ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 21 * * All Arts News On the Web * * March 2, 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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WATERBURY--2017 is the 17th year of the Waterbury Arts Fest, an outdoor art sale set up along Stowe Street and Bidwell Lane; the streets are closed to vehicles. The WAF has issued a call for fine art painting, pottery, fiber art, weaving, glasswork, baskets, jewelry, woodwork and sculpture, and more. Artwork must be made in New England or New York state. Artist applications are due March 17. The event serves as the main fundraiser each year for Revitalizing Waterbury.
      This sounds like a good deal. It's a long-running program with a history of sales. Booth fees are reasonable. But they also charge artist vendors a "submission fee" on top of the booth fee for the opportunity to maybe get charged the booth fee to set up an exhibit.
      "The total cost for a vendor to participate is $60 (application fee included) which is incredibly cheap compared to many arts events in our area" Executive Director Karen Nevin told me by email.
      Do they charge their student musicians or the dancers from Green Mountain Performing Arts, or the magicians (all of whom I hope they pay) for the opportunity to apply to perform?
      Do they charge their potential food vendors for the opportunity then to pay again to rent street space to sell pretzels or sausages or falafel?
      Do they charge their potential trinket vendors for the opportunity then to pay again to rent street space to sell comic books or glowsticks?
      "Of course, artists are then able to make up that cost with the sale of their art," Ms. Nevin said. "All of our performers are paid well as we select them outside of an application process."
      Businesses in Waterbury village come together for two days in the summer to make whoopee with the arts; the event has a block party, more than 100 artist booths, music, food, activities and fun.
      I like the Waterbury Arts Fest but I don't like the double fee; perhaps artists and other fairgoers should suggest a single fee structure when they register or attend. After all, the other "vendors" don't pay an application fee on top of the booth fee.


ST. ALBANS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on Cathy Bohannon's Gourd Creations by Bopeter, the decorative concrete of Mike Byers, and the painted carvings of Terry Rice.
      The A.I.R. gallery hosts a free meet-the-artists reception with refreshments and a raffle today 4 - 7 p.m. The exhibit continues through the end of March.
      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.

ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts the Tuesday Morning Gang this month. The students of Kathleen Berry Bergeron meet at the senior center on Tuesdays, some for 10 years or more. The show includes about 14 pieces by Millie Boyd, Ms. Bergeron, Diane Lareau, Dollie MacNeill, Patrick Melling, Bevery Montiel, and Linda Wirts. The focus will be Spring (yay!).
      The show continues through the end of March.


ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Blues Night with the Nobby Reed Project tonight at 7 p.m. Vermont's own blues trio includes Eric Belrose, percussion, Ray Bushey, bass, and Mr. Reed on lead guitar and vocals.
      On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Tell It At Twiggs brings some of the best story telling in Vermont to Twiggs on Thursday at 7 p.m. The $5 cover charge benefits St. Albans Community Arts.
      Hosted by Bill Torrey, three-time winner of Burlington's Moth Story Slam and winner of VPR's Story Slam competition. click here for more info and to sign up.
      Next up, Twiggs presents Bob Mackenzie Blues Trio on Friday and the Lunar Jazz Trio on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

BURLINGTON--The Burlington Irish Heritage Festival began this week and continues through March 24 with Irish lessons, discussions about Irish history, genealogy (everyone is Irish on March 17) and music every day. Many events are free or by donation.
      Click here for the schedule and more info.

ST. ALBANS--Friday is Karaoke Night at 14th Star, Hosted by Digital Octopus Karaoke & Entertainment, starting at 6:30 p.m.
      "Sing Your Heart Out." The Karaoke Night fan favorite will win two tickets to the sold out Tribute to T-Hip show next week.

SOUTH HERO--Snow Farm Vineyard features singer/songwriter Carol Ann Jones for Wine Down Friday on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
      Call 802.372.9463 for info or reservations.


AROUND THE STATE--Tuesday is Town Meeting in most Franklin County Towns.
      In addition to asking voters to move general fund balances they didn't have to spend last year to their Emergency Reserve Funds and examining new fire or highway trucks, most Towns will discuss or vote on the arts and culture of the community from concerts in parks to new books (and park passes) in the libraries. It's a good place to be. And lunch may include marshmallow Jello™.


      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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