Gifts of art keep on giving throughout our lives.
Our 2008 Christmas Gift List
A seventh generation Vermonter, Corliss Blakely portrays the homes, farms, and antiques of her ancestors in northern Vermont in limited edition giclees and original oils. Call 802.524.9339 or click here for more info. She has a holiday special at ArtistInVermont.
Janet Bonneau has framed photographs in a variety of sizes as well as notecards for sale. "People can call me at 802.849.9954 to set up a time to stop by my 'home' studio to see a selection," she said. She also offers gift certificates towards a purchase.
Jim Branca's CDs have received glowing reviews in Blues Revue Magazine. "They called it an uplifting, fun, spiritual, and invigorating show." It is available at various stores around Vermont as well as online at www.jimbranca.com or www.cdbaby.com/jimbranca.
Bakersfield’s John Cassel has helped build the music scene in Vermont for over thirty years. His CD, Kids Dig Jazz,is perfect for Christmas. He has two other Christmas albums Christmas Music From The Trapp Family Lodge, Volume I and Volume II as well as Moon Dream, released in October of 2007. All are on sale at As The Crow and Rail City. Call 802.827-3705 or click here for more info.
Catalyst Theater Company artistic director Ronni Lopez suggests, "How about an [early] hollydaze gift to get folks in a good frame of mind for the season with tickets to our ninth annual Best Christmas Pageant Ever! It's the gift of joy!"
Counterpoint's latest CD, Christmas in Vermont, is a collaboration with the Vermont Symphony Brass Quintet that features soprano Claire Hungerford of St. Albans. The album is on sale at As The Crow Flies, Better Planet, the Dressing Room, and online at counterpointchorus.com. Counterpoint recordings also include Let Me Fly, When the Rabbi Danced, Misa Criolla, Shir La Shalom (Sing for Peace), and A Counterpoint Christmas.
Photographer Dick Harper offers interesting buildings, blue skies and sunsets, fireworks, landscapes and seascapes, and seasonal vistas from Vermont, South Florida, and around the United States. Call 802.868.3351 or visit www.gallery.dickharper.com for more info.
April Henderson has matted photographs of Vermont scenes in a variety of sizes as well as notecards for sale at Rail City Market in St. Albans. If you don't find what you'd like, call 802.524.5836 to see what might be available.
The Just for the Holidays Gift Shop offers products from New England talents this Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. The temporary shop is open 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. at 1108 Main Street in Fairfax. Exhibitors include Janet Bonneau, photography, handmade dolls and yarn; Dave Day, old fashion Christmas wooden toys, train cars and secret boxes; Jan DeCooman, watercolor and photography; Joanne Delaney, original and lithograph greeting cards; Judi Hunziker, Christmas and country decor with teddy bears that play music; Ann Lemieux, canvas painting and ceramics; Jack Lemieux, photography; Shelly Pottala, friendship balls and custom made bows; Christine Soychak, glass beaded jewelry; Tony Stone, quilts and journals; and Valerie Ugro, watercolor, oil and stained glass copper wire.
Natalie LaRocque-Bouchard has hand painted Vermont slates on display at L.G. Printing in Swanton. "I also do the hand painted custom slates."
Will Patton reminds us that "Nothing says Christmas like gypsy jazz and Brasilian tunes." He has 3 CDs out including String Theory with "no waiting." Call 802.827.3845 or click here for more info.
Bluesman Nobby Reed has a long list of great CDs including The Nobby Reed Project Live at The Harpoon BBQ Fest. All his albums are available Better Planet, The Flying Disk, and Barnes and Noble. Click here for more info.
Great gospel music tunes on CD come from Tim Stetson of Enosburg. He'll Never Let Me Fall features a dozen old and new favorites in Southern, Country, Christian Country, and old time hymns styles.
The CD is available for $15 plus $2 shipping and handling by mail from Tim Stetson, PO Box 282, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450, by Email with a check by regular mail, or through Paypal on his website .
Writer and St Albans Messenger columnist Leon Thompson's books of humor columns, Good Junk and dork. - another look at my junk are available in stores, online, and by Email with a check by regular mail. His third book -- the as yet untitled, travel guide to Vermont -- is due out next Fall.
Ally M. & Ally G., written by Lauren Young of Enosburg and illustrated by Sandra Rooney of Franklin, is the tale of two girls on a picnic of fun and adventure for ages 5 to 8. It is available at Borders Book Store in Burlington and Better Planet or Amazon.com or Trafford.com.
The Vermont Youth Orchestra Association offers the gift of live music this holiday season with tickets to upcoming Vermont Youth Orchestra concerts. The tickets are available at Flynntix or through the Flynn Center Box Office at 802.86.Flynn. Call LisaMarie Charlesworth (802.655.5030) for VYOA materials to turn your simple gift into a special "package."
Dick Harper, Chair
P.O. Box 1
Highgate Springs, VT 05460