ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 28 * * All Arts News On the Web * * June 13, 2024


      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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SHELBURNE--The Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery Summer Group Show, Luminous, features Gail Salzman with an opening reception on Friday at 5 - 7 p.m. The show continues through August 17.
      It's been a busy year with lots of changes, Ms. Salzman said. "Most importantly a new/relocated studio, with temporary chaos + reorganization, and now renewed energy for my art." Click here for more info.

MONTGOMERY--A new exhibit, Bloom: the Nature of Art opens at Montgomery Center for the Arts with a reception on Saturday at 1 p.m. The show is curated to share a wide range of work using media including film, painting, written word, pottery, and more. The show continues through July 15.
      The Kelton Hall gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon - 4 p.m. Click here for more info.

ENOSBURG--Artist David Stromeyer's walking tour of Cold Hollow Sculpture Park was rescheduled for this Saturday at 2 p.m. He will discuss his three newest, large-scale additions to the Park. The admission-free, immersive art experience offers a walk among 70 sculptures by Mr. Stromeyer plus a series of intellectual and cultural public programs. The Park is open Thursdays through Sundays until October 14. The walking tour is free. Find them on Facebook or click here to register and for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Artist In Residence collection spotlight is on master carpenter Courtney Adams who finds the beauty creating wood art. The art and fine craft cooperative features paintings, fiber arts, stained glass, sculpture, lamps, pottery, folk art boxes, scarves, hats and more by 38 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. features the Painted Silos of Jeffersonville. Artist Sarah Rutherford created the murals in 2016 to showcase the town's history, culture, and people. Find them on Facebook for more info.

SWANTON--The Vermont Abenaki Artists Association features certified fine, decorative, and performing artists officially labeled as "American Indian" under Federal law.
      Jesse Lawyer is a culinary artist creating indigenous specialties using Wabanaki ingredients. He also makes miniature horsetail coiled baskets and hand carves soapstone sculptures. Click here for his story and a look at his work.


ST. ALBANS--The Ballet School of Vermont & Northern Vermont Ballet is holding daily Pop up Advanced Ballet Class, at 4 - 6:15 p.m. The classes continue through Friday.
      The classes for any advanced Vermont ballet dancer help lead in to the Summer Intensives. The fee is a cash donation. Click here for more info.


JEFFERSONVILLE--The Bryan Memorial Gallery presents the video salon, Eulogizing the Body, with John Killacky at the gallery on Saturday at 1 p.m. Mr. Killacky will share four works dealing with AIDS, disability, loss, and chronic pain. The salon is free and registration is recommended. Click here to register and for more info.

NORTH HERO--Vermont Humanities presents American Stories Across the Generations with Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt at North Hero Public Library this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Is eternal life a blessing or a curse? The series focuses on the theme of relationships between children and older adults. Call Caroline Korejko (802.372.5458) or click here for more info.

ENOSBURG--Edith "Dinny" Hawksworth was selected by The Preservation Trust of Vermont to receive a 2024 Preservation Award. The award celebrates her contributions to saving and preserving Vermont's built environment and cultural landscapes. She was honored at the Downtown and Historic Preservation Conference in Bellows Falls and on YouTube.


SWANTON--The Swanton Free Public Library hosts a free Tie-Dye Tote workshop with Abbey on Saturday at 11 a.m.
      The tie dye bag is perfect for summer markets and beach days. This free art project is sponsored by an anonymous donor through the Swanton Arts Council to spread the joy of art throughout our community. Call 802.868.656 or click here to register and for more info.

MILTON--The Milton Artists Guild has three workshops this week.
      The Queer Art Club meets at the Milton Artists Guild on Friday at 6 p.m. The free drop in social club offers an open studio at MAG to work on creative projects. Dinner from Kismayo Kitchen. Email to register and to sign up for the free dinner.
      MAG will hold Intro to Flat Felting with Carmella Cyr on Saturday at 12 noon - 2 p.m. This introduction to felting on a flat surface precedes a workshop the following week for felting 3D shapes and designs. MAG recommends taking Flat Felting first. No experience necessary. Click here to register and for more info.
      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 week offers a different project. Stay for 30 minutes or the whole two hours. Click here for more info.

SOUTH HERO--Island Arts presents a Handcrafted Greeting Card Workshop with Pat Brennan at 275 South Street on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Ms. Brennan will teach basic card-making with two one-of-kind card kits with envelopes. The cost is $10 plus, at your first class, a tool kit ($7) that includes a dispenser with double-sided tape, glue dots, sponge daubers, and a little bling. Bring scissors if you have them. Click here for more info.


     COVID-19 is still here even if data reporting has taken the summer off. Franklin County has less than 8% of the state population and accounts for more than one-third of statewide hospitalizations.
      Vaccines are available for COVID, the Flu, and RSV, the three main viruses that cause people to end up in a hospital. COVID vaccines are 100% free to everyone 6 months and older living in the United States. Click here for more info.
      My own plan remains unchanged, especially since our precautions have waned and the current JN.1 variant dodges all but the most up-to-date immunity. I got the COVID and Flu shots, and the boosters, and I still take precautions because neither vaccine nor "natural immunity" is 100% foolproof. I wash my hands. I double mask with a genuine N95 mask (not a bandana and not a "chin strap") plus a surgical mask everywhere 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, June 13
ST ALBANS TOWN--The weekly St. Albans Bay Farmer's Market and Concert Series continues with Still Kickin' today from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. They have live music every Thursday evening into September. "The rain date will always fall on the following Friday." Find them on Facebook for more info.

SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro hosts Jim Branca playing solo and eclectic for Acoustic Thursday this evening at 5 - 7 p.m. Click here or Find them on Facebook for more info.

SWANTON--Champlain Country Club presents Summer Sounds favorite Carol Ann Jones with Will Patton for Irons & Ale this evening at 6 - 8 p.m.

SOUTH HERO--Pen Hits the homage to Ron "Pig Pen" McKernon play the Summer Concert Series at Snow Farm Vineyard this evening at 6:30 p.m. Food will be catered, call Kristen (802.922.8074) for all pre-order food requests. Click here for more info.

Thursday-Saturday, June 13-15
ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap starts a weekend of music with Cooper tonight at 7 p.m. two shows Friday night, Raised by Hippies at 5 p.m., and then Sticks and Stones return for late night music starting at 9 p.m., plus two more shows live on Saturday night with Sibling Reverie at 5 p.m., and Toast back at 9 p.m. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info. Click here to reserve a table.

Friday, June 14
MILTON--The Friday Night Live Music and Buffet at Arrowhead Golf Course presents Kyle Stevens on the deck on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The teriyaki chicken buffet starts around 7 p.m. Both run until 9 p.m. The buffet costs $14 per person ($7 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. Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Off The Rails at One Federal often has live performances in the lounge on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Friday-Sunday, June 14-16
ST. ALBANS--The Taphouse at Mill River has shows on Friday and Saturday nights in June. The Bushey & Bedell Duo play an eclectic blend of originals and old-time and new-time covers for Graduation Eve on Friday and the Smokey Newfield Project is live on Saturday. Music starts about 5:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

COLCHESTER--The Outdoor Summer Music Series fills the Spanked Puppy with music all weekend. 90 Proof kicks it off on Friday at 6 p.m. followed by the Better Days Band on Saturday at 6 p.m. and Nick DiDonna on Sunday afternoon at 2 - 5 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

JERICHO--The Jericho Cafe and Tavern fills the weekend with Live Music in June. The Jeff Salisbury Band plays Friday. Mad Mojo goes live on Saturday night. Music starts at 6 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs often has shows on Friday and Saturday nights. This week they host Blue Heron with Ethan Sawyer and Martin Fredrick plays on Friday and Acoustic Mayhem featuring Arthur James and Bee Wild is live on Saturday night. 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, June 15
ST. ALBANS--Northwest Farmers Market fills Taylor Park with live music, handmade crafts, locally grown food, prepared foods, free kids activities on Saturday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The market and the music continue every Saturday through October. Find them on Facebook for more info.

BERLIN--The Young Tradition Touring Group plays the Montpelier Contra Dance at the Capital City Grange on Saturday beginning at 7:40 p.m. Click here for more info.

Saturday, June 16
SOUTH HERO--The Congregational Church of South Hero hosts pianist Jacqueline Schwab in I Lift My Lamp--Illuminations from Immigrant America as a special Father's Day concert at the church on Sunday June 16 at 3 p.m. An improvisational pianist, Ms. Schwab accompanied Ken Burns' The Civil War and other PBS documentaries. She is "known for evoking the American musical past, but in a fresh, personal way" and has performed on the solo concert stage in almost every state in the union. The concert will include local guest singers Ernestine Tuyishime and Christine Aziza.
      An optional pot-luck supper will follow. Admission is by free will donation, a portion of which will benefit USCRI-VT. Call the church (802.372.4962), Mark Kennedy (802.318.0916) or click here for more info.

EAST FAIRFIELD--Summer Sounds and Meeting House favorite Paul Asbell returns to the Summer Concerts on the Green with the full Paul Asbell Quartet with Michael Zsoldos with extraordinary jazz, blues, and everything in between on the outdoor stage at the Meeting House on the Green on Saturday at 5 p.m. Mr. Asbell has played and recorded with Big Joe Burrell, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Paul Butterfield, Jon Henricks and Bobby McFerrin. He takes the stage with all stars Gabe Jarrett, drums; Clyde Stats, bass and St. Albans own Michael Zsoldos, sax.
      There will be plenty of room on the Green to "kick up your heels and dance the night away." Desserts and Grab and Go light fare will be available for sale or bring your own picnic.
      Admission is $10 at the door. Kids under 12 are free. Concerts are held outdoors. In case of rain, concerts are either canceled or moved indoors. Call Nance Shaw (802.827.6626) or click here for more info.

SOUTH HERO--Jamie Lee Thurston returns for a special benefit concert to support Vermont Family Farmers at Snow Farm Vineyard this evening at 6:30 p.m. Straight from Nashville, our own Mr. Thurston writes, sings, produces and plays lead guitar. He lives his music, "every word, note and riff." He has enthralled audiences since he first went on the stage with his Dad, the renowned Jimmy T, at the age of 3. He has opened for the superstar country acts Dixie Chicks, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Billy Currington, Travis Tritt and Charlie Daniels.
      Admission is by suggested $15 donation. 100% of the net donation goes directly to Dig Deep Vermont. Click here for more info.

Monday, June 17
SWANTON--The Swanton Free Public Library presents a Family Concert in the Park with Rockin' Ron The Friendly Pirate on the Village Green on Monday at 11 a.m.

NORTH HERO--Guitarist, singer, and songwriter George Murtie plays originals and more on the Pier Bar at the North Hero House on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Tuesday, June 18
ENOSBURG FALLS--Summer Concerts in Lincoln Park begin a new season as the Enosburg Town Band mounts the Bandstand on Tuesday at 7 p.m. There will be a variety of music, arts and crafts for the kids, popcorn and drinks, and even ice cream sundaes (when available) every Tuesday evening. Find them on Facebook for more info.

Wednesday, June 19
ESSEX--Grill & Chill Wednesdays continue with Dave Keller live on the Green on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Bring your own blanket, chair, umbrella, factory sealed water bottles, empty refillable bottles, picnic food, and good attitude. Food from the Double E grill and EE restaurants will be available. Find them on Facebook for more info.

NORTH HERO--Mama Tried takes over the Pier Bar at the North Hero House on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Summer Concert Series returns for 2024 with Summer Sounds favorites IncaHoots in Taylor Park on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
      Concerts are free for all every Wednesday evening through August 28. All shows will start at 5:30 p.m. except for the Citizens Concert Band at 7 p.m. 14th Star Brewing Company, Pickle's Snack Shack, and Mama Llama Bakeshop will be on hand for food and drink. If the weather turns squishy, the concerts will move to 14th Star. Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The monthly Blues Jam continues at Twiggs, hosted by Vermont's leading blues man, Nobby Reed and the House Band, on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Blues Jam blows out the speakers at Twiggs on the second Wednesday of each month. Find them on Facebook for more info.


     Adventure begins at your library or bookstore.
      Some Franklin County libraries will be closed on Wednesday for Juneteenth.

HIGHGATE--The Highgate Library and Community Center presents Alyx Hilshey with the Magic of the Library on Saturday at 10 a.m. The Vermont magician is a nationally touring comedy illusionist. She was a 2024 feature magician on Penn & Teller: Fool Us on YouTube. And she has a Master's in Electrical Engineering.

ST. ALBANS--Our own Jason Barney and genealogist Christine Eldred have joined forced to write The Hidden History of Lake Champlain. They will sign and talk about the Hidden History at the Eloquent Page on Saturday at 11 a.m. Their book is "full of things you thought you knew but didn't, never knew at all, or just can't believe." Find them on Facebook for more info.

SWANTON--The Swanton Free Public Library book clubs meet this week.
      The monthly SPL Book Club meets to discuss Angel's Flight by Michael Connelly on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The sixth novel to feature Los Angeles detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch investigates the murder of a prominent defense attorney on Angels Flight, the famed funicular railway in downtown L.A. Click here for more info.
      But I Progress takes up The Overstory by Richard Powers on Tuesday at 6 p.m. This winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world as they are "drawn into its unfolding catastrophe." The generally readings focus on writers who "identify as women, with particular attention to Women of Color and nonbinary women, who are under represented in literature. Today women's works are priced lower, more seldom purchased, and not receiving proper credit." There will be snacks, reviews, discussion, ideas, and good conversation. Click here for more info.
      The library will be closed on Wednesday.

      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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