ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 18 * * All Arts News On the Web * * December 4, 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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      Gifts of art keep on giving throughout our lives.

      Corliss Blakely has limited edition giclees, original oils, and digital art at The Traveled Cup and in her studio. She portrays the landscapes and homes of her Vermont ancestors as well as still lifes, iPad paintings, and "the Forgotten Seeds, a Look Within."
      Call 802.782.9550 or visit for an exhibit of her work.

      Impressionist painter Janet Bonneau has original plein air oil paintings, notecards, and more for sale. Call her (802.849.9954) to set up a time to stop by her 'home' studio or click here to see a selection.

      Photographer Dick Harper (that would be me) offers interesting buildings, blue skies and sunsets, fireworks, landscapes and seascapes, and seasonal vistas from Vermont, South Florida, and around the United States. Call 802.868.3351 or visit my Gallery.

      Singer-songwriter Carol Ann Jones will supercharge Christmas with three CDs for sale at the Traveled Cup and Just the Place in St. Albans, the Georgia Market and ABC Store in Georgia and the Haymaker Press and Gift Shop in Morrisville as well as

      Mando magician Will Patton has a new CD just in time for Christmas. Time's Arrow "features my long time bandmates David Gusakov, Dono Schabner, Clyde Stats, Gabe Jarrett, also my daughter Anna and Montpelier piano great Michael Arnowitt." It was recorded and tweaked by Andre Maquera at West Street Digital and is the culmination of almost two years of writing and arranging.

      Bluesman Nobby Reed has a long list of great CDs including his newest, Hard To Quit, plus An Evening with NRP and more available in his online store,

      Singer, writer, pastor, and AAC director Tim Stetson has the book On Vermont Time and a Gospel Music CD He'll Never Let Me Fall available.
      On Vermont Time features many of Mr. Stetson's short pieces as well as the work of other Vermont authors, poets, photographers and artists including poetry by Lauren Young and Roderick Bates, drawings by Kraig McFadden, and the posthumous publication of prose by Lou Hill, and photos by Gardner Stetson and Harold Green. Find the book hereand on
      The CD can be found here.


ENOSBURG FALLS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on painter Pat Burton, painter-muralist-photographer Natalie Larocque-Bouchard, and photographer Maggie Young.
      "This is our big sale of the year," Ms. LaRocque Bouchard said of this show. "In my case, it means I can pay for my new chimney."
      Art teacher Pat Burton of Georgia works with watercolor, acrylic, and fabric paint on paper and canvas. She uses a colorful palette and is influenced by the movement found in the work of Vincent van Gogh. She uses her paintings as subjects for paper ear adornments and wearable art.
      Freelance artist and All Arts Council founder Natalie LaRocque-Bouchard has accepted commissions in traditional and digital art, and in media ranging from hand-painted acrylics to murals, vinyl wall graphics, and photography. She is inspired by the natural beauty of northern Vermont's scenic landscapes, skyscapes, and wildlife.
      Photographer Maggie Young is equally inspired by the beauty in nature. She holds "out hope that Dostoevsky's quote, 'Beauty will save the world' will one day be realized."
      The A.I.R. gallery hosts a free meet-the-artists reception with refreshments on Sunday from 1 - 4 p.m. The exhibit continues through the end of December.
      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.

MIAMI--Art Basel week is well underway with waves of well heeled collectors in town for tent fairs, installations, museum shows, and free cocktails. The art shows feature (mostly) modern and contemporary works through participating galleries, exhibition sectors, artworks plus additional productions by local institutions. Over 250 galleries participate, drawing over 70,000 visitors each year.
      Prices are very high.
      ICA Miami -- the Institute of Contemporary Art -- will open as a free art center and the next nexus for artists and art lovers in Miami's Design District. The 37,500-square-foot, three-story contemporary art museum will also have a 15,000-square-foot sculpture garden and will open in time for Art Basel 2016.
      The convention center is open to the public today through Sunday. Click here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The Festival of Trees community art and music continues this week with the Festival Gala tomorrow, Santa's Village, live music, and the Nightmare Before Christmas on Saturday, and more live music Sunday.
      The Festival of the Trees Gala features music by The Chevaliers as well as a martini bar, 14th Star beers and local wine, a raffle and a silent auction in City Hall tomorrow evening starting at 7 p.m. Artists, businesses, community members and community groups have created Christmas trees for the auction.
      The Smokey Newfield Project and the City School Chorus & Drum Corp take over City Hall on Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. with a day of live music. The Nightmare Before Christmas Themed 'Tween and Teen Glow-in-the-Dark Party turns down the lights at 6:30 p.m.
      Bill Masse will rock a half hour acoustic set opening for Rosie Newton on Sunday as they and other musicians continue the City Hall live music festival on Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
      Event entry is by donation; a $2 Commemorative Button is the best admission ticket for all events. Click here for more info.


STOWE--Stowe Performing Arts presents Summer Sounds favorites the Constitution Brass Quintet with a vocal sextet and Chris Vigneau on organ and piano in a Christmas Concert in the Stowe Community Church and carol sing-along this evening at 7:30 p.m.
      There will be a reception following the concert at Helen Day Art Center.
      Admission is $10 at the door. Children are free.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents Vern Colburn Live on the Piano in the Dining Room on Friday starting at 5 p.m. The live music continues with Coon Hill John on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      The Coon Hill trio of Sam Turner, Chad Conant, and Chris Bradley plays a high energy mix of old and new, pop, country, folk, rock, and bluegrass with an organic arrangement of mandolin, banjo and guitar.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Jesse Potts hosts the Traveled Cup Open-Mic Night tomorrow evening at 6 p.m.
      Call 802.524.2037 or click here for more info.

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.
      Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

RICHFORD--The Richford First Baptist Church presents the Christmas musical Wonderful Counselor tomorrow evening at 7 p.m.
      The original production tells the story of the birth of Jesus with music by a variety of Christian Music composers. It was written by Richford First Baptist Church pastor and Guardian Angel Ministries founder Tim Stetson.
      Wonderful Counselor stars Peter Garrow as Isaiah; Rebecca Anne Bennett as Mary; Robert Willey as Joseph and a supporting cast of 17 local performers and singers accompanied by keyboard player Rod Sanborn.
      General Admission is $5 per person but no more than $20 per family. Seating is limited. Tickets are available from any crew or cast member, by phone (802.848.3635), by email, or at .

JERICHO --The Jericho Cafe & Tavern presents Carol Anne Jones with Will Patton tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m.
      Call 802.899.2223 for reservations.

ESSEX JUNCTION--Justice bangs the Park Place Holidaze Bash tomorrow evening at 9:30 p.m.
      The band includes Scott Belisle on bass and backup vocals; Rodney Bushey, lead guitar and vocals; Gary Greeno, lead vocals; Scott Guptill, rhythm guitar and backup vocals; and Mike Stella, drums.
      Admission is free.

SOUTH BURLINGTON--Higher Ground presents the Planet 96.7 Let It Snow Show on Saturday at 7:30pm. The Contois School of Music Band will open for The Ready Set in this benefit evening for Christmas is For Kids through the Salvation Army.
      New York City comedian Kyle Ploof will be there, and there will be special appearances via live satellite by Flo Rida, Charlie XCX, Pat Monahan from Train, Cobra Starship, Mary Lambert, Echosmith, Christina Perri, Becky G and more.
      Admission is $20. Click here for tickets and more info.

ENOSBURG--The Opera House at Enosburg Falls Community Christmas Concert gathers the family together on Sunday at 2 p.m.
      The Community Chorus and the Enosburg Town Band event celebrates traditional music in Franklin County's historic (and heated) theater. The concert will feature traditional hymns and seasonal songs.
      Admission is free. Call 802.933.6171 for more info.

SHELBURNE--Fiddleheads Deck the Halls at the Shelburne Museum on Sunday at 11 a.m. The three-day weekend of special programming runs tomorrow through Sunday to celebrate the holiday season. The Sunday theme is Candy Cane Mice and Snowman Sock Puppets.
      Fiddleheads is a group of young people who learn and perform traditional music. Click here for more info about Deck the Halls or here for more info about Fiddleheads and other events in the state.


ENOSBURG--All aboard for family movie night on The Polar Express at the Opera House at Enosburg Falls on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
      The Polar Express is the story of a young hero on Christmas Eve who boards the magical train for the North Pole. The extraordinary train ride is an adventure of self-discovery and the wonder of life.


      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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