ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 21 * * All Arts News On the Web * * January 19, 2017


      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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SWANTON--Area residents will answer that question the Northern Gateway Public Meeting at the Village Office Complex on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
      This is an opportunity to include arts projects and plan how the cultural economy can drive growth right from the beginning.
      The Town and Village are building the Swanton Area Wide Plan to identify ways to revitalize the northern gateway area, a district centered around the intersections of River and Depot streets. Business owners, property owners, and residents can help guide a shared vision of future development of the area. The meeting should foster a discussion and understanding of what is possible from an economic standpoint and then what is desired by the community. The project is sponsored by the Northwest Region Brownfields Program of the NRPC.
      Call the Village Manager's office (802.868.3397) or click here for more info. The snow date is January 31.


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.

ST. ALBANS--The Twiggs Open Mic and TNT Comedy Showcase continues on the Main Stage Thursday evening at 7 p.m.
      "It's a NEW YEAR"! and 2017 never looked so good at the Showcase with comedians Annie Mollo, Caleb Teske, and Eric Dreiblatt, hosted by Suzan Ambrose herself. Sign-up begins at 6:30, open mic is at 7, and the showcase is held at 8 p.m.
      Next up, Twiggs presents the Chad Hollister Band on Friday and blues from Arthur James on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewery presents Shake The Band at the Brewery on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      The Burlington-based group debuted a year ago with a modern twist to melodic rhythm and blues. The band is Karyl Williams, Keys, Vocals; Jesse Agan Guitar, Vocals; Steven Beaulieu Drums, Vocals; and Brad Ohlson, Bass. Come ready to party and dance.
      Admission is free.

STOWE--Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center hosts Summer Sounds favorites PossumHaw's official farewell show on Saturday at 7:30 pm.
      PossumHaw delivers the drive of bluegrass and the lyricism of folk with stunning vocal harmonies, stellar acoustic instrumentation, and one of the finest female vocalists in the region. Now, after twelve years of performing together, the group is playing its final round of concerts.
      Formed in Burlington in 2004, the quintet is an original, authentic group with award-winning songwriting and singing complemented by traditional instrumentation. They tell riveting stories surrounded by harmonizing and old-time musical arrangements. The "brother band" includes Colby Crehan, lead vocals, guitar, piano; Ryan Crehan, banjo, vocals, harmonica; Charley Eiseman, lead guitar, vocals; Pat Melvin, upright bass, vocals; and Steve Waud: mandolin, vocals. They have three albums Madtom," "Split-rail", "Fortune's Name and Waiting and Watching. They have appeared at the Champlain Valley Folk Festival, First Night Burlington, Higher Ground, the Long Trail Festival, and more.
      Admission is $20 advance or $25 at the door.
      Click here for tickets and here for details about the rest of the tour.

SOUTH BURLINGTON--Higher Ground presents Ty Herndon in the Ballroom on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:15.
      The Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum country music recording artist makes his Burlington debut for a concert to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Burlington. This event is all ages. Admission is $32 in advance or $35 at the door for that show. All ticket proceeds benefit RMHC.
      On Wednesday, they have Black Tiger Sex Machine in the Ballroom on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 8. The Canadian trio is known for the BTSM sound, an explosive blend of heavy electro and bass. This event is all ages. Admission is $17 in advance or $20 at the door for that show.
      The venue has Friday through Wednesday this week. Click here for tickets and more info.

BURLINGTON--Leunigs Bistro presents the Will Patton Quartet on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.


LEAD ARTIST COMMUNITY ARTS INITIATIVE (January 20)--The Artist Project is a collaboration between the MFA and 10 after school community organizations in Boston. Each year the group chooses a different, experienced artist with a passion for community arts to plan and lead a project with children between the ages of six and twelve. The artist guides children and helps them create a collaborative work. A stipend of $22,000 and a materials budget is provided. No Entry Fee. Click here for more info.

NIKON PHOTO CONTEST 2017 (January 27)--The Nikon international contest has been held since 1969 to provide an opportunity for photographers around the world to communicate and to enrich image-making culture for professionals and amateurs alike. No Entry Fee. Click here for more info.

WAGING PEACE! (January 31)--The Florida State University exhibition, "conceived in the spirit of Picasso's Guernica," seeks "works that comment on an active striving toward peace in some way. Peace represented by pastoral scenes, tranquility, heaven, or cliched symbols will not be accepted." No Entry Fee. Call 850.645.4681, email, or click here for more info.


      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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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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