ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 7 * * All Arts News On the Web * * June 12, 2003


      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 the Kept Writer in St Albans most Friday and Saturday evenings, 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.


      Mark your calendars. The indoor and outdoor summer performance season starts next weekend.

TWO GUITARS ARE COMING--The Opera House at Enosburg Falls plans an elegant evening with the Music for Two Guitars next Saturday, June 21. Edward Flower and Joel Brown will present a program that ranging from English folksongs to the Spanish classics to the Baroque. The event is part of the ongoing Opera House Mentors Series.
      Music for Two Guitars will feature Sinfonia, BWV 29, Bach, Let Us Take the Road, Handel, and Music for a While, Purcell, plus traditional English-language songs and the Spanish Romance Anonimo and more.
      The Opera House Mentors Series presents established artists to the community and acts as an inspiration for up-and-coming Franklin County performers.
      Music for Two Guitars will be presented in the Opera House at Enosburg Falls on Saturday, June 21, at 8 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and $5 for 12 and under at the door. Advance tickets at $10 for adults and seniors or $5 for 12 and under are available now through the All Arts Council ticket centers: Enosburg Pharmacy and Merchants Bank in Enosburg Falls, Better Planet Books, Toys, and Hobbies and the Kept Writer in St. Albans, and Swanton Rexall. Call 802-933-6171 or click here for more info.

VERMONT MAPLE FESTIVAL SUMMER SOUNDS--The Vermont Maple Festival rejoins the AAC to present the 13th season of Summer Sounds concerts, starting with the blues and soul of the Sandra Wright Band on Sunday, June 22, in Taylor Park. Be there or be square.
      Sponsored by five area Towns, the business community, and the All arts Council, the Vermont Maple Festival Summer Sounds concerts are always on a Sunday night, always in a town park, always at 7 p.m. and always free. The series will travel to Franklin, Highgate, St. Albans Bay, Taylor Park, and Richford with include nationally known country, jazz, folk, and pop rock music, ethnic dance, and a gospel choir. Watch this space for Atlantic Crossing, the Burlington Ecumenical Gospel Choir with Tammy Fletcher, Grippo Funk, the Milton Community Band, Jenni Johnson and Friends, an old fashioned square dance, the Upstate New Yorkers, and many more.
      Besides the music, food is a big part of the fun of an outdoor concert. Local community groups will host each event with special activities, family fun, bake sales, grilled hot dogs, popcorn, and plenty of Vermont maple syrup to make every Sunday a great family holiday in the park. This year, the BPW, the Congregational Church, Foster Grandparents, Franklin County Humane Society, Highgate Cares, Highgate Library, Highgate Methodist Church, Highgate Historical Society, Holy Trinity, and Modern Woodmen will host the concerts in each town.
      "Free" concerts are expensive to stage. The towns, local business sponsors, and the All Arts Council hire the bands, create the publicity, and set up all 12 shows. The Vermont Maple Festival/Summer Sounds welcomes our sponsors of this popular series: Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Chevalier Drilling, Franklin businesses, the Handy Group new car dealers, the Highgate Manor, Main Street Merchants in St. Albans, Merchants Bank, NMC, O. C. McCuin & Sons, Ray's Extrusion Dies, Richford retailers, the Tyler Place, and our media sponsors, the Buyer's Digest, the County Courier, and WRSA/WLFE/WTWK. These businesses need your support to continue. Please remember to thank the hosts and patronize the sponsors.


ST. ALBANS--The Kept Writer presents the Pure BS of Jerry Bowers and Tyrone Shaw singing plenty of country-fried blues tomorrow night (that would be Friday the 13th) at 7-9 p.m. "Don't be superstitious," Jedd Kettler said.

SHELDON--Grace Church presents Aurora Ancient Music, a homegrown Vermont ensemble with international connections in the early music world in the second concert of the Summer Music at Grace season on Monday at 7:30 p.m. Aurora is performing three concerts in the country churches of northern Vermont this June.
      Iberian Miracles is a dramatic program of the songs of 13th century Spain under King Alfonso the Wise. He gathered and wrote hundreds of songs of love and praise in the troubadour tradition. Aurora Ancient Music is Liz Thompson (former director of the medieval ensemble Anima), Susan Comen, Amity Baker, and Judith McManis, joined by instrumentalists Mary Ann Samuels playing hammered dulcimer and recorders and Susan Reit playing harp and recorders.
      Click here for news about Aurora. Click here for complete infoabout the Summer Music at Grace series.


FRANKLIN COUNTY SHOWS (June 30)--Visual artists for two major All Arts Council art exhibits: the Red-White-and-Blue visual art exhibition July 5-6 is open to two- and three-dimensional Franklin County artists. The AAC Summer Arts Festival in August will focus on black and white photography. No entry fee. Low commission on sales. Call me (868-3351) or All Arts Council for more info.

FILM AND VIDEO GRANTS June 30)--Roy W Dean Film & Video Grants awards $50,000 annually to projects that are unique and benefit society. Click here for more info.

SHORT FICTION AWARD (June 30)--A prize of $1,000 and publication of original short story in The Los Angeles Review. E-mail or click here for more info.

FOURTH ANNUAL WILL'S CREEK SURVEY (July 1)--National juried art exhibition with over $4,500 prizes and purchase awards. All media but no installation, performance, or film. Entry fee. E-mail or click here for more info.

NINTH ANNUAL ART FAIR (July 14)--Telfair Museum of Art juried show in Savannah, Ga is attended by more than 10,000 upscale local residents and tourists in Savannah's national historic district. 65 - 70 exhibitors in painting, drawing, graphics, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, photography, and furniture, and more. More than $5000 in prizes. Entry Fee. E-mail or click here for more info.

COLORED PENCIL ART EXHIBITION (July 24)--Colored Pencil Society of America has a juried international art of the colored pencil exhibition. $7000 in cash prizes plus awards. E-mail or click here for more info.


      Fundsnet Services is one source of information on grants available for a variety of interests. In addition to the Arts, they have links for Grants and Resources for Women, Children and Youth Foundations, Computers & Technology, Grant Writing Resources, a Philanthropy Gateway and more. The Arts and Culture Programs are here. The Arts and the Humanities section is here.


      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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