ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 23 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 26, 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 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.

ST. ALBANS--The League of Vermont Writers hosts the Art of Writing: LVW Fall Program in the Bliss Room at the St. Albans Museum on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. with a bonus, free open mic at The Eloquent Page from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. (with a public open mic at 6 p.m.)
      The theme is the power of visual media in storytelling. Gowri Savoor, D. B. Johnson, Corrina Thurston, and Ted Tedford will cover word building through art, words, and blogging, art through the moving story book, and more. The cost is $32 for members or $47 for non-members. Click here to register and get all the details.


MONTPELIER--The Northern Vermont Artists Association October Show at the T.W. Wood Gallery opens Saturday with a reception from 5 - 7 p.m. The show runs through October 31.
      T.W. Wood Gallery is part museum and part gallery with pieces from a collection of world-renowned artists and exhibits of regional note. Artist Thomas Waterman Wood was Montpelier's native son. He headed both the National Academy of Design and the American Watercolor Society.


ST. ALBANS--The Grind Cafe offers the Fall Pumpkin Paint N Sip with Victoria Courtney Rosen Vining on Saturday at 11 a.m.
      tickets will be $20 when purchased ahead of time. $25 at the door. Paint lovely pumpkin on canvas. The cost is $20/person in advance or $25 at the door which includes the instructed painting session and a medium size drink of your choice from the Grind.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Paint Nite: The Gold of Fall Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.
      Artist Diane Kingston brings energy and fun and will provide all the materials to create your own painting plus "the refreshments you need!" Click here for tickets and more info. Use code YAYfbVT10off for $10 off.

PLAN AHEAD--Swanton Arts Council hosts a unique, educational workshop at the Swanton Free Public Library on the first Thursday of every month.
      The October 3 'shop features Lorrie Mandigo with a class on the preparation and use of alcohol inks. $35 per person pays for the cost of supplies and instruction. Click here for tickets.


SHELDON--Fall Friday Night Music Series continues at the Abbey with Phil Graziano live in the Pub on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

ALBURGH--S.A.S. brings "classic rock with a twist" back to the American Legion Post #60 on Friday at 7 p.m.
      Scott Guptill, April Reynolds Begnoche, and Scott Belisle are energetic, seasoned musicians playing classic and pop rock songs from the 70s to the 90s who return for a last evening of dancing, mingling and cold drinks. "This will be our final show as April will be leaving Vermont and heading south. Hope you will be able to join us and send April off with a huge round of applause."

ST. ALBANS--The Old Foundry at One Federal presents singer/songwriters Chris & Erica on Friday and acoustic duo Carol Hausner & Doc Kaplan 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 old time, ragtime string band, Leadfoot Louise on Friday and the unplugged acoustic duo Aardvark 2.0 on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

SHELBURNE--The 41st annual Shelburne Farms Harvest Festival is a full-day celebration featuring Fiddleheads with Yasi Zeichner, Michelle Choiniere & Isabella Rottler and Summer Sounds favorites Jon Gailmor and the Ed Larkin Old Time Dancers at the Farm Barn on Saturday at 10 a.m - 4 p.m.
      a full-day celebration of Vermont forest, farm, and food traditions! Explore a tent full of children's activities, entertainers performing on multiple stages, traditional artisans sharing their skills and crafts, including the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association, and delicious farm-fresh food. Farm animals, live bird presentations with Outreach for Earth Stewardship, and horse-drawn hayrides,
      Live performances all day include Albert Joy, Alexis Chartrand & Nicolas Babineau, Bob & Andrea Teer, Celtic Company, Duncan and David Yandell, Ed Larkin Old Time Dancers, Fiddleheads with the Zeichner Trio, Abenaki Storyteller Jesse Bruchac, Jim Burns George Ainley, Jon Gailmor, Linda Bassick with Trudy, Lexi Jillian, Michelle Choiniere & Isabella Rottler, Mikahely, ONE Band, Romy & Ben Munkres, SVER, Tony Demarco, Very Merry Theater Stage, and Zigue.
      Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors, $5 per child and free to members and children 2 and under. Click here for more info.

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

SWANTON--The 2019 Swanton Sound Stage concludes with singer-songwriter-guitarist Seth Yacovone in a solo gig on the Village Green on Saturday at 4 p.m.
      Mr. Yacovone took second place in Advance Music's Guitar Summit. He joined Phish on stage in Worcester, MA in the 1998 tour. Trey Anastasio sat in with the Seth Yacovone Band, in New York City. The Phish connection continues today.
      Swanton Arts Council has showcased local musicians in a four-part series that took place once each month over the summer. Local musicians making music live are inspiring. The series has been funded by an Amplify Grant from RiseVT.

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Graziano, Schofield & Slim Saturday at 5 p.m.
      On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

FAIRFIELD--To Bid or Not To Bid, the sixth annual fundraiser for the Bent Northrop Memorial Library, features the Will Patton Trio and more on Saturday at 6 p.m. Admission is $20 per person. Email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents Tim Brick Live on the taproom stage on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      Winner of the 2017 Tammie Award for Best Country Album and IcoMA nominee for Best Country Male Artist two years running, Mr. Brick's music has "a soulful edge that isn't afraid to get rowdy."

MONTGOMERY--The monthly Celebration of Expressive Arts continues at the INN on Sunday evening at 7 p.m. The event officially includes everything but dancing, but they have snuck in dance now and again. Come early for dinner; service begins at 5 p.m.
      This month, the featured musicians are Will Patton and Dono Schabner, the featured artist is stone sculptor Michael Clookey, and the featured writer is Montgomery poet Sara Caldwell. The local artists, writers and musicians gather to share original and thought provoking work, curated and hosted by Bob and Becca Cummins.
      Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Singer/songwriter Troy Millette returns for a Fall Residency at 14th Star Brewery on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
      A New England "must-see artist," Mr. Millette will takes you on a musical journey of imaginative covers, original songs, and stories on the Taproom Stage every Tuesday in October. His latest album is Living With A Ghost.


FAIRFIELD--To Bid or Not To Bid, the sixth annual fundraiser for the Bent Northrop Memorial Library features light bites and libations, live music by the Will Patton Trio, and all the fun of the silent and noisy auctions, all on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      Admission is $20 per person. Email or find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Eloquent Page hosts Open Mic Night for Writers based on the League of Vermont Writers workshop, on Saturday evening at 6 p.m.
      Bring your writing, or short story to read, or simply attend to listen and enjoy great local writing. Writers do not need to be league members to participate. The evening is free and open to local writers and the general public.

      ArtBits features weekly links to library events in and around Franklin County. That popular feature has a page of its own at the Franklin County Bookshelf on the AAC site at


     Tuesday would have been artist Mary Harper's 100th birthday. An award winning and popular artist, she painted with oil, watercolor, and pastel. Her watercolors and scratch boards often portrayed landscapes and portraits from the mid-Atlantic dunes to the bright sub-tropical sun of Florida Keys to the soft colors of the southwest; they hang in collections across the country. She was a member of the Bougainvillea House Gallery, the Florida Keys Art Guild, and the All Arts Council of Franklin County. Click here to see some of her work.
      She died of complications due to cancer in 2002.

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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