ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 23 * * All Arts News On the Web * * May 23, 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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      Nance Shaw at the Meeting House on the Green suggested we add links to the great music series like the concerts at the Meeting House to our list of links at the bottom of the weekly ArtBits. It's a great idea and the links are there now!


SHELDON--The 17th annual Farewell Reunion returns to Grace Church on May 24 at 7 p.m. There is always a huge cast of superb performers; this year the concert features the Jason Anick Acoustic Trio and Beg, Steal or Borrow.
      The benefit concert supports the Tom Sustic Fund, which supports families with children with life-threatening/life-altering conditions. The concert is presented by Young Tradition Vermont and Grace Church as part of the Summer Music at Grace Series.
      Admission is a $20 suggested donation at the door. There are no advance tickets. Everyone is asked to bring a dessert to share at intermission. Email or click here for more info.


AROUND THE STATE--Vermont's 26th annual Open Studio Weekend begins Saturday at 10 a.m. Most Vermont artists and craftspeople work in studios in or near their residences. These founts of production and inspiration can be found in a downtown or at the ends of a dirt road. This statewide celebration is a chance to see the magic at work. The event begins the summer season during Memorial Day Weekend each year.
      Some of the artists open their working studios to the public only during this weekend. It is an opportunity for them to talk about their work and to demonstrate the skill and processes used to make it. The participating artists plan to get work done as well as teach while visitors poke around.
      Hundreds of other sites will be open with more than three hundred artists and artisans participating this year including these spaces in and around Franklin County. Pick up a hard copy map at any studio, tourist information centers on Vermont's interstate highways.
      The Artist In Residence Gallery has fine crafts and art by 40 local artists in St. Albans.
      Grand Isle Art Works is filled with fine art, sculpture, crafts, fiber, wood, jewelry, and pottery.
      The Milton Artists Guild has more than 100 local artists on tap plus live music with Carol Ann Jones.
      Claire Payne may have a number of artists in her Georgia studio as well as her own original oils and acrylics as well as matted prints and cards.
      Meta Strick paints, draws, cuts, carves, sews and assembles one-of-a-kind Art Dolls as well as paintings, ornaments, and oddities in her studio in Fairfield.
      The Westford Red Brick Meeting House is home to Longina Smolinski and will show the work of several artists including India Tresselt's fiber art
      Other statewide participants include furniture makers, glass blowers, ironworkers, jewelers, quilters painters, potters, print makers, sculptors, weavers, and wood carvers. Many galleries will host gallery talks and feature special exhibits in conjunction with this event.
      Click here for maps, directions, and more info.


ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Paint Nite: Tranquility V this evening at 7 p.m.
      Artist Diane Kingston brings energy and fun and will provide all the materials to create your own painting plus has "the refreshments you need!" Tickets are $35/person. Click here for tickets and more info. Use code YAYfbVT10off for $10 off.


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.


ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Bethany Conner and Troy Millette on Friday at 5 p.m.
      On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

ALBURGH--S.A.S. returns to the Alburgh American Legion Post 60 to kick off Memorial Day weekend and pay homage to those who have sacrificed so much for all of us (past and current), all on Friday beginning at 8 p.m. "Come on out, let loose and kick up your heels with us."

ST. ALBANS--It's a busy couple of days at Twiggs as the restaurant presents singer/songwriters Chris and Erica on Friday and the tranquil but dynamic Sierra Polley and Trevor Contois on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m. Singer-songwriter-guitarist-producer Sean Ashby also takes a room on Saturday at 7:30.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Mill River Brewing kicks off the Memorial Day weekend with live music by the Rough Suspects "acoustic" on Friday at 7 p.m. Pat Lavin, Matt Vachon, Sean Greenwood, Andrew Bedard, and Dan Jolly play high-energy "rock, blues and drunken country...just like mama used to make."
      Memorial Day weekend live continues with the Nobby Reed Project on Saturday at 6 p.m. Vermont's premiere blues trio has Mr. Reed wailing that guitar, old friend Ray Bushey on bass, and percussion star Eric Belrose.

MILTON--Singer-songwriter Carol Ann Jones performs solo at Milton Artists Guild as part of Open Studio Weekend on Saturday from noon - 2 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--Celebrate 14th Star's seventh birthday and the Memorial Day holiday with Barbie N' Bones live, great brews, food, and outdoor games, all in a Parking Lot Party on Sunday from noon - 10 p.m.

MONTGOMERY--The monthly Celebration of Expressive Arts begins its 10th season at the INN on Sunday evening at 7 p.m. The event officially includes everything but dancing, but there is always hope. Come early for dinner; service begins at 5 p.m.
      This month, the featured comedian is Gabe Roberts, the featured musicians are Rough and Tumble, and the featured artist is Ron Prigat. The local artists, writers and musicians gather to share original and thought provoking work, curated and hosted by Bob and Becca Cummins.


JUNE JURIED SHOW (May 24)--The annual Northern Vermont Artists Association show is fast approaching. Email label info to Andy by tomorrow and to drop work off on Saturday, June 1.

MAYORS PHOTO COMPETITION (June 30)--The theme for the second annual competition is "Lakes, Rivers, and Waterways." No entry fee. The photographs will be auctioned later this fall as a fundraiser to support St. Albans Community Arts.
      Email electronic files for 8 inch by 10 inch photos to Mayor Tim Smith or click here for the contest rules and entry form.


      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


Links to the Summer Music series in Franklin County
Summer Sounds
Summer Music at Grace
Downtown Summer Concert Series
Summer Evenings with
Vermont Treasures
Citizens Band
Wednesday Night Live
Enosburg Town Band


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