ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 22 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 27, 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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MONTGOMERY--Michael Domina and Red Barn Studio will reprise his Fun with Watercolor workshop for three days starting today and continuing through Saturday at 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
      Mr. Domina will show and teach several easy watercolor techniques to complete a painting to be proud of. No drawing skills are needed. Bring some supplies if you have them. Click here for a complete list of supplies including preferred papers, paints, palette, brushes, and odds and ends.
      The studio has watercolor and acrylic paintings by Mr. Domina and guest artists.
      Each class is $50 each day. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Catalyst Coffee Bar hosts a Pebble Art Class - 5 x 7 Frame with "a relaxing cup of coffee" on Sunday at 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
      All materials and instruction will be provided to take home a unique framed piece. The cost will be $30 per person. Click here for more info and to order tickets.


ST. ALBANS--The Northwest Farmers Market in Taylor Park includes art, crafts, and local food for sale every Saturday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

ST. ALBANS TOWN--The St. Albans Bay Farmers Market at the Bay Park includes art and crafts for sale every Wednesday from 5 - 8 p.m. This week is the final event of 2018.

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 presents How to Market Your Art, a workshop by Corrina Thurston, at the My-T-Fine this evening at 6 p.m.
      The first in a series of workshops will cover the diversity of marketing options: branding, copywriting, social media and email marketing, paid vs. free advertising, and particular marketing efforts geared toward artists.
      Email to register and for more info.

SWANTON--The SAC Annual Governing Body Meeting and Updates will be held at the XX on Monday at 6 p.m.
      The annual will report on and plan the creative future of the Swanton Arts Council. All are welcome and encouraged to attend and lend fresh voices to the future of the Arts in Swanton while establishing collaboration with artists everywhere.
      Email for more info.


ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents the Brewery Comedy Tour live on the taproom stage on Thursday starting at 7:30 p.m. and Kingfisher live on Friday at 6 p.m.
      Herron Entertainment featuring NYC- and LA-based comedians. Kingfisher is an Americana Roots-Rock band from Burlington. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Friday, On Tap offers Dale & Darcy at 5 p.m. and the Hitmen at 9 p.m.
      On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents rock, blues, and the odd country song from guitarist John Howell on Friday and the Greenwich Village sound of Amerikana Blue 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 the first Monday of every month.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

EAST BURKE--Mike's Tiki Bar presents the Nobby Reed Project on Saturday at 5 p.m.
      Vermont's own blues trio includes Eric Belrose, percussion, Ray Bushey, bass, and Mr. Reed on lead guitar and vocals.

SOUTH BURLINGTON--Higher Ground presents the Starline Rhythm Boys in a Launch Party for The Bucket List Auction in the Showcase Lounge on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Doors at 7 p.m.
      The Boys join Ronald McDonald House Charities of Burlington to kick off the second annual Bucket List Auction with a night of music and fun. Learn about "once in a lifetime, bucket list experiences" like a trip to Bali, the CMAs, or a trip to wine country that will be included in the online digital auction. At the event, take a break from dancing and bid on local items including tickets to the 2019 Ice Bar at Hotel Vermont, UVM Men's Basketball tickets, Laugh Package from Vermont Comedy Club and more.
      Admission is $15 advance or $18 day of show. Click here for tickets and more info.

MONTGOMERY--The monthly Celebration of Expressive Arts continues at the INN on Sunday evening at 7 p.m. The event officially includes everything but dancing, but there is always hope. Come early for dinner; service begins at 5 p.m
      This month, the featured musicians are Yasi, Oliver, and Louli Zeichner (The Zeichner Trio), the featured artist is Amy Heneveld, and the featured writer is Heather Stearns. The local artists, writers and musicians gather to share original and thought provoking work, curated and hosted by Bob and Becca Cummins.
      Find them on Facebook for more info.

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, through the summer.
      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.


FAIRFIELD--The Bent Northrop Memorial Library hosts the To Bid or Not to Bid fundraiser on Saturday at 6 - 9 p.m
      To Bid or Not to Bid will have local cheeses, assorted wines, and craft brews from 14th Star Brewing. There will be lively bidding at the silent auction tables, and a live auction showcase of local art, crafts, services, and produce.
      Call 802.827.3945, email or 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.

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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