ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 25 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 9, 2021


      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 BAY--We usually think of "public art" as murals, sculptures, or other permanent pieces commissioned by governments or businesses for a specific site but there are new categories springing up as "the public" contributes imagery to the oeuvre.
      Sunset art is one of those categories. The Bayside Restaurant has a view of one of Vermont's great sunset locations and posts nearly daily examples of this ephemeral art on Facebook .


     A recent article published in Nature estimates that more than 100 million Americans were infected by the end of 2020. Gov. Phil Scott announced that 75% of children ages 12 - 17 have received at least one dose making Vermont the first state in the nation to get there. Still, Vermont reported 875 new COVID-19 cases last week and the governor has ordered that all state employees be vaccinated or undergo regular testing. All Vermont schools will continue masking through at least October 4. The daily average in Franklin County is now 7.1 cases per day. Unvaccinated Vermonters are three to four times more likely than vaccinated Vermonters to contract COVID-19 according to the Vermont Department of Health.
      Here's my own, still current, advice. Get the shot(s) and take precautions. The vaccines are extraordinarily effective but nothing is 100% foolproof. Wash your hands. Wear a mask where you can't control the airflow around you until we reach the same herd immunity we have for smallpox and once had but lost for measles. Bonus: it will also help protect you from pollen, summer colds, and the winter flu.


MORRISVILLE--River Arts pottery instructor and "kiln god" Lisa Wolfgang hosts the in-person, September "Sip n' Slurry creative experience" as the pottery twist on a Paint n' Sip on Friday at 6 p.m. Craft functional and sculptural vessels while learning hand building techniques. Cash bar available.
      The cost is $35. Click here to enroll and for more info. Email to book a table.

MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild will host Metal Smithing 101 with instructor Cathy Laclair beginning Wednesday 6 - 9 p.m.
      The 3-week class introduces the "arcane and secret techniques" of making fine jewelry, primarily in sterling silver, brass, and copper. No prior experience is necessary. Students will learn the basics of metalworking including technical skills, building, and problem-solving. Emphasis will be on the fundamentals of working with hand tools to gain proficiency in sawing, riveting, hardening and annealing, simple forming, and finishing techniques. Supplies are included in the class fee.
      The cost is $175 for members or $180 for non-members. Click here for tickets and more info.


GEMS AND GIANTS 2021 (September 26)--The Bryan Memorial Gallery member artist show combines large works with smaller works of art. All media with the exception of giclee prints is eligible. No limits other than size. Submissions to this exhibition will be made online. Click here for more info.

FORT UNION NATIONAL MONUMENT RESIDENCY (September 30)--The October 2022 Artist in Residence program in one of New Mexico's historic frontier army posts in Mora County is accepting artists working across mediums.Click here for application info.

CARMIGNAC PHOTOJOURNALISM AWARD (October 18)--The 12th edition of the award focuses on the social, economic, and ecological crises impacting life in Venezuela. It will award one photographer from anywhere in the world a 50,000 grant to support a six-month reporting residency running from January to June 2022, along with a traveling exhibition of the works produced and a monograph. Click here for the application and more info.


     Vermont has lifted all remaining statewide COVID-19 restrictions.
      Here's my own current advice, updated to today. Get the shot(s) and take precautions. The vaccines are extraordinarily effective but nothing is 100% foolproof. Wash your hands. Wear a mask where you can't control the airflow around you until we reach the same herd immunity we have for smallpox and once had but lost for measles. Bonus: it will also help protect you from pollen, summer colds, and the winter flu.

Thursday, September 9
ST. ALBANS TOWN--The St. Albans Bay Farmers Market offers Chris & Erica live in the Town Bay Park this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

CHARLOTTE--The September Grange on the Green features the Will Patton Trio on the Charlotte Town Green this evening at 5:30 p.m.
      Mr. Patton, David Gusakov, and Dono Schabner draw from Gypsy jazz and Brasilian choro styles for an inventive, melodic, harmonic evening of music. Bring a picnic and enjoy ice cream and local beverages on sale on the Green along with farmer stalls and display tables from community groups. Admission is free. Find them on Facebook for more info.

SOUTH HERO--The Snow Farm Summer Concert Series concludes with local rock and blues band B-Town with a mix of old and new cover songs at the Snow Farm Vineyard & Winery this evening at 6 p.m.
      The live summer series has offered a variety of music, from classical to jazz to swing to bluegrass to classic rock. Concerts are held every Thursday evening into September, weather permitting. Picnicking begins at 5 p.m. Wine and a local craft beer are available for purchase. Bring your own chairs and blankets. Click here for more info.

Thursday-Sunday, September 9-12
SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle on the Bay continues a summer of live music nights live music nights with Sergio Torres on the Bay this evening, the Tim Brick Duet at the special time of 5:30 p.m. on the Bay on Friday, Shake Acoustic live on Saturday on the Bay, and Bob & Chip in the Bistro on Sunday. Music begins at 6 p.m. each evening.
      Call 802.372.4814 for reservations or find them on Facebook for more info.

Friday, September 10
NORTH HERO--AmeriKana Blue plays live in the Steamship Bar and Grill for an evening of folk, rock, protest, blues, and country at North Hero House on Saturday at 5 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

COLCHESTER--Barbie n Bones rocks the Outback at the Spanked Puppy for the Summer Music Series on Friday at 6 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star presents the Blue Rock Boys for a night of "vintage eclectic" music live in The Room on Friday at 6 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

BURLINGTON--Higher Ground presents Cole Davidson with Troy Millette in the Showcase Lounge on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Doors at 6:30.
      All patrons attending events at the Higher Ground Ballroom and Showcase Lounge will be required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test from the past 72 hours, along with a matching photo ID. Proof of vaccination can be your physical vaccine card or a photo of your card. Higher Ground has installed an indoor air purification system that effectively treats airborne viruses, bacteria, and allergens.
      Admission is $10 - $12. Click here for tickets and more info.

Friday-Sunday, September 10-12
ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers the Rough Suspects this evening, two shows Friday night, Kyle Stevens at 5 p.m., and then the Devon McGarry Band for late night music starting at 9 p.m., and Uncle Jimmy live on Saturday night. Music usually starts at 5:30 on Thursday and 6 p.m. other nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info. And to confirm. Click here to reserve a table.

Saturday, September 11
EAST FAIRFIELD--The live Meeting House on the Green Summer Music Series continues with Summer Sounds favorite Bob and Sarah Amos on Saturday at 5 p.m.
      The concert marks the debut of their brand new backing band with Andy Greene, guitar; Kirk Lord, bass; and Alan Epstein, mandolin; with Bob, banjo and guitar performing a wide variety of Americana and Bluegrass original and traditional songs.
      Admission is by suggested donation of $10 at the door with those under 16 admitted free. Concerts are held outdoors. In case of rain, concerts are either canceled or moved indoors with mask required and limited seating available. "Grab and go" light fare will be available for sale or bring your own picnic. Call 802.827.6626 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Music in the Biergarten presents Two Towns at Mill River Brewing on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      Call to make a reservation (802.582.4182) or find them on Facebook for more info.

ALBURGH--The Alburgh Oasis presents AfterMarket Heros opening for Nobby Reed in an evening of blues on Saturday at 6 - 9 p.m.
      Bring chairs, blankets, and a picnic, B.Y.O.B. Admission is free by donation and premium seating is available. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Sunday, September 12
ST. ALBANS--Music in the Biergarten presents Nobby Reed driving the blues at Mill River Brewing on Sunday at 2 p.m.
      Call to make a reservation (802.582.4182) or find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Church Street Sounds of the Season opens the new season with Music-COMP in Franklin County at the First Congregational Church on Sunday at 3 p.m. The concert debuts several new works by young composers from Franklin County and other recent Music-COMP composers performed by professional musicians, including members of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and the Northern Third Piano Quartet.
      The church presents Vermont musicians on the second Sunday of each month. Admission is free (donations are accepted). Families are welcome. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Email, click here , or find them on Facebook for more info.

JOHNSON--Moog's Joint presents the High Country Bob Fest--Dylan Tribute led by Pat Guadagno, Phil Rizzo, and Richard Oddo plus Seth Yacovone and Dark Heat all on Sunday at 5 p.m.
      Bob Dylan turned 80 this year. The New Jersey gang have been leading the Bob Fests for years. There will be individual sets and collaborations with the classics, smash hits, deep cuts and more. Cover is $20 per person with all money goes to the artists. Outdoor seating. Click here for tickets and more info.

Tuesday, September 14
ESSEX--The Moth presents Burlington StorySLAM: Gatherings at the Double E on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Doors at 6:30.
      Admission is $20. Proof of vaccination will be required for entry and the name on vaccination card must match your ID. Click here for more info or here for tickets. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Wednesday, September 15
ESSEX--The Essex Experience presents Trucks Taps and Tunes with family-friendly live music, cold beer, and food on the Essex Green each Wednesday at 5 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro continues a summer of live music with Django Soulo on Wednesday at 6 p.m. No cover charge. Find them on Facebook for more info.


      The Vermont Humanities Council and AARP presents Details Meet Creativity in Writing with author Yvonne Daley on the VHC Digital Channels on Tuesday at 12 noon. Ms. Daley will share examples of how to interlace historical, scientific, and societal details into written works.
      Call AARP Vermont (802.238.4963) or Email to learn how to register for this free talk. click here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The Eloquent Page hosts writer DonnaRae Menard for a book signing of her new thriller, Murder in the Meadow, on Saturday at 2 p.m.
      After 10 years gone, Katelyn Took returns home to her grandmother, only to find the woman who raised her dead under mysterious circumstances. Ms. Menard is a regular at the Farmers Market in Taylor Park
      Find the Eloquent Page on Facebook 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
Music at the Meeting House
Citizens Band
Wednesday Night Live
Enosburg Town Band


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