ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 22 * * All Arts News On the Web * * December 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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MARATHON FL--The Florida Keys Electric Coop lights its Christmas decorations with the help of hundreds of children at the Marathon offices this evening around 5:30 p.m. There are Christmas trees and flying fish and so much more.
      Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by fire truck (it's pretty warm for reindeer here) and there is free food for all.

MONTGOMERY--The Montgomery Elementary Craft Fair takes over the elementary school on Saturday at 9 a.m.
      Local artists, crafters, and vendors have worked all year to bring you wonderful holiday options. Local farmers will offer different food and natural products, crafters will have everything from jewelry and clothing to amazing household items.


     Vermont's premier fine artist, Corliss Blakely, portrays the homes, farms, and antiques of her Vermont ancestors in oil. Her new watercolor cards are$15. Visit the Corliss Blakely Gallery to see examples of the cards and to see what else she is working on in the studio.


ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Paint Nite: Winter Wreath on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
      Artist Diane Kingston introduces "art to many that have never painted, and witnessing the thrill and confidence that comes from the creative process." Paint Nits will provide all the materials to create your own painting and provides "the refreshments you need!"
      Click here for tickets. Use the code PNfbVT for 40% off.

SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council hosts Christmas Crafts to enjoy and make Christmas items for the whole family at the Swanton Free Public Library on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

ST ALBANS--The Grind Cafe hosts the Ornament Paint'n'sip on Saturday at 11 a.m.
      Artists get to paint two large and two medium size ornaments. "You could knock out some gifts with this, or customize your own tree with your creations."
      The cost is $20. The ticket includes supplies and a choice of one off the many drink variations at The Grind. Firm RSVPs required. Tickets are available at the Grind or by Paypal (email for more info).

ST ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company hosts the Luminary Ink Paint & Pint on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
      Local artist Jon Young will give step-by-step instructions to create an original piece of art. Paint and Pint costs $35 per person which includes the two-hour art instruction, all necessary painting material, a pint/glass of a beverage of your choice to enjoy while painting, and your final masterpiece to bring home after the lesson. The session is limited to 40 seats (ages 21 and up only please), so be sure to register.


ST. ALBANS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on photographer Steve Boal, glass blower Tessa Hill, fiber artist Sally Tarr, and photographer Wayne Tarr. 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 December.
      Mr. Boal "will be donating 100% of the funds from the sale of my work in December to the Vermont Food Bank."
      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.

BURLINGTON--SEABA and Main Street Landing welcome Fairfax photographer and mixed media artist Timothy Santimore to The Gallery with an artist reception on Friday at 5pm as part of Art Map Burlington Art Walk. The show runs through the end of December.
      Click here for more info.

ST ALBANS--The Village Frame Shoppe hosts photographer Greg Cromer on Saturday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
      Mr. Cromer flies over Vermont photographing the villages and unique landmarks. He will be on hand at the Gallery with his collection of aerial photos of Vermont cities and towns. click here for more info.

SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council's art show, Emotion Speaks, concludes in the Swanton Free Public Library on Saturday. These creative responses in visual and written form address the emotion of "Anxiety." The artwork is for sale.


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.

SWANTON--SAC hosts the Art Journaling Group at the Swanton Free Public Library at a new date and new location at Bees on Broadway on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
      Art journals, junk journals, art pages, and more are fun for artists, writers, scrap bookers, and anyone else. The group meets on the meeting on the second Tuesday of every month to share ideas and to take time to create. Email for more info.


SHELDON--It's Jim Beam night at the Abbey with Karaoke and free stuff on Thursday starting at 7 p.m.

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers the Nobby Reed Project for Blues Night tonight at 7 p.m. Mackenzie and Missisquoi come out on Saturday at 5 p.m. On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Bayside Pavilion hosts the Hubcats on Friday at 6 p.m.
      Fred Brauer and Stewart Foster "will play for food. But only organic non GMO food. Fred and Stew will play for world peace. But only real world peace not fake I want to be re-elected world peace. Fred and Stew will play for Beer. Yes they will." Call 802.524.0909 or find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents favorite local pop duet Chris and Erica on Friday and Java Sparrow, the acoustic duo of Tom Van Sant, guitar and vocals, and Glenn Goodwin, bass and vocals, on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents the Stragglers on the taproom stage on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      BFA's own Eric Bushey, tenor banjo and vocals; Chris Kellogg, guitar, harmonica, and vocals; and Preston Randall, mandolin, harmonica, vocals, and bones will play hot roots, bluegrass, vintage country, Americana, and classic rock with their own spin.

ST. ALBANS--St. Albans Historical Museum presents the Carol Ann Jones Quartet Holiday Concert in the Bliss Room on Saturday at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30.
      Ms. Jones will be joined by Will Patton, Gary Spaulding and Dono Schabner to ring in the season with beautiful music for the holidays. Audience members are encouraged to sing along. There will be a cash bar and desserts. Suitable for the entire family.
      Admission is $15 per person. Tickets are available at and at the door. All proceeds benefit the St. Albans Museum.

MORRISVILLE--Moog's Place presents the Nobby Reed Project on Saturday at 9 p.m. They have "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.
      Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Queen City Drag Cabaret returns to Franklin County with the Bad Blood Drag Show at Nelly's on Saturday at 9 p.m.
      The Taylor Swift celebration show has Mike Oxready, Trey Goodlay, Shay Dee, and Helga von Snatch. "Our reputation's never been worse but we're shaking it off and bringing the party." In an incredibly exciting twist of events, Farrah Nuff makes her grand return to Vermont.
      Admission is $10. Tickets are on sale now at

ST. ALBANS--First Baptist Church will go Christmas Caroling at area nursing homes on Sunday, starting at 2 p.m.

EAST FAIRFIELD--The Meeting House on the Green Song & Celebration takes place on Sunday at 3 p.m. There will be Christmas caroling, seasonal treats and beverages, and neighborly good cheer.
      The event is free and open to the public.

ST. ALBANS--Sounds of the Season presents the Saint Michael's College Choir at the First Congregational Church on Sunday at 3 p.m.
      The choir will perform Saint-Saens' Christmas Oratorio with Erin Grainger, conductor; Susan Summerfield, organ; and soloists Victoria Drew, soprano; Amy Frostman, mezzo soprano; Adam Hall, tenor; and Zeb McLellan, bass.
      Admission is always free and donations are gratefully accepted.


      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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