ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 24 * * All Arts News On the Web * * February 6, 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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ST. ALBANS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on glass artist Cherie Marshall, painter Marianne Marshall, and watercolor artist Linda Wirts.
      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 February.
      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.


SWANTON--The Swanton Free Public Library hosts Dramatic Sunset on Water with Mike Barkyoumb in the Swanton Arts Council First Thursdays Workshop for the month of February today, February 6, at 5:30 p.m.
      Mr. Barkyoumb will lead you through the lighthouse watercolor step-by-step to make soft edges, emphasize your point of interest, mix colors, and other techniques. This class is for all levels. All materials are provided.
      Proceeds from this course will benefit the Swanton Arts Council. The course fee is $35. Tickets are available at the Library or Click here. Email or stop by the Library for more info.


ST. ALBANS--Nelly's hosts Line Dancing with Dancin' Dean this evening at 6 p.m.
      Dean will teach choreographed basic dance steps to a wide variety of music including pop, Latin, country, and more. No partner is required. Entry is $5.


ST. ALBANS--Film School at the Grind Cafe continues its 12-week term of Making a Short Film for Youtube teaches 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--Peoples Trust Company hosts Copy Writing with Jodi Lawaich in this week's Small Business Boot Camp in the Second Floor Conference Room today at noon.
      Do you know what to say, but struggle to write it? Do you know how to write, but are too busy running other parts of your business to get it done on time? Is your writing ok, but you see others doing it better? This 90 minute seminar will cover those questions and more with an emphasis on advertising.
      Admission is free but registration is required. Call Jay Cummings (802.752.1848) or email for more info and click here to register.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council 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.


Thursday, February 6
ESSEX--The Summer Sounds favorites Hokum Brothers Get Happy at the Double E tonight at 6:30 p.m.
      Admission is free.

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers the busy Nobby Reed Project tonight at 7 p.m.
      On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

Friday, February 7
SHELDON--Pub Music Fridays continues at the Abbey with Sean Jarvis in the Pub on Friday at 6:30 p.m. click here for more info.

SOUTH HERO--Snow Farm Vineyard features singer/songwriter Carol Ann Jones in a solo performance for Wine Down Friday on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
      Call 802.372.9463 for info or reservations.

ST. ALBANS--The Clothier presents solo jazz guitarist Bob Gagnon 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.

Friday-Saturday, February 7-8
ST. ALBANS--The Old Foundry at One Federal presents singer-songwriters Chris & Erica on Friday and acoustic singer-songwriter Chris Lyon from Johnson on Saturday. Shows begin at 6:30 p.m.
      Friday's popular local duo is influenced by Miranda Lambert, Alanis Morissette, Chris Stapleton, Zac Brown, Poison, Carrie Underwood, and more. Mr. Lyon has a solo career as well as with the Mud City Ramblers. His music covers a spectrum of originals, folk, country, and americana as well as acoustic renderings of modern pop songs and oldies.
      Call 802.524.0330 or find them on Facebook for more info.

Saturday, February 8
ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents genre-hopping Becca and Andy Cartmell's Homebrew Duo on the taproom stage on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      The Cartmells mix Celtic, old-time music, jazz, Americana and modern pop covers with originals that use live-looping to combine trad melodies and rhythms with jazzy improvisational motifs and modern chord structures.

ESSEX JUNCTION--Eleven returns to On Tap for Happy Hour on Saturday at 5 p.m.
      Scott Guptill, guitar and vocals; Taylor Arsenault, vocals; and Scott Belisle, bass and vocals will offer up a barrage of hits from the 70s to the 90s. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents acoustic trio AmerikanaBlue with the music of a Greenwich Village coffeehouse on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--J.W. Ryan's hosts Squirrel in a Night for Nick on Saturday at 7 p.m. 100 percent of the ticket proceeds go to the Nick Luciano Recovery Fund.
      Acoustic based and percussion driven, the band plays an eclectic mix of music spanning genres and generations. Admission is $20 for the show, appetizers by Old Foundry, and a drink ticket by J.W. Ryan's. Find them on Facebook for more info.

SOUTH BURLINGTON--The Old Post features the busy Nobby Reed Project on Saturday at 8 p.m. The former Franny O's will wail the blues.

Wednesday, February 12
ST. ALBANS--The monthly Blues Jam continues at Twiggs hosted by Vermont's leading blues man, Nobby Reed, and the House Band on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Blues Jam blows out the speakers at Twiggs on the second Wednesday of each month. All musicians are welcome to come and play the blues. Find them on Facebook for more info.


     Celebration of Expressive Arts has created a playlist of musicians featured over the past 10 years. It has 88 songs by 33 different musicians including Myra Flynn, Kitty Wright, Will Patton, Taylor Smith, Gregory Douglass, Tiffany Alexis, Mallory Gayle Graham, Scott Tyler, and more. Click here or find them on Facebook for the link.


      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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