ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 23 * * All Arts News On the Web * * January 24, 2019


      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--The Montgomery Center for the Arts continues a Figure Drawing Workshop in the LAB at MCAKeltonHall today at 5 p.m. The workshop carries on every Thursday this year. Each week a very groovy group of artists gather to work and socialize.

ST. ALBANS--American Legion Post 1 hosts a Paint & Sip on Slate fundraiser on Friday at 6 p.m.
      Instructor Janet Soavi will guide participants to create a sign on slate to hang in your home. The cost is $35 per person in advance, or $40 at the door. Call 802.524.5561 to reserve your spot and call Sara Hayes (802.752.0589) for more info.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council Writer's Group will meet at the Swanton Free Public Library this evening at 6 p.m. Members can share progress and join in the discussion about longer projects and anything else about writing, reading, publishing, and more.
      Call Becky Rupp (802.733.7471) or email for more info.


MONTPELIER--The Spice on Snow winter folk and Cajun music festival features the Young Tradition Touring Group, the Green Mountain Playboys, the Hokum Brothers, and about 60 national headliners at the Summit School and other locations, beginning today and continuing through Sunday.
      The four-day celebration of roots and contemporary folk music features outstanding Cajun and old time musicians from Louisiana and Southern Appalachia, together with premier touring folk musicians and regional performers. There are concerts, dances, workshops, family events, jam sessions and free performances, city-wide.
      Click here for tickets and more info.

SHELDON--The Abbey hosts Friday Nights Music with the Winter Music Series beginning this Friday at 7 p.m. The series continues through February 22. Singer-songwriter Sean Jarvis kicks off the nights with new original music.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents singer/songwriters Chris and Erica on Friday and the rock, blues, and the odd country song of John Howell on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Swanton Arts Council brings you Scott Martell and his friends, the Anton Umber Trio, at the Traveled Cup on Saturday at 2 p.m.
      The expressive acoustic and electric singer-songwriter is visiting St. Albans to playing a mix of songs with his pals at the coffee shop.

SHELDON--The Abbey hosts Comedy with Al Hapenny, Ed Waugh, Sarah Martin, and EJ Edmonds as a fundraiser for the Sheldon 8th Grade Class on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      $25 for dinner and the show. Call Krissy (802.393.1442) or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents SoN oF a GuN live to light up the taproom stage on Saturday at 6 p.m. The energetic quintet plays the rock music of the 80's, 90's, and today.

ST. JOHNSBURY--Catamount Arts host Bluegrass Night with Summer Sounds favorite Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing plus this month's special guest Jim Rooney in the Catamount Arts Center on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      Mr. Rooney is a 50-year veteran of the music business and recent winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association's Distinguished Achievement Award.
      Admission is free but donations are always accepted.


XVIII VIDEOMINUTE INTERNATIONAL CONTEST (January 31)--The University of Zaragoza, Spain, calls for fiction or animation videos on any subject, each no longer than 1 minute (60 seconds). The film must be subtitled in Spanish or in English. Cash prizes. No Entry Fee.

ART FOR THE COLUMBIA COLLEGE LITERARY REVIEW (February 4)--The annual journal of literature and art wants 2D artwork in any media, including photography, to be included in the 2019 edition. No entry fee. Use the Submittable online submission manager, linked through the website.

RECYCLE 2019 (February 24)-- The juried show calls for art crafted from cast-off, discarded and repurposed materials. The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition will exhibit sophisticated 2-D and 3-D art; entries must incorporate at least 50 percent of repurposed, recycled or reused materials. Entry fee. Cash prizes. Entry Fee.

#802PHONESDOWN!HEADSUP! (April 1)--The Vermont Highway Safety Alliance Public Safety Announcement contest wants videos exactly 25 seconds long to help prevent serious car crashes and deaths due to distracted driving. High school students should create their entries as an individual or a team of two, post it to YouTube and then register it using the Planet Reg Registration Form. No entry fee.


      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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