ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 23 * * All Arts News On the Web * * August 29, 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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      We squeezed in one more Big Music Week of Summer as our friends continue to play around the County and around the State. There are performances in East Burke, Essex Junction, Milton, Sheldon, South Hero, St. Albans Bay, St. Albans City, and Swanton.


ST. ALBANS TOWN--The Town of St. Albans has installed an Art Wall at the Bay, beside the concrete dock. Check out the art and paint more "if you feel so moved."
      The Town Parks Committee was inspired by the art walls and quilts in Swanton. Anyone can create artwork on the Bay wall. Offensive themes, words or advertisements will be removed. Artists should tag the Town of St. Albans on Facebook. Work may be painted over at any time.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council hosts Beginner Colored Pencil Class with Corrina Thurston at the Swanton Free Public Library this evening at 5:30 p.m.
      This three-hour class will teach the basics of drawing with colored pencils in an opaque and realistic style. Attendees will discuss and practice techniques like creating shine, creating texture, layering, getting vibrant, opaque colors, etching details with an x-acto knife, blending and more and will practice drawing a few different small items. Each participant will walk away with the basic skills to create a full, vibrant colored pencil drawing and the pencils to do it with.
      Space is limited. $35 payable in advance via cash, check or PayPal. Email to reserve a spot or for more info.

FAIRFIELD--Meta Strick continues the A.I.R. sponsored 2019 Sunday Afternoon Art Workshops with Intro to Polymer Clay Techniques at her studios on Sunday from 12 noon - 5 p.m. Materials and tools are provided (as well as a good time with great people).
      Ms. Strick describes the workshops as, "Loose, experimental, and fun." Each is a five hour opportunity to learn a new technique or improve on another. Try a different material. Share some new ideas. Enjoy exploration and play, and leave with a unique project. Ms. Strick is a mixed media artist who has been "playing with art since she was old enough to clutch a crayon in a chubby fist." The studio can accommodate eight participants. Click here to register and pay in advance.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Paint Nite: Summer And Fall Partner Painting on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
      Artist Diane Kingston introduces "art to many that have never painted, and witnessing the thrill and confidence that comes from the creative process." Paint Nite will provide all the materials to create your own painting and provides "the refreshments you need!"
      The evening costs $35 per person. Click here for tickets. Use the code PNfbVT for $10 off.


MONTGOMERY--Michael Domina and Red Barn Studio will host the three day workshop, Making Art at the Red Barn, on 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 him on Facebook for more info


SOUTH HERO--Music in the Vineyard, the Snow Farm Winery Summer Concert Series, concludes the season with the Starline Rhythm Boys this evening at 6:30 p.m.
      Live music comes to the vineyard every Thursday evening this summer. The series ranged from classical to jazz to swing to bluegrass to classic rock. All concerts are free and no tickets are required. Picnicking begins at 5 p.m.; music starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30.

ST. ALBANS--The Old Foundry at One Federal presents the soul and blues of the Dave Keller Trio in the Thursday Night Music Series this evening at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.0330 or find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Mill River Brewing BBQ & Smokehouse hosts Stand Up Comedy with "various entertainers guaranteed to make you laugh" this evening at 7 p.m.
      Mill River is a sustainable, family-owned, brewpub serving their own VT craft beers. The BBQ and Smokehouse menu offers locally raised meats and produce with baked goods made in-house.

Thursday-Labor Day
ESSEX JUNCTION--The Ten Best Days of Summer continues through Labor Day as the 98th annual Champlain Valley Fair hosts Vermont's Music Showcase on the Koffee Kup Stage in the Adsit Building and in the music gazebo on the State Building Lawn every day at 12 noon, 1, 2:30, 4, and 5:50 p.m.
      The Stage features O'hAnleigh, Andriana Chobot, Steve Hartmann, and Sarah King. The Music Gazebo offers Abby Sherman and The Dreamcatchers, Ryan Sweezy, Allison Fay Brown, and Rick Cusick.
      Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents solo artist and Vermont native Michael Albee on Thursday, the well seasoned popular music of Roy and the Wrecks on Friday, then rock and blues with Nobby Reed and Missisquoi Slim on Saturday, and the blues and vintage R&B of the nationally renowned Jeff Salisbury Band on Labor Day. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

SHELDON--The Abbey concludes the Summer Music in the Pub series with Sean Jarvis on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

MILTON--Arrowhead Golf Course hosts Bob Recupero for the final Friday Night Live Music and Buffet of the summer season on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Friday's theme is "Sports." The pulled pork 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.

ST. ALBANS--The Old Foundry at One Federal presents Homebrew, the genre-hopping husband and wife duo, Becca and Andy Cartmell, on Friday, and Vermont's musician's musician Paul Asbell on Saturday. Shows begin at 6:30 p.m.
      Call 802.524.0330 or find them on Facebook for more info.

SWANTON--Swanton Sound Stage presents singer-songwriter Scott Aaron Martell on the Village Green on Saturday at 4 p.m.
      Swanton Arts Council will showcase local musicians in a four-part series that will take place once each month over the summer, June-September. Local musicians making music live are inspiring. The event is funded by an Amplify Grant from RiseVT.

EAST BURKE--Mike's Tiki Bar presents the Nobby Reed Project on Sunday at 3 p.m.
      Vermont's best known blues trio includes Eric Belrose, percussion, Ray Bushey, bass, and Mr. Reed on lead guitar and vocals.

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.


      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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