ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 20 * * All Arts News On the Web * * February 4, 2016


      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 17-year old Hannah Weber of Milton this month. Ms. Weber is exhibiting people in action, animals, and landscapes in pencil and pastels.
      "I have had a love for art since I was young," she writes. She became "especially interested" in chalk art while attending a Christian Camp in Lititz, PA, and says the beautiful scenery, children playing around [her], nature, and animals, inspire her. "Life is a beautiful thing and I like to try to capture the little parts I can." Originally from Pennsylvania, Ms. Weber is one of 10 children. She is home-schooled and in the 11th grade. Her grandparents are volunteers at the hospital.
      The show continues through the end of February.


HIGHGATE--Breaking into Business, the Vermont Arts Council's two-day intensive artists' workshop, will be held at Missisquoi Valley Union High School this Saturday and Sunday. (The snow date is February 27-28 although my early forecast points only to rain and snow showers.)
      The program is specifically for artists to develop business and marketing plans.
      Business planning has become far more flexible, reflecting the needs of the rapidly shifting business landscape. Although the workshop does delve into business plans, the artist-teachers will show how to craft a attainable business goals. The program is interactive and unique to the business of art. At the end of day two, participants will have start of a marketing plan and a direction for the next steps.
      Artists who complete the workshop are eligible to apply for a special grant of $500 to support the implementation of a part of their business or marketing plan.
      Click here for more info.


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.

ST. ALBANS--In Good Taste brings two tastings of wine, nibblin', and song to the City on Friday at 4-6 and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Each tasting will have delightful foods, handcrafted beer, wine, and spirits, and live music from Dave Keller in a solo gig.
      Mr. Keller is a soul and blues man. He has recorded and co-written with guitarist Ronnie Earl, tours with Mississippi blues master Johnny Rawls, and spent years as the protege of Mighty Sam McClain. The singer/songwriter's latest CD, Soul Changes, earned a BMA Nomination for Best Soul/Blues Album.
      Just for this year In Good Taste has moved to a "spiffy, but temporary Taste Room," in the St. Albans Shopping Plaza on Main Street. The event spotlights diversity in our farm-to-market agriculture in northwestern Vermont.
      Admission is $12 in advance and $18 at the door (under 16, free) and gives you 20 food and drink tickets per purchase.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents Tim Comings, the solo member of Rushmore and former bass player for NRP, back to rock the house on Friday at 7 p.m. Then Sammich takes over on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      Sammich is a 5-piece funk/jam group from Burlington with Sam Luke, lead vocals and guitar; Dylan (Mich) Berno, lead guitar; Joshua Glass, keys and vocals; Brian Harris, bass; and Dalton Muzzy, drums.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

BURLINGTON--Young Tradition Vermont presents a wide range of young instrumentalists, singers and dancers performing with their teachers, parents and mentors in the annual Young Tradition Showcase Concert in Contois Auditorium on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
      The concert will feature duo and small group combinations doing 8 to 10 minute segments, including children and youth who study with some of the best known performers, recording artists, and teachers in the region.
      Admission is by suggested donation of $10 per person. There are no advance tickets but reservations are welcomed. Email for reservations.
      Partial proceeds benefit the Tom Sustic Fund supporting families with children with life-threatening illnesses at the UVM Medical Center and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for general admission seating with free pizza at 6 p.m. for as long as it lasts!

STOWE--The third weekend of the Winter Star Series presents Summer Sounds favorite Jon Gailmor in Stowe Town Hall on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m.
      The vaguely grown-up evening will have the music and stories of Vermont's own troubadour who offers an eclectic, emotional, exhilarating, optimistic, and provocative concert from an entertainer whether fronting a flagpole in the village park or fronting the Vermont Symphony in the Flynn. Mr. Gailmor's music is low in cholesterol, high in total audience involvement, and full of hope. He has released six albums, including Checking In.
      "Jon is uniquely talented -- sings like himself," series host Rusty DeWees said. Mr. Dewees will team with Mr. Gailmor "for a few."
      Admission is $25 per person. Tickets are available at Shaw's General Store, on the phone (802.888.8838), and at

WESTFORD--Young Tradition Vermont and the White Church Concert Series present Katie McNally and Neil Perlman on Sunday at 4 p.m.
      Ms. McNally was introduced to fiddle music at age 10 by her classical violin teacher. A pianist and mandolinist, Mr. Pearlman is rooted in Traditional Cape Breton piano styles. The two accomplished traditional musicians will perform an intimate, acoustic concert.
      Admission is by free will donation. Doors will open at 3:30pm for general admission seating. Call Marge Hamrell (802.879.4028) or email for more info.


FRANKLIN--The Haston Library will host an Early Literacy informational meeting for friends, family and childcare providers on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. They will have free educational toys. Books and materials are available and children welcome.

GEORGIA--The Georgia Public Library Writers' Group gathers at the Library on Monday at 6:30 p.m. The monthly meeting of local writers workshops their writing in all stages and genres.

ST. ALBANS--The St. Albans Public Library Tuesday Night Book Club will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. for Mr. Penumbra's 24- hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. The book tells the story of laid off web-design drone who begins working in the aisles of the 24-hour bookstore where, between the old books and the store's mysterious owner, he finds a 500-year-old secret society. A limited number of books are available at the Circulation Desk. The book group reads a wide range of genres and new members are welcome.


      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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