ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 20 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 13, 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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      I'll be "off the grid" for my road trip for the next few weeks. ArtBits will continue but in a much abbreviated form.
What we will have: We'll have some stories and interviews in a Blast from the Past as well as news and any events that arrive in our inbox before deadline.
What we won't have: New interviews or the normal level of research and reportage.
      Check the Art Sites of the Week below to find links to the right stuff.


ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery usually hosts a different artist each month. The construction has made that difficult.
      Structural steel was erected for the Medical Clinics Building -- that's the addition closest to the hospital's new main entrance. Meanwhile, the foundation footings and walls are being poured and backfilled for the Medical Office Building. The NMC Gift Gallery's temporary home at the Family Birth Center was closed two weeks ago and should reopen this week.
      All the construction at NMC near the Art Wall means there will be no displays there again until December/January.


MILTON--The Milton Artists Guild will hold an Etsy Workshop in the Milton Town Office Community Room on Saturday at 1 p.m.
      Annette Hansen of Make Life Cozy will show how to sell your arts on the popular site. The class will include a handout on how to photograph, list, sell and ship your handmade and vintage items as well as art and craft supplies as well as Q&A time.
      The cost is $18 for Milton Artists Guild Members or $23 for non-members. Call 802.355.6583 or email to register.


ENOSBURG--The Opera House at Enosburg Falls presents The Odd Couple (The Female Version) in a three-day run starting this evening and continuing through Saturday at 7 p.m. each evening.
      Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon's hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls, Sylvie Mickey, and Renee Vera, over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers, Manolo and Jesus. But the hilarity remains the same.
      Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Click here to purchase tickets.

Friday-Saturday ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents Chris & Erika on Friday and The Duo -- John Seiden and Neil Wright -- on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--It's a Bargain!
      The 2016 celebration of the Cardiac Capers musical variety show opens with bargain night at the BFA Performing Arts Center on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The run continues through Saturday, October 22. The biennial hospital auxiliary fund-raiser has singing, dancing, and other performances by docs, medical staff, community volunteers, as well as a few special performances. The biennial production is a fun raiser for the NMC Auxiliary.
      Admission is $10 for bargain night Wednesday and $12 for the rest of the run. Tickets are available now at the hospital as well as at Food City, Georgia Market, Hannafords in St. Albans and Swanton, Steeple Market, and the St. Albans Free Library.
      Click here for more info.


     Young Tradition Vermont is experimenting with expanded Fiddleheads sessions for teens and younger players beyond just Burlington. Groups in different locations will focus on a common repertoire that they would then play together at various events. The group coordinates teachers for consistent learning from location to location.
      They currently have three consecutive sessions in October, November and December with Becky Tracy in West Lebanon, and the ongoing sessions through February 2017 with Pascal Gemme in Burlington.
      Email for more info.


Arts Councils and Galleries
Artist in Residence Gallery
Cambridge Arts Council
Island Arts
Northern Vermont Artists Association
River Arts
St. Albans Community Arts
Swanton Arts Council

Important Area Calendars
Franklin County Regional Chamber of Commerce
Young Tradition-Vermont (with Mark Sustic's calendar of traditional events around the region)

Popular Local Performers and Venues
Abbey Restaurant
Bayside Pavilion
Michele Choiniere
Carol Ann Jones
Moog's Place
Opera House at Enosburg Falls
Will Patton
Nobby Reed Project

Libraries and Books
Visit the Franklin County Bookshelf here on the AAC site at


      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.

Good News!

There are so many events around the region that we miss some of them.
Be sure to check these calendars for what's happening near you ...
All Arts Council of Franklin County
Cambridge Arts Council
Chamber of Commerce
Island Arts
St Albans Community Arts
Swanton Arts Council
Young Tradition Vermont


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