ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 23 * * All Arts News On the Web * * December 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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SWANTON--Scott Rheaume leads a demonstration and workshop on the Wild Boomers and Stumpf Fiddles at the Swanton Free Public Library on Thursday, December 12, at 5:30 p.m.
      The event will show how to play and create Stumpf Fiddles and reestablish the Wild Boomers Band. The Wild Boomers played in the old Swanton Summer Festival parades and traveled farther afield. They wowed the crowd plucking homemade instruments for "old time" rock 'n' roll at the annual Burke Fall Festival and the Richmond Fourth of July as recently as 2009.


     Gifts of art keep on giving throughout our lives. Franklin County artists have brand new suggestions and we have links to our featured arts and music as well as lists from past years. Enjoy! Click here for our list.

ST. ALBANS--Relay for Life Franklin County hosts a fundraising Holiday Craft Show in City Hall on Saturday at 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
      The team show features over 40 vendors with all varieties of handmade and homemade goods, just in time for the holiday season. Email Pam Hakey for more info.


SHELDON--Join some talented Kane women to make Holiday Greens at the Abbey this evening at 6:30 p.m.
      Make your choice of a holiday bouquet centerpiece, grapevine wreath or Santa gnome. The cost is $15. Message on Facebook or call 802.933.2223 to RSVP.

MONTGOMERY--Montgomery Center for the Arts hosts the Herbalist Basket with Alexa Rivera at MCAKeltonHall on Sunday at 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
      The owner and spirit weaver at Wovn.Country leads a basket-weaving intensive to make personal herb gathering baskets. Snacks and herbal tea will be provided. Bring a pencil, a flat head screwdriver, and scissors. The cost is $95 per person. Click here for tickets and more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Paint Nite: Truckin' the Tree 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 and more info. Use the code YAYfbVT10off for $10 off.


MIAMI--Art Basel Miami Beach, self described as the most important art show in the United States, ran this past week.
      It brings renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers, a selection of more than 250 galleries, special exhibitions, parties, music, film, architecture and design to Miami Beach. The exhibition sites are located in the Art Deco District, within walking distance of the beach.
      So, what makes an international show in Florida interesting in Franklin County? It will set the stage for how much art and apparently how much fruit is sold around the world in 2020.
      Someone ate the $120,000 banana at Art Basel Miami Beach this past weekend.
      One banana.
      The real, ripe, edible banana titled Comedian is the work of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. He had duct-taped the banana to an outer gallery wall; it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. The piece really did sell to an art collector for $120,000. The proud new owners were told that they can replace the banana, as needed, although Sr. Cattelan did not include instructions.
      A New York-based performance artist ate the banana in full view of the convention center visitors on Saturday. Despite the loss of the central piece, the gallery's museum relations director said that doesn't diminish the integrity of the six-figure art work.
      I guess that to understand that, one had to visit Miami to see the missing banana for oneself.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council 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--Film School at the Grind Cafe continues its 12-week term for kids from 5th-8th grade on Tuesday at 4 p.m. Making a Short Film for Youtube will teach film production from start to finish. On the last day of class, the parents will be invited to a premier of the film that they created. Find them on Facebook for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The Old Foundry at One Federal presents Vermont singer-songwriter Tim Howard on Friday and the 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 Greenwich Village sound of Amerikana Blue on Friday and Woedoggies' former lead singer Wylie Shipman 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 Full Share on the taproom stage on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      Burlington's Andrea Costello, lead vocals, saxophone, flute; John Bardeau, vocals, lead guitar; Tim Campbell, keyboards, guitar; Pete Coutu, vocals, bass; and Brian Crogan, percussion; are an eclectic rock band covering songs from Jesse J, Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars, Sheryl Crow, Heart, Boston, Kansas, and Journey.

ST. ALBANS--Saint Paul's United Methodist Church hosts Winter Praise Night with bands from Georgia Plain Baptist Church, St. Paul's UMC, and Church of the Rock along with the Smokey Newfield Project beginning with a free Soup Dinner on Saturday at 5pm.
      Admission is free event, but an offering will be taken for local non-profits, including the Samaritan House and Martha's Kitchen. Bring a non-perishable food item for the local food shelf. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Saint Albans Museum presents the Carol Ann Jones Quartet with Will Patton, Gary Spaulding, and Dono Schabner in the seventh annual Holiday Benefit Concert and Sing-along in the Bliss Room overlooking the lights of Taylor Park on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      Admission is $18, or $5 for ages 12 and under. Click here for tickets and more info. Tickets will also be available at the door.

ST. ALBANS--Eleven rocks the Holiday Office Party at Nelly's on Saturday at 8 p.m.
      The trio of Scott Guptill, guitar and vocals; Taylor Arsenault, vocals; and Scott Belisle, bass and vocals covers a musical barrage of hits from the 70s to the 90s.

EAST FAIRFIELD--The Fairfield Community Center hosts Holiday Song and Celebration at the Meeting House on the Green on Sunday from 3 - 6 p.m.
      The evening of seasonal song and celebration includes sleigh rides, spirited caroling, tree lighting, holiday treats, and neighborly good cheer. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Jesse Agan returns to Music n' Brews at Mill River Brewing to play acoustic live in the brewhouse at 3 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.

Plan Ahead
AROUND VERMONT--The second week in January is Mandolin Week in Vermont as the new Vermont Mandolin Trio will perform a series of four concerts around the state. Matt Flinner, Jamie Masefield and Will Patton have a "wide ranging selection of tunes" for Burlington, Woodstock, Lincoln, and Greensboro.


      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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