ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 22 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 6, 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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EAST FAIRFIELD--Summer Evenings with Vermont Treasures welcomes the return of the Austin Piazzolla Quintet to the Meeting House on the Green on Saturday at 7 p.m. Doors at 6:30 p.m.
      This Austin, Texas, quintet specializes in unique arrangements of the late Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla plus fiery original nuevo tango. APQ released their first album, Libertango, in 2010. They have played sold out performances in Texas and around the country -- including a spot on the main stage at the Houston International Festival -- since then. James Anderson, violin, founded the APQ in 2009. The show is co-hosted by Cold Hollow Sculpture Park.
      Admission for all concerts is by suggested donation of $10 per person at the door. All shows support the Meeting House Preservation Project. Call 802.827.6626 to reserve seats and pay at the door (reservations for this show are highly recommended). Refreshments including light fare, desserts, beer, and wine will be on sale. Click here for more info.

      Ticket sales for next week's Michael Hurley Vermont Treasures show on September 15 are also brisk. Australian folk singer Darren Hanlon will join Mr. Hurley.
      As of this writing, they already have 65 reservations. "Do call for a reservation or be left standing outside": 802.827.6626. Admission for the Hurley/Darren show only are $25 per person, payable at the door.


ST. ALBANS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on Sheridan-style leather craftsman Ron Hibbard, landscape photographer David Juaire, and clay sculptor Deborah Shell.
      The A.I.R. gallery hosts a free meet-the-artists reception with refreshments and a raffle today 4:30 - 7 p.m. The exhibit continues through the end of September.
      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 on South Main Street is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here for more info.

MONTGOMERY--Montgomery Center for the Arts presents Dalliances with Jerry Johnson, Gustav Verderber, and Tony Whedon at MCA on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      The evening will feature a dialogue between art, photography and the written word through the work of Creek Road poet Johnson; essayist, poet, and jazz musician Whedon; and photographer and writer Verderber, who will read from their newly released works. Wine and cheese will be served.
      The event is free and open to the public. Donations are always appreciated.

COLCHESTER--The Gallery at LCATV presents Toni's Journey, an exhibit of music-themed photography by Toni Basanta, opening with a public reception on Monday at 6 p.m. The evening features music by the Nobby Reed Project.
      "Toni's Journey is my first international photo exposition," he said. The Gallery in Creek Farm Plaza is open Monday 10-7, Tuesday - Thursdays 10-5:30, Friday 10-3, and Saturday by appointment. The show runs through October.

ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts watercolor artist Barbara Pafume of Four Seasons Studios in a solo show this month. A Milton Artists' Guild artist and signature member of the Vermont Watercolor Society, Ms. Pafume is exhibiting her vision of this beautiful, peaceful, powerful and mysterious world. She has painted, conducted workshops, and taught classes in her own studio and for art organizations in Vermont, Illinois, Connecticut, Georgia and Maine for over 40 years.
      The show continues through the end of September. Click here for more info.

SHELBURNE--Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery hosts Fairfield artist Gail Salzman in solo exhibit of New Paintings: Unknown Time & Place this month. The series of small paintings that explores the dynamic principle of change continues through September.
      Gallery hours are 9:30 - 5:30 Tuesday through Friday and 10 - 5 on Saturday. Call 802.985.3848 or click here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--St. Albans Community Arts hosts its monthly Community Arts MeetUp in City Hall on Tuesday with a Board Meeting at 6 p.m. and the Creative Meetup at 6:30. The gathering will discuss new and ongoing business, meet new people, and discuss any creative ideas that crop up. Click here for the minutes and reports of prior meetings and more.


SWANTON (September 14)--Next Friday is the deadline for submissions to help design the Swanton downtown.
      Swanton Arts Council want your ideas to improve the Village downtown and offers prizes for the best. Draw your design and if you can't draw, Elisabeth Nance will do it for you. "No idea is to crazy to be considered." Call Ms. Nance (802.466.7142), email, or click here for a printable flyer, registration, and more info.

HIGHGATE (NOW)--The Town of Highgate wants your thoughts about how to use the two properties the town now owns on Route 78 in the town center. These properties include the white house at the corner of St. Armand Rd. and the former town garage site. The town bought these parcels in 2017. The survey and two public meetings this month will help shape the downtown for the coming years.
      Town Clerk Wendy Dusablon has copies in the Town Clerk's office or click here for a copy.


ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers the Nobby Reed Project for Blues Night tonight at 7 p.m.
      On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Boom City Improv takes over the Main Stage at Twiggs on Comedy Thursday at 7 p.m. Doors at 6:30.
      Next up, Twiggs presents folk singer songwriter Abby Sherman on Thursday, jazz bassist Ellen Powell's Trio, and the eclectic Jeff & Gina on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Then on Monday, Chris Parker returns with Open Mic at 7 p.m. Come get your song on on the first Monday of every month.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

MILTON--Arrowhead Golf Course hosts Eric Bushey for the Friday Night Live Music and Buffet on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The pork loin roast buffet starts around 7 p.m. Both run until 9 p.m.
      The buffet costs $11 per person ($5 for each child). You don't have to be a member; the public is welcome. Be sure to come early, usually around 6, to get a good seat.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents NightHawk live on the taproom stage on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      With Kyra Maddix, vocals; Ray Parent, guitars and vocals; Pete Lawrence, drums and vocals; and Michael Maddix, bass and vocals; NightHawk is a "dance band with something for everyone."

ST. ALBANS--Sounds of the Season presents the Cerutti-Reid Duo at the First Congregational Church in the first Fall Concert on Sunday at 3 p.m.
      Alison Bruce Cerutti, piano, and Elizabeth Reid, viola, will play chamber music, old and new, and very new. The program features the Schubert Arpeggione, David Jaeger's Tristan and Isolde viola sonatina, a new work by Australian composer Katia Tiutiunnik, and more. Find them on Facebook for more info about the Duo.
      Admission is always free but donations are gratefully accepted.

SOUTH HERO--Carol Ann Jones hosts Music in the Meadow at the Blue Paddle Bistro on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Ms. Jones will perform and then hold an Open Mic every Tuesday, weather permitting.
      There are tables and chairs outside but it can get pretty busy, so bring your own chair or blanket or come early to get a table or chairs. Email to sign up.

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.


     A New York-based production company is filming in Vermont and looking for local acting talent. These are paid gigs. The independent feature will be shot in Glover in September. The mystery surrounds a man's wife and daughter who vanish on vacation in the Northeast Kingdom. The producers seek seeking Vermont actors for six roles; they are also looking for extras.
      Click here for more info.


      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
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