ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 22 * * All Arts News On the Web * * May 10, 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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MILTON--Milton Artists' Guild Workshops make earrings today and acrylic paintings Saturday at the MAG Art Center.
      Instructor Cathy LaClair leads the Fold Formed Leaf Earrings workshop transform to a flat sheet of copper into a pair of leaf earrings with their natural dimension and features and with sterling silver ear-wires. Today at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $60 for members or $65 for nonmembers.
      Instructor Robert Waldo Brunelle Jr. leads the Acrylic Painting class through the basics of painting with acrylic paints. Topics will include differences between acrylics and oils, mixing colors, using additives for acrylic paints, types of brushes, creating effects with various brush stroke techniques, composing a painting, and transferring images to canvas. After students learn the basics, they will work with the teacher to create at least one finished acrylic painting. Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. with a lunch break. The cost is $40 for members or $45 for nonmembers.
      Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Grind Cafe hosts a Mothers Day Painting Party on Saturday at 11 a.m.
      All ages are welcome. They will paint flower pots and plant flowers in them for moms to enjoy. $25 per person includes all supplies, one non-alcoholic drink, and perhaps a fresh in-house-made cookie.


SWANTON--Swanton Arts Council presents the Spring Handmade Craft Show in Holy Trinity Church on Saturday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
      The show is filled with local artists and crafters. There will be lunch and baked goods.
      Admission is free. Call Heather Buczkowski (802.868.6258) or email for more info.

RICHMOND--The Vermont Reads 2018: Protest Banner Art Show continues through May 31 at the Richmond Free Library. This month-long art show inspired by Bread and Roses, Too features protest banners and signs designed and created by youth using mixed media.
      Call organizer Wendy de Forest (802.434.3036) for more info.


ST. ALBANS--St. Albans Community Arts needs volunteers to organize the 2018 Festival of Trees. All volunteers are welcome; they need people for decorations, gala, Santa's Workshop, entertainment, and more. The next committee meeting will be held at the Eloquent Page on Monday at 6 p.m.


ST. ALBANS--The Starline Rhythm Boys bring the honky tonk back to 14th Star Brewing Company on Friday at 6 p.m.
      The Boys are a "drummer-less" Tennessee Trio from Vermont with Danny Coane on acoustic rhythm guitar, Al Lemery on electric lead guitar, and Billy Bratcher on acoustic upright slap bass. They perform vintage country, honky-tonk, and rockabilly music.

BURLINGTON--Young Tradition presents Randal Bays, John Coyne and their Boys in concert at the Burlington Violin Shop on Friday at 6 p.m.
      "Amazing players all, and we are in for a spectacular evening of the best Irish tunes and songs anywhere." Email for reservations and more info.
      Admission is by $20 suggested donation at the door.

ST. ALBANS--It's a busy couple of days at Twiggs. On Friday, songwriter and musician Erin Cassels-Brown gets the jusices flowing at 6:30 p.m. then singer /songwriter/guitarist/producer Sean Ashby takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Bluesman Arthur James takes over on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Bad Horsey returns to Durty Nellys Irish Pub for a Spring Is Here Dance on Saturday at 9 p.m.
      "Vermont's own classic rock band," Roy Hartson, guitar and vocals; Bryce McNall, lead vocals; Beaver Hartson, drums; Adam Sleboda, bass and vocals; and Mark Lussier, guitar and vocals, invite you to, "Come on out kick up your heals, and dance the night away with us."

SHELBURNE--Celebrate Mother's Day with music at Springtime at Shelburne Museum on Sunday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
      The museum will have live, outdoor music by cellist Patrick McGuire and musicians of Young Tradition Vermont featuring ONE Band, Decatur Street Quartet, and Annabelle Creech, plus special guest, walkaround Elmo.
      Springtime at Shelburne Museum is free with museum admission.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Dave's Ice Cream Social on Monday from 5 - 8 p.m. Jeremy will wheel his special ice cream cart right up to your table and make you a custom sundae. The price is $5 and all proceeds go to the Franklin County Area Cancer Network.
      Jeremy writes, "My brother was Dave.
      "In 2014, my brother Dave was diagnosed with cancer. He was too sick to work. The FCACN sent him 3 grant checks to help with bills, before he passed away. I created Dave's Ice Cream Social to honor my brother's memory, and help others in the community, through the FCACN."

Tuesday and Thursday
ST. ALBANS--BFA presents the Junior Jamboree in the Performing Arts Center with an open dress rehearsal on Tuesday evening and the full performance next Thursday at 6 p.m.
      Junior Jam is a long standing tradition at BFA. It puts students in charge in great comic presentations; each class competes in a student directed one act play competition.
      Freshman will perform Meet the Roommates directed by Sophie Thompson and Sydney Ward. Sophomores are staging The Cut directed by Sophie Brown. Juniors have to get up way too early for 4 AM directed by Lianna Roque. And seniors have a Hamlet Thrill Ma-geddon directed by Rosie Bibona.

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.


      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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