ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 20 * * All Arts News On the Web * * May 5, 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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RICHFORD--Saturday is the 142nd running of the greatest two minutes in arts, sorry, in sports, the Kentucky Derby.
      The Derby Day Silent Auction and Fundraiser for the Arvin A. Brown Public Library takes place at the Richford Country Club which is a lot closer than Churchill Downs on Saturday from 5-8 p.m.
      Area artists and businesses have gone over the top for this year's event. Berkshire author and artist Christa Chevalier presented her original painting Milking Time -- a farmer hand milking his cow. As a young girl in Germany, she learned to tie the cow's tail to its hind leg to avoid getting whapped in the face while she was milking. Other pieces include work by Harald Aksdal, Pat Burton, Sharon Fiske, Toby Fulwiler, Gene Garron, Jenny Goyne, Deb Kiel, Huguette Lambert, Elizabeth Martin, Wayne Tarr, Carolyn Utigard-Thomas, and Jo Anne Wazny. There are also gift certificates and a variety of neat stuff. There will be light fare and munchies plus a cash bar with Mint Juleps.
      Admission is $15 per person or $25 per couple. Tickets are available at the library and at the door. The fun fundraiser supports the A. A. Brown Public Library and its programs and collections.


ST. ALBANS--Mother's Day is this Sunday and Vermont artist Corliss Blakely has a Mother's Day Special: a free print for your wall with every scarf. Her soft silk wearable art Nature Scarves are hand painted and signed by Corliss.
      Click here for more info.

ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts photographer David Juaire in a solo show this month. Mr. Juaire is exhibiting May scenes including a couple of Canada geese with their seven gosling, a school bus on a country road with Mount Mansfield in the background, and a Vermont Life two page feature of the Missisquoi River with fresh blooming flowers on the bank.
      The show continues through the end of May.


ST ALBANS--SACA, the Saint Albans Community Arts will host a meeting to plan painting in the park and the Saint Albans Chair Affair at Rocket Punch Games on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
      All artists and community members are encouraged to attend. Click here for more info.

SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council has three events this week.
      Watch the TP roll flowers bloom tomorrow in "Pop Up Art in the Park."
      Pinwheel Prep continues with pinwheel assembly at the Swanton Village Complex on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. Led by Anita Michele Parah, this work group is for adults of all skill levels and open to all who want to make art happen in Swanton. The pinwheel public art installation will take place May 28 in the Village Park.
      SAC will hold its weekly Artist Gathering in the Library on Wednesday, May 11, from 6-8 p.m.
      Email SAC 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--Twiggs presents the solo guitar of Joseph Fuller on Friday and the Thera Wren Quartet on Saturday. Both shows begin at 7pm.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ESSEX JUNCTION--The Whitcomb House Bed & Breakfast invites you to the Justice Barn Party Kick-Off on Saturday at the unusually early 6 p.m.
      "We take our infamous barn party atmosphere that you are accustomed to and give Whitcomb's Barn the full treatment," Mr. Guptill said.


ST. ALBANS--The Franklin County Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner will with humanitarian, physician, and author Dr. Dilip Joseph as "guest storyteller" at the American Legion Hall on Friday. Doors open at 5 p.m.
      For the past year, The Chamber has been promoting conversation and storytelling -- stories of our roots, struggles, successes, and dreams -- as a way of growing community. Dr. Joseph has worked in Afghanistan, bringing training, aid and education to families who have no access to medical treatment or facilities. In 2012, he was kidnaped by insurgents, held hostage, and ultimately rescued. His first book, Kidnaped by the Taliban - A Story of Terror, Hope, and Rescue by SEAL Team Six, is the story of his ordeal. He will tell that story, what it taught him, and how it has formed his future work as a physician and humanitarian.
      Admission is $45 per person and includes hors-d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and a buffet dinner catered by Twiggs. Tickets are on sale now at the Chamber Office or click here for online reservations.


     The CreativeGround Winter/Spring Webinar schedule concludes with an online workshop on Using CreativeGround as your Community's Cultural Directory, on Tuesday at 1-1:45 p.m.
      Some years ago, the AAC struggled to create an arts directory to demonstrate both individuals and the entire scope of our creative community. It was expensive and time-consuming. CreativeGround picked up that ball and ran with it. Their directory not only can list the artists and other entities at work in each Franklin County community, but also can provide users with ways search and find potential collaborators. This webinar will demonstrate how to do that at no cost and with far less effort. It will show how to link customized search results for our communities or galleries and then how to market those links. It is particularly useful for local arts councils and galleries.
      The 45-minute CreativeGround sessions have explored a new topic each month to show users how to make the most of New England's creative economy directory and the many features that help promote a creative enterprise and connect with the creative community. All earlier webinars are available to stream.
      Click here to register and here for more info about CreativeGround.


     The 85th annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition early deadline is tomorrow. We often think of W.D. as one of the commercial "how to" manuals for aspiring writers. This contest is for you if your work is already selling and you are ready to step up your sales. One Grand Prize winner will receive one-on-one attention from editors or agents, a Platform Strategy Consultation, $5,000 in cash, and more. There are ten categories with 501 prizes up for grabs.
      Click here to enter.


      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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