ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 23 * * All Arts News On the Web * * November 21, 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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ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts Vermont photographer David Juaire in a special, two-month, holiday solo show.
      The Vermont Life photographer is renowned for his views of the different seasons across the landscape of the state. The show continues through the end of December.


ST. ALBANS--Be the pebble. Twiggs hosts a Pebble Art Workshop this evening at 6 p.m. This event was originally scheduled for November 14th but moved to resolve a scheduling conflict.
      Jean Ferguson picks up a rock or a stone or a pebble and "sees a thousand possibilities." From framed pieces to Christmas ornaments to candle holders, 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. Click here for tickets.


CASTLETON--It's a trek. The Vermont Humanities Council presents David Mills with What is Art? at the Castleton Free Library this evening at 7 p.m.
      Have you ever thought, "I could do that!" when looking at an abstract? Or maybe you've wondered why collectors would pay millions for artworks that seem simplistic, bizarre, or just plain ugly? It is sometimes tempting to think that art is just "in the eye of the beholder." Dr. Mills sees art history as an ongoing conversation and explores ways of encountering art in a highly visual presentation. Click here for more info.


MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild hosts Social Sundays at the MAG on Sunday at 1 p.m.
      The free, weekly art day is an art project for adults and children with refreshments and snacks. Each art project is designed for children ages 3-15. Find them on Facebook for more info.


SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro presents Carol Ann Jones in a solo singer-songwriter performance in the main dining room on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Ms. Jones will appear the third Thursday of each month.
      Seating is limited and reservations are a must. Call 802.372.4814

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Summer Sounds favorites Jenni Johnson and the Jazz Junketeers tonight at 7 p.m., Rushmore tomorrow at 9 p.m., Nighthawk on Saturday at 9 p.m., and much more. On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

SHELDON--Fall Friday Night Music Series continues at the Abbey with Dan Jarvis 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 traditional and modern Celtic, jazz, and originals of Homebrew on Friday and the music that moves the soul of Carol Ann Jones and Will Patton 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 songs by Pink Floyd, the Beatles, Ray Charles, Sam the Sham by Phil Graziano on Friday and the lyrically-driven songs in English and Spanish of Marcie Hernandez on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents ShrimpTunes live on the taproom stage on Saturday at 5 p.m. Vermont's one-man-band brings rhythms from the briny deep to the stage.

ST. ALBANS--The Saint Albans Museum presents the Tiny Town Hall Tour featuring Rusty DeWees in the Bliss Room for one night only on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
      The Logger brings a "modern, yet old-tyme traditional evening of entertainment" with new comedy and stories, classic Logger bits, music, and a piece "written especially for the Vermont farming community." The Town Hall Tour is in recognition of the ongoing restoration of old Town and Grange Halls across the state. The evening includes refreshments, raffle, and a silent auction.
      Admission is $25 per person; tickets are available at the door or at . Proceeds will benefit the Museum's programs.

SOUTH BURLINGTON--The Old Post presents the Nobby Reed Project on Saturday at 8 p.m.
      The Old Post offers live entertainment, a full bar, and pub food served daily. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Last chance. Singer/songwriter Jesse Agan concludes his November Residency live at 14th Star Brewery on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

      Wednesday is the new Friday this week.

SOUTH BURLINGTON--The Old Post presents Jamie Lee Thurston in a special, intimate, acoustic Thanksgiving "EVE"ning on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The evening will open with singer Fran Briand. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents Cozy O'Donnell live on the taproom stage on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
      The new lineup of Troy Pudvah, drums/vox; Mike McCarthy, guitar/vox; Bob Bushnell, lead guitar/vox; Adam Sawyer, trombone/trumpet; Tom Frink, saxophone; and Joey Crane, bass returns with new tunes. They'll rock soul and funk-infused classic tunes from Stevie Wonder and the Temptations to Lenny Kravitz and Portugal.

ST. ALBANS--Nelly's celebrates with Barbie-N-Bones on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m.
      Jenn DiNatale on vocals and Mark DiNatale on bass with Shawn Hayden on guitar and Rickey Bushey on drums play music to dance to. The band has been tearing it up since 2012. Find them on Facebook for more info.


MONTGOMERY--The Montgomery Public Library hosts writer and film historian Rick Winston with The Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era this evening at 7 p.m.
      What happened in Vermont when the "Red Scare" swept the country? Mr. Winston explores some forgotten history and stories to see how this small, rural "rock-ribbed Republican" state handled the hysteria of the time. Did you know a conservative senator helped take down Joseph McCarthy? Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company hosts a National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) write-in on Saturday at noon - 4 p.m.
      Founder Steve Gagner and fellow writers will settle "in a quiet nook overlooking the brewhouse" to work on novel a novel in a month. Writing a novel alone can be difficult, even for seasoned writers. NaNoWriMo connects writers with others in the community of with other and participate in events that are designed to make sure you finish your novel. 14th Star hosts the write-ins every Saturday this month. Worldwide, 798,162 active novelists have completed 367,913 novels so far. Local novelists are invited to attend any and all of these come-and-go-as-you-please write-in events and come to the Victory Party on November 30.
      "Have a craft beer, have a snack, and let's get writing together."

      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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