ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 18 * * All Arts News On the Web * * November 26, 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 arts have touched all of our lives all year, with benefits and friendship and glorious exhibits and performances grand and small.
      Part-time Montgomery artist Michael Domina wrote, "I am so thankful all the blessings I enjoy, a beautiful home and location by the ocean, a large studio space to be creative in and my wonderful husband who supports my dreams."
      "I'm thankful for so much," Supercharged singer-songwriter Carol Ann Jones said. "I can't begin to list it all, but to sum it up, my family, friends and fans. The ability to share the joy of music with so many wonderful people who give it right back to me!"
      Kevin Loomis who is selling happiness for a dollar says, "I am thankful for good health, the talents I have and for my great wife, Louise." He runs an online music business and directs the Citizens Concert Band.
      It's been a notable year for Will Patton. He retired from his day job in May and went back to full time music. "I'm so thankful to be living in this beautiful part of the planet which, while isolated and a bit spotty in the ethnic take-out here in Bakersfield, is surprisingly well populated with supportive, talented and generous musicians.
      "There are also a great many festivals and performance venues up here in the North Country, the envy of many of my urban musician buddies.
      "We lost a great mentor this fall when John Cassel passed away but the community he did so much to foster is vibrant and healthy."
      Mr. Patton will release a new CD, Time's Arrow, in time for Christmas. Mr. Domina's artwork is also all for sale as originals, giclee prints, note cards, and tee shirts. Ms. Jones has three CDs available at local shops


ST. ALBANS--Corliss Blakely will be at the Traveled Cup for a Meet the Artist gathering on Saturday 3 - 5 p.m.
      Ms. Blakely has a solo show of with close ups of vegetables from Hudaks, Nicaragua paintings, Vermont architecture, and more. Her work in still life and Vermont landscapes has brought her national renown for her classically realistic style. She works in oil, watercolor, egg tempera, and on the iPad with paintings in collections worldwide. A seventh generation Vermonter, she lives in St. Albans.
      Call 802.782.9550 or click here for more of Ms. Blakely's pieces.
      The Traveled Cup offers music, poetry, and other performances. The shop is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 802.524.2037 or click here for more info.


SHELDON--The Abbey presents Nightrain in a Thanksgiving Eve Party this evening, at 9 p.m.
      Nightrain has high-energy rocked the Burlington/St. Albans-corridor for a decade with Taylor Arsenault, vocals; Tom Dunn, bass; Eric Halbach, drums; Brad Ravlin, guitar; and Andy Toussaint, guitar and keys.
      There is a $5 cover.
      The Abbey will also host a Thanksgiving Feast tomorrow, 11-2 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving bringing Justice to the party on Kingman Street at Karib this evening at 9:30 p.m.
      The rock group metes out 70s, 80s, 90s, and current dance rock with Scott Belisle on bass and backup vocals; Rodney Bushey, lead guitar and vocals; Gary Greeno, lead vocals; Mike Stella, drums; and Scott Guptill, rhythm guitar and backup vocals.

ST. ALBANS--The Festival of Trees begins Saturday with a bonfire, caroling, and lighting of the green at 5 p.m. There is a children's pajama party at the St. Albans Library on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and a showing of How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Welden Theater on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
      The Festival of Trees is community art: create a Christmas tree and donate it. Artists, businesses, community members and community groups, churches and dog walkers can create a tree. Each will be auctioned at the Friday night gala. No tree -- even a Charlie Brown -- will be turned away.
      Click here for more info.

ENOSBURG--Eats of Enosburg restaurant has an evening of live music by the Missisquoi River Band "on the Saturday night as close to the 15th of each month as possible." The dinner will have different theme each month with a full meal and which encourage conversation and entertainment. They are also starting Mary's Donuts up again with her original handcut recipe because the restaurant is in Mary's original house.
      The cost is $30 per person with limited seating available. Call 802.933.3123 or email to purchase your tickets or for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Traveled Cup has A&M Live in a concert on Saturday at 6 p.m. with Aaron on guitar and Melinda on piano.
      They also offer open-mic nights for musicians as well as poets and other performers to share their talents. The shop is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
      Call 802.524.2037, email or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs offers Music to Dine By with relaxed music and the arts. Paul Cataldo takes the stage on Saturday at 7 p.m. singing songs and telling stories about life.
      They have three stages with live piano, violin, or light guitar any day of the week in the dining room, the Window, or the main stage. The Cabaret offers live performances by musicians, visual artists, poets, and more. Piano Night is every Monday night starting at 6 p.m. with Melinda Lussier this week. The regular Open Mic Night repeats next Wednesday and on the first Wednesday of every month. Their Open Comedy Night for comics 18 and older is held on the third Tuesday of every month. Vern Colburn is Live on the Piano on Friday Nights, Dayve Huckett on the guitar on the first and third Saturday, and additional performances by Abby Road, Bobby Cee, Mint Julep, Sean Ashby, and Sean Casey.
      Call 802.524.1405, email, or click here for more info or booking requests.

MORRISVILLE--Moog's Place has "live music every night we're open, starting between eight and nine pm" with open mic night scheduled most Thursdays at 8:30 p.m.
      Click here for more info.

MORRISVILLE--River Arts holds a Farmers and Artisans Market at the River Arts Center every Wednesday from 3 - 7 p.m. Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Shooters Saloon sponsors an open-mic night every Thursday and scheduled music on some other evenings.
      Call 802.527.3777 for more info or booking requests.


     NEFA, the New England Foundation for the Arts, has several looming deadlines.
• NEST (December 1)--New England States Touring funds presentations of New England-based performing artists from outside of a presenterís state. This link shows how to become a NEST artist, funding criteria, grant requests and instructions. Click here for more info.
• LEAD A CCX WORKSHOP (December 19)--The Creative Communities Exchange wants leaders engaged in projects that leverage the local creative sector for community development to lead a workshop at the CCX. Click here to apply.

FESTIVAL PERFORMER CALL (December 6)--USArtists International provides support for American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at significant international festivals anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. This is the second of three grant rounds. Click here for program guidelines and an application.

NATIONAL PHOTO EXHIBIT (December 11)-- The University of North Dakota Department of Art & Design seeks photographic imagery for the sixth National Juried Photography Exhibit Of Memory, Bone and Myth. The Myers Art Gallery on the UND campus hosts the exhibition. Entry Fee. Call 701.777.2910, email, or click here 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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