ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 23 * * All Arts News On the Web * * November 7, 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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      With Thanksgiving so very late, there are only 47 shopping days left until Christmas.

ENOSBURG--The annual Opera House Craft Fair takes over the Opera House at Enosburg Falls on Saturday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. with talented local artists, artisans, and crafters.
      It's a chance to get your holiday shopping done and support your crafty neighbors. Call 802.933.6171 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The third annual Crafter/Vendor Event hosted by the Josh Pallotta Fund takes place in City Hall on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
      Call Kristen Carpenter (802.782.3022 or email for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on potter Barbara Colgrove, weaver and painter Janice Decooman, mosaicist and printmaker Shanna Ratner, and fiber artist Pam Krout-Voss.
      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 November.
      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.


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 two Paint Nites this week. Fall Moon Reflection takes place this evening and Blood Moon Rising takes a new approach on Tuesday. Both start at 7 p.m.
      Busy artist Diane Kingston brings energy and fun and will provide all the materials to create your own painting plus has "the refreshments you need!" Click here for the Fall Moon Reflection tonight and here for tickets and more info about the Blood Moon. Use code YAYfbVT10off for $10 off.

FAIRFIELD--Meta Strick continues the AIR-sponsored 2019 Sunday Afternoon Art Workshops with Seasonal Art Dolls 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--St. Albans Community Arts hosts its monthly Community Arts MeetUp in City Hall on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The gathering will discuss new and ongoing business, meet new people, and discuss any creative ideas that crop up.
      Click here for the minutes and reports of prior meetings and more. Meetups are held on the second Tuesday of each month.

SWANTON--Workshop! Swanton Arts Council hosts Drawing Anime for Adults in the First Thursdays Workshop series at the Swanton Free Public Library this evening at 5:30pm.
      This unique workshop with Finley shows the basics of drawing the figure, face, and chibi style. Each participant will receive two professional art pens, instruction on anime proportions and technique, and examples.
      $10 per person pays for the cost of supplies. Find them on Facebook for tickets and more info .

SWANTON--The SAC Art Journaling Group meets at the Swanton Free Public Library on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
      Meetings will be held at the library on the second Tuesday of every month. Art journals, junk journals, art pages and more are on the table and make for fun for artists, writers, scrap bookers, and more. The group meets to share ideas and to take time to create. If you need supplies to get started, check out the library's Makerspace or email for more info.


SHELDON--Fall Friday Night Music Series continues at the Abbey with Bryce Bachelder live in the Pub on Friday at 6:30 p.m. click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Old Foundry at One Federal presents the acoustic and resonator guitars, mandolin and vocals of Cooper and Corn on Friday and the solo jazz guitar of Bob Gagnon 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 the acoustic rock, country, and pop duet of Chris and Erica on Friday and the eclectic Jeff & Gina with vocals, guitar, viola, flute, tenor guitar, mandolin and bass on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Church Street Sounds of the Season presents 8 Cuerdas at the First Congregational Church on Sunday at 3 p.m.
      Soprano Sarah Cullins and Colombian guitarist Daniel Gavira performing traditional Latin American and Spanish rhythms and folklore, exploring the multiple musical identities of Latin America.
      Admission is free. Donations are gracefully and graciously accepted. Call 802.524.4555, email or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Singer/songwriter Jesse Agan continues his November Residency live at 14th Star Brewery on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
      As a solo artist, the Vermont singer/songwriter adds a "modern touch to popular rock music." He is also a vocalist and the guitarist of Shake the Band.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs continues the Monthly Blues Jam on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
      On the second Wednesday of each month, the gastropub hosts an evening of electric blues. All musicians are welcome to come and play the blues with the house band of Tom Caswell, guitar and vocals; Tom Buckley, bass; and Michael Bishop, drums.


      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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