ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 22 * * All Arts News On the Web * * April 19, 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--Paint your pet at Durty Nelly's with Sandy of Dragon Fly Paint this evening at 7 p.m.
      The cost is $35 plus an optional $10 donation at door for Franklin County Animal Rescue. That includes the canvas, painting location, paint, pre-sketched pet drawing

ST. ALBANS--Free Studio Fridays continues in the Claire Payne Studio on Friday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The studio is open to artists to get together and work at a studio in the company of other artists. It is all free; bring your own project and materials.
      Claire Payne Studios is located in the renovated barn that is part of the Solomon Goodrich Homestead. These events began this month and will be held every Friday until October 26.
      Call 802.782.5930, email or click here for more info or to reserve your spot.

ST. ALBANS--Therapeutic Expressions has been a three-part art group to promote emotional healing at Voices Against Violence/Laurie's House. The final event will be held Tuesday at 4 p.m.
      Email for registration or more info.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council's Pop Up Pop In Gallery hosts Sophie Bea Nichols with a Pop of Color in her first solo show at the Chamber of Commerce building on Friday at 4 - 8 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts New Paintings -- 2018 Opening Event, works by Jon Young, on Friday at 7 p.m.
      The event features 16 new paintings including the 12 Snowboard series. Mr. Young is the product and technical advisor for HK Holbein Artist Materials. He has exhibited watercolor, ink, oils, and acrylics in Burlington, St. Albans, and Seattle. He studied illustration at Massachusetts College of Art & Design, and oil painting at Johnson State College and lives in St. Albans. All paintings will be for sale.


ST. ALBANS--The Vermont Folklife Center offers a day-long workshop, Oral History: An Introduction, at the Saint Albans Museum on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
      The day-long workshop is a perfect start to that interview project you want to do with a favorite relative or friend. The workshop combines discussion of the theories and methods that inform oral history research with practical, hands-on training in oral history interview techniques.
      Led by Vermont Folklife Center Director of Archives and Research Andy Kolovos, this workshop will help participants develop a plan for an oral history research project and will offer a forum for brainstorming ideas for public outreach based on interview findings. Attendees will also have ongoing access to Vermont Folklife Center staff for consultation as they later undertake their own oral history, ethnographic, and qualitative research projects.
      The tuition for this workshop is $95. Hurry. The registration deadline is today.


SCOTLAND--The Young Tradition Touring Group begins its Scotland performances in Glasgow today. The tour continues through April 29.
      The Touring Group consists of 24 auditioned teen players, singers, and dancers who focus on learning and performing traditional music and dance repertoire, starting in September and ending in early May at Young Tradition Weekend. The group ranges in age from 12 to 20. Though most members are from throughout Vermont, the group also includes members from Western Massachusetts and the Adirondacks in New York State. They are supported by artist leaders Pete Sutherland, Dominque Dodge, and Andrea Beaton, youth leaders Rose Jackson and Oliver Scanlon, and manager Mark Sustic.
      Click here or find them on Facebook for more info.

SOUTH HERO--Carol Ann Jones plays a Third Thursday solo show at the Blue Paddle Bistro tonight at 6:30 p.m. The Blue Paddle has limited seating and a small bar so call ahead (802.372.4814) to assure a seat.

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Summer Sounds favorite Jenni Johnson and the Jazz Junketeers tonight at 7 p.m.
      On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

HIGHGATE--MVUHS presents the famed MVU Musical, Dream Bigger Big Fish in the Trahan Theater for a three day run, today through Saturday. Curtain time is 7 p.m. with a Saturday Matinee at 2 pm.
      The new Broadway musical reveals the relationship between travelling salesman Edward Bloom and his adult son Will who asks his father not to tell any of his tall tales at his wedding. The story shifts between the present day and Edward's storybook past beginning as a teenager and encountering a Witch, a Giant, a Mermaid, and the love of his life, Sandra. The stories meet as Will discovers the secret his father never revealed. It has music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by John August.
      Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets are available at Salon Elixir or at the door. Call 802.752.9089 or email to reserve tickets.

ST. ALBANS--It's just ducky out there ... or snowy, or rainy, or perhaps a mudbath with comedians Liz Scharnetzki and Cori Marnellos, hosted by Abow Ibrahim plus the TNT Comedy Showcase on the Main Stage at Twiggs on TNT Comedy Thursday at 7 p.m. Doors at 6:30.
      Suzan Ambrose hosts open mic. This is a free show for mature audiences and space has been filling up quickly; call Twiggs to reserve a table. Make dinner reservations prior to the show since only drinks, appetizers, and desserts will be served during the show.
      Next up, Twiggs presents multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Jesse Taylor from Burlington on Friday and acoustic coffeehouse trio AmerikanaBlue on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Singer-songwriter Mike McCarthy hosts Open Mic Night at 14th Star Brewing Company on Friday starting at 7 p.m. Sign up starts at 6. Share your talent at this special Open Mic at St. Albans veteran-owned brewery.

ST. ALBANS--The Queen City Drag Cabaret sashays into Durty Nelly's on Saturday at 9 p.m.
      The queens will bring a whole lotta fabulous for a 420-themed show.
      General Admission is $10 in advance or $13 at the door. Click here for tickets.

HARDWICK--Carol Ann Jones reprises The Power of Music: Twelve Souls in Song at the Hardwick Town House on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
      The show centers on a dozen senior citizens from the over 180 people in her journal to show music's power to connect with those beyond memory's reach. She tells their story and then sings their favorite songs. She plans to perform her show in all 14 counties in Vermont to bring awareness to the organization.
      Admission is $15 (or more if you want) which goes directly to Music and Memory. Ms. Jones will collecting used iPods. The proceeds benefit Music and Memory to provide iPods for senior citizens who can use music to bring back some of their memories.

ESSEX JUNCTION--Backstage Pub has Justified Spring Fling Fever on Saturday evening at 9:30 p.m. The energetic dance/rock band with a splash of hard rock rocks music of the 70s to the 90s with some Alternative thrown in just because they can.
      Call 802.878.5494 for more info.

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.


EDWIN M. CHURCH AWARD (May 30)--All graduating seniors in the Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union are eligible for the Swanton Arts Council's new award for young writers. Mr. Church was a life-long writer with a love of the railroad. He started writing in his early 20s, and although prolific, had only one short story published. This award encourages emerging authors to publish their work. Because of his love of the railroad, submitted stories should include a railroad or train element. Writers be aware that the contest gives first publication rights to the submitted work. Click here for the application.

CEPIC STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS (April 26)--The 4th CEPIC awards is open and free to all photographers worldwide. CEPIC supports traditional stock photography and defends the rights of photographers. The awards are hosted on Photocrowd and will distribute 5000 EUR in prizes. No Entry Fee. Click here to apply.

39th INTERNATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION (May 15)--The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society show offers $14,000 in cash and merchandise awards. All work must be original, less than three years old, and never shown in any other juried or PWS member show. Entry Fee. Email or click here for more info.

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St Albans Community Arts
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