ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 22 * * All Arts News On the Web * * March 1, 2018


      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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ST. ALBANS--Beat the winter blues and warm up Northern Flyer in the Bliss Room of the Saint Albans Museum on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The special performance will benefit the Saint Albans Museum's mission to preserve and share the community history.
      Vermont's bluegrass and Americana band includes Mark Struhsacker, Andy Sacher, Kirk Lord, and Andy Greene. Their music rings with a hard-driving authenticity, full of the punch and intensity demanded by bluegrass fans. The concert will have a mix of original songs, unique adaptations, and traditional numbers.
      Admission is $15 and children 12 and under are free. Tickets will be on available at the door on online at .
      Click here for more info about Northern Flyer and here for more info about the show and venue.


ST. ALBANS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on gourd artist Cathy Bohannon, weaver and painter Janice Decooman, carver Eddie Gagne, and metalsmith Cathy LaClaire.
      Ms. Bohannon raises and prepares gourds to create unique vessels embellished with Lake Champlain driftwood as well as stones, feathers, and found objects. A life-long artist, Ms. Decooman, began weaving in traditional Navajo style in her mid-twenties. After a career teaching art in public schools, she has continued with more challenging woven work, then paints portraits on specially-made wood hangers to display her weaving. Mr. Gagne is a self-taught carver. He creates realistic duck decoys for hunting or for display. Ms. LaClaire has been making art all her life but she made her first pieces of jewelry in 2000. She works with freshwater pearls and natural gemstones.
      The A.I.R. gallery hosts a free meet-the-artists reception with refreshments and a raffle today 4 - 7 p.m. The exhibit continues through the end of March.
      The Artist in Residence art cooperative features paintings, fiber arts, stained glass, sculpture, lamps, pottery, folk art boxes, scarves, hats and more by 40 Franklin County and surrounding area artists. It is owned and operated by the artists and sponsors. The gallery, newly reopened at 10 South Main Street, is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The Grind Cafe continues How to Draw Portraits at the Cafe on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Each lesson will be adjusted for any age group and skill level. The class will host an art show during week 6. This week's topic is indeed portraits. Future lessons will cover comics and an artist study of Georgia O'Keefe.
      The cost is $10 per week or $55 for all six lessons which includes supplies. Visit them on Facebook to reserve a spot.


MILTON--Milton Artist Guild hosts the NVAA artist Robert Brunelle teaching a workshop on the technique of Pen and Ink Drawing on Saturday. It's a new year, why not learn a new skill? Instruction will focus on different pen tips and how to use them to get desired levels of tone and shading. All skill levels are welcome. Click here to register.

SWANTON--There will be a Swanton Arts Council Board meeting and update in a location to be determined on Monday at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome. Click here for the agenda.
      Email for more info.


ST. ALBANS--14th Star takes you to infinity… and beyond in The Room at 14th Star Brewing Company this evening at 6:30 p.m.
      Join Woody and Buzz on their grand adventure. The 1995 movie was the first feature-length computer-animated film and the first feature film produced by Pixar. Animator, voice actor, and designer Bud Luckey died on Saturday at age 83. He designed Woody for Toy Story designer, animated Sesame Street, provided the voice of Agent Rick Dicker in The Incredibles and the mysterious and woeful Chuckles the Clown in Toy Story 3.
      There will be plenty of seating, or feel free to bring a blanket and pillow and get cozy on the floor. Free popcorn and hot cocoa for all who attend.


ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers some Franklin County favorites starting with blues night with the Nobby Reed Project tonight at 7 p.m. On Friday, The Duel (the Plattsburgh-based duo of John Geno and Kevin Connelly) kicks off the evening at 5 p.m., then the stage is Justified starting at 9 p.m.
      On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs kicks off the week with the Boom City Improv Comedy Night on Thursday starting at 7:30 p.m. Melyssa Ardelle and Carl Sonnefeld will take the stage with a short-form Boom City Jam.
      Next up, Twiggs presents indie-folk and alt-country songwriter and musician Erin Cassels-Brown on Friday and the jazzy Ellen Powell Trio on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

CONCORD, NH--Mando-meister and Bakersfield's own Will Patton returns to the March Mandolin Festival at the Concord Music School, Friday-Sunday for workshops, performances and lots of jamming.
      click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewery welcomes Nina's Brew to the Taproom Stage on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      The Burlington-based trio blends blues and soul with "a plethora of original and cover tunes." The band features Giovanina Bucci, Mike Brewster, and St. Albans' own Isaac French.

ST. ALBANS--Sean Jarvis hosts Open Mic Night at Durty Nelly's Irish Pub on Wednesday starting at 6:30 p.m. Show off your talent; everyone is welcome to grab the mic and perform any Wednesday evening on the Tavern side.


ST. ALBANS--The Eloquent Page hosts Morrisville author Grannie Snow for a talk and book signing on Saturday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
      Grannie (Brenda) Snow began writing for her grandchildren. Huddled in her oversized recliner, surrounded by her grand kids listening intently to her read brought the Silas Series to life. She serves as the Director of Human Resources for Turtle Fur and lives with her two cats, Big Ole Striped Silas and Miss Opal, in Morrisville, the town where she was born.
      Donna Howard will have all of her children's books -- Big Ole Striped Silas, Silas Gets a Sister, Silas and Opal Meet, Silas and Opal's Shelter Visit, and Silas and Opal's Outdoor Adventure -- on hand.

SWANTON--The Swanton Free Public Library hosts Rosie's Mom: Forgotten Women of the First World War on Sunday at 2 p.m.
      One hundred years ago, a full generation before Rosie the Riveter, women rolled up their sleeves and entered war industries where they had never been welcome before. Historian Carrie Brown reveals their courage and their hard work, and explores how these women helped shape the work that their more famous daughters would do in the next World War.
      The Vermont Humanities Council event is free.

      ArtBits features a quick weekly peek at library events in and around Franklin County. That popular feature has a page of its own at the Franklin County Bookshelf here on the AAC site at We also take an occasional peek at the bookshelf or night stand of the folks you know in and around Franklin County. Those reviews can be found on the ArtBits Bookshelf.

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There are so many events around the region that we miss some of them.
Be sure to check these calendars for what's happening near you ...
All Arts Council of Franklin County
Cambridge Arts Council
Franklin County Regional
Chamber of Commerce
Island Arts
St Albans Community Arts
Swanton Arts Council
Young Tradition Vermont


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