ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 18 * * All Arts News On the Web * * May 8, 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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      The Vermont Arts Council will replace the current Arts Directory with CreativeGround in July.
      The New England Foundation for the Arts online tool offers new features including references as well as high-quality images and videos. The site allows searching by keyword, near a zip code, or by "profile type" in each of the six states.
      "The new directory is much more robust," Susan McDowell wrote.
      The downside is two-fold.
      Despite wide-spread promotion, CreativeGround has only 626 Vermont artists and artistic companies so far, contrasted with the 1,584 listings in the Vermont Arts Directory (for the record, I'm listed on both).
      Presenters and artists are sad to lose the "juried" category offered by the earlier Vermont Arts Directory. Juried artists pass through a selection process that makes it easier for presenters; there were 292 juried listings.
      CreativeGround is New England's only regional directory of creative enterprises. A New England Foundation for the Arts project, CreativeGround is part of an ongoing partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and all six state arts councils in the region. The site offers over 30,000 viewable and searchable profile of artists and arts organizations plus Native American artists, teaching artists, performance and exhibition venues, cultural organizations, creative economy leaders, and more.
      Click here to create, find, or view the profiles.


ENOSBURG--Pirates of Penzance, an Opera House event, will hold auditions for all parts at the Opera House at Enosburg Falls on Sunday from 12 noon - 4 p.m.
      "The Slave of Duty" is a comic opera in two acts, with libretto and music by Gilbert and Sullivan. The roles include Major-General Stanley, a comic baritone; the Pirate King, a bass-baritone; Samuel, his Lieutenant, a baritone; pirate apprentice Frederic, a tenor; the Sergeant of Police, a bass; General Stanley's four daughters; Ruth, a Piratical Maid of all work and a contralto; plus a chorus of pirates, police, and General Stanley's daughters.
      Click here for more info.


ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts watercolor artists Millie Boyd, Linda Clark, Joan Knight, Dolly MacNeil, Marianne Marshall, Bev Montiel, Jane Murray, and Linda Wirts this month. The works are of flowers, gardens, animals, and Vermont scenery. The artists paint together with Instructor/Artist Kathleen Berry Bergeron on Tuesday mornings in St. Albans. Call Ms. Bergeron (802.899.4628) for painting and class info.
      To buy one of the pieces or to learn more about how you, or someone you know, can become the featured Artist of the Month on the NMC Art Wall at NMC, call Katherine Winchester in the Volunteer Office (802.524.1055).
      This show continues through the end of May.


ST. ALBANS--The Twiggs Comedy For A Cause series continues on the Main Stage with a hilarious show to support BFA Boys Lacrosse on Friday at 8 p.m.
      Colin Ryan of A Stand Up Life produces the show. Admission is $15. There are just 70 seats available at the restaurant. Call Trudy Cioffi (802.393.5430 or 802.524.1420) for tickets.
      The Twiggs Open Mic Night will be held on the Main Stage on Wednesday, May 14, with sign-ups at 6:30 p.m. and music starting at 7.
      Troy Millette and Isaac French will be your hosts for the night, as Jack Grimmer has turned over the Open Mic "to these young guns to run." It's a nice out for food, drinks, and music by local artists. Their goal is to continue to grow the venue.
      Twiggs offers Music to Dine By with relaxed music and the arts on three stages. Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION--The Tupelo Music Hall presents the Nobby Reed Project on Friday at 8 p.m.
      Admission is $15. Tickets for this performance must be picked up at the venue (Will Call). Tickets cannot be mailed. Click here to reserve seats and for more info.

BURLINGTON and SHELBURNE--Young Tradition Weekend takes over multiple locations May 9, 10 and 11. The weekend highlights children, youth and young adults performing and staging traditional dance and music.
      Friday includes a school assembly dance and a Contra Dance. Saturday is the main Showcase Contest with over 70 young singers, musicians, and dancers in Battery Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a concert with Les Poules a Colin in Contois Auditorium at 7 p.m. and more. Sunday brings out the Fiddleheads at Shelburne Museum at 1 and 2 p.m. and the Contest Winners Concert featuring the Piper's Den in the New City Galerie at 7 p.m.
      There is much, much more. Click here for more info.

COLCHESTER--Venue presents Saving Abel on Tuesday at 8 p.m. The night brings on four bands -- Justice, Like a Storm, Seldom Told, and Saving Abel -- on one brash night of Rock n Roll.
      Saving Abel is an American rock music group from Corinth, Mississippi.
      This is Justice's first time opening for a National Act. The band includes Chris Fleury, lead vocals and drums; Scott Belisle on bass and backup vocals; Todd Dunn, lead and rhythm guitar; and Scott Guptill, rhythm guitar and backup vocals.
      Admission is $21.75 in advance or $30 at the door on the night of show. Tickets are available at


ST. ALBANS--The St. Albans Free Library Classic Movie Night continues this evening with Cool Hand Luke at 6 p.m. The 1967 prison drama starred Paul Newman and a hard-boiled egg and garnered George Kennedy an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. The library holds this film series regularly on the second Thursday of each month.
      The library shows a newsreel, cartoon, and trailer of coming attractions before each weekly movie. All films are shown on the 4' by 6' screen in the upstairs conference room "cinema." Admission is free, along with popcorn and a beverage.
      The library also holds Help with Electronic Devices for your tablet, e-reader, laptop or phone on Saturday, at 10 a.m.
      The Tuesday Night Book Group will discuss Riding my Guitar: the Rick Norcross Story, by local surgeon Stephen Russell Payne on Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. It's the true story of iconic Vermont musician Ramblin' Rick Norcross, the leader of Vermont's premier swing band, Rick and the All Star Ramblers Western Swing Band.
      Call 802.524.1507 for details.

SWANTON--The Swanton Free Public Library Book Discussion Group will meet next Thursday, May 15, at 7 p.m. to discuss Dream With Little Angels by Michael Heibert.
      The group meets at the Library to discuss member-selected books. Books are provided. Stop by the Circulation Desk or call 802.868.7656 to join the group or for more 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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