ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 20 * * All Arts News On the Web * * December 15, 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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AROUND THE STATE--All our Vermont artists produce works that are "Made in Vermont" and "Made in America."
      The Made in Vermont website has shown the work of Vermont's artists, artisans, and craftspeople to more than 65,000 visitors. They exhibit work in every discipline and it all makes good Christmas presents. click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Village Frame Shoppe has the sale of the year on 16x20 photo-to-canvas prints now through Saturday. All canvases are hand stretched and ready to hang. Click here and use the coupon code CHRISTMAS35 during checkout to order online or stop by the store to order in person.
      "We've extended this sale through this weekend just for All Arts readers," DJ Pattullo said.
      And look in the Messenger for a coupon for other canvas prints, also good through Saturday.


ST. ALBANS--The Artist in Residence Gallery will be open until 9 p.m. every Tuesday-Saturday until Christmas Eve.
      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 at 10 South Main Street is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Click here for more info.


SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro presents Carol Ann Jones in a solo show tonight at 6:30 p.m.
      The Blue Paddle has limited seating and a small bar so call ahead (802.372.4814) to assure a seat.

JERICHO--the bi-monthly Irish Session at Jericho Cafe and Tavern takes place this evening at 7 p.m.

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Summer Sounds favorite Jenni Johnson tonight at 7 p.m. and St. Albans' own Nightrain tomorrow at 9 p.m.
      On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

HANOVER--Revels North presents the Christmas Revels: A French Canadian Celebration at Dartmouth's Hopkins Center for the Arts all day today and on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
      This presentation of the classic story of The Flying Canoe has a group of lonely voyageurs working in the northern timberland who go to extraordinary -- even devilish -- lengths to meet their far away sweethearts on New Year’s Eve.
      Admission is $10.20 - $46. Click here for tickets.

MONTGOMERY CENTER--Big Jay Tavern presents The Stragglers Live on Friday at 8:30 p.m.
      "We'll serve up hot roots, bluegrass, vintage country, Americana, and classic rock with our own spin," Eric Bushey said, "and the mighty Justin Bedell will join us on upright bass." Stuart Kessler promises to join them from his place in L.A.

ESSEX JUNCTION--Get some Backstage Justice as the Pub and Restaurant hosts the band's final stop on the 2016 Raise A Little Hell Tour on Saturday at 9:30 p.m.
      After seven years of "Justifying" the Vermont and New York clubs, Scott Guptill will hang up his Les Paul tonight. "Let's send him off Justice style," the band says.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents folk singer-songwriter Dave Richardson on $4 Friday and the heartfelt vocals of Sean Casey on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

BURLINGTON--Young Tradition Vermont continues the Baird 5 Pediatric Music Session with the Instrument Petting Zoo on Monday at 6:30p.m. The sessions are for Baird 5 patients, families and staff only. Although it is not an otherwise public event, it's worthy of note. Click here for more info.


LEAD A WORKSHOP AT CCX 2017 (December 16)--The Creative Communities Exchange is a chance to share your creative economy or creative placemaking project and create the content for this unique peer-to-peer exchange. They want projects such as renovating a neglected space for creative use, launching a downtown event or wayfinding project, completing an arts assessment or cultural plan, connecting artists to new businesses and opportunities, and more. for the workshop guidelines and to apply.


2016 ANIMAL BEHAVIOR PHOTO CONTEST (December 31)--The contest is the final of three in the series. $25,000 in prizes plus a "winners exhibition" in New York City. No Entry Fee. Click here for more info.

ARTS WRITERS, POETS, PODCASTERS, AND FILMMAKERS (December 31)--Sixty welcomes writers and artists to contribute to our archives through traditional and experimental arts writing around ideas, topics, and practices that are relevant to Chicago's cultural landscapes within the city and as that culture resonates and manifests in other parts of the country and world. No Entry Fee. Email or click here for more info.

EMBRACING OUR DIFFERENCES (January 10)--This juried art exhibit in Sarasota, FL, celebrates diversity with national and international submissions. $3,000 in awards. No entry fee. Call 941.928.0567, email, or click here for more info.

NATIONAL ART ENCOUNTER (January 16)--The juried Naples Art Association competition is open to all media, subject matter and genres created after Jan. 1, 2013 by artists residing in the USA. Nine awards total $3,500 with a bricks and mortar exhibition in Naples, FL. Entry Fee. Call 239.262.6517 or click here for more info.


     As 2016 winds down, the Vermont Humanities Council has produced a two-minute video featuring moments from many of their programs this year, including Ideas on Tap, Reading Frederick Douglass, Humanities Camps, and Veterans Book Groups.


      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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