday with an artists' roundtable at 2 p.m. and the goodies served 3-5 p.m.
      A native vermonter, Ms. Bonneau draws inspiration from the woods and fields around her home in Fairfax. "I don't do photographic paintings," she said. "I like to tell a story on the canvas." Her painting style is impressionistic. She is also President of the Northern Vermont Artists' Association.
      "Now I must seriously think about Fall and winter scenes," she said.
      Tomorrow is opening day and the show continues through December 28. Click here for more info.


MONTGOMERY--The monthly Celebration of Expressive Arts takes over the INN this evening at 7 p.m.
      This month, the featured sculptor is David Stromeyer, a life-long artist who creates large steel sculptures found in the National Building Museum in DC, the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell, and the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, and in Cold Hollow Sculpture Park on the Boston Post Road near Enosburg. The CEA featured writer is Vermont Poet Laureate (1999-2003) Ellen Bryant Voigt. Ashley Nicholls will join husband John Nicholls (of the band Near North) in a rare musical duo of full-bodied, jazzy blues.
      The area artists, writers and musicians gather to share original and thought provoking work, curated and hosted by Bob and Becca Cummins. Click here for more info about the events and Click here for more info about CHSP.

BURLINGTON--The Burlington City Arts Film and Concert in the Park presents Mood Indigo plus music by Michele Choiniere in City Hall Park this evening at 6:30 p.m.
      Inspired by French novelist Boris Vian's cult novel, the romantic love story stars Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris in a surreal Paris story of a wealthy bachelor with a cocktail-making piano, a whirlwind courtship, and a flower growing in our heroine's lungs.
      Ms. Choiniere with Will Patton, Dono Schabner, and David Gusakov adds to the cafe-cabaret culture with authentic, compelling music.
      The movies for cinema-lovers, Francophiles, and all who appreciate outdoor summer arts include food trucks from ArtsRiot, film short(s) and a feature, all in City Hall Park. Movies are screened in French with English subtitles.
      Admission is free. Click here for more info. The rain date is September 12.

GEORGIA--The Georgia Fall Festival will be Supercharged! as the day of food and fun and fireworks at the Beach presents Carol Ann Jones and the Superchargers. It all starts at 3 p.m. on Georgia Beach.
      The Superchargers have a fresh take on rockabilly, country, rock & roll, bluegrass and contemporary music. The regional band has national performers with Andre Maquera on lead-guitar and backing vocals; Gary Spaulding on drums and percussion; Thom Carvey on bass and sax; Will Patton on bass, steel guitar and mandolin and Carol Ann Jones on lead vocal and acoustic guitar. Ms. Jones' third indie album, Supercharged, is available now.
      Don't forget to bring a non-perishable food item for the Georgia Food Shelf.

ST. ALBANS--The Twiggs Comedy For A Cause series continues on the Main Stage Saturday evening at 7 p.m. The evening will raise money to support MAHA Missisquoi Hockey.
      Colin Ryan of A Stand Up Life produces the show. Admission is $20. There are just 75 seats available at the restaurant. Call Karen Fortin (802.868.3957), April Mathieu (802.782.9428 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 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Summer may be waning but Justice will wax Club Karib 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 on Saturday evening at 9:30 p.m.

ST JOHNSBURY--The Nobby Reed Project plays the 10 year anniversary for Kingdom Recovery Center on Saturday at 3 p.m.

EAST FAIRFIELD--The Meeting House on the Green presents a concert with singer/songwriter Patti Casey and banjo and dobro player Steve Light in the final Summer Evenings with Vermont Treasures of the season on Sunday at 7 p.m.
      A prolific singer-songwriter, Ms. Casey is the full-time featured vocalist of Woods Tea Company and has her own New England-flavored bluegrassy style. Her latest CD, The Heart of A Waiting Boy, was the fourth most played album on the worldwide folk circuit. A busy performer and music teacher, Mr. Light co-founded the Bluegrass Gospel Project and has won the Craftsbury Common Banjo Contest. Twice.
      The 1876 church is an architectural, social, and spiritual anchor of East Fairfield now owned by the non-profit Fairfield Community Center Association for essential services and enrichment programs in the region. These concerts benefit the restoration of this historic landmark for future generations. Come for the music and see the newly restored, re-roofed, and painted bell tower.
      Admission is $15 and kids under 12 are free. Refreshments will be for sale at intermission. Call 802.827.6626 to reserve tickets. Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Carol Ann Jones will perform at the St. Albans Health and Rehabilitation Center Open House on Tuesday at 4-5 p.m.


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