ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 22 * * All Arts News On the Web * * November 1, 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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ST. ALBANS--The City of St. Albans celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery with a festive auction and reception in City Hall on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      The unique auction offers the winning entries from the Mayor's Photography Competition plus a limited number of vintage milk cans, repurposed and hand-painted by local artists. Silent bids for the milk cans can be placed in stores or at the event. The proceeds will benefit several Franklin County community groups.
      Cash bar provided by 14th Star with local fare created by The Clean Spoon. The evening is free and open to the community. Email or find them on Facebook for more info.


MONTGOMERY--The Montgomery Center for the Arts presents a Paint&Sip fundraiser with artist Pat Murphy at MCA-Kelton Hall on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      "Grab a drink, an apron, and take a seat. No experience necessary; all you need to bring is yourself." Mr. Murphy will instruct step-by-step through an original piece of art. At the end of the evening, attendees will take home a one-of-a-kind painting and a newfound talent. Refreshments will be served.
      Preregistration is necessary. Registration is $35. Click here to register fill out the form.


ST. ALBANS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on  Ed Gagne, Gillian Ireland, Claire Payne, and Shanna Ratner. Mr. Gagne is a self-taught carver of realistic duck decoys. Ms. Ireland has resumed pottery and produces brightly-colored functional pieces. Ms. Payne's paintings are influenced by the culture and history of this region. Ms. Ratner makes one-of-a-kind tile mosaics from recycled ceramics as well as block prints that are individually carved, inked, pulled, and sometimes painted.
      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 November.
      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. They have undertaken a Capital Campaign to purchase the building from the City. click here for more info.

ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts Colorado photographer Eric Smith in a solo show this month. Mr. Smith mails his work to his mother, Donna Fontana-Smith, who is a volunteer at NMC. The exhibit includes wildlife from Colorado, moose, Rocky Mountain sheep, a bison eating a dandelion, historic sites and mining cabins and old cars, and one Vermont bridge.
      The show continues through the end of November.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council annual Governing Body Meeting and Updates actually will probably be held at the Swanton House of Pizza on Monday at 6 p.m. (the meeting has been rescheduled from earlier dates).
      The annual meeting will report on and plan the creative future of the Swanton Arts Council. All past and present project leads as well as community members interested in local arts are encouraged to attend as SAC votes in a board of directors and sets the direction for the coming year.

SWANTON--The SAC hosts Write Your First Novel, a workshop with novelist and instructor JP Choquette, at the Swanton Free Public Library on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
      The workshop will empower budding writers to gain clarity and focus for their manuscript-in-progress and to gain the momentum needed to finally finish that first novel. The program fee is $25. Swanton Writers Group members receive a $5 discount. Bring note-taking supplies and an open mind. Email to register by today and for more info.


ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Blues Night with the Nobby Reed Project 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 BAY--The Bayside Pavilion hosts The Duel live on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The Plattsburgh-based duo of John Geno and Kevin Connelly have been playing in bands together for more than 20 years. Both are multi instrumentalists and lead/harmony singers; they play classic/southern rock, new country, Irish fiddle tunes, blues, jazz, and bluegrass.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents an Unplugged Evening with Jamie Lee Thurston in a special benefit event live on the taproom stage on Friday at 6 p.m.
      Vermont's own Nashville star performs in fund raiser for the Veteran's Count program. Admission is $10 per person.

MORRISVILLE--Moog's Place presents the Nobby Reed Project on Friday at 9 p.m.
      Moog's Place has "live music every night we're open, starting between eight and nine pm" with open mic night scheduled most Thursdays at 8:30 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents ambient guitarist and self-proclaimed mystic Tom Pearo on Friday and the old school blues of Blue Fox on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company hosts the annual Monster Mash Halloween Party and Costume Competition with live music from Barbie-N-Bones in The Room on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      "Dress up and join the fun ... if you dare!" There will be pumpkin beer on tap and prizes for the best and most creative costumes.

EAST FAIRFIELD--The Evenings with Vermont Treasures series concludes the season with a special concert by the Oleo Romeos in a benefit concert for the Fairfield Food Shelf at the Meeting House on the Green on Saturday at 7 p.m. Doors at 6:30 p.m.
      Led by Tyrone Shaw, the purveyors of quirk will blend crispy-fried country, blues, rock, and original tunes. The group features Mr. Shaw, guitar and vocals, Jerry Bowers, guitar, Will Patton, bass, Telecaster master George Lewis, and Roy Cutler, drums all to probe the more dubious aspects of the human psyche. Expect "an exuberant disregard for good taste." Parental discretion advised. Their latest CD of eclectic tunes is Check Please.
      Light supper fare, beer, and wine will be available throughout the evening.
      The Meeting House series has showcased ten bands this season. Admission for all concerts is by suggested donation of $10 per person at the door and concert-goers are requested to bring non-perishable food items for the food shelf. Call 802.827.6626 to reserve seats and pay at the door.

RANDOLPH--Chandler Music Hall presents the Starline Rhythm Boys' 20th Anniversary Tour with special guests on Saturday at 7:30pm.
      Vermont's honky tonk house band has been serving up a heart-throbbing mix of vintage country and rockabilly since 1998. They'll be joined by Kevin Maul on pedal steel and dobro, and award-winning fiddler Dorie Reid.
      Admission is $21 in advance, $24 on the day of show, and $12 for students. Call 802.728.6464 for tickets and more info.

ST. ALBANS--On Monday, Chris Parker returns to Twiggs 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.

FRANKLIN COUNTY--The Polls are open in every Franklin County Town on Tuesday. Don't forget to vote!

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company concludes Tuesday Nights with Troy Millette on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
      The Fairfax singer-songwriter and Summer Sounds favorite has taken up a fall residency on the taproom stage to take us on a musical journey of imaginative covers and new original songs from his upcoming album Living with a Ghost.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents Rusty Bucket and the Schroons in a benefit concert for Missisquoi River Basin Association in The Room on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
      The evening will feature live music games, light appetizers, a free flight of delicious brews, and a complimentary MRBA pint glass. Admission us $20 per person. All proceeds benefit improving waterways and water quality in and around the Missisquoi River and Lake Champlain.


      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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