ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 23 * * All Arts News On the Web * * April 4, 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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SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council Spring Handmade Craft Show will be held in Holy Trinity Church on Saturday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
      The show has grown into two buildings of handcrafters. It features local artists and crafters with a wide range of handmade goods and fine art. There will be sewn items, jewelry, knit items, body care items and much more. Lunch and baked good will round out the day.
      Admission is free. Email for more info.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council Beginner Foxtrot Lessons take over the Swanton Free Public Library on Saturday at 12 noon. Open dance will begin at 1 p.m. A library is a wonderful place to dance.
      Kevin Laddison of First Step Dance will teach. There is no need to bring a partner, he notes, but ask a friend. The groups will trade partners throughout each lesson.
      Admission is $10 per person for two hours of dancing. Call Ali Boren (509.592.0990) or email for more info or to register.


ST. ALBANS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on fine art wood turner Barry Genzlinger, decorative fiber artist Maureen Genzlinger, and art quilter Anne Standish.
      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 April.
      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 Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here for more info.

ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts Vermont photographer David Juaire in a solo show this month.
      The Vermont Life photographer is renowned for his views of the different seasons across the landscape of the state. The premiere issue of the NMC calendar with Mr. Juaire's Metcalf Pond image gracing the cover is a collectable. The show continues through the end of April.


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 through December 26. Each week a very groovy group of artists gather to work and socialize.

ST. ALBANS--Paint a Barn Quilt is a fundraiser for Artist in Residence Gallery at the Barlow Street Community Center on Saturday at 2 p.m.
      Create a quilt for your home or barn and support the Gallery's efforts to purchase their building. Instructor Kristina Bolduc will guide the group with tips and color options. Materials including a primed wood panel, acrylic paint, and patterns will be provided to complete the finished 12" x 12" piece.
      The cost is $30 per person. Pre-registration is encouraged at the Gallery or call 802.528.5222.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council Art Journaling Group will meet at the Swanton Free Public Library 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 meets on the second Tuesday of every month to share ideas and to take time to create.
      Email for more info.


ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers 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.

SHELDON--The Abbey continues the Spring Music in the Pub series on Friday at 7 p.m. This week, Sean Jarvis appears with new original music. The series continues through April 26.

ESSEX JUNCTION--The Double E has another concert triple header this weekend with Leadfoot Louise on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and then Reid Parsons and Cooie Sings, both on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      Leadfoot Louise is a twisted Americana string band featuring Bay Day favorites Rebecca Padula, Clare Innes, and Dan Wyman. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents acoustic duo Dale & Darcy with tenor banjo, fiddles, mandolin, guitar and vocals on Friday and Boston-area singer/songwriter Ryan Sweezey. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

COLCHESTER--The Elley Long Music Center presents the Young Tradition Touring Group on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      Special guest Tony Demarco will be featured, along with artist leaders, the full 2018/2019 Touring Group, plus alumni from previous years. This will be the fourth public performance of material the group has been working on since last Fall, and the final Vermont performance before a trip to metro New York and New Jersey later this month.
      The Touring Group consists of 28 players, singers and dancers supported by artist leaders Pete Sutherland, Jeremiah McLane, Oliver Scanlon, Addison White, and manager Mark Sustic. Though most Touring Group members are from Vermont, the group also includes members from Massachusetts and the Adirondacks this year.
      Admission is by $15 suggested donation.

LINCOLN, VT--Will Patton joins Lewis Franco and the Missing Cats at Burnham Hall on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      The show will be a "vocal hep cat swing featuring the Brown Eyed Girls." The Burnham Hall Music Series hosts a line up of (mostly acoustic) Vermont performing artists in the genre of folk, blues, jazz, bluegrass and Americana. Admission is $10 for adults; teens and kids are free. Refreshments are served during intermission.

MONTGOMERY CENTER--The Stragglers return to Big Jay Tavern on Saturday at 8:30 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.

Tuesday ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents Tuesday Nights with Troy on the taproom stage on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
      Fairfield singer-songwriter Troy Millette is on stage for a musical journey of imaginative covers and original songs from his latest album, Living With A Ghost. His Spring residency continues every Tuesday through April 30.
      14th Star owner and founder Steve Gagner has been named the 2019 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs continues the Monthly Blues Jam on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
      On the second Wednesday of each month, the gastropub will host an explosive evening of electric blues. All musicians are welcome to come and play the blues with the house band of Tom Caswell, guitar and vocals; Tom Buckley, bass; and Michael Bishop, drums.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--Why is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math event in this column? Arts council chair (and your obedient servant) Dick Harper is a Mechanical Engineer. STEM contributes to artistic pursuits and a study of the arts makes better scientists and engineers.
      The STEM Challenge Initiative hosts STEM Recognition Night at the St. Albans Museum this evening at 5:30 p.m. The program will feature updates from previous Challenge Grant winners, the presentation of the Mary Babcock Teacher of the Year award, highlights from the MVU Science Fair winners, and a keynote address by cybersecurity expert and Franklin County native Matt Devost.
      Click here for 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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