ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 23 * * All Arts News On the Web * * February 28, 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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ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Paint Nite: Frosted Tulips on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
      "Paint Nites" introduce or reintroduce art to people. Artist Diane Kingston will provide all the materials to create your own painting. Click here for tickets. Use code YAYfbVT10off for $10 off ticket price.


BARRE--Studio Place Arts hosts What is Art? a "highly visual" VHC discussion, on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
      Have you ever thought to yourself, "I could do that!" when looking at an abstract in a museum or gallery? Or maybe you've wondered why collectors would pay millions for artworks that seem simplistic, bizarre, or just plain ugly? By imagining art history as an ongoing conversation, Professor David Mills of Champlain College explores ways of encountering art as more than just subjective preference. This highly visual presentation provides new ways to interact with what we find in museums and galleries. Call Sue Higby (802.479.7069) for more info.


ST. ALBANS--St. Albans Community Arts is looking for input. Folks in City Hall are exploring an ongoing local arts event similar to the Art Along the Hudson Guide. Several Hudson Valley municipalities have community days that are all about keeping art (and dollars) local.
      Is this something you'd like to see around here? Find them on Facebook for more info or drop in with your thoughts.

SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council holds a Board Meeting with Updates at the Swanton House of Pizza on Monday at 6 p.m. Social Time starts at 5:30.
      The SAC Board Meetings are held on the first Monday of every month. All are welcome! Email or click here for the agenda and more info.


ST. ALBANS--14th Star Movie Nights continue in The Room, on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Doors at 6 p.m.
      14th Star has a poll to choose the movie they will screen. Thursday's choices are Wayne's World, Shrek, or Austin Powers. Find them on Facebook for more info and to vote for this month's featured presentation.
      Come early to claim a seat and enjoy some movie trivia. There will be plenty of seating, or feel free to bring a blanket and pillow and get cozy on the floor. Free popcorn for all who attend, a full dinner menu from Grazers, and, of course, craft beer.


ST. ALBANS BAY--Jazz at Bayside Pavilion presents the Wickmoore Jazz Trio on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
      Nelson Moore, drums; Eli Moore, bass; and Vihan Wickramasinghe, keyboard; from the Plattsburgh State Mambo Combo play a relaxing mixture of jazz, blues, and funk tunes with some fun and dancing as the show goes on. Find them on Facebook for more info.

SOUTH HERO--Snow Farm Vineyard features singer/songwriter Carol Ann Jones for Wine Down Friday on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
      Call 802.372.9463 for info or reservations.

SHELDON--The Abbey has grass and flowers on a music poster for their new lineup of music for Spring. The Spring Music in the Pub series kicks off with Sean Jarvis this Friday at 7 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents Django Soulo making music from the heart, for the heart, on Friday and the eclectic Jeff & Gina with vocals, guitar, viola, flute, tenor guitar, mandolin and bass on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Then on Monday, Chris Parker returns 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.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents Sean & Gerry Live on the taproom stage on Saturday at 8 p.m.
      The Winooski duo of Sean Nary (lead and rhythm guitar, lead and backing vocals, and percussion) and Gerry Metiver (lead and backing vocals, rhythm and lead guitar, and percussion) play acoustic/electric rock and record on the Styrofoam Anchor Records label.

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Trevor Contois with Rosie Newton and Michael Lawler on Saturday at 9 p.m. Dave Contois, Thom Carvey, and Ian Koeller will join in for dance tunes by Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Arianna Grande, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, and more.
      On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

BURLINGTON--Mardi Gras falls on Fat Tuesday, with live music for dancing and listening from Yankee Chank, Big Night, and Ponyhustle at Hotel Vermont on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
      New England's Yankee Chank performs traditional dance music from Southwest Louisiana with Bob Naess, Cannon Labrie, June Drucker, Mark Sustic, and Jim Burns.
      Big Night is dedicated to the idea that every person deserves an opportunity to two-step. The Burlington-based musicians play a mix of Cajun, western swing, Zydeco and classic country.
      Ponyhustle plays at Radio Bean with Eric George, Colin Cope, Mia Valentini, Cody Sergeant, Luke Houseman, Erich Meisberger and John Abair.
      The event benefits the Tom Sustic Fund to support for families with children with life-altering conditions at the Vermont Children's Hospital and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.


RHS PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION (March 1)--The 2019 Royal Horticultural Society competition promotes high quality and beautiful photography; the RHS wants to inspire everyone to grow by encouraging people to share their two passions of gardening and photography. No Entry Fee. Click here for more info.

INSIGHT INVESTMENT ASTRONOMY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR (March 8)--The two competitions are organized by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, London. The Adult competition is open to anyone aged 16 and over. The Young competition is open to anyone under 16. Entrants may submit up to ten photos. Entries may feature any astronomical subject. No Entry Fee. Click here for more info.

YOUTH ART SHOW (March 18)--The Swanton Arts Council is now accepting artwork for the 4th annual Youth Art Show to be held on March 22nd & 23rd. All K-12 and post grad artists working in all 2-D or 3-D media are welcome.
      Nicole Gadouas Email or click here for the call for artists flyer.

EMERGING ARTIST AWARD (March 18)--This scholarship contest runs in conjunction with the Spring Youth Art Show. Click here for the application and more info.

EDWIN CHURCH AWARD FOR YOUNG WRITERS (April 1)--This award includes a $500 cash prize to encourage writers in the MVU school district to publish. Mr. Church was a lifelong local writer with a love of the railroad. Click here for the application and more info.


      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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