ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 19 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 8, 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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HELP WANTED--Swanton Arts Council needs an intern as well as students interested in community service. If you are a young artist or student who wants to make an impact in the art community, Email to sign up. And if you know or are related to that awesome young person, please volunteer them.
      The Swanton Fire Department needs a face painter for their open house on October 17 10 a.m.-2 p.m. All materials will be supplied. Email for info.

SWANTON--SAC will hold a Creative Meeting in the Swanton Free Public Library on Monday at 5:30 p.m. for adult coloring and a discussion on the potential for future Life Drawing classes.

SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council continues its growth. They are now a Vermont non-profit organization. The next step is to receive federal 501(c)(3) designation.
      An Open Art Studio will meet in the Swanton Free Public Library on the first Tuesday of each month from 4-8 p.m. Participants must bring their own materials and clean up their own tools and workspace. This is a chance to share the making of your art in a positive, friendly environment.
      SAC will have a display of 200+ milk-bottle ghosts for Halloween in the Park.
      MVU is forming a chapter of the National Arts Honor Society. Interested students are invited to join the SAC.
      Click here or find them on Facebook at for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The St. Albans Historical Society and Museum has partnered with 14th Star Brewery to host St. Albans Oktoberfest as a museum fundraiser in two sessions at 14th Star on Saturday from 1-4 and 5-8 p.m.
      Live oom-pah, polka and waltz from Inseldudler will highlight the day of German food, 14th Star brews, wines from Due North, and cider from Citizen Cider.
      The "Island Tooters" have become the go-to German band in Vermont with weddings, German and Bavarian-themed parties, beer releases, keg tappings, special occasions, Cinco de Mayo, and Oktoberfests.
      Admission is $50 per person; all proceeds will benefit the St. Albans Historical Museum. Tickets to the 21+ event include a flight of beer, collectible pine glass, a Museum tour and hearty snacks from Twiggs Catering. Transportation to and from the Museum will be provided. Tickets are available at .
      Click here for more info.


ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts Irene Lewis in a solo show this month. A volunteer at the hospital, she is exhibiting abstract acrylics.
      Ms. Lewis was born and raised in Argentina where the climate is gentle, a home that invited her to spend time outside. Nature, its shapes, colors and mysterious cycles, was my first teacher, she said. Over time she has shifted from copying the reality she sees to expressing the abstract images of her mind. She and her family moved here 20 years ago.
      This is Ms. Lewis' first art show. She chose it to celebrate her 60th birthday this month. She is trained in psychology with informal training in art. "I have gone into abstract because I love it" and because it fits her interest and "having fun."
      "I chose to do landscapes with only three colors plus black and white" for this show, she said. Look for the leaf that fell on her deck.
      The show continues through the end of October.


ArtBits News PhotoST. ALBANS--October is breast cancer awareness month. Twiggs hosts a very special event, the second annual Breast Night Ever on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The fundraiser has an eclectic mix of performers to benefit detection and treatment for this disease. Admission is free but a donation of $5 or more will go straight to the cause.
      Next up, Twiggs presents Bethany Conner in a solo gig in the restaurant on Friday at 7 p.m. The Essex Junction singer-songwriter studied magic at Gryffindor. She is the 2015 Vermont Has Talent Grand Champion.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

FRANKLIN--The Franklin Community hosts a Harvest Dance with caller Luke Donforth and the Cold Hollow String Band in the historic Franklin Town Hall on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      Mr. Donforth will introduce all the dances so no experience is necessary. The internationally renowned Cold Hollow String Band plays red hot, live, old time music with no lollygagging so put your hoe down and bring your friends.
      Adult admission is only $5 and children are free. There will be refreshments.

Plan Ahead
ENOSBURG--The Nerd comes to the Opera House at Enosburg Falls next week, starting Thursday October 15. The comedy introduces an aspiring architect who gets in touch with the fellow ex-GI who saved his life in Vietnam.
      Reserved seating is $15 per person; regular seats are just $12. Click here for tickets and more info.


     Remarkably few books in our library listings this week. All the Franklin County libraries offer much more than books, but they also have shelves full of popular reading and excellent reference tomes.

FRANKLIN-The Bookmobile will hold a CLiF "Night" at Franklin Elementary School on Saturday at 10 a.m. complete with storyteller David Martin and a book giveaway.
      CLiF stands for Children's Literacy Foundation. The event puts books into the hands of children showcases how much fun families can have with books. With two free books for each child at the event and over 100 books for the bookmobile library collection, the giveaway generates interest in new stories and regenerates it in the old familiar ones.
      The Bookmobile is a non-profit mobile library serving northern Vermont with books to borrow as well as literacy activities for all ages.

ENOSBURG--Enosburgh Public Library's director, Maria Harris, has accepted a position at Holocaust Museum Houston. Tomorrow is last day; the library will host an open house on Saturday at noon-4 p.m. to say goodbye and wish her well.

FAIRFAX--The Fairfax Community Library Nonfiction Book Group meets this evening at 6:30 p.m. to discuss James McBride's memoir, The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother. Copies are available now at the library.
      On Saturday, the library workshop is Make Your Own Hand Salve at 10 a.m. Taught by herbalist Nicole Saur, the cost is $15 for instruction and materials; preregistration is necessary.

FAIRFIELD--To Bid or Not to Bid, That Is the Question at the Bent Northrop Memorial Library Wine & Cheese Party on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      Auction items showcase local talent and arts, treasures, and market produce and there will be "a fabulous array of wines and cheeses to sample as you bid." Admission is by $15 suggested donation.
      Call 802.827.3945, email or click here for more info.

MONTGOMERY--The Montgomery Friends of the Library are holding a creative writing contest for all Montgomery Elementary School and Home-Schooled Students ages 10-15 to write A Scary Story. $100 and $50 Amazon Gift Cards will be awarded as first and second prize in each age group.
      Click here for more info.

ST ALBANS--Tonight at 6 p.m. is Classic Movie Night at the St. Albans Free Library with The 39 Steps as the feature. Films are shown on the 4' by 6' screen in the upstairs conference room cinema. A newsreel, preview and cartoon are shown prior to the movies. Admission is free, along with popcorn and beverage.
      The Tuesday Night Book Group meets on Tuesday at 7 p.m. to discuss The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. The group reads a wide range of genres. A limited number of books available at the circulation desk. New members are always welcome.

SWANTON--The Swanton Free Public Library offers Kiki's Delivery Service in a free Family Movie Matinee on Saturday at 2 p.m.
      The Japanese animated film directed by Hayao Miyazaki is the story of a young witch and her talking black cat. She lands a job delivering goods by broomstick which doesn't always go according to plan.


     The Guggenheim Museum in New York now features nearly 1,600 artworks by more than 575 artists in the Collection Online. The searchable database has selected artworks that reflect the breadth, diversity, and tenor of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation's permanent collection from the late 19th century through the present day. Browse by artist, date, artwork type, movement, or by several of the major groups of acquisitions that have entered the holdings of the foundation since its inception in 1937.


      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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