ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 21 * * All Arts News On the Web * * May 4, 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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ENOSBURG--The Logger, Rusty DeWees, brings his Tour of Comedy and Music to the Opera House at Enosburg Falls on Saturday at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
      "I love Enosburg and have bunches of new jokes since last I played there," Mr. DeWees said.
      Vermontís extreme Old-Time Fiddler, Patrick Ross, joins the Logger on stage. He's bringing the fiddle, mandolin, banjo, Telecaster and six string guitar, cello, and his power bow.
      The show is presented by the Friends of the Opera House and the Franklin County Home Health Agency as a fundraiser for health and happiness. In addition to the show, Mr. DeWees will run a live auction for gifts from the stage. There will be a 50/50 raffle at the event. Refreshments will be sold and a cash bar will be onsite.
      For more info about FCHHA, call 802.527.7531 or click here . For more info about the Opera House, call 802.933.6171 or click here .
      Admission is $25. Click here for tickets.


ST. ALBANS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on John Selmer, Holly Spier, and El Towle.
      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 May.
      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 Donna Blatchly beginning Friday. A member of A.I.R., the Milton Artist's Guild, and Vermont Hand Crafters, Ms. Blatchly is exhibiting pebble art.
      "I tell stories and make pictures with the pebbles I collect at the beach," she said. "They can be very emotional."
      Ms. Blatchly has introduced 3D to her work, adding pebbles, stones, beach glass, twigs, and driftwood. The simple, powerful imagery "has a different impact" on each observer, she said. She also designs hand knit and felted purses, bowls, gift card holders, and bangle bracelets
      The show continues through the end of May.

MILTON--The Milton Artist's Guild's new Art Center and Gallery will have its grand opening in the former Hannafords in Milton Town Plaza on Saturday from 2-6 p.m.
      The MAG's new physical space to showcase area talent has beautiful paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, and much much more to browse, buy, and discover studio spaces for rent and lots of gallery exhibits.
      The Grand Opening will have special guests and more. Gov. Phil Scott will cut the ribbon at 3 p.m.

MORRISVILLE--The Gallery at River Arts presents Ted Zilius with Sad & Jazz through Tuesday.
      Mr. Zilius juxtaposes two different approaches to his mixed media paintings. His older works rely on the content of the collaged images, sometimes combined with words and subtle color, to evoke a feeling or stimulate thought. The new works, or "jazz" pieces, have random collage elements and a livelier palette, with a focus on color, rhythm, timing, and movement. His use of music and movement while working inspires spontaneity and contributes a contrast between the older work and newer pieces. His musical inspirations are wide ranging, from Willie Nelson to Miles Davis.
      Click here for more info.


BURLINGTON--The annual Young Tradition Weekend which showcases young performers of traditional music and dance takes over many locations around Burlington this weekend.
      Each event during the weekend cultivates and features young performers and intergenerational sharing, from concerts to a contra dance showcasing young folks playing with their mentors and teachers. One of the highlights is a contest for acoustic playing and repertoire that is folk/traditional. Contestants compete for about $2,000 in prizes, and the audience helps choose the winners.
      Click here for the full calendar and details of events. Email Mark Sustic or Sophia Donforth for more info.

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--14th Star Brewery presents Chris & Erica at the Brewery on Friday at 6 p.m.
      The local duo returns again to the Taproom Stage. They won the 14th Star acoustic performer contest and have opened for Jamie Lee at Higher Ground.
      Admission is free.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents The Owl Stars with guests on Friday and All Without The Bass, the acoustic pop trio from Plattsburgh, on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.


MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild hosts a Writer's Workshop with Franklin County writer J.P. Choquette in the new Milton Artist's Guild Art Center and Gallery this evening at 6 p.m.
      From starting the first line to writing, "The End," Ms. Choquette will help create a writing plan, real-life logistics (like how to make the time, where to start, and how to keep going until you finish), as well as answers for book-related questions.
     Email Christina Lesperance for more info or to register. Click here for more info about Ms. Choquette.


      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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