ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 24 * * All Arts News On the Web * * January 16, 2020


      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--The Montgomery Center for the Arts continues the Figure Drawing Workshop in the LAB at MCAKeltonHall today at 5 p.m. The workshop carries on every first and third Thursday of the month. Each week a very groovy group of artists gather to work and socialize.

ST. ALBANS--Ready to rock? Snow Farm Vineyard and Once Upon a Rock host Pebble Art on Sunday at 2 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. This workshop will 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. Find them on Facebook for tickets and more info.

MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild begins Live Model Mondays at the MAG on Monday at 6:15 p.m.
      The Guild will host one professional nude model for the evening, male and female models in alternating sessions. The sessions begin with quick warm-ups, followed by short poses and then move into longer poses. Bring your own drawing and or painting supplies. The cost is $12 for members or $15 for non-members. Find them on Facebook for tickets or more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Paint Nite: Essential Oil Diffusers Birch with Cardinals and Rose Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.
      Paint two glass bottles of essential oil and reeds. Artist Diane Kingston brings energy and fun and will provide all the materials to create your own painting plus has "the refreshments you need!" $38 per person. Click here for tickets and more info. Use code YAYfbVT10off for $10 off.


Thursday, January 16
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

Friday, January 17
SHELDON--Pub Music Fridays at the Abbey begins this week with a winter-spring lineup. The lightning guitar of John Gratton kicks off a series of house favorites and new faces in the Pub on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Click here for more info.

SOUTH HERO--Snow Farm Vineyard features the Americana music of the Reid Parsons Duo for Wine Down Friday on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
      Call 802.372.9463 for info or reservations.

ST. ALBANS--The Clothier presents Burlington keyboardist Andric Severance on Friday at 7 p.m.
      The Clothier is the 1920's era speakeasy next door to Twiggs. Find them on Facebook for more info.

BURLINGTON--Young Tradition Vermont presents a Dominique Dodge CD Release Concert at Hotel Vermont on Friday at 7 p.m.
      The concert will feature her new album, C nan nan Teud (The Language of the Strings), exploring the relationship between Puirt--Beul (Gaelic mouth music) and traditional dance tunes from Scotland and Cape Breton. Ms. Dodge is a harper and singer who grew up in the White Mountains; she tours as well as teaching the YTV Touring Group and Fiddleheads.
      Admission is by $20 suggested donation. Email Mark Sustic for reservations and more info.

SOUTH BURLINGTON--Higher Ground presents Summer Sounds and local favorite Troy Millette with Pattern Addict and Isaac French in the Showcase Lounge on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Doors at 7.
      Mr. Millette has played hundreds of shows across the Northeast and Canada with touring acts including Grace Potter, Counting Crows, Richard Marx, Rick Springfield, American Authors, Trey Anastasio, Mondo Cozmo, Pete Francis, the Ghost of Paul Revere, Dawes, the Marcus King Band, American Idol winner Lee DeWyze, Noah Guthrie, Scott Hellman, Will Evans and Barefoot Truth, Kat Wright, Madaila, Seth Yacovone, Gang of Thieves, 8084, Jamie Lee Thurston, and more.
      Admission is $10 in advance or $12 on Friday. Click here for more info.

Friday-Saturday, January 17-18
ST. ALBANS--The Old Foundry at One Federal presents solo jazz guitarist Bob Gagnon on Friday and Vermont's own The Hubcats -- Fred, Stewart, and Jim, and featuring Cait Huseman -- on Saturday. Shows begin at 6:30 p.m.
      Call 802.524.0330 or find them on Facebook for more info.

Saturday, January 18
ESSEX JUNCTION--On Saturday, On Tap offers Jesse Agan at 5 p.m. and Rushmore at 9 p.m.
      On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents classic, new and original songs from the unique perspective of Andy Hoadley on the taproom stage on Friday at 6 p.m.
      The local singer-songwriter "weaves Americana, blues, rock, folk and country together blurring the lines between genres."

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents the sweet harmonies and uncomplicated tunes of Dale & Darcy on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--St. Albans Rec presents a Mid-Winter performance by the jam band Glass Onion to benefit Hard'ack Recreation Area in City Hall Auditorium on Saturday at 8 p.m. Doors at 7.
      Admission is $30 per person with food available for purchase and a cash bar by JW Ryan's. For ages 21+ only.


      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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