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VOLUME 4 * * All Arts News On the Web * * March 30, 2000

STUFF YOU SHOULDN'T MISS

      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.


      Regular AAC CoffeeHouses with networking time and "show-and-tell" are held in borrowed space at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. These gatherings bring new opportunities, gossip, and workshops every month. This spring, we will gather in a different AAC member's home around the St Albans area starting February 6 at Corliss Blakely's. Watch this space for details.


      The members of the All Arts Council of Franklin County, Inc, will hold the 2000 Annual Meeting in the Northwest Regional Transportation Network office (home of the Purple buses), 44 S. Main St, on Thursday, April 6, at 7:00 p.m.
      Natalie LaRocque-Bouchard's term as a director expires in 2000. Corliss Blakely was elected to fill an open position. There are still three open position to be filled. Nominations will be taken from the floor.
      Control of the Arts Council rests with the membership. Members will report on major projects including the Artist Register and the ArTrain, and plan the 2000 season.


ATTENTION PARROTHEADS

      The All Arts Council and the Guggenheim Museum present Jimmy Buffett in his first Vermont concert, a benefit to create a new museum in Franklin County. The concert will be held this Saturday in the Franklin County Performing Arts Center at the Field Days site in Highgate.
      Jimmy Buffett sings the stories of ships and sailors, of women and children, of friendship and love, of life and death, of Guernseys and sea planes and losing airborne gunfights with the DEA.
      Most parrotheads know that Jimmy Buffett was born and raised about as far south as you can go without getting your feet wet, on the Northern edge of the Caribbean. He was immersed in the culture of the early French explorers and the mysterious waters of the bayous and bays. What many people don't know is his lifelong interest in dairy products. Just off a hidden garden in the French Quarter is the secretive Bob Robert's Schoolboy Farm where he milks 150 Guernseys. He makes 20,000 pounds of rich brie each year.
      Buffett promises to sing his newest release, Desdemona's Building a Dairy Barn live in Highgate.
      The concert will cap the April 1-2 Mud Festival that includes the auction of the Non-Objective Holstein Mobile, a world renowned work by Alexander Calder, and the grand opening of the northern wing of the Guggenheim Museum.
      Because a single secure space limits access for County residents, Guggenheim North will be housed in a specially designed, 70-foot trailer home outfitted to carry a 41-piece collection to schools, libraries, and town halls around the County. Frank Lloyd Wright conceived this portable museum in the shape of a cow in 1952, but the technology was not available at the time to complete the project.
      My own company built the Holstein-shaped trailer. When the Museum first suggested this project, we nearly turned them down. But the Wright design (and a substantial deposit check) convinced us. The trailer has softly rounded sides, a tower display area in the "head," plus large "horns" and an "udder" for added storage. The structure is a high strength Kevlar shell with continuous longitudinal frames and widely spaced verticals for better art exhibition. Local artist Natalie LaRocque-Bouchard painted the black and white color scheme on the fake fur exterior.
      "This groundbreaking institution sees a promising future in Franklin County," said Museum Director Thomas Krens.
      The Guggenheim already holds a unique place in the history of museums. Established by philanthropist Solomon R. Guggenheim it began with the then radical new forms of art developed by Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Piet Mondrian. The Museum also has major holdings of Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Robert Delaunay, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, and many other artists of the 20th century, all maintained in a "temple of spirit," the curving, continuous space designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
      The Guggenheim established its first sister institution in Venice with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal. The directors have added the Guggenheim Museum SoHo in downtown Manhattan, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, and an enhanced presence on the World Wide Web. The Guggenheim Virtual Museum offers an "architectural paradigm" with its viewport to the different Guggenheim Museums around the world. "Emerging from the fusion of information, space, art, commerce, and architecture, the Virtual Museum will become the first important building of the next millennium."
      "We hope to raise an additional $200,000," said AAC Treasurer Tim Stetson. "That money will help underscore Franklin County's pre-eminence in the production of walnut syrup and prime beef."
      Other April First Mud Festival activities will include the kinetic sculpture race through a special pavement, water, and sand course laid out on the Field Days site. Free-for-all mud fights are expected. There will be an exhibit of Franklin County art as the new Guggenheim North brings the educational resources of the museum into the heart of Highgate. The Museum, in partnership with 15 elementary schools, the Public Libraries of Franklin County, CCV, and the All Arts Council, expands the range of educational and cultural activities available throughout the county.
      "We completed necessary upgrades to airport security Tuesday evening," said Highgate Town Administrator Ray Tanguay. Buffett will land his beloved DC-3, The Pride of Margaritaville, at the airport Saturday afternoon.
      For ticket information, CLICK HERE
      After reading this column, you may think that your favorite arts columnist has breathed a few too many oily fumes. Rest assured that it is (almost) April 1 and you have been fooled.


MEETING NOTES

      Don't forget the annual AAC meeting on Thursday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in the Northwest Regional Transportation Network office, 44 S Main Street, St Albans, home of the Purple Buses.
      All new members, current members, former members, potential members, and friends of the local arts of Franklin County are welcome. Free milk and cookies (no fooling).


CALL FOR ARTISTS

      The All Arts Council will fill City Hall with an exhibit of works by Franklin County artists at the Vermont Maple Festival, April 29-30. We want painting, photography, sculpture, original music, and cute little wooden boxes.
      e-mail Alice Astleford for information.


STUFF YOU SHOULDN'T MISS

JEFFERSONVILLE--The Cambridge CoffeeHouse will host the Gay Men's Chorus at Smugglers Notch Inn in Jeffersonville from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday evening. The original work of Montgomery watercolor artist Michael Domina will be on display. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. e-mail for info.


CLICK HERE: ART SITE OF THE WEEK

      This is "I" week as we continue to explore the art and music of some United Nations countries. With Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, and Italy on the roster, it will take us two listings to find all the sites.
      The Festival of Fools at Grogans Pub in Ireland came to life during a conflagration between the Abbot and the Bishop, one soaking wet September evening in 1997. All the events this Saturday will be invaded by a motley crew of Grogites, Sinn Funners, Blatherskites and blaggards who aim to seize the power. The Bilingual Court of Miracles Part 1 features Atomic Poetry Slam, Mael Coll Rua , Grainne McEntee and more. After The Court of Miracles Part 2 offers the public execution of the Abbot of Unreason and the Bishop of Fools.
      The site also publishes the Art and Activities of the Patrons of Grogans Pub wherever they may be in the world. They offer music, paint, photography, theater, and other stuff.
      Another appropriate page for this week is University Park's page. They're "not looking for truth or enlightenment...[they'll] settle for a good time" with the Woodstock Mystery Hole, the UFO Reporting Center and the Pave the Earth page.


FRANKLIN COUNTY BOOKSHELF

      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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