ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 24 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 1, 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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      The Vermont state of emergency continues until October 15. Travelers still have to adhere to quarantine rules. The Vermont statewide mask mandate remains in effect.
      The state has had a total of 1,706 coronavirus cases with 58 deaths, but none in the past 63 days. 160,990 people (about 25.8% of the Vermont population) have been tested, although a negative test result yesterday says nothing about an individual's health today. We need a daily test that costs ten cents and gives results in ten minutes. The seven-day average test positivity rate is 0.5 percent overall, the lowest positivity rate in the country with 1,742 current cases (up from 1,715 last week). CDC reported 29 new cases this past week although HealthVermont reported just two new cases. It is an interesting, ongoing disparity. St. Albans City and Town have no new cases but remain the hot spot of Franklin County.
      Vermont now has 35 remote learning hubs in 87 locations across the state as schools reopen for in-person learning; schools moved into phase three of reopening this week. The child care hubs allow kids to take classes online while their parents return back to work. Most are in Chittenden County. The state is still working to bring hubs to Swanton and Grand Isle. Masks and hand-washing are required.

      The Meeting House on the Green continues Live at 5 monthly.
      Vermont canceled all county fairs, field days, and festivals for 2020. The 30th Summer Sounds concert series will return in 2021. The entire 2020 season at the Opera House at Enosburg Falls and many Young Tradition events have been canceled.

      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.


     River Arts at Home has ways to keep making art from the safety of home.
      The Virtual Open Studio and other classes are online. Every Tuesday River Arts posts a photo of a posed model. Anyone can make a drawing/painting/sculpture from this photo. They plan to keep the experimental virtual open studio going until we can all be together again. Submit completed artwork to Email. View the model poses and finished work online here.
      The River Arts CSArt (Community Supported Art) is a subscription service for individuals, families, and community members to explore different art mediums. Each month, CSA members will receive an art-making kit, an online class, and access to the rotating workshop art space at River Arts. October is the month of printmaking, November the month of weaving, and December the month of artist books.
      Click here to explore these art experiences for the community.


MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild will host Facebook for Artists with instructor Caitlyn Kenney as part of their ongoing series of online seminars on Monday at 6 - 7:30 p.m. This online workshop will cover the building blocks for running a professional Facebook page for an art business.
      The cost is $5 for members or $10 for non-members. Find them on Facebook to reserve a space and for more info.

      The Monroe County (Florida) libraries host WebinART with Sylvia on Zoom on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. This project discuss visual arts, curiosities of art history, aesthetic ideas and more. Classes continue through December.
      Cuban-born artist Sylvia Fontaine said she is teaching the webinar "Because making Art helps us live well." Email for the meeting link. Find her on Facebook for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on stained and fused glass artist Jennifer Buckner, metal sculptor Rebecca Chomyn, multi-media artist Shanna Ratner, and watercolor painter and fiber artist Deborah Travis.
      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 Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click here for more info.

MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild artist pop-up features Terry Buehner with jewelry, masks, and more, and Trine Wilson Photography with new photos at the Guild on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. They will display new work, demonstrate, and explain their process.
      MAG's artist pop-ups will feature artists every Saturday with appropriate social distancing. "This way, we can support our artists, and create a special and fun weekend destination." Come and meet the artists on Saturdays, while the Guild is open. Gary Walz and Jessica Goodrich True were on tap last Saturday. Find them on Facebook for more info.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council will host the Scary Story Contest & Zine online today. Find them on Facebook or email for more info.

SWANTON--The annual Swanton Arts Council Governing Body Meeting and Elections at the board meeting and update will be held via Zoom on Monday at 6:30 p.m. Governing Body members are eligible for two years after the completion of their Swanton Arts Council project. Email Judy if you have questions on your eligibility.
      SAC meetings are held on the first Monday of each month. Email or message via Facebook an hour before the meeting for the link and agenda. Click here for the September minutes.

SWANTON--The SAC Adult Virtual Art Journaling Meetup happens via Zoom on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
      The group can guide participants with items found around the home and supplies from the SPL Makerspace. The meetup takes place every Tuesday and is free and open to all.
      Email or find them on Facebook to get the zoom login info.


     During the Covid-19 crisis, the October, November, and December Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays talks will only be offered online, via Zoom. Advance registration is required for these events; registration is free.
      There are seven arts or cultural talks this month, all available in your own home.
      The Opulence of Integrity: Dance and Muhammad Ali from the Brownell Library in Essex Junction on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Christal Brown's original dance piece The Opulence of Integrity was inspired by the life of Muhammad Ali. Click here to register and for more info.
      Busting Out of the Ivory Tower: From Anthropology to Writing and Art from the
      First Congregational Church of Manchester on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Writer, artist, and anthropologist Dana Walrath focuses on dementia, genocide, mental illness, and the atomic bomb. Click here to register and for more info.
      I Wonder as I Wander: Duke Ellington's Nature--Inspired Works from Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Reuben Jackson explores the Ellington compositions. Click here to register and for more info.
      Celebrating E. B. White from Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Nancy Jay Crumbine celebrates White's versatility and enormous legacy. Click here to register and for more info.
      "2020 Vision:" Visual Art and Technology Before and After Covid-19 from Norwich Congregational Church on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Click here to register and for more info.
      "If She has a Pulse, She has a Chance" from the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Artist Michael Poster describes his photographic portraits, stories, and essays about recovery from opioid addiction, completed over two years at the Turning Point Recovery Center in Brattleboro. Click here to register and for more info.
      Culture Wars on the Vermont Humanities Digital Channels Online on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Photographer Dona Ann McAdams and curator John Killacky discuss the culture wars of the 1990s and McAdams' exhibition at the Helen Day Art Center. Click here to register and for more info.
      Click here to register for any of the events and for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The Saint Albans Museum and the Vermont Humanities Council present Linda Radtke, From the Parlor to the Polls, outdoors in St. Albans Bay Park on Thursday at 5 p.m.
      In period costume and 'Votes for Women' sash, Ms. Radtke will offer the songs and stories of the women's suffrage movement and the fight for voting rights, accompanied by pianist Arthur Zorn. Limited public seating is available, so bring a blanket or chair and dress for the weather.
      Admission is free. Call Alex Lehning (802.527.7933), email or click here for more info

ESSEX--The Double E presents Troy Millette & The Fire Below with Ryan Sweezey in a "very intimate full band performance" this evening at 7 p.m. Doors at 6. This is the first indoor concert of the season at the Double E.
      The Fairfax singer-songwriter brings "heart, humor, and humility" to the stage. He has performed hundreds of shows across the Northeast and Canada with Grace Potter, Counting Crows, Rick Springfield, Trey Anastasio, Kat Wright, 8084, Jamie Lee Thurston, Keeghan Nolan, and more. Mr. Sweezey is an acoustic-based pop/rock singer-songwriter from Burlington.
      Admission is $10 - $20. The venue will limit tickets to 60 people in the 400 seat auditorium and take other COVID-19 precautions. Click here for tickets.

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap is back to live music on Wednesday through Saturday evenings.
      Josh Jekab goes solo on live guitar this evening beginning at 5:30 p.m. Hot Chocheys take over the mic with elements of funk, reggae, jazz and rock on Friday at 5 p.m. The Wickmoore Jazz Trio is live on Saturday at 6 p.m. And the One Man Show of Matt Dolliver brings it home with sax and much more on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info. Click here to reserve a table.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star presents the Rangers Trio live in the Beer Garden for an evening of tunes, brews, and burgers on Friday at 6 p.m.
      The Rangers are Danny Coane of the Starline Rhythm Boys, acoustic rhythm guitar and vocals; Dave Rowell of Rick & the Ramblers, electric bass and vocals; and Larry Beaudry of the Hit Men, electric lead guitar and vocals. They promise an evening of vintage country and western swing music. Reservations are required and must be made online before arriving; there will be no walk-ins or phone-ins. Click here for more info and select "Beer Garden Outdoor Seating."
      Find them on Facebook for more info.

ESSEX--The Double E presents Jamie Lee Thurston live on the Essex Experience Green in a special acoustic show on Friday at 7 p.m. Doors at 6.
      Admission is $20 - $25. The venue will take full COVID-19 precautions. Click here for tickets.

SOUTH HERO--The Fabulous Wrecks roll back into the main dining room of the Blue Paddle on the Bay on Saturday at 6 p.m. Roy Cutler, vocals and guitar; Peter Riley, bass, melodica, and vocals; and Bob Young, guitar and vocals will be in full wreckage mode.
      Seating is limited and reservations are a must. Call 802.372.4814

SHELDON--The Abbey Live Music Saturdays continues with Bryce Bachelder on Saturday at 6:30 p.m., in the Pub if it snows. Find the Abbey on Facebook for more info.


     Here's the roundup of virtual music and events for this week.

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

      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.

      Summer Sounds favorite Mark Shelton went live singing Elvis on Facebook on Tuesday evening. He sang gospel music on Facebook from the living room on Sunday.
      Follow him on Facebook for a link to this week's offerings.


      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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