FC Takes B-town "Alive"

That's right, the artists of Franklin County are displaying south of the county line for the month of April in the annual Franklin County display for Art's Alive at Union Station. We're taking Chittenden County by storm! The show will be up for the whole month of April and we're holding a reception this Friday from 7-9 pm. I'm all for enriching the St. Albans community, but once in a while it's nice to get out of town too. So join us Friday night. Below are some photos of the installation I took after hanging this morning.

You know the place right? Union Station at the bottom of Main Street in Burlington. If you miss it, then you'll end up in the lake!




And more art…

For those who have never been to the Union Station gallery, there are two floors.



…and the awesome bar for our "rockin" reception. Let's hope for nice weather (ahem, choke…yeah, right) because there is a beautiful waterfront view from the spacious outdoor veranda. Cross your fingers. See you there!


Up on the auction block

Art's Alive is holding an event this weekend that some of you may be interested in attending. I know that there are a few Franklin County artists who are involved. The info below was taken from their website…

Please join us for our very first Live Art Auction on Saturday, March 29th at the Art’s Alive Gallery at Main Street Landing’s Union Station, One Main Street, Burlington.

It promises to be a great night with food, drink, and music by Taryn Noelle! Doors will open at 5pm for viewing, with the cash bar open at 5:30 pm. Taryn will kick things off for us at 5:45, and the auction itself will start promptly at 6:30 pm.

Be sure to arrive with enough time to register to bid—cash, checks and all major credit cards will be accepted! All proceeds benefit the individual artists and our continuing mission to promote local artists.

Care to preview the work? Just stop by the gallery at Main Street Landing’s Union Station, located at One Main Street, Burlington—the Auction Show is on display now. We received a great mix and there is definitely something for everyone!

If you have any questions concerning the event, please email us at info@artsalivevt.com. Hope to see you there!

One for the Team

I just had to post this from a shoot I was at earlier today for the Messenger. St. Albans artist Meta Strick was one of several teachers who agreed to be targets for $3 a pop for a Samaritan House fundraiser at CCV. The fundraiser was organized by Vinny Miller, a member of CCV's student advisory board, and scheduled to coincide with Wellness Week. "If you donate to charity, it's good for your mind," he said. Good job Meta!


Musical Talent

Betsy is a talented musician and a St. Albans native. See the release below sent by the Vermont Youth Orchestra on her upcoming performance:

Saint Albans Clarinetist Performs at Vermont Youth Philharmonia Spring Concert

Colchester, Vermont - The Vermont Youth Philharmonia, conducted by Anne Decker, presents their Spring Concert at 7:00 pm on Sunday, April 13 at the Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michael’s College.

Guest clarinetist Elisabeth LeBlanc will join the orchestra to perform Mozart’s Concerto in A Major for Clarinet and Orchestra. A 1995 graduate of the Vermont Youth Orchestra, Ms. LeBlanc is part of a performing duo with pianist Annemieke Spoelstra. She is also an original member of the Heliand Trio, and has appeared as a guest artist with the Rochester Chamber Music Society. In 2006, she performed at the Boris Brott Music Festival in Hamilton, Ontario. She holds degrees in music and orchestral training from The Juilliard School and McGill University. She has studied with Ayako Oshima, Robert Crowley and Simon Aldrich. Born in Canada, Ms. LeBlanc grew up in Saint Albans, where she still resides. She maintains a clarinet studio at the Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michael’s College.

The concert program also features the Overture from Mozart’s lively The Magic Flute, “Mars, the Bringer of War” from The Planets suite by Gustav Holst, and selections from the popular film Star Wars: The Phantom Menace by John Williams.

Vermont Youth Philharmonia is an orchestra of 80 members. They present three concerts each year, perform during annual school tours and participate in exchanges with other youth orchestras.

Tickets: $5 Adults/Seniors & $2 Students. Tickets are available at the door.

For more information, call 802-655-5030 or visit www.vyo.org



I'd like to think that between my three jobs I do a pretty good job of juggling all of my responsibilities, but it seems when receptions occur at the gallery I totally forget I'm a photographer. So that's it, I'll just have to hire someone from now on. Anyone interested in the job will be paid in cheese and crackers.

Anyway, another great time was had by all Friday night. Another big crowd packed the place echoing the sentiment that it's nice to have things like this to do around town. And while my goal is always to help my artists sell their work and market themselves, it's great to see connections being made between people.

Roberto Fitzgerald studies a photograph by Marcin Kropiewnicki.

Towards the end of the night when I finally remembered to take a picture, there were still quite a few people lingering.

Several of my good friends visited from out of town for the occasion so thanks guys! I don't get out much lately so it's great when people come to me!


Friday Reception

Don't forget to come out for another great night of art appreciation and dialogue. The reception starts at 7. Stop by for a bit or stay the whole time!