ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 22 * * All Arts News On the Web * * May 17, 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--The Friends of Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge host the Wildlife Refuge Open House and Art Show at the Refuge Open House all day Monday with a reception at 5:30 p.m.
      Area artists and photographers are helping to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day. There will also be bird counts (walks and boat trips), and speakers at the annual event. The reception is a chance to meet and chat with the artists who are exhibiting their work. Light refreshments will be served. Following the reception Maeve Kim will talk about "Nature's Super-Habitats: Wetland Conservation and the National Wildlife Refuge System." The art show continues through July 20.
      The open house is free and open to the public. Email Carol Yarnell or click here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Paint Nite: Cathie's Poppy Sunset on Tuesday at 7 p.m. This PaintNite event is SOLD OUT.
      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!"
      Click here for tickets. Use the code PNfbVT for 40% off.

ST. ALBANS--Mini Art May continues at the Grind Cafe with the next in its series of Mini Art Sessions today at 11:30 a.m. There are three remaining classes, each held at the Cafe on Thursdays at 11:30 throughout May.
      Look for lots of hands on fun and instruction in mosaics and mixed media, pen and ink, and rock painting. The kids will show off their creations with a show during the last class. The $50 cost includes all five classes, all supplies, and the art show.

ST. ALBANS--Free Studio Fridays continue 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. These will be held every Friday until October 26. It is all free; bring your own project and materials.
      Call 802.782.5930, email or click here for more info or to reserve your spot.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council Painted Chair Event is part of the Community Yard Sale in the Village Green on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon - 4 p.m.
      The chairs will be offered for sale -- 50% of selling price goes to a community group with the remainder to the artist. Email Don, Susan, and Elisabeth for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The annual Dance Works Academy Competition Showcase event takes over the BFA Performing Arts Center on Friday at 6 p.m.
      Dance Works promises "everything from sweet dancing candy to creepy, crawling spiders, from large group numbers that will make you tap, tap, tap your feet, to solo numbers that make you realize we are all human." The Milton dance studio has students of all ages with dance instructors exploring movement in a creative and nurturing learning environment.
      Reserved seats are $15. Click here for tickets.


ST. ALBANS--What better place than The Room for a free screening of a 1983 film about the Great White North's two most famous hosers and their shenanigans working at a brewery? The Strange Brew is at 14th Star tonight at 6:30 p.m. Doors at 6 p.m. eh?
      The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie is, of course, loosely based on Shakespear's Hamlet.
      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. This is the final Movie Night of the season.


ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Summer Sounds favorite Jenni Johnson and the Jazz Junketeers tonight at 7 p.m. On Friday, Summer Sounds favorites Bethany Conner and Troy Millette take the stage at 5 p.m. On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights.
      Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The TNT Comedy Showcase continues with Jessie Baade, Jared Hall and Tina Friml with producer and host Tami Lantz 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 singer, songwriter, guitarist, band leader and all around working man Tim Brick on Friday and funky multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and producer Robin Sunquiet on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The funky, booty-shaking sound of Cozy O’Donnell comes to 14th Star Brewing Company on Friday at 7 p.m.
      The six piece soul machine will rock the City with songs from Stevie Wonder, Cake, The Band, and more. Find them on Facebook 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.


ENOSBURG--The Opera House at Enosburg Falls has open auditions for Oklahoma!, the annual summer musical, at the House on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and at Enosburg Falls High School on Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
      Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! is set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century. The high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant musical.
      There are numerous roles for adults and teens, but roles for children are limited.


      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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