ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 24 * * All Arts News On the Web * * January 30, 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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SWANTON--The Art Nook presents works by David Winchester with an Opening Reception at the Swanton Free Public Library on Sunday from 4 - 6 p.m. The reception is a chance to meet the artist and join SAC to celebrate the artwork in the community art gallery.
      The Art Nook is open during regular library hours: Mondays and Tuesdays 2 - 7 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m..
      The show continues through the end of March. Artwork will be available for purchase.


ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Paint Nite: Crisp Lake with artist Shyla Reynolds this evening at 7 p.m. This event is SOLD OUT.
      The cost is $35 per person. Click here for tickets and more info. Use code YAYfbVT10off for $10 off.

SWANTON--Life drawing is coming to Swanton. The Swanton Arts Council will hold creation time at the Swanton Free Public Library this evening at 7 p.m.
      The workshop goal is to hone life drawing skills with a live model. The cost is a $5 suggested donation to help defray the cost of the model plus a small tip for the model too. No pre-registration is required but the SAC does want to hear from attendees so they can prepare accordingly.
      Email for more info for more information.

MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild continues Live Model Monday at the MAG on Monday at 6:15 p.m.
      The Guild hosts one professional nude model for the evening, with male and female models in alternating sessions. The sessions begin with quick warm-ups, followed by short poses, then move into longer poses. All levels welcome Bring your own drawing and or painting supplies. The cost is $15 a person, or $12 for members.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Paint Nite: Orange Super Moon with artist Diane Kingston Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. This event is SOLD OUT.
      The cost is $35 per person. Click here for tickets and more info. Use code YAYfbVT10off for $10 off.


SWANTON--SAC Turns Five!
      This month the regular Swanton Arts Council board meeting and update coincides with the Swanton Enhancement Project's 2020 Vison of Swanton Event at the Swanton Schools on Monday at 5:30 - 8 p.m. Grazing Dinner available. All are welcome for creative ideas, events, and company. Admission to this chance to celebrate and plan the next steps for enhancing the Swanton community is free.
      SAC meetings are held on the first Monday of each month. Find them on Facebook or email for more info and updates on this event.

SWANTON--Art Journaling at the Library - Saturday Edition: the Swanton Arts Council Art Journaling Group meets at the Swanton Free Public Library on Saturday at 11 a.m.
      Meetings will be held at the library on the first Saturday (in addition to 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.


Thursday, January 30
ST. ALBANS--Mill River Brewing hosts "just a girl and her guitar," Laura Fedele-Rasco, this evening at 6:30 p.m. Ms. Rasco will play anything from Roy Orbison to Journey to Adele and also sings with the Burlington Choral Society. Find them on Facebook for more info

Friday, January 31
ENOSBURG--The Warm Your Spirits Winter Series, a benefit for the Opera House at Enosburg Falls, features the Heliand Consort with Sara Jo Willey at the 1906 House on Friday at 6:30 p.m. for cocktails (cash bar). Music begins at 7.
      The virtuoso woodwind and piano ensemble performs classical music from the baroque through 20th century plus contemporary repertoire. Ms. Willey is a singer, playwright, and director, and a ninth generation Vermonter.
      This is the frst in a series of three concerts to beat the winter blues and raise money for the House. Admission is $20 per person, or $50 for the series. Click here for tickets and more info.

SHELDON--Pub Music Fridays continues at the Abbey with guitarist, singer, and songwriter George Murtie 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 Americana and original instrumental guitar of Sergio Torres on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
      Call 802.524.0330 or find them on Facebook for more info.

GREENSBORO--The Highland Center for the Arts presents the Young Tradition Touring Group on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      The concert of traditional music and dance features the 25 member teen group that will tour Japan in April with artist leaders Oliver Scanlon and Romy Munkres. In 2020, the group performs in Barre, Greensboro, Randolph and Colchester.
      Admission is by suggested donation of $20. Email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Clothier hosts a Singalong with Bobby Cee on Friday at 7 p.m.
      He has been hosting a Broadway night at the Tyler place for the last six years and performs with the band Rushmore. He'll lead the show with 60s, 70s, and 80s songs.
      The Clothier is the 1920's era speakeasy next door to Twiggs. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Saturday, February 1
ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents the Smokey Newfield Project on the taproom stage on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      It's Cathy's birthday so there will be beer and music and birthday cake. Bill Valliere, Cathy Cameron-Muscente, Laura Chadwick, Tom Chadwick, and Denise Puisto fused rock, folk, country and adult contemporary music because it was cheaper than therapy or buying convertibles. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents English blues guitarist Tom Caswell's Duet on Saturday on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

Monday, February 3
ST. ALBANS--Twiggs hosts Open Mic with Chris Parker at 7 p.m. Come get your song on the first Monday of every month.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.


      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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