ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 23 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 12, 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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MONTGOMERY--Michael Domina and Red Barn Studio will host the second of two Making Art at the Red Barn three day workshops beginning today and running through September 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 Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts painter and photographer Sandra Ferland in the second month of her two-month solo show. This month, she is showing free form abstracts done on synthetic paper in alcohol ink. She owns Lasting Impressions in Enosburg Falls and is a mixed media enthusiast.
      The show continues through the end of September.

ST. ALBANS--The Saint Albans Museum has extended the exhibit, The Last of the Hill Farms, in the Bliss Room through October 4.
      Photographer Richard Brown's recently published retrospective, The Last of the Hill Farms: Echoes of Vermont's Past, showcases the lives and landscapes from the 1970s on, but reflecting the livelihoods of the 19th Century.
      "It was a world of Jersey cows and Belgian work horses, wood-burning Glenwoods, and dirt-floored basements full of canned applesauce, mustard pickles and stewed tomatoes in glinting rows on sagging wooden shelves," Mr. Brown said. "Autumn mornings, when the sharp fragrance of wood smoke and rotted manure laced the air, when the frost was thick on the land, and the maples began to blaze, I thought I'd died and gone to photographer's heaven."
      Call 802.527.7933 or click here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--Are you ready to rock? Twiggs and Once Upon a Rock host Pebble Art this evening at 6 p.m.
      Jean Ferguson picks up a rock or a stone or a pebble and "sees a thousand possibilities." She "shops" for rocks and stones on beaches and shorelines all over Vermont. Her workshops use pebbles, rocks, stones, driftwood and lake glass to create artwork. She provides pebbles, sea glass, sticks, glue, a 5x7 shadow box, guidance and inspiration. Each piece is unique. Call Twiggs to make a reservation if you plan to eat ahead of time. Food and drink also available during the event.
      The cost is $30.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Paint Nite: Camping under Galaxy Stars on Wednesday 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 cost is $35 per person. Click here for tickets. Use the code YAYfbVT10off for $10 off.


MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild holds the ArtBiz Peer Support Network at the MAG Center on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
      Hosted by Jessie Swetel and Corrina Thurston, the free group is open to all; it offers a low key, friendly environment to seek wisdom from other business owners, in creative/art or other endeavors. The group will collectively answer questions and share information. They meet the third Tuesday of each month.
      Bring a dish and come dish about business challenges and triumphs.


ST. ALBANS--The Year of the Salmon, filmed by Swanton Arts Council at the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, premieres at the Welden Theater on Monday at 6 p.m. The After-Party and Salmmy Awards will be held at Mill River Brewing directly after the show.
      The film script was written in a writing slam that weaves fictional characters with facts provided by the Refuge to tell the story of this natural heritage. The Lake Champlain Basin Program provided a 2019 Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership Local Heritage Grant for the community generated original film.
      Tickets will be available at the door the evening of the show or by email.


SHELDON--Music in the Pub continues at the Abbey with Dan Jarvis on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents Americana rocker Ryan Sweezey on Friday and the good vibrations of Shake the Band on Saturday, all on the taproom stage at 6 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--The Old Foundry at One Federal presents Tim Brick on Friday and the Blue Rock Boys on Saturday. Shows begin at 6:30 p.m.
      Call 802.524.0330 or find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents acoustic rock, country, and pop duet Chris and Erica on Friday and Vermont's O'hAnleigh drawing on their ancestral roots on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. JOHNSBURY--Catamount Arts presents the annual St. Johnsbury Bluegrass Festival in conjunction with the Colors of the Kingdom Festival featuring Beg, Steal or Borrow, the Kowal Family, Summer Sounds favorites Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing, Jes & Jakob, and the Blackberry Bushes, all on Saturday at 1 - 5:30 p.m.
      Admission is free. Click here for more info.

FAIRFAX--The fourth annual Steeple Market Brewfest takes over J&L Field with live music by the Thunder Kittens and No Left Turn on Saturday from 2 - 6 p.m. The afternoon includes craft beer and cider from 14th Star, Mill River and 20 others, food trucks, a cornhole tournament, and more.
      Admission is $20. All Proceeds benefit the Fairfax Fire Department. Find them on Facebook for more info.

GEORGIA--The Supercharged Georgia Fall Festival features Carol Ann Jones and the Superchargers at the municipal park on Georgia Shore Road on Saturday at 5 p.m.
      The 12th annual celebration is the Georgia Recreation Committee's largest event of the year with activities, food and more, starting at 3 p.m. and running right into the fireworks. The Lions Club will provide concessions.

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers S.A.S. in a special early performance on Saturday at 5 p.m.
      On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

MONTGOMERY--Elisa and Mara are coming to Montgomery. The second annual CEA Dance and Dessert Performance takes over the INN on Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. Come early for dinner; service begins at 5 p.m.
      Spoiler alert: a couple of young dancers will have featured spots during the performance.
      Dessert and dance for $20. Call 802.326.4391 for reservations and find them on Facebook for more info.

ENOSBURG--The Opera House at Enosburg Falls hosts All That Band with Toni Basanta and a a live performance by local swingers at the House on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      Mr. Basanta, TV and radio host of the Cuban Bridge and the Havana-Fairfax Connection headlines this party to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month. The 10-piece band plays dance music. A spread of Latin-flavored fare, along with a cash bar also available. Dance the night away with this hot band and front man, Dave Mitchell.
      Admission is $10 in advance and $13 day of show. Click here for tickets and more info.

ST. ALBANS--Mill River Brewing and BBQ presents Uncle Jimmy live to "entertain lovers of rowdy music" on Saturday at 7 p.m.

BURLINGTON--Grace Potter's Grand Point North takes over Waterfront Park with Gov't Mule, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Lucius, J.S. Ondara, Lucy Dacus, Bailen, Michael Nau and much more including Ms. Potter, on Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. on.
      Click here for tickets and more info.


SWANTON--"Shushing is suspended for this event." The library wants to get more people talking in the Library with the new IMHO Conversation Club in the Swanton Free Public Library starting today at 5:30. The op-ed writer in me loves this; IMHO will have moderated discussions on difficult topics.
      But wait. There's more. The first Thursday of every month ("or until you tell us it's stupid and we should stop") the library will hold an adult workshop for crafts, art, and skills-based learning. Future workshops include printmaking, papermaking, and felting.
      The weekly Knitting Circle began Monday. Bring in your own work or project, or you can help Barb and friends as they knit for charity.
      New Afterschool Programs, Monday through Wednesday, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., started Monday.
      There is also Music & Movement, SPL Anime Club, Readers' Theater, Game Day, Art Day, and more. Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Saint Albans Museum presents Carleton Young with Voices from the Attic: The Williamstown Boys in the Civil War in the Bliss Room on Friday at 7 p.m.
      Mr. Young will share an historical and personal journey of his connections to Vermont's Civil War history. He discovered an unknown collection of Civil War letters while cleaning out the attic of his family home in Pennsylvania. The letters tell the story of two brothers from Williamstown, VT, who fought in the Peninsula Campaign, then at South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Cedar Creek.
      He spent more than a decade researching in Vermont and visiting battlefields to walk in the footsteps of the two soldiers. The book brings the letters and the history to life.
      This program is free and open to the public. Call 802.527.7933 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Eloquent Page introduces filmmaker and author Harry Goldhagen to discuss Green Mountain Sapsuckers on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
      The East Fairfield indie filmmaker will sign and talk about his new book, the challenges of self-publishing, and the dangers of feral sap lines and long-toothed sapsuckers.

      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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