ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 24 * * All Arts News On the Web * * March 5, 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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2020 EMERGING ARTIST AWARD (March 7)--The Swanton Arts Council scholarship will honor one exceptional graduating senior of the Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union who displays a bright future in art. Submit your application with your artwork to be shown at the Spring Youth Art Show. Email or click here for more info.

FIFTH ANNUAL SPRING YOUTH ART SHOW (March 16)--The Swanton Arts Council exhibit will include artwork by youth K-post grad from Swanton, MVU, Highgate, Sheldon, Franklin, and Alburgh. All 2D or 3D media is welcome. Submit Artwork to the school art departments. email for more info or click here for the event poster.

ART SHOW (April 12)--The annual Sappy Art Show at the Vermont Frame Shop is an official part of the Vermont Maple Festival and has become a favorite for Vermont artists. The exhibit is open to Vermont artists working in any two- or three-dimensional media. All work must reflect this year's theme: "Vermont Maple - A Sweet History." No Entry Fee. Cash prizes will be awarded in several categories as well as overall best of show.
      Click here for more info, submission guidelines, and to register.


ST. ALBANS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on metal sculptor Rebecca Nase Chomyn, acrylic and watercolor artist Annette Hansen, and Vermont Life photographer David Juaire.
      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 March.
      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.

ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts artist and photographer Sandra Ferland in a solo show this month. Ms. Ferland is exhibiting all photography this month with landscapes, Vermont mountains, and Moon shorts including the Blood Moon.
      The show continues through the end of March.


SWANTON--The Swanton Free Public Library hosts Dot Mandalas with Lorrie Mandigo in the Swanton Arts Council First Thursdays Workshop for the month of March today, March 5, at 5:30 p.m.
      Dot mandala art is done by using different size dot tools to create a varying array of dots in a circular pattern. Ms. Mandigo will show how to use these tools to create mandalas on a variety of surfaces. The cost is $35 for supplies and instruction. No painting experience is necessary but pre-registration is required. Tickets can be purchased through LocalHop/Get Tickets or at the Swanton Free Public Library.


FAIRFAX--The Town of Fairfax passed Article 4 at Town Meeting on Tuesday appropriating $750 to the new Fairfax VT Arts Council
      The Arts Council has a mission of enriching the lives of Fairfax community members through the arts. They have an online questionnaire to help guide their programming. Click here to fill out the survey and find them on Facebook for more info.

FAIRFAX--The Fairfax Arts Council holds its March Monthly Meeting at the Fairfax Community Center on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
      Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month. Attendance is not required to have a voice in programming; "as far as we're concerned, everyone in the community is a member of this council, everyone has a voice."

SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council Art Journaling Group, Saturday Edition, meets at the Swanton Free Public Library on Saturday at 11 a.m. The Tuesday Art Journaling Group meets there at 6 p.m.
      Meetings will be held at the library on the first Saturday and 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.

SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council Writer's Group will meet at the Swanton Free Public Library this evening at 6 p.m. The group meets on the second Thursday of every month. 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--Peoples Trust Company hosts Social Media Basics--Facebook and Instagram in this week's Small Business Boot Camp in the Second Floor Conference Room today at noon. This fast workshop will show how to get your business and brand out to a today's most efficient platforms.
      Admission is free but registration is required. Call Jay Cummings (802.752.1848) or email or click here to register.


     It is a busy week in and around Franklin County. Eleven has a double header and there is live music in Burlington, Essex, Randolph, Sheldon, St. Albans, South Burlington, and South Hero.

Thursday, March 5
SOUTH BURLINGTON--Higher Ground hosts Rockin' for a Reason featuring A House on Fire in the Showcase Lounge this evening at 6 p.m. The Women United event will be an evening of "movin' and groovin' to raise awareness and funds to assist women and families in Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle counties gain financial stability."
      Admission is $20 advance or $25 at the door. Click here for tickets and more info.

Friday, March 6
BURLINGTON--Fiddleheads with Yasi Zeichner will perform at an Evening with the Consul General of Ireland presented as part of the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival in the Fletcher Free Library on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
      Laoise Moore, Consul General of Ireland for New England, will discuss Ireland, the EU, and the Transatlantic Relationship. Fiddleheads will play Irish tunes before and after the discussion of Brexit, the European Union, and what it all means for the U.S.-Ireland relationship. Admission is free although donations to the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival will be welcome.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents the Shane Murley Band on the taproom stage on Friday at 6 p.m.
      The six-piece band brings a soulful and funky twist on classic Americana, country, and alternative rock. Find them on Facebook for more info.

SHELDON--Pub Music Fridays continues at the Abbey with Homebrew's mix of Celtic, jazz, and Americana in the Pub on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents the Hubcats on Friday at 6 p.m. Vermont's own duo of Fred Brauer, Stewart Foster, and sometimes Jim blend folkgrass, art folk, and pop.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Bayside welcomes the busy Eleven for their debut at the Bay on Friday at 6:30 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. Find them on Facebook for more info.

SOUTH HERO--Snow Farm Vineyard features singer/songwriter Carol Ann Jones for Wine Down Friday on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
      Call 802.372.9463 for info or reservations and click here for more info.

ESSEX--The Summer Sounds favorites Hokum Brothers Get Happy at the Double E on Friday at 7 p.m.
      The performance center has music most Fridays through Sundays and often on other nights. Click here for more info. Admission is free.

Friday-Saturday, March 6-7
ST. ALBANS--The Old Foundry at One Federal presents English blues guitarist Tom Caswell Blues Band live on Friday and indie-folk and alt-country singer-songwriter Erin Cassels-Brown on Saturday. Shows begin at 6:30 p.m.
      Call 802.524.0330 or find them on Facebook for more info.

Saturday, March 7
SHELDON--The Abbey hosts the 10th annual Sap Run Boogie with the Nobby Reed Project on Saturday. Dinner begins at 6 p.m.; dancing follows at 7.
      The evening offers a 50/50 raffle, a spaghetti dinner, scrumptious desserts, and dancing. All proceeds benefit the Fairfield Community Center. Admission is $15 per person, or $25 per couple or family. Call 802.827.3130 or email to reserve your tickets.

ST. ALBANS--The Clothier presents Summer Sounds favorite Paul Asbell with Clyde Stats on Saturday at 7 p.m. Mr. Asbell with Kilimanjaro and the Unknown Blues Band wowed the crowd from the Edwin A. Loomis Memorial Bandshell 25 years ago.
      The Clothier is the 1920's era speakeasy next door to Twiggs. Find them on Facebook for more info.

RANDOLPH--Chandler Center for the Arts presents the Young Tradition Touring Group Concert on Friday at 7 p.m.
      The concert will feature traditional music and dance by the 25 member with artist leaders Oliver Scanlon and Romy Munkres and special guests The YTV Youth Commission and Pete Sutherland.
      The teen players, singers and dancers focus on learning and performing traditional music and dance repertoire over the course of a 9-month session that includes an April performance tour. Touring Groups have traveled to Scotland, Cape Breton, England, Ireland, and New York/New Jersey.
      Admission is by $20 suggested donation. Call 802.728.9878 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--It's Spring Ahead Saturday with Eleven at Nelly's on Saturday starting at the unheard of 9:30 p.m. With the time change, these guys are going to be staying up really late for their second show of the weekend!
      "We haven't been here for awhile and last time it was pretty crazy. Hoping all you dancers are ready, as the songs we have been adding are sure to have you on your feet." Don't forget to set your clocks.

Wednesday, March 11
ST. ALBANS--Twiggs continues the Monthly Blues Jam, an explosive evening of electric blues, on Wednesday at 7 p.m. All musicians are welcome to come and play the blues with the house band of Tom Caswell, guitar and vocals; Tom Buckley, bass; and Michael Bishop, drums on the second Wednesday of each 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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