ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 20 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 1, 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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      The Big Music Weeks of Summer wrap up on Labor Day with concerts in Burlington, Essex Junction, Middlebury, St. Albans, and more.


ST. ALBANS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on the knitted hats, scarves, shawls of Jan Brosky, digital art by Melvin Harris, potter Elizabeth Martin's work, and photographs by Frank McDonough.
      The A.I.R. gallery hosts a free meet-the-artists reception and presentations with refreshments and a raffle today 4:30 - 7 p.m. The exhibit continues through the end of September.
      The Artist in Residence art cooperative features paintings, fiber arts, stained glass, sculpture, lamps, pottery, folk art boxes, scarves, hats and more by 40 Franklin County and surrounding area artists. It is owned and operated by the artists and sponsors. The gallery, newly reopened at 10 South Main Street, is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here for more info.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council needs art supplies and craft items so they are asking for donations of unused supplies. The donated items will be shared the Makerspace, used for community art projects, and shared with the art community of Swanton.
      All arts and craft supplies are welcome; they are looking for all types of artist or craft paint, unopened cans of spray paint, crayons and colored pencils in any condition, and much more. Click here for the entire list.
      There is a drop off box at the Swanton Free Public Library or email to arrange a pick up of larger items.


ST. ALBANS--The One Fed Summer Concert Series presents Donna Thunder and the Storm to close out the 2016 series this evening at 7 p.m.
      The summer concert series has had performers under the tents and draft specials every Thursday, rain or shine.

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers the Nobby Reed Project tonight at 7 p.m.
      On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

BURLINGTON--The Breakwaters Summer lineup continues with Starline Rhythm Boys this evening, Phil Abair Band on Friday, Mr. French Saturday, and Cooper & Lavoie Sunday to wrap up the season. Bands have played from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3-6 p.m on Sundays.

Thursday through Labor Day
ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents Graziano, Scofield, and Slim on Thursday, Robin Gottfried Band on Friday, Smyth and Croteau on Saturday, and the Jeff Salisbury Band on Labor Day. Music begins at 7 p.m. each evening.
      The lineup: GSS is a trio formed from the ashes of Vermont's Swamp Donkey; they play roots and rock-a-billy music. Burlington singer/songwriter Robin Gottfried is joined by Paul Eddy on bass and Ian Koeller, percussion. John Smyth and Jenn Croteau perform his homespun originals in that space between folk and acoustic blues/rock and handpicked covers. The music vets of the Salisbury Band, Stephen Thurston on guitar and dobro, Robert Butterfield on harmonica and guitar, Thomas Buckley on bass, and Jeffrey Salisbury on drums play Blues and vintage R&B.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ESSEX JUNCTION--The Ten Best Days of Summer continues through Labor Day as the Champlain Valley Fair hosts Vermont's Music Showcase on the Koffee Kup Stage in the Adsit Building every day at 11, 1:30 and 5:30.
      The Showcase features Brett Hughs, Milton Busker, Micah Plante, Steve Hartmann, Leather Bound Books, and Summer Sounds favorite Troy Millette. The Music Gazebo offers Ana D'Leon, Chris & Erica, Bethany Connor, and Root 7.
      Click here for more info.

MIDDLEBURY--51 Main, "Middlebury's premiere lounge and social space," presents Carol Ann Jones with Middlebury College grad Will Patton on Friday at 7 p.m.
      Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Saint Albans Museum hosts local genealogist Joanne Polanshek in a presentation on the life of Jeffrey Brace and his connections to St. Albans in the Bliss Room on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
      After his military service, Mr. Brace was honorably discharged and freed from slavery. In 1784, he moved to Vermont, the first state to make slavery illegal. There he married, bought a farm in Poultney, and raised a family.
      UVM offers a $500 book award in his name "to students who exemplify academic excellence and an active commitment to achieving social and economic justice."
      The lecture is free and open to the public.


AROUND THE COUNTY--Most libraries will be closed on Labor Day.

FAIRFAX--The Fairfax Community Library hosts an Edible/Medicinal Plants Walk lead by Laurie DiCesare on Saturday at 10 a.m.
      Ms. DiCesare planned this walk around the rec trails to look at the native plants and discuss the botany, habitat, and ecology of those grounds. Many native plants are edible or medicinal and have other uses. The rain date is Sunday.
      The walk costs $8. Call 802.849.2420 to pre-register.


      ArtBits features a quick weekly peek at library events in and around Franklin County. That popular feature has a page of its own at the Franklin County Bookshelf here on the AAC site at We also take an occasional peek at the bookshelf or night stand of the folks you know in and around Franklin County. Those reviews can be found on the ArtBits Bookshelf.


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