ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 21 * * All Arts News On the Web * * February 16, 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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ST. ALBANS--The Make-a-Wish Foundation will host a night of dinner, a live and silent auction, and dancing to help make wishes come true for Vermont Wish Kids. Swanton Arts Council is collecting art (and more) for the silent auction. Email Marie Speer or Heather Buczkowski to donate.
      The Make-a-Wish Beat The Winter Blues banquet will be held in the American Legion Post on February 24. Click here for more info.

      SAC member Rebecca Bennett, manager of Artisans Market in East Berkshire, seeks for artists in all mediums. The Market has a particular need for jewelry makers, potters, wood workers, painters, and photographers. Email Rebecca Anne Bennett or find the Artisans Market on Facebook for more info.


ST. ALBANS--Discover local art and artists this Valentine's Day weekend as the February Art Walk takes over downtown on Saturday from 11-3 p.m. Downtown shops, merchants, and storefronts will host artists and musicians in every medium. Check out the Burrow, the new substance-free music space for young people. Local musicians will perform there all afternoon.
      Brochures and maps of each location and artist will be on hand all across the downtown. Email 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.

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Summer Sounds favorites Jenni Johnson and the Jazz Junketeers tonight at 7 p.m. and Nightrain tomorrow evening at 9 p.m.
      On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The Twiggs Open Mic and TNT Comedy Showcase continues on the Main Stage Thursday evening at 7 p.m. The Sweet-Tart Show (because February isn't always about love, romance, and the Super Bowl) has comedians Nicole Sisk, Mike Thomas and Bitsy Biron. Sign-up begins at 6:30, open mic is at 7, and the showcase is held at 8 p.m.
      Next up, Twiggs presents Burlington songwriter and musician Erin Cassels-Brown on Friday and originals, Rock & Roll, and country covers by Cooie and Robin on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

MORRISTOWN--River Arts presents the First Brew Haha on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
      The evening will have comedy, improv, and beer tasting with Justin Lander and Rose Friedman from Modern Times Theater, creative improv with Johnson State College theater students, music by Lesley Grant, and stand up comedy. There will be local pizza from Pizza on Main and beers from Lost Nation Brewery and Ten Bends Beers available for purchase.
      Admission is $10 at the door.

ST. ALBANS--Get your Remedy on at 14th Star on Friday at 6 p.m.
      "14th Star makes great beer and the Remedy makes people dance ... the combination will be unstoppable." The Burlington dance, pop, hip-hop band has McKenna Lee of Rumble Doll, Andrew Manitsky, Uday Smith, and Mitch Terricciano.

MONTGOMERY CENTER--Big Jay Tavern presents Carol Ann Jones with Will Patton on Friday at 8 p.m.
      They have live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night. Click here for more info.

RANDOLPH CENTER--Chandler Music Hall presents Cajun Night with Yankee Chank, a Cajun dinner-dance, on Friday at 6-10 p.m.
      The immersion in Cajun music features Bob Naess, fiddle; Cannon Labrie, accordion; Jim Burns, guitar; Mark Sustic, bass; and June Drucker, drums; all specializing in traditional Cajun French two-steps and waltzes as it continues to be played in the rural dance halls and honky tonks of Louisiana, with some Zydeco thrown in for extra spice.
      Admission to the dinner is $8 and the show is $10 or both for $15. Call 802.728.6464 or click here for more info.

SOUTH BURLINGTON--The House of LeMay presents the 22nd annual Winter Is A Drag Ball in the Higher Ground Ballroom and the Showcase Lounge on Saturday at 8 p.m., doors at 7:30.
      The evening will start with a cabaret show in the Ballroom followed by live performances and dancing throughout the night. Divas and Dudes will lip-sync along with dance music all night long in the Showcase Lounge. The event benefits the Vermont People With AIDS Coalition.
      Admission is $30 advance and $35 day of show. Click here for tickets and more info.

HIGHGATE--The fourth annual Pets Love & Fashion Show comes to MVU Trahan Theater on Sunday at 4 p.m. The benefit for MVUHS Performing Arts and the Franklin County Animal Rescue will cover the decades of the 1900s, plus modern wear, and a fantasy wardrobe. This year live pets will also parade at the show.
      Tickets are $10. Call Salon Elixir (802.868.6553) or click here for more info.


 Woman Springs     Immigrants to the United States created about one-fifth of the work in the Davis Museum's permanent galleries. Their collection includes work by Swedish portraitist Adolf Ulrik Wertmuller who emigrated to the United States in 1794, Willem de Kooning who came here from the Netherlands in 1926, Italian sound sculptor Harry Bertoia who moved to Detroit in 1930, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy who moved to Chicago to become the director of the New Bauhaus in 1937, and more.
      Art-Less, a special "no immigrant" exhibit, starts today at The Davis Museum at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. All work created or donated by immigrants will not be displayed until the President's Day weekend. Curators have removed paintings and shrouded cases with black cloth. The initiative highlights immigrants' impact on the world of art.
      "We have removed or cloaked these works to demonstrate symbolically what the Davis Museum would look like without their contributions to our collections and to Wellesley College, and to thereby honor their many invaluable gifts," the museum told CNN.
      Of course, that art was created by people who entered the country legally -- Walter Paepcke, the Chairman of the Container Corporation of America, invited Mr. Moholy-Nagy, for example -- so Wellesley's political statement is at best mixed.


2017 EMERGING ARTIST AWARD (February 24)--The SAC sponsored scholarship will go to one exceptional graduating senior in the Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union who displays a bright future in art and who plans to pursue art beyond high school. All seniors are encouraged to apply.
      Email project lead Ashley Bowen or click here for the application. Applications will also be available soon at the MVU.

GALLERY AT RIVER ARTS EXHIBITION (March 1)--Located in the Robert C. Folley Performance Hall of the River Arts Center in Morrisville, the Gallery is accepting submissions for an exhibition in 2017 and 2018. The shows include juried, high quality works of art in a wide variety of mediums and styles and run for about two months, with an opening reception and invitation to give an artistís talk or lead a workshop in conjunction with the show. Submission Requirement include an artist's statement or proposal, CV, and images or video.
      Click here for more info.


FAIRFAX--The Fairfax Community Library series of six Parenting Workshops begins today with Positive Discipline -- That Works! presented by Scott Noyes. All Sessions run from 6:15-8 p.m.
      Future workshops include Parent-Child Interactions & Self-Esteem, Children's Rivalry, Safe Use of Technology for Kids, and more. On-site childcare will be available. The workshops and the childcare are free. Call 802.849.2420 or register online 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.

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St Albans Community Arts
Swanton Arts Council
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