ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 26 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 20, 2022


      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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ART SUPPLY SALE (October 22)--The Milton Artists' Guild holds their donated Art Supply Sale in the gallery on Saturday from 10 am. - 6 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (October 28)--The Opera House at Enosburg Falls will hold open auditions for a family production of Ernie Hemingway's production of A Christmas Carol at the House on Friday, October 28. Auditions are open to anyone who can read a script. Click here for more info.

GEMS & GIANTS (October 30)--Bryan Memorial Gallery's member show combines large works, defined as 36" or larger on one side, with smaller works of art that measure 8" x 10" or smaller. Due to space considerations the "Giants" in this show will be juried while all member artists are invited to submit any three "Gems" of their choosing which will automatically be included in the show. Click here for more info about the show and here to submit images.


      Vermont's COVID paid leave grant programis still delayed.
      Recent CDC data shows that the aftereffects of long COVID have hit nearly a third of Americans diagnosed with COVID-19. West Virginia has the highest rate of long COVID symptoms at 49%; Vermonters report the lowest rate of long COVID at 22%. Vermont reported 391 new COVID-19 cases statewide last week, down from 483 the week before, as hospitalizations increased by 3 to 48 (that number has been edging up over the last few weeks from a low of 30). Franklin County's case load increased to 84 cases in the 14 days ending Saturday. The Vermont Department of Health reported October 12 that COVID-19 cases fell slightly. COVID-19 infections are still considered "Low." Hospitalizations increased.
      Vermont relies on self reporting. You can report self-test results by following instructions on your test kit to automatically provide your results to your local health department or with the Vermont COVID-19 Self-Test Result Reporting Form. If you test positive, stay home and isolate for five days. You can leave your home on day six if your symptoms have improved and you have had no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medicine that reduces fevers.
      Take an at-home test if you begin having symptoms like fever, sore throat, runny nose, or loss of taste or smell, or at least five days after you come into close contact with someone with COVID-19, or if you plan a get together with people who are at risk of severe disease or may not be up to date on their vaccines. Ordering through the free at-home test program was suspended last month because Congress hasn't provided additional funding to replenish the nation's stockpile of tests. does have links for at-home tests at retailers and pharmacies, insurance reimbursement for at-home tests, and the 20,000 no-cost antigen and PCR COVID-19 test sites nationwide. Most major chains including Walgreens and Price Chopper locally should have free N95 masks.
      Whether you have contracted and recovered from this coronavirus or haven't yet received a booster or even if you have done it all, immunity has waned for many of us. That lowered resistance leads to infections and increased transmission of the virus. To date, 16% of eligible Vermonters over the age of 12 have gotten the bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccine. That's compared to just 4% nationally. Here's my own advice. Get the COVID shot(s), get the booster(s), and take precautions, particularly if you are inside with other people--that still means wearing a mask indoors. The state will host a walk-in clinic for the new, reconfigured vaccines and boosters in the Fisher Pond building today at 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Click here for the complete walk-in clinic schedule.
      No vaccine is 100% foolproof. Wash your hands. Keep wearing an N95 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 because so many parents refused to vaccinate their kids. Bonus: it will also help protect you from pollen, summer colds, and the winter flu.
      Call 855.722.7878 or visit for more info about the first or second dose and for booster shots of the vaccine. You can also walk-in at Costco, CVS, Hannaford, Price Chopper/Market 32, Rite Aid, Shaw's, Walgreens, or Walmart, or get an appointment with CVS, Kinney Drugs, Walgreens, or UVMMC Outpatient Pharmacies. Providers and pharmacies must give vaccines at no cost to the patient.


ST. ALBANS--The Artist In Residence Gallery hosts a traditional Chamber Mixer this evening at 5:30 p.m. It's an opportunity to take in the artwork, visit with Chamber members, and hear a few words from Chef Adam Monette who is contributing sweets to the event and creating a grand prize raffle gift. Admission is $5 for Chamber members and $8 for nonmembers. Registration is required. Click here for more info.
      The art and fine craft 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, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here or find them on Facebook for more info.

MONTGOMERY--A Shared Life, a Collection of Art created by Carolyn and Harold Babcock, continues at the Montgomery Center for the Arts on Saturday and Sunday at noon - 4 p.m. The work and artifacts from their collection is on view at the MCA through October 30. Click here for more info.


MORRISVILLE--River Arts hosts the October Paint and Sip: Landscapes Inspired by Edward Hopper with Carolyn Crotty on Friday at 6 p.m. Each paint and sip looks at the painting style of a different master painter. The cost is $45. Click here to enroll and for more info.


NORTH HERO--Island Arts concludes community dancing to lively music for Easy International Folk Dancing with instructor Leslie Alpert in the Island Arts Center on Monday at 6 - 7 p.m.
      All dances are taught. No partner required. No experience required, and new students are always welcome. Bring your water bottle. Masks are required inside. Participants hold onto cloths instead of hands to help maintain distance inside and out. Admission is $10. Call Lesley (802.372.3418) to verify the class schedule or for more info.


ST. ALBANS--Osher Lifelong Learning Institute continues the Fall weekly program series with Summer Sounds favorite Banjo Dan Lindner offering the Songs of Vermont in the Greg Brown Lodge at Hard'ack on Wednesday at 11 a.m. He "will discuss the process of songwriting as I use it to compose songs based on life in Vermont and incidents in Vermont history, illustrating the talk with solo performances of several of my original songs."
      OLLI cannot take payments at the door. They "strongly recommend that all attendees/members pre-register prior to the start of the program." Click here for more info.


MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild has two workshops this week.
      Pearl Bubble Bracelet with instructor Paula Galle uses glass pearls and gold plated beads at MAG on Saturday at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Choose the color of the pearls and make this bracelet any size. The cost is $50 for members or $55 for non-members. Click here for more info and to reserve a space.
      Social Sundays continue at the Milton Artists' Guild Art Center with free weekly art classes for families at MAG on Sunday at 1 p.m. Each month offers a different project. Stay for 30 minutes or the whole two hours. Admission is free but registration is required. Click here for free tickets and more info.

JEFFERSONVILLE--Bryan Memorial Gallery hosts the Land & Light 2022 Artist Roundtable on Sunday from 1 - 2 p.m. The panelists will include this year's winners as they share insights into their work and process. The gallery will announce the first Golden Artist Viewer's Choice Award.
      The Bryan Gallery is open Thursday - Sunday from 11 - 4 or by appointment. Click here for more info about the roundtable.


     Here's my own plan with over one million U.S. deaths and as our precautions wane. I got the COVID and Flu shots, and the boosters, and I take precautions because no vaccine is 100% foolproof. I wash my hands. I double mask with a genuine N95 mask (not a bandana and not a "chin strap") and a surgical mask where ever I can't control the airflow. It isn't much of a burden and it mostly protects me from all the people without masks I see in stores and concerts.

Thursday, October 20
ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap presents Shane and Josh Murley from the Voice on NBC tonight at 8 p.m. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info. Click here to reserve a table.

Friday, October 21
SHELDON--The Abbey Friday Night Music Series continues in the Pub on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Friday-Saturday, October 21-22
ST. ALBANS--Twiggs often has shows on Friday and Saturday nights. Music starts about 6:30 p.m. Call 802.524.1405 or find them on Facebook for more info. Click here to book a reservation or to visit the art on the walls.

Saturday, October 22
ST. ALBANS--The 14th annual Blue Jean Ball takes over the American Legion Hall to celebrate Rock & Roll on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      As our community continues to recover from an astonishing year, our high-quality home health services are needed now more than ever. The benefit supports home health care and hospice in Franklin County with gifts in the silent and live auctions and the winner of the quilt raffle. Proceeds from this event help ensure that FCHHA can meet the mission of providing medically necessary home health care to all who need it, regardless of their ability to pay.
      Admission is $75 per person or $125 per couple. Click here for tickets. Call Jennifer Aubin (802.393.6706) or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star presents Mullets of Rock for a night of 80s hair music in The Room on Saturday at 6 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Glass Onion returns to The Depot with a Tribute to the Tragically Hip on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
      Admission is $20 with $5 going to the Samaritan House. Food for purchase and cash bar will be available. Click here for tickets. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Sunday, October 23
ST. ALBANS--14th Star and Grazers continue the Sunday Kickoff with the live music of Sunday Brunch Sessions in The Room on Sunday at 1 - 3 p.m. Find them on Facebook 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 Concert Band
Enosburg Town Band


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