ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 19 * * All Arts News On the Web * * April 2, 2015


      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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ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts Millie Boyd this month. Ms. Boyd is exhibiting The Eyes Have It.
      "It is all faces of God's creatures," she said of her watercolor paintings. "I started in nursing in 1963 at Kerbs and retired from NMC in 1987. It feels like going home to have my art on the hospital wall."
      She paints with the Tuesday Morning group led by Kathy Bergeron.
      "It has added color to my world," she said.
      The show continues through the end of April.

ENOSBURG FALLS--Scheduling change: The April reception at the Artist in Residence gallery will be held on Sunday, April 12, at 1 p.m.
      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 own 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.

JEFFERSONVILLE--Stella Notte presents The Stragglers tomorrow evening at 5 p.m.
      The new string band plays everything from traditional tunes, vintage country and bluegrass favorites to their own take on rock and popular music from the 60's-90's. It includes BFA's Eric Bushey, tenor banjo and vocals; Chris Kellogg, guitar, harmonica, and vocals; and Preston Randall, mandolin, harmonica, vocals, and bones.

JERICHO--The Jericho Cafe & Tavern presents dynagrrrl Carol Ann Jones with Will Patton on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
      Call 802.899.2223 for reservations.

FAIRFIELD--The Community Center hosts The Puddledock Opry for the 6th annual Sap Run Boogie on Saturday with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and music beginning around 7.
      "All [long] winter long, a group of musicians has been gathering on Sundays to share tunes and play music," Michele Bessette said. Puddledock, also the local nickname for East Fairfield, includes Ms. Bessette, Jerry Bowers, Marcia Brewster, Carol Crawford, Robert "Wax" Iwaskiewicz, Will and Deb Patton, Nance and Tyrone Shaw, and Mark Struhsacker playing bluegrass, country and country swing, folk, jazz, R&B, swing, and American roots favorites on string instruments and no drums.
      Admission is $10/adults, $25/family, kids under 12 free. Chili, cornbread and salad served throughout the evening for $3/person. A cash bar with beer and wine will be catered by the Traveled Cup. All proceeds will go toward the Center's many programs. Seats are limited so purchase tickets in advance. Call Ms. Bessette (802.827.3275) or email for tickets or more info.

SHELDON--The Abbey has held a Karaoke singing competition on Thursdays; the finale comes tonight at 10 p.m. Weekly winners picked up $50 Abbey bucks; there is a $2,000 cash prize this evening.
      Entry is free. Click here for more info.

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.

ST. ALBANS--Cooie Sings Twiggs in the Dining Room on Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. Solo performer Cooie DeFrancesco's repertoire ranges from traditional tunes to popular songs with a dollop of blues, a touch of jazz, a bit of folk and some old time Rock and Roll.
      Twiggs offers Music to Dine By with relaxed music and the arts. 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 at 6 pm. The regular Open Mic Night repeats on the first Wednesday 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, or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Traveled Cup offers open-mic nights hosted by Jesse Potts for musicians as well as poets and other performers to share their talents every other Friday. 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.


ENOSBURG--The Enosburgh Public Library wants your feedback about programming.
      Franklin County libraries offer interesting and accessible programs but they always have room for more. Enosburg offers monthly reading discussions, a bimonthly writing group, card-making and work readiness workshops. They have had a Knitting Group (interested? They will start that again)
      Enosburg has a new request for more daytime programming. What else would you put on the list? Call Maria (802.933.2328), email, or drop in at the library Tuesday-Friday with your ideas.


     April is National Poetry Month. The Academy of American Poets offers 30 ways to celebrate including writing an exquisite corpse poem with friends, chalking a poem on the sidewalk, and reading Edward Hirsch's essay How to Read a Poem.


      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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