ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 22 * * All Arts News On the Web * * March 22, 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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SWANTON--Artist Mike Barkyoumb will lead a Spring Watercolor Card Class at the Swanton Library on Saturday at 12 noon.
      Participants will paint two spring-themed watercolor cards just in time for Easter and Mother's Day. The workshop is limited to 20 participants. A $5 donation is requested to benefit the Swanton Arts Council. Sign up at the Swanton Library or call 802.868.7656 for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Paint Nite: Love You To The Moon on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
      Artist Diane Kingston introduces "art to many that have never painted, and witnessing the thrill and confidence that comes from the creative process." Paint Nite will provide all the materials to create your own painting and provides "the refreshments you need!" Use the code PNfbVT for 40% off

EAST FAIRFIELD--Sadly, the Fairfield Community Center's Art from the Center workshops have been cancelled for this Spring. The Center is considering a different approach in the summer, perhaps a drop-in art club.


SWANTON The Swanton Arts Council presents the third annual Spring Youth Art Show in the Swanton Village Complex Friday evening from 5 - 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The SAC will host announce the Emerging Artist Award Recipient at the Opening Reception this evening at 5 p.m.
      The show exhibits the artistic talent of area youth. It includes work from the K-12 and post grad students at Swanton, Highgate, Sheldon, Franklin, Alburgh, and MVU as well as the finalists for the Emerging Artist Scholarship. The show is free and open to the public. Find them on Facebook for more info.


MORRISVILLE--AMP Night returns to River Arts with dancer Hanna Saterlee; musicians Melissa Perley, cello, and Shay Gestal, violin and vocals; and poet Martha Zweig this evening starting at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
      River Arts and Sundog Poetry Center bring the second annual AMP night series for three evenings to northwest Vermont. During each of these Thursday evenings (March 22, April 26, and May 24), an artist, a musician, and a poet will share their work through a short series of back to back presentations and performances. Informal discussion with audience and artist afterward. Light fare and drinks is available.
      Admission is by a suggested donation of $10 per person at the door.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewery welcomes Dale and Darcy to the Taproom Stage on Friday at 6 p.m.
      The Dale and Darcy Band is a three or four piece band that plays Americana tunes, Bluegrass breakdowns, hornpipes, jigs, reels, waltzes and aires on acoustic instruments.

SOUTH HERO--Snow Farm Vineyard features singer/songwriter Carol Ann Jones for Wine Down Friday on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Call 802.372.9463 for info or reservations.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents The Church Restoration Project plumbing the well of Celtic tradition on Friday and singer/songwriter John Daly's Trio on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ENOSBURG--Kick off the season at the Opera House at Enosburg Falls with The Smokey Newfield Project in Green Mountains to Emerald Isle: an evening of Irish Folk and other Music! on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      The Project decided that starting a band was a cheaper way to deal with mid-life crises than therapy or buying convertibles. Bill Valliere (Smokey), guitar; Cathy Cameron-Muscente, guitar and bass; Denise Puisto, keyboard; Tom Chadwick, drums; and Laura Chadwick, violin, bass, mandolin and guitar, together fuse rock, folk, country and adult contemporary music.
      Admission is $10. There will be a cash bar. Tickets are available at the door or from

MIDDLEBURY--The Young Tradition Touring Group performs at the Town Hall Theater on Saturday at 7 p.m. The first half of the program will feature artist leaders and youth leaders with members of the Touring Group. The second half will feature the full Touring Group.
      Admission is $20/person which supports the Touring Group project. Click here or email for more info.

KEY COLONY BEACH, FL--PaPa Pete continues the Key Colony Beach Community Association's Concert in the Park series in Gazebo Park on Sunday at 4 p.m.
      Concerts in the Park are free concerts sponsored by the KCBCA. Concerts started on Valentine's Day and take place most Sunday afternoons. Bring a chair or blanket and refreshments. Parking is limited so walking, biking or ride sharing is recommended.

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.


ELIZA SO FELLOWSHIP (March 25)--The month-long Las Vegas residency offers U.S. immigrant writers time and solitude to finish a book that is already in progress. The 2018 fellowships will include room and board at The Writer's Block, along with food and travel stipends. No Entry Fee. Click here to register.

17TH ANNUAL WATERBURY ARTS FEST (March 26)--The hard deadline for artist applications and non-refundable application fees is Monday. Artwork must be made in New England or NY. The WAF will accept artists based on medium, quality, originality, and price-point, so that a variety of mediums and price-points are represented. They may limit certain mediums, regardless of quality, to prevent over-saturation. This summer event takes place in downtown Waterbury and is the annual fundraiser for Revitalizing Waterbury.
Visit for the application and more info. Click here for the application and more info.

SPRING CRAFT SHOW (now)--The Swanton Arts Council Spring Craft Show in May is now accepting applications from artists and handcrafters. Handmade only. They will have no more than only three crafters per "trade" so that each has a chance to be successful. The cost is $15/table if you pay by March 31.

CERES 13TH NATIONAL BIENNIAL JURIED EXHIBITION (April 14)--Founded in 1984 in Chelsea NY, Ceres is a non-profit alternative center dedicated to the promotion of contemporary artists. Entry Fee. Call 212.947.6100, email, or click here for more info.


     This fourth year has been full of growth for CreativeGround.
      The catalog-and-more of artists around the region has added new users and welcomed more types of businesses and institutions "in order to better illustrate the rich tapestry of the New England creative economy." There have been nearly 90,000 visitors to the site and over 2,500 hours of use in the past year. Over 700 new profiles were created by users. The team visited all six New England states with office hours and workshops, exhibitions, presentations, and thousands of postcards.
      An interesting new iframe allows anyone to display their own CreativeGround search results on their websites.
      As Year Five begins, CreativeGround is planning even better of the site as local arts directories. Reach out to to get a local event started this summer, fall or the foreseeable future.

CLICK HERE: ART SITE OF THE MONTH has moved to because an exciting new program is gearing up.
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      WNET, New York's public media station, is developing a new multiplatform media network called ALL ARTS. Our All Arts Council of Franklin County would certainly get a lot of visitors when WNET goes live, but that's not our audience. WNET has purchased and we have moved to so that both audiences avoid confusion when they launch online this spring. Here's the deal: you'll find the new program at our old address. You'll find the All Arts Council of Franklin County at Bear with us as we get all the links to work -- and email the All Arts Council if you find one that doesn't.


ST. ALBANS--The Eloquent Page hosts local author Walt McLaughlin as he discusses and signs his newest book, A Reluctant Pantheism: Discovering the Divine in Nature, on Saturday from 1 - 3 p.m.
      The book follows Mr. McLaughlin's lifelong attempt to understand the relationship between God and nature. The conclusions that he draws from his direct encounters with the wild conflict with most of the belief systems he explores along the way. Mr. McLaughlin is a prolific author whose books follow the tradition of Thoreau, exploring nature and the revelations to be experienced by immersing yourself in the natural world.

      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.

Good News!

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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