ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 20 * * All Arts News On the Web * * February 11, 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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HIGHGATE--The Franklin-Grand Isle Bookmobile presents KidzArt! in the Trahan Theater at MVU today at 6 p.m.
      The art and entertainment showcases the talented young artists of Franklin County. Exhibitors and performers from Tina's Kid Corral, BFA Art, and the Crossroad programs have sent in art, which, in Highgate, range from a stained glass project to illustrating their craziest dreams. Electric Youth Dance Company will showcase their competition dance. The MVU Rock Band, Studio 3 Dance, and the MVU Mastersingers will perform. Maureen Sodaro will show Zumba moves and much more.
      Donations are encouraged.

ST. ALBANS--Meet more than 22 artists at 19 locations in the first St. Albans Art Walk on Saturday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Artists will be on site to meet and greet community members. There will be painters in oil, oil pastel, acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media; photographers; sculptors and potters; and a cellist.
      Stroll through downtown shops where local artists will display their work for show and sale. All mediums will be represented in this group showing, and artists will talk about their work with the public. Exhibitors include cellist Caleb Barrett at Rocket Punch Games; BFA Student Artists, 84 Main Sports Grill; painters Corliss Blakely, Janet Bonneau, and Dan Pattula, Village Frame Shoppe; photographer Bob Degree, 14th Star Brewery; mixed media artist Dee Christie, Rail City Market; potter Barbara Cosgrove, Kevin Smith Sports; painter Alex Folz, The Grind Cafe; painter Paule Gingras, Le Salon; photographer Kelly Fox, The Eloquent Page; painter Barbara Hamm, Bayberry Cottage; painter Kaitlyn Marshall, Diva Salon; painter and sculptor Claire Payne, Tatro's Deli; painter Al Salzman, As the Crow Flies; painter Linda Stretch, Build a Bagel; mixed media artist Meta Strick, What a Yarn; photographer Wayne Tarr, Rail City Salon; painter Jennifer Williams Thompson, Eaton's Fine Jewelry; sculptor Louisa Ulrich-Verderber, The Traveled Cup; and painter Jon Young, Twiggs.
      "This is a wonderful event to bring artists downtown to meet the public," Corliss Blakely said. "I hope everyone can come and join us."
      Downtown St. Albans has a rich artistic history and a growing culture. From the ArTrain visit to the restoration of the Ladies, from music many nights of the week to the glories in the BFAP, not to mention "pop-up" art exhibits in churches and in the Park.
      Maps are available at Village Frame Shoppe or online here at


ST. ALBANS--On Monday evening, the St. Albans City Council approved Saint Albans Community Arts to organize under the Downtown Board.
      Their plans include database of artists and sub-committees in each area of the arts. They hope to build a mentor program, offer monthly events in downtown St. Albans, and much more.
      The group will have its own website, Facebook page, and email soon. Watch this page for details.

SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council hosts a Strategic Planning Meeting in the Village Complex on Monday at 5:30 p.m.
      All are welcome to help us answer the questions: "What do we want the SAC to be known for?" and "What do we want to be better at than anyone else?"
      If you can't attend, email your suggestions.


SOUTH HERO--Snow Farm Vineyard features singer/songwriter Carol Ann Jones for Wine Down Friday on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
      Call 802.372.9463 for info or reservations.

WINOOSKI--Justice tears up the Onion City as CK's Sports Bar brings "total Justification to the joint" on Friday at 9 p.m.
      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, Justice hammers a strong mix of 70s, 80s, 90s, and current dance rock.

Friday and Saturday
ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents Justin Panigutti on Friday and Michael Albee on Saturday. Both shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Formerly in the Burlington band Bearquarium, Mr. Panigutti is a solo singer/songwriter guitarist with eclectic shows. Mr. Albee has a new guitar for his own solo guitar show.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

KEY COLONY BEACH, FL--Singer-songwriter John Bartus will celebrate his 32nd anniversary of music making by kicking off the Key Colony Beach Community Association's Concert in the Park series in Sunset Park on Sunday at 4 p.m.
      Mr. Bartus is a Keys musician, writer, and the former mayor of the City of Marathon. He is renowned for his solo acoustic show and performances with his band, Storm Watch. He has four albums available including the current 10th Anniversary Reissue of Keys Disease.
      Concerts in the Park are free concerts sponsored by the KCBCA. Concerts start start on Valentine's Day and take place in Sunset Park on most Sundays from 4-6 p.m. The park has a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean and the setting sun.
      Bring a chair or blanket and refreshments. Parking is limited so walking, biking or ride sharing is recommended.

BURLINGTON--Young Tradition Vermont presents Dana Lyn and Kyle Sanna for an intimate, acoustic concert at the Burlington Violin Shop on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
      The two composer/improvisers add New York City's rich musical values and deep appreciation for traditional Irish music to their own inventive arrangements and nuanced interpretations of trad music to clubs, festival stages and concert halls throughout the U.S. and Canada.
      Admission is $15. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for limited, general admission seating.


     Most Town libraries will be closed on Monday to celebrate Presidents Day.

FAIRFIELD--The Bent Northrop Memorial Library continues the Vermont Movie series, Freedom & Unity: One State--Many Visions this evening at 6 p.m. The film screening and discussion series looks at our state with a six-part series of films. Part 2 tonight explores "Under the Surface" with a look at the labor wars, McCarthy era, eugenics, and George Aiken's progressive "Rural Republicanism."

FRANKLIN--The Haston Library Adult Book Group discusses Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, Alice Monro's award-winning book of short stories, today at 1 p.m. Books are available at the library.

ST. ALBANS--The St. Albans Public Library Classic Movie Night features the 1953 adventure Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, and Eddie Albert this evening at 6 p.m.
      Romance awaits when a princess escapes her handlers for a chance to see Rome unchaperoned. Films are shown on the 4' by 6' screen in the upstairs conference room cinema. Admission is free, along with popcorn and beverage.


     Sites like GoFundMe, Indiegogo, Kickstarter offer artists a way to "presell" and market a run of fine art posters or an album or the publication of a new novel or open a play or test a dance show. (Inventors can use it for widgets, too.)
      Vermont's own outlaw musician, Jimmy T Thurston, formerly of Swanton, wants support for his 2016 Nashville recording. Donors will be the first to receive his new independent single CD. He'll record next month and plans to release in April.
      GoFundMe is a personal fundraising website that has helped thousands of people raise millions of dollars for the things that matter to them most.


      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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