ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 21 * * All Arts News On the Web * * April 6, 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 Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on Barry and Maureen Genzlinger, David Juaire, and Deborah Travis. Mr. Genzlinger hand turns tiny wooden spinning tops. Ms. Genzlinger creates colorful three-dimensional ornaments. Vermont Life photographer David Juaire shows scenic photos from around the state in all five seasons. Watercolor painter and fiber artist Deborah Travis integrates painting, drawing, dyes and mixed media into her works on paper, silk and other fibers.
      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 April.
      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 Stephanie Kossman in a solo show this month. Ms. Kossman is exhibiting monotypes based around helping people get re-empowered after trauma. "Most of these are abstracted portraits based on the emotions people feel," she said.
      Printmakers make monotypes by drawing or painting on almost any smooth, non-absorbent surface. Historically, artists used a copper etching plate, but more materials are available today so the artist can use zinc, glass, acrylic sheet, or aluminum plate. The image is pressed onto a sheet of paper under high pressure, usually with a hand-operated printing press. She uses oil paint and etching ink.
      She is a member of the Milton Artist Guild. Additional work is in the new Milton Guild Space and will be in the Innovation Center and at Alchemy later this month. Click here to see more.
      The show continues through the end of April.


ST. ALBANS--The Festival of Trees committee will meet at The Eloquent Page on Monday at 6 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--St. Albans Community Arts Board will meet briefly in the Council Room at City Hall on Tuesday at 6 p.m. SACA will then hold its regularly scheduled general meeting in the same space at 6:30 p.m.


ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers the Nobby Reed Project for Blues Night tonight at 7 p.m. and Phil Abair on Friday at 9 p.m.
      On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents Chris and Erica opening at 6 p.m. for Sean Ashby on Friday at 7 p.m. and the Bob Boyd Trio on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      Mr. Ashby has played and recorded with Sarah McLachlan, Delirium, Ginger, and many more. He is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer whose debut album Brass and Gold came out in 2008. The one-man band show has six guitars on stage with beats and bass, touring full time across North America.
      The Boyd trio plays the musical classics from The Great American Songbook and the vocalists who made the music famous; from Billy Holiday, Fats Waller and Nat King Cole, to Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Bobby Darin.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS BAY--It's time for Barking at Bayside, Meowing at the Moon as Donna Thunder and Lightning Martin play the Bayside on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

EAST FAIRFIELD--The Fairfield Community Center hosts the Sap Run Boogie with the Burritos on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      After a hard day in the woods enjoy an evening with the old time rock, blues, and country band built by Vermonters for Vermonters. There will be a cash bar and food starting at 6 with music kicking off at 7 p.m.
      Admission is $10 for adults or $25 for the family. Kids under 12 get in free. Proceeds benefit the Fairfield Community Center. Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Shane Murley and the Apothecarians make their debut at 14th Star on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      It will be the full band with Eugene Rice, bass; Adlai Waxman, piano; Mike Huyler, electric guitar; Dan Bailey, drums; Dakota Foley, mandolin; and Mr. Murley at the helm in their first time at the Brewery.

SHELBURNE--The Young Tradition Touring Group presents its final concert prior to a performance tour in Canada in the sanctuary at All Souls Interfaith Gathering on Saturday at 7 p.m. The concert features the 2016/2017 Touring Group plus members of the group that toured England and Scotland in 2014 and the West Coast of Ireland in 2016.
      Admission is by suggested donation of $10. Click here for more info about the Touring Group and Young Tradition Vermont or email Touring Group manager Mark Sustic.

LINCOLN--The Burnham Music Series presents the Will Patton Quartet in Burnham Hall on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
      "We're very happy to be asked back to this terrific, long running series," Mr. Patton said. The series offers Vermont performing artists playing folk, blues, bluegrass, traditional, jazz and Americana on the second Saturday of the month, September through May.

ST. ALBANS--The St. Albans Museum presents Out of Our Father's House, a community readers performance, in the Bliss Room on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
      The performance is drawn from the diaries, journals, and letters of women throughout history. Hear their stories of growth and strength as they navigated their times, lives and careers.
      Admission is free. Email for more info.


     In the face of calls for the abolition of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Vermont Humanities Council Executive Director Peter Gilbert appreciates how much is at stake by looking at the life of Robert Frost.


SWANTON--The Franklin Grand Isle Bookmobile celebrates Big Rig Day and the Month of the Young Child at the Swanton Village Complex on Saturday from 9 a.m. - 12 noon
      This family friendly event features your favorite big rigs and fun activities and games. Free. Email 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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