ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 21 * * All Arts News On the Web * * March 23, 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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MONTPELIER--The Northern Vermont Artist Association begins its spring show at the T.W. Wood Gallery with an Opening Reception this evening from 5 - 7 p.m. The show continues through Friday, April 28.
      The NVAA "encourages the study, improves the practice, elevates the standards, and advances the cause of creative art," Harold Sykes Knight wrote in 1931. Membership is non-juried and mostly includes artists working in most mediums in northern Vermont.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council Writer's Group will meet at the Swanton Free Public Library this evening at 6 p.m. to start a new project called "The Journey" based on letter-writing/diary-keeping in a given historical period. Becky Rupp will bring some of her own samples. The group will share/chat about memoir projects and short-story contests. All are welcome.
      Call Ms. Rupp (802.733.7471) or email for more info.


MORRISVILLE--River Arts and Sundog Poetry have partnered to present AMP Nights starting this evening at 6 p.m. and continuing on the last Thursday of the month. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
      The March AMP Night features artist Ted Zilius, musician Ben Cosgrove, poet Chard deNiord, the Poet Laureate of Vermont, and authentic Argentinian fare by El Hornero.
      The new series of creative evenings will feature a special guest artist, musician, and poet who will share their work through presentations and performances. Audience members are invited to meet and informally discuss each artistís work afterwards. Light fare and drinks are available.
      Admission is by suggested donation of $10 per person at the door.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents Cooper & LaVoie on Friday and Chris and Erica on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

MONTGOMERY--The Big Jay Tavern presents the Stragglers Live with special addition Justin Bedell on Saturday at 8:30 pm.
      "Cousin" Chris Kellogg, guitar; Eric Bushey, clawhammer banjo; Preston Randall, mandolin; and the mighty Mr. Bedell, bull fiddle, will warm up the room on a cold night with their own spin on hot roots, bluegrass, vintage country, Americana, and classic rock.
      Click here for more info.

NASHUA--Dolly Shakers Brew Pub presents BoneShakerz on Saturday at 9 p.m.
      Former Davis Brother Angelo Mullen, bass and vocals; Scot Gibbs, guitar and vocals; Paul Dickinson, guitar and vocals; and Rick King, drums, play classic rock hits, deep cuts, and b-sides with lost classics from XTC, Bowie, King Crimson, Talking Heads, Thin Lizzie, U2, Grand Funk, Elvis Costello, and more.
      "It's our good buddy Tom Davis' birthday! Oh boy - this is going to be fun!" Mr. Mullen said.

KEY COLONY BEACH, FL--Karen Weber and the Funkin Conchs rock the Key Colony Beach Community Association's Concert in the Park series in Sunset Park on Sunday at 4 p.m. The Funkin Conch Band is Ms. Weber, John Sausser, Tony Napoli, and Doug Allen.
      Concerts in the Park are free concerts sponsored by the KCBCA. Concerts started on Valentine's Day and take place in Sunset Park on most Sunday afternoons. The park has a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean and the setting sun.
      Bring a chair or blanket and refreshments. Parking is limited so walking, biking or ride sharing is recommended.

ENOSBURG--The Opera House At Enosburg Falls will screen episode 1 of Local Motive on Monday at 7 p.m.
      Our grandparents' generation knew where their food came from but, today, food is much more readily available and commonly delivered through a vast, global industrialized system. The PBS documentary examines the Vermont Farm to Plate food system plan -- it calls for 10% local food consumption by 2020 -- and the New England Food Vision -- that plan wants 50% of all food consumption in New England to be sourced locally by mid-century.
      Click here for more info.

BLACK ROCK CITY, NV--Burning Man tickets go on sale on Wednesday at 3 p.m. EDT.
      Approximately 30,000 tickets at $425 each and approximately 10,000 vehicle passes at $80 each will be available, plus applicable fees and taxes. All sales require registration through Burner Profiles. Kids and families have been part of Burning Man since 1986 on Baker Beach. Kids 12 and under still get in for free with their ticketed parents or legal guardians, but need to have their own free print-at-home "Kids' Ticket."
      Click here for more info.


MAPLEY GOODNESS (now)--The Village Frame Shoppe and Gallery in St Albans will do a maple themed exhibit during the Maple Festival. Owner D.J. Pattullo is looking for proposals and pieces from area artists working in most two-dimensional media.
      Call the Gallery (802.524.3699) for more info.

ARTIST GRANTS (April 1)--The Franklin Furnace Fund awards grants annually to emerging artists for production of major performance art works in New York. Grants range between $2,000 and $10,000 based on peer review. No Entry Fee.
      Email or click here for more info.

ADIRONDACKS NATIONAL EXHIBITION OF AMERICAN WATERCOLORS (April 3)--The 2017 exhibition is open to artists working in transparent and opaque watercolors, acrylics, casein, egg tempera, gouache and ink. All works must be of original design and execution. Entry Fee.
      Call 315.369.6411, email, or click here for more info.


FAIRFAX--Fairfax Community Theater will hold auditions for Little Shop of Horrors at BFA-Fairfax on April 3 and April 5, both at 6:30 p.m. Callbacks will be Wednesday April 5 at 8:00 p.m.
      Director Meg Cossaboom says auditions will be workshop-style; there is no need to bring any additional prepared music or monologues. Performances will be held June 29-July 2.
      Click here for more info including audition material.


     After press time last week, the Trump Administration released its budget proposal. The proposal to fund the federal government for the coming fiscal year (FY2018) would eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Americorps, and other federal agencies.
      President Trump has encouraged Congress to make funding decisions independent of the executive branch. Speaking about arts funding last year, he said, "The Congress, as representatives of the people, make the determination as to what the spending priorities ought to be." That said, a viral video already shows Elmo's firing thanks to the proposed budget cuts.


     Leon and Jennifer Williams Thompson are a married freelance team with more than 30 years combined experience. Together with Wittle Hunny they have started "The Pen & The Palette (Saint Albans, Vermont)," a Facebook page for professional writing and photography services. They offering freelance writing, marketing, photography, portraiture and brand journalism as a team or individually. Jennifer is a visual artist with 15 years of experience in painting, photography and interior design. Leon has been a journalist and writer for more than 20 years.


      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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