ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 22 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 4, 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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WESTONArtBits News Photo--The Inn At Weston hosts nationally renowned Vermont artist Corliss Blakely for an outdoor art show on Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
      Ms. Blakely will show her new oils including the West River, watercolors, and limited edition prints. "This is my first outdoor art show in at least 28 years," she said. "It is the perfect time of the year to take a ride and see the beautiful fall colors and all my new paintings."
      The seventh-generation Vermonter has her studio in St. Albans. Click here the studio to see what she is working on.

ST. ALBANS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on beadwork jeweler Arlene Jarvis, oil painter (and blues musician) Patrick Murphy, and fiber artist Pam Krout-Voss.
      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 October.
      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--The Montgomery Center for the Arts hosts a "Pop Up Gallery" of 160 works with opening reception Friday evening at 5 p.m. The evening will also feature Thea Wren with a jazz concert from 7:30 - 9 p.m.
      The show, For the Love of Art -- Thirty Years of Collecting, will be on display through October with hours Friday through Sunday 12 - 4 p.m. and by appointment. This is a single private collection of mostly Vermont art. Click here for more info.

ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts the Watercolor Students of Kathleen Berry Bergeron in St. Albans this month.
      The eclectic show will include special selections from each artist; more than a dozen new original watercolor paintings will be on display. The show continues through the end of October.

ST ALBANS--St Albans Community Arts hosts the annual Fall Art Walk as part of the Downtown Sidewalk Sale all along Main Street on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
      Area artists are pairing up with local merchants and will have their works on display on the sidewalk. Get your shop on, and come out to see the local works of art. The rain site is inside City Hall. The top 17 photos from the Mayor's Photo Competition are also on display in Taylor Park through this weekend.
      Stores will be open during their regular business hours.

SHELBURNE--Fairfield artist Gail Salzman's solo show at the Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery has been extended. The series of small paintings that explores the dynamic principle of change will close Tuesday, October 9.
      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.


SWANTON--The SAC presents Social Media Marketing for Artists, a free workshop by Corrina Thurston, at the My-T-Fine this evening at 6 p.m.
      This workshop will cover how to optimize the platforms for business. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter can be especially effective for artists because the platforms are geared toward visual content. This presentation gives insight into how best to increase brand awareness, engage and grow an audience, make more sales, and drive more traffic to a (sales) website, shop, and events. It is the second in the series.
      Email to register and 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--The SAC Annual Governing Body Meeting and Updates will be held at the My-T-Fine Restaurant on Tuesday at 6 p.m. (the meeting was originally scheduled for last Monday).
      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.


ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Blues night with the Nobby Reed Project tonight at 7 p.m. On Friday, The Duel takes the stage from 5 - 8 p.m. followed by the Phil Abair Band starting 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 Burlington songwriter and musician Erin Cassels-Brown on Friday and Summer Sounds favorites Mark LeGrand and Sarah Munro on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

SHELDON--The Abbey kicks off the Fall Music Series in the Pub with music every Friday evening at 7 p.m. through the month of October. This week singer-songwriter Sean Jarvis appears with new original music.

SOUTH BURLINGTON--The Old Post features the Nobby Reed Project on Friday at 8 p.m. The former Franny O's will wail the blues, baby.

SHELDON--The old fashioned Sheldon Community Pig Roast will feature the Old Man Garage Band live and activities for children at the Abbey Casino Pavilion on Saturday from 12 noon - 4 p.m.
      Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets will be available at the door. Email Harold Smith for reservations and more info.

ST. ALBANS--The 4th annual St. Albans Octoberfest, a Museum Fundraiser, will take over the 14th Star TapRoom with live music from Vermont's German band, Inseldudler, on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m.
      The day will include live music, traditional German food from Grazers, craft beer from 14th Star, and a mobile museum display. The day will raise money to support the Saint Albans Museum and their mission to preserve historical artifacts and make history come alive for the next generation.
      Admission is $50 per person. This 21 and over event will feature a cash bar. Email Alex Lehning for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents BBP live on the taproom stage on Friday at 6 p.m.
      Bruce Patenaude, Bill Jock, and Pat Maddix come together to play familiar favorites from over four decades.

EAST FAIRFIELD--Tim McKenzie & Friends continue the 2018 Summer Evenings with Vermont Treasures series at the Meeting House on the Green on Saturday at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30.
      Mr. McKenzie got Heart and Soul at 20 below has shared the stage with Emmy Lou, Vassar, Lester, Marty, Bill, Ricky, Doc, Laurie, Frank and David, and more. He's also played shoulder to shoulder with many of Vermont's best and best known musicians, including Peter, Paul and Mary, cousin Bruce, Zoot, Joe, a couple of Jims, Chris, David, Gordon, Dan, Matt, Andy, Nancy, Danny & Kathy, Brett, Willy and Dan, Will, Don, Clyde, Jeff, Nancy, Caleb, Pappy and Brent.
      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. Refreshments including light fare, desserts, beer, and wine will be on sale. Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Sean Jarvis hosts Open Mic Night at Nelly's 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.

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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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