ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 18 * * All Arts News On the Web * * April 3, 2014


      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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      April is the Month of the Young Child.
      One week in April has been celebrated nationally since 1971 as the Week of the Young Child. Many states and communities have expanded the celebration to the entire month of April, with a special focus each week: physical development, social-emotional development, cognitive development, and language and literacy. The arts can tie it all together in ways the kids relate to perfectly.
      "Our lives, our ancestors lives, our children's lives are intertwined with the songs we sing, the tunes we play, the dances that move us," Mark Sustic said. An expert in Essential Early Education and the first coordinator of the Franklin County Early Childhood Programs, Mr. Sustic is a musician and the guiding force behind Young Tradition-Vermont.
      River Garden in Brattleboro exhibits the work of the youngest artists at the 7th annual Young Children's Art Exhibit tomorrow evening at 5 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display for the month of April. New England Center for Circus Arts, also in Brattleboro, hosts World Circus Day on Saturday at 1 p.m. Kids will hang, roll, twist and twirl on the low trapezes, aerial fabrics, and balancing pipes.


ENOSBURG FALLS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, they will host a Photographers Round Table featuring AIR members and guests and refreshments on Sunday at 1 pm.
      The round table will include Wayne Tarr of St. Albans, John Selmer of Westfield, Natalie Larocque of Enosburg and Jo Anne Wazny of Berkshire plus 10th grade student Alyssa Ellsworth of Berkshire, supported by her art teacher Pam Krout-Voss. The new program was Special Events coordinator Kitten Ellison's idea. Their exhibit continues through the end of April.
      The Artist in Residence art cooperative features paintings, fiber arts, stained glass, sculpture, lamps, pottery, folk art boxes, scarves, hats and more by 45 Franklin County and surrounding area artists. It is owned and operated by the artists and sponsors. The gallery, located at 321 Main Street, is open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. plus the first Sunday of each month, noon to 5 p.m.


ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Blues Night with the Nobby Reed Project tonight at 7 p.m. Vermont's best known blues trio includes Eric Belrose, percussion, Ray Bushey, bass, and Mr. Reed on lead guitar and vocals. The pub has live music lined up for every evening in March.
      Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Twiggs Comedy For A Cause series continues on the Main Stage tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. The evening will raise money to support the FNWSU After School Program. The stand up show celebrates one year raising funds to support nonprofits in our community.
      Colin Ryan of A Stand Up Life produces the show. Admission is $15. There are just 75 seats available at the restaurant. Call Kathy Kneebone (802.582.8395) or email for tickets. Make dinner reservations prior to the show since only drinks, appetizers, and desserts will be served during the show.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

SOUTH BURLINGTON--Franny O's presents Justice in the Return to Franny O's on Friday at 9:30 p.m. The band is Gary Greeno, lead vocals; Scott Belisle on bass and backup vocals; Todd Dunn, lead and rhythm guitar; Mike Fredette, drums; and Scott Guptill, rhythm guitar and backup vocals.
      Click here for more info.

PLAN AHEAD--Annie takes the stage at MVU next Thursday evening, April 10. The run continues through Saturday, April 12.
      The popular Broadway musical is based on Harold Gray's comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and a book by Thomas Meehan. This year's show is under the direction of Christine Penney.
      Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors. Advance tickets are available at MVU, and Salon Elixir or by phone (802.868.2263).


HIGHGATE--The Highgate Public Library hosts a reading and book signing with Morrisville's Grannie Snow on Tuesday, April 8, at 10 a.m.
      She will visit Ms. Liza and her story time friends and read from The Silas Series: The Adventures of Silas and Opal. Books will be available for purchase.
      The book is written in long-measure rhyme. Illustrated by Burke artist Matthew Gauvin, Silas is Brenda Snow's first book. Ms. Snow plans to feature Silas in a series of books.
      Click here for more info on Grannie Snow.

ST. ALBANS--The St. Albans Free Library will hold Behind the Book: Spring Edition on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. followed by a Writing Workshop led by the authors at 2:00 p.m.
      The panelists will be Molly Steven, Tammy Hetrick, Stephen Russell Payne, and Beth Kanell. J.P. Choquette will moderate a discussion of the art of writing, publishing, and marketing books. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase.
      Registration is required for the Writing Workshop. Call the Library (802.524.1507) for more info.
      The Tuesday Night Book Group will discuss Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer on Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. It's the story of a virtual romance that begins by chance when a man mistakenly receives e-mails from a stranger. The book was originally published in Germany as Gut gegen Nordwind.


     Debora Coombs' award-winning stained glass has been commissioned, published, exhibited, and is held in private and public collections worldwide. The Readsboro artist makes stained glass windows from a mosaic of mouth-blown colored glass. Each individual piece is hand-painted and kiln-fired several times. Her site includes a visit to her studio, a portfolio of menfolk, raccoons, commissions, churches, and more, links to Facebook, her video and media, teaching, a blog, and contact info.


      ArtBits features a quick weekly peek at the bookshelf or night stand of the folks you know in and around Franklin County. That popular feature has a page of its own at the Franklin County Bookshelf here on the AAC site.


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