ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 23 * * All Arts News On the Web * * August 1, 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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FRANKLIN COUNTY--The Big Music Weeks of Summer continue as some of our friends play multiple gigs. Summer Sounds takes the week off so you can visit Franklin County Field Days with live music every day in Highgate. There are shows in Alburgh, Enosburg Falls, Essex Junction, Highgate, Johnson, Milton, Morrisville, North Hero, Sheldon, St. Albans, and Swanton.


HIGHGATE--Today through Sunday, Vermont's finest country fair takes to the fields of Highgate as the 44th annual Franklin County Field Days brings a lineup of the best music, arts and crafts, and of course weeds that Franklin County has to offer. The musical lineup includes great music every day. And it all begins today at noon.
      There will be ongoing demonstrations of woodworking, knitting, chair weaving, felting, and more in the Homemaker's Barn. The Arts and Crafts are bigger than ever. There are "Make and Take" projects every day. Events include rides, the horse and pony pull, ATV drag races, poker tournaments, tractor pulls and the demolition derby. There are exhibits galore. Field Days has also established a scholarship fund in memory of the past directors; they award at least one $500 scholarship each year.
      Field Days has headliners each day. Jamie Lee Thurston starts the shows with a bang outside the saloon this evening at 8:30 p.m.
      Tomorrow, Buddy the Clown wanders the grounds all day. Watch for a sighting. The Old Man Garage Band opens the Main Stage at 11 a.m. Chris & Erica build up the stage at 3 p.m. and Night Hawk will light some fires starting at 7:30 p.m.
      Buddy the Clown returns on Saturday, then Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate starts the entertainment on the Main Stage at 11 a.m. Friction rubs the stage for the afternoon shift, starting at 2 p.m. Neon Spoon & Company are the showstopper at 7:30 p.m.
      Darcy Cahill lights up Sunday morning with a solo gig at 10 a.m., then the Keeghan Nolan Band anchors the stage at noon.
      Field Days has "One Price" admission of $10 per day for all ages, every day of the fair. It includes all midway rides, the tractor pull exhibits, the track events, live entertainment, parking, and more. A limited number of rides may be available for small children.
      Call Fernand Gagne (802.238.4904), email, or click here for more info.


MONTGOMERY--Michael Domina and Red Barn Studio will host two workshops, Making Art at the Red Barn, for three days each, August 8-10 and September 12-14.
      Mr. Domina will show and teach several easy techniques in watercolor or acrylic to complete a painting to be proud of. No drawing skills are needed. Bring some supplies if you have them. The studio has watercolor and acrylic paintings by Mr. Domina and guest artists.
      Find them on Facebook for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on fiber arts and mixed-media works of Donna Blatchly, printmaker and painter Kristina Bolduc, metalsmith Cathy LaClair, and figurative mixed-media work by Meta Strick.
      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 August.
      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.

ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts painter and photographer Sandra Ferland in a solo show this month. The owner of Lasting Impressions in Enosburg Falls and a mixed media enthusiast, is showing minimalist acrylic abstracts.
      The show continues through the end of August.

SWANTON--The Art Nook Gallery at the Swanton Free Public Library hosts an opening reception with watercolors by Michael Barkyoumb on Wednesday at 5 p.m. The majority of his work is influenced by bodies of water with a particular fondness for boats and lighthouses. The work will be on display and for sale during the months of August and September. He is retired from the VT Air National Guard.
      The gallery offers a new chapter every other month. Light refreshments will be served at the reception.


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--Twiggs hosts Paint Nite: Sea Dog this evening at 7 p.m.
      Artist Emily Lindberg is an elementary education teacher with an interest in interior design. She will provide all the materials to create your own painting plus has "the refreshments you need!" Click here for tickets and more info.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council will hold a Board Meeting and Updates at the Swanton Free Public Library on Monday at 6 p.m. Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month.
      Click here for the agenda and minutes of the previous meetings.


MONTGOMERY--The Montgomery Center for the Arts continues Movie Night at The MCA with Dancing With The Cannibal Giant on Friday at 7 p.m. "Bring a snack and a pal" for the big screening.
      This film is a companion for essential dialogue so there will be a short introduction to the film and plenty of time after it for questions and sharing with director and film maker Chris Wood. Find them on Facebook for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The Old Foundry at One Federal presents Squirrel in the Thursday Night Music Series this evening at 7 p.m. The acoustic based, percussion driven band plays an eclectic mix of music.
      Call 802.524.0330 or find them on Facebook for more info.

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Blues Night with 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.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents Josh Casano on the taproom stage on Friday at 6 p.m.
      Mr. Casano is a classically trained singer/songwriter and cover loop station artist from Latham, NY.

ST. ALBANS--The Old Foundry at One Federal presents lyrical singer-songwriter Marcie Hernandez with Shay Gestal on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
      Call 802.524.0330 or find them on Facebook for more info.

MILTON--Arrowhead Golf Course presents Ryan Sweezey for the Friday Night Live Music and Buffet on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Friday's theme is "Las Vegas." The meatball subs buffet starts around 7 p.m. Both run until 9 p.m.
      The buffet costs $11 per person ($5 for each child). You don't have to be a member; the public is welcome. Be sure to come early, usually around 6, to get a good seat.

SHELDON--The Abbey continues the Summer Music in the Pub series with Bryce Bachelder on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--Mill River Brewing hosts Sean and Dan Jarvis on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

ALBURGH--Vermont's premier blues guitarist Nobby Reed brings the Project to the American Legion Post #60 on Friday at 8 p.m.

ST ALBANS--The Sunflower Festival offers Live Music in the Field with King Me on Friday and Carol Ann Jones and Jon Sochin in the Industrial Park Sunflower Field behind Ben & Jerry's on Saturday. Music begins at 5:30 p.m. Food and drink will be available from Mill River Brewing and the Traveling Canteen.
      The Sunflower Festival celebrates thousands of the happiest flower of the summer in fields planted by Scott Magnon. Other activities include the Flower Power 5K and the Sunflower Walk & Talk. A signed and numbered, limited-edition print of Jon Young's sunflower painting, printed on fine-quality art paper by the Village Frame Shoppe, is available to order. The festival runs sunrise-sunset, on Friday-Sunday. Admission is $3 to the Industrial Park field or $5 at St Albans Bay.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents genre-hopping Becca and Andy Cartmell's Homebrew on Friday and the Vermont trio The Handymen on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      The Cartmells mix Celtic, old-time music, jazz, Americana and modern pop covers with originals that use live-looping to combine trad melodies and rhythms with jazzy improvisational motifs and modern chord structures. Handymen John Falk, Ron White, and Rob Zollman play authentic blues, rock, r&b, jazz, New Orleans funk and quirky crossover tunes.
      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--The 40th Army Band presents a free Favorites of the 40th Concert in Taylor Park on Saturday at 2 p.m.
      Vermont's own has been on a summer tour which included stops in Jeffersonville, Greensboro and Montpelier. Selections will feature favorites from some of our members as well as some guest conductors. All concerts are free and open to the public.

NORTH HERO--Island Arts presents a Yang Bao Classical Concert in the Island Arts Center at the Homer Knight Barn on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
      The evening will have works by Beethoven, Schumann, and Mozart and also featuring pieces collaborating with contemporary dance. Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
      Island Arts is sponsoring a Yang Bao Residency with master classes in piano, violin, and dance and the possibility of participation in the Multi Media Experience on August 10. Email for more info.

HIGHGATE--Summer Sounds takes the day off so you can enjoy the live music and excitement of Franklin County Field Days.

JOHNSON--Tuesday Night Live continues with the Max Weaver All Stars on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Concerts are free and live every Tuesday, rain or shine.
      Find them on Facebook for more info.

ENOSBURG FALLS--The Enosburg Town Band plays a weekly free summer concert in Lincoln Park on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
      Bring a chair or a blanket to enjoy an hour long concert under the stars under the direction of Alisa Martin. Performances will continue on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. through August 21.

ST. ALBANS--Summer Sounds favorites Inca Hoots continue the Downtown Summer Concert Series in the E.A. Loomis Bandshell in Taylor Park on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. 14th Star Brewing and the Traveling Canteen serve food and drink at all of this year's Summer Concert Series events.
      Admission is free.

ST. ALBANS--The Bayside presents the Starline Rhythm Boys on Wednesday at 6 p.m. No cover, just "three old guys playin' country" every Wednesday evening through the summer.

MORRISVILLE--The Wednesday Night Live summer music series continues with the Take 5 Jazz Ensemble in Oxbow Riverfront Park on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. The Lamoille Dance Academy will perform and there will be marble painting in the River Arts tent. The series continues each week through August 22. There will be a rotating mix of food vendors every week, from American barbecue to Nepalese staples.

SWANTON--The Citizens Concert Band plays a free concert in the Village Green on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
      The rain site is Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.


      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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