ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 22 * * All Arts News On the Web * * November 8, 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 Swanton Arts Council's art show, Emotion Speaks, opens in the Swanton Free Public Library with a reception Friday at 6 p.m.
      These creative responses in visual and written form address the emotion of "Anxiety." The artwork will be for sale and on display at the Swanton Public Library through December 8.


MILTON--Milton Artists' Guild kicks off the 14th annual ArtFest with a free Gala featuring the music of Dayve Huckett and refreshments on Friday at 6 p.m. Doors for the MAG ArtFest will open on Saturday at 9 a.m. through 4 p.m.
      MAG artists will showcase and selling their art including painting, photography, woodworking, jewelry, fiber art and much more.

ENOSBURG FALLS--The annual Opera House Craft Fair takes over the House on Saturday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. features talented local artists, artisans, and crafters.
      It's a chance to get your holiday shopping done and support your crafty neighbors.


ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Pebble Art 5x7 Frame this evening at 6 p.m.
      Jean Ferguson picks up a rock or a stone or a pebble and "sees a thousand possibilities." She "shops" for rocks and stones on beaches and shorelines all over Vermont. This workshop will use pebbles, rocks, stones, driftwood and lake glass to create artwork. From framed pieces to Christmas ornaments to candle holders, each piece is unique. Call Twiggs to make a reservation if you plan to eat ahead of time. Food and drink also available during the event.
      The cost is $30. Click here for tickets.

ST. ALBANS--Jeff's Maine Seafood hosts Paint and Sip Vermont in the Lounge on Wednesday at 6 p.m. This event is SOLD OUT.
      Meagan Van Woert will lead painting an inspiring and colorful scene of trees and narrowing road. The cost is$35 per person.


MONTGOMERY--The Montgomery Center for the Arts holds its Quarterly Directors Meeting on Thursday at 6 p.m.
      This will be a historic meeting for the MCA, as they sign the transfer deeds for Kelton Hall. The group will also discuss project and plotting and planning for the 2019 MCA year to come. 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--The Swanton Arts Council Art Journaling Group has a New Date and New Location. Meetings will be held at Bees on Broadway on the second Tuesday of every month.
      The Art Journaling Group will meet at Bees on Broadway on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. Art journals, junk journals, art pages and more are on the table and make for fun for artists, writers, scrap bookers, and more. The group now meets on the second Tuesday of every month to share ideas and to take time to create.

SWANTON--The SAC hosts Book Publishing Options, a workshop with novelist and instructor JP Choquette, at the Swanton Free Public Library on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
      The workshop will assist writers in determining whether traditional, indie or hybrid publishing is best for them. 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 Justifies a Fall Frolic Friday night at 9:30 p.m.
      Justice is Gary Greeno, vocals, guitar and keys; Rod Bushey, lead guitar and vocals; Scott Belisle, bass and vocals; Mike Stella, drums; and Scott Guptill, guitar and vocals. This is their final show at On Tap for 2018. The venue has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

SOUTH BURLINGTON--Higher Ground presents Livingston Taylor in a seated show in the showcase lounge on Friday at 8 p.m. Doors at 7.
      The fourth child in a very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate and Hugh, Mr. Taylor recorded his first record at the age of 18 and has continued to create well crafted, introspective, and original songs that have earned him listeners worldwide. He has toured with artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffett and Jethro Tull, and he maintains a busy concert schedule of over 80 shows a year. He is also a full professor at Berklee College of Music. His latest album is Blue Sky.
      Admission is $27 in advance or $30 day of show. Click here for tickets and more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents New England bluesman Arthur James on four dollar Friday and the homespun originals and handpicked covers of John Smyth and Jenn Croteau 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 Adult Prom in The Room on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      Dress in your prom finery and enjoy a night you'll never forget. This is not your high school prom. The evening will benefit Operation Happiness, a gift program operated by the United Way of Franklin County to provide food, gifts, and toys to families in need in our area during the holidays. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for Operation Happiness.
      Admission is $20 per person or $35 per couple. Are you active or retired military? Show military ID at the door to receive a special gift. Click here for tickets and more info.

BURLINGTON--The Champlain Club presents the Starline Rhythm Boys celebrating 20 years together on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
      Vermont's honky tonk house band has been serving up a heart-throbbing mix of vintage country and rockabilly since 1998. They are a perennial favorite at The Champlain Club to dance the night away. The evening starts with a free Beginner Dance Lesson at 7:30 p.m. and then the live music and dance at 8.
      Admission is $20 on sliding scale (volunteers get a $5 discount). Email to sign-up to volunteer or for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Church Street Sounds of the Season presents the Blue Rock Boys at the First Congregational Church on Sunday at 3 p.m.
      Local favorites Eric Bushey and Cliff Crosby will play an afternoon of vintage, eclectic music on acoustic guitar, harmonica, electric guitar, tenor and 5-String banjos. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted. The site is wheelchair accessible.

BURLINGTON--Young Tradition Vermont presents Oisin Mac Diarmada and Daithi Gormley in the BCA Center on Sunday at 6 p.m. They will explore tunes and stories from the new Fiddlers of Sligo Tunebook in a celebration of the historic Sligo fiddling legacy.
      Mr. Mac Diarmada began playing fiddle in Clare, moved to Sligo, and developed his skills in the playing style of the Sligo region. Steeped in the rich heritage of County Sligo, Mr. Gormley is one of the finest button accordion players of his generation.
      Admission is by $20 suggested donation. Email for reservations and more info.

PLAN AHEAD--Shrek the Musical takes over the BFA Performing Arts Center for a three-day, four-performance run beginning next Thursday, November 15. Ogres! Princesses! Dragons! Don't miss this fun show.


      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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