ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 24 * * All Arts News On the Web * * June 18, 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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      Indoor dining in restaurants is limited to the greater of 25% of regular occupancy limits and outdoor dining is allowed at maximum licensed seating capacity, up to 50 people. Inns, hotels, and other lodging continue at 50% capacity or 25 guests and staff, whichever is larger. All gatherings, indoor and outdoor, continue to be limited to 25 people. 50,982 people (about 8% of the Vermont population) have been tested.
      The state 14-day quarantine limit continues. Out-of-staters who travel to Vermont from a county in the Northeast with less than 400 cases per million population do not have to quarantine but others, especially those from high-risk areas, apparently do.
      Vermont plans to reopen K-12 classrooms in the fall. Some Vermont museums will reopen for summer. The Saint Albans Museum has delayed its traditional seasonal opening but their "virtual doors" are open.

      Vermont has canceled all county fairs, field days, and festivals for 2020. The 30th annual Summer Sounds concert series will return in 2021. 20/20 Visions, the Montgomery Center for the Arts Summer Art Show and Fundraiser, Bay Day, summer shows at Burton Island, the summer season of the Citizens Concert Band, Evenings at the Meeting House, the entire 2020 season at the Opera House at Enosburg Falls, the entire Enosburg Town Band Summer Concert Series, and many Young Tradition events have been canceled. Summer Music at Grace is reviewing its summer schedule. The 99th annual Champlain Valley Fair will wait until next summer.

      Although so many of our favorite activities won't happen this year, all the volunteers will stay as active as possible and this weekly column about the arts and entertainment around the region will continue to serve up live and almost live events and artists from around the region. Read all about it here every Thursday.


MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild seeks teaching artists to teach virtual classes on a variety of techniques. They pay cash money ($40/hour); classes are limited to two hours via video call. Email Caitlyn or find them on Facebook for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The Artist in Residence art cooperative is open with 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 started new hours last week: Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Click here or find them on Facebook for more info.

SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council public art wall continues with protest art on Facebook .


ONLINE--Artist's Palette Durham Region hosts a free Live Painting Tutorial on Wood: Birds on a Wire on Facebook today at 6 p.m. The tutorial will be live on Facebook and will be available for rewatch after the event for a few days.
      Artist's Palette is "a group of creative, artsy individuals" in the Durham Region who sharing different styles and mediums. Liesl Scheppat started the organization to share her art with others with a hope to start or restart a hobby, interest, or profession in art.
      Ms. Scheppat will host Zoom painting events including Sugar Skull, on Saturday and Teal Boat on Sunday. Check their Facebook schedule for other Zoom and free Facebook Live virtual events.


ST. ALBANS--"Together, Apart: Saint Albans Museum brings community history to life in new ways during a modified 2020 season." The Museum has delayed its traditional seasonal opening this month but their "virtual doors" are open thanks to increased online content and programming at or on Facebook.
      The Museum will continue to offer programming but in new ways and different formats. They are reflecting on and responding to the Black Lives Matter movement with a "recommitment to diversity and inclusion in our exhibitions, publications, and research." Other new digital initiatives include behind-the-scenes tours, online exhibitions, and more. They have displays in progress or in active research on COVID-19 and the 1918 pandemic, women's suffrage, Prohibition, historic architecture, the business community, local schools and sports, the St. Albans hospital, and new works on the "Rail City" and Central Vermont Railroad.
      Next month, they will host the "SAMazing Race," a virtual scavenger hunt and fundraiser.


VERMONT--Musicians of all ages and experience will take to the porches, public parks, pickup trucks, and sidewalks around the state as part of the International Make Music Day on Sunday at 9 a.m - 8 p.m. There are planned events in Bristol, Burlington, Castleton, Charlotte, Colchester, Ferrisburg, Greensboro, Montpelier, Rochester, St. Albans, Stowe, and Waterbury, and many more.
      Anyone can take part in Downtown St. Albans' second Make Music Day anywhere in the city. Simply find a bit of park, sidewalk, business, porch, or yard to make the Railroad City hum with music.
      Make Music Day is an international event celebrated more than 1,000 cities in over 180 countries. Click here and click here for more info. Find the St. Albans plans on Facebook.


MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild will host a series of online seminars beginning with Instagram: Professional Development for Artists with instructor Caitlyn Kenney on June 16 at 6 - 7:30 p.m. This beginner-level professional development for artists seminar will teach the building blocks for running an Instagram page for an art business.
      The cost is $5 for members or $10 for non-members. Click here to reserve a space.


FAIRFAX--The Fairfax Arts Council seeks Fairfax artists to paint the garden boxes at the Community Corner. The sides of the garden boxes are not flat surfaces. Artists may submit designs for up to 4 sides of a garden box. Submit a PDF or image file and they will coordinate a day and time to paint.
      Email designs, find them on Facebook or download the PDF from Google Drivefor more info.


ST. ALBANS--Summer arrives Saturday. Twiggs plans to give one more "thank you" to the community with Free Ice Cream and Live Music. Guitarist, singer, and songwriter George Murtie will play in the window and ice cream sundaes will be served outside this afternoon at 4 - 8 p.m.
      Twiggs is supporting Dave's Ice Cream Social who helps provide grants for locals with cancer. There will be chalk-lines and attendees with face masks helping everyone follow social distancing guidance.

ST. ALBANS--Bronson's Landing celebrates the first Thirsty Thursday of the summer with Eleven this evening at 6:30 p.m.
      "Great food, drinks and company," Scott Guptill said. Bronson's Landing serves comfort food and a salad bar. Eleven is the Northern Vermont power trio of Taylor Arsenault, Scott Belisle, and Mr. Guptill.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents local musician Andy Hoadley live on Friday at 6 p.m.
      Mr. Hoadley performs classic, new, and original songs that weave Americana, blues, rock, folk and country together.

ST. ALBANS--The Clothier presents Cooie live on Friday at 6 p.m. Her vocal stylings bring the lyrics to life, whether she's singing traditional tunes, popular songs, or originals.
      The Clothier is the 1920's era speakeasy next door to Twiggs. Doors open at 6 on Friday and Saturday. Call and reserve a seat or find them on Facebook for more info.

MILTON--Arrowhead Golf Course hosts Carol Ann Jones and Will Patton for the Friday Night Live Music and Buffet on the deck on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The pulled pork buffet starts around 7 p.m. Both run until 9 p.m.
      The buffet costs $11 per person ($5 for each child). You don't have to be a member; the public is welcome. Be sure to come early, usually around 6, to get a good seat.

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Artisanal Bubbles live on Saturday at 5 p.m.
      The duo of Marshall Dominguez, guitar, and JD Tolstoi, keys, offers original loops and improv alongside choice covers. Call 802.878.3309 or email for reservations and more info.

SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle presents Carol Ann Jones and Jon Sochin on Tuesday at 6 p.m. They'll be there every Tuesday evening. Seating is very limited with lots of restrictions in place and reservations are a must. Call 802.372.4814.


     With many venues still shut down, we have to rely on ourselves for entertainment so sing from a sinkhole. Record yourself on the third tee. Paint your art wall with a chartreuse and M&M yellow orchid. OK, maybe not that.
      You're housebound? Your show is cancelled or postponed? You're bored? How about putting on a show?
      Get the band together and video or livestream a rehearsal every day. Or set up your easel and video a painting coming together. Read a few pages from your novel or a short story or a poem. Get in costume and video that play or the dance. Do some improv in your living room.
      We're missing you. You'll get in a session and we'll like seeing you. Please share your efforts with your local arts council, too. And if the artist has a donation button, the audience can express appreciation through PayPal, Venmo, or other services.
      Here's a roundup for this week.

      Young Tradition Vermont hosts a Pete Sutherland and Oliver Scanlon concert live on Facebook this evening at 7 p.m. Two of Vermont's fiddling folk heroes celebrate their unique musical journey from mentor and student to colleagues with this special Livestream. It will be a two-man tune swap of traditional and original fiddle music with piano, banjo, guitar, mandolin, double fiddles, and more, topped off with close harmony singing. The concert will stream later on YouTube on the Young Tradition Vermont channel.
      "Admission" is free but you can $10-20 donation to the musicians at Email or find them on Facebook for more info.

      Summer Sounds favorite John Bartus' Perpetual Island Tour will perform a new Social Distancing Concert Live from the Florida Keys from the Key Colony Inn, thanks to Facebook Live every Friday at 7:30 p.m. Last week's concert is on Facebook.
      Find him Facebook for the link.

      Andrew Lloyd Webber will stream his musicals in the free YouTube series, The Shows Must Go On, every Friday at 7 p.m. for 48 hours. A new show begins tomorrow. Clips of famous performances and behind-the-scenes footage also appear on the channel beside the full shows.
      Click here for Mr. Webber's YouTube channel for all the details and to subscribe.

      Carol Ann Jones could be live on Sunday with another kitchen concert. Find her Facebook feed for other events and for this Sunday's kitchen concert.

      YTV presents the 2020 Young Tradition Contest Winners Concert on Facebook Live on Tuesday at 7-8:30pm
      Andrew Caden, Sebastiaan West/Abigail Sandy, and François-Félix Roy perform from their homes Live on Young Tradition Vermont's on Facebook page. The video will be available after the concert on YTV’s You Tube Channel.
      A $10-$20 donation is suggested via PayPal.

      Tom Caswell streams a blues jam live from his living room on Facebook every Wednesday at 7 p.m. He welcomes everyone to play some blues along from home. Find him on Facebook and view last week's jam here.


ONLINE--C-Span's BookTV has 13,000 hours of interviews and discussions with writers, historians and more.
      Best-selling writer of the Easy Rawlins novels centered on a black private investigator and living in the Watts, Walter Mosley has 23 videos in the C-SPAN Video Library. After his "long-haired hippie" phase, Mr. Mosley dropped out of Goddard College, then earned a B.A. in political science at Johnson State.
      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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