ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 21 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 14, 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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      Nationally renowned artist Corliss Blakely invites us into her studio via her website to see what she is working on today.
      "It's a collection of wild plants and berries that I collected on the south end of Butler Island," she said. The painting is on an oil-primed canvas on board. They made golden rod tea, sumac tea, and elderberry tonic that day.
      After 25 years off, she has also started painting with watercolors again and painting oils on top of the watercolors as well.
      Ms. Blakely has built a body of work in still life and Vermont landscapes in a classically realist style. She has gained fame for her iPad paintings and for the Forgotten Seeds, a Look Within. She is internationally recognized for her work in several mediums, including oil, watercolor, and egg tempera with paintings in collections worldwide. She studied at the Vesper George Art School and The Museum School Of Fine Art. The seventh generation Vermonter lives in St. Albans.
      She adds daily photos to her website of the paintings she's working on. Click here to watch the changes.


MORRISVILLE--River Arts hosts a Gallery Opening of the group show River Works 3 and A Stitch in Time: 18th & 19th Century Textiles on Thursday at 5 - 7 p.m. Admission is free. There will be a cash bar. Click here for more info about the exhibits.


ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing presents Vermont acoustic rock duo Ryan and Slim on the Taproom Stage on Friday at 6 p.m.

MILTON--Arrowhead Golf Course hosts Inseldudler for the special Oktoberfest Friday Night Live Music and Buffet on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
      You don't have to be a member; the public is welcome. Be sure to come early, usually around 6, to make sure you get a good seat.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents acoustic duo Leno & Young on Friday and the dynamic trio Bardela (Jeff Barrows, Cooie DeFrancesco, and Arty LaVigne) on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ESSEX JUNCTION--It's a couple of big days at On Tap. Justice will rock the rafters Friday at 9:30 p.m. Saturday brings in Graziono, Slim & Schofield at 5 p.m. and Close to Nowhere at 9.
      On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

JEFFERSONVILLE--FallFest 2017 fills Smugglers' Notch with the music of Kat Wright and Red Baraat on Friday, then the Brothers Comatose and Zach Nugent's Dead All Stars with members of Jerry Garcia Band, moe., Disco Dead, and Dead Set on Saturday.
      The festival blends live music and entertainment with outdoor recreation and adventure, food local craft brew and cider. Admission is $10 - $99. Click here for tickets and more info.

ENOSBURG FALLS--The annual Enosburg Harvest Festival presents Prof. Fairbanks on the fiddle and the Old Man Garage Band in Lincoln Park on Saturday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
      Art, crafts, and Live Entertainment plus a BBQ with chicken, burgers and dogs; brew and wine tastings, produce, horse pulled wagon rides and much more.

FAIRFAX--The Steeple Market Brewfest takes over J & L Field with live music from Ryan Sweezey, Thunder Kittens, and No Left Turn on Saturday from 12 noon - 8 p.m.
      Tthere will be two tasting sessions, 12 - 3 p.m. and 5 -  8 p.m. with "countless craft beer and ciders and excellent food." Tickets are limited per session. The proceeds benefit the Fairfax Fire Department.

ST. ALBANS--Durty Nelly's Irish Pub presents Bad Horsey Live in the pub on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. A $5 cover charge "gets you into the club side for the entire evening."

BURLINGTON--Grace Potter presents Grand Point North in Waterfront Park on Saturday and Sunday. Look for Trey Anastasio, Barika, Low Cut Connie, Eastern Mountain Time, Henry Jamison, Joseph, Son Little, Ms. Potter, the Welterweights, and Summer Sounds favorites and Franklin County's own, Troy Millette and Dylan Gombas.
      Admission is $89 for 2-day passes or $59 for single day tickets. Children 12 and under are free. All events are rain or shine.


     The Vermont Creative Network is a broad collective of organizations, businesses, and individuals who all share the goal to advance Vermont's creative sector. The Network's 2017 Summit will be November 8 and 9. Participants will focus on policy development to advance the Vermontís creative sector.
      Click here 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.

Good News!

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
Franklin County Regional
Chamber of Commerce
Island Arts
St Albans Community Arts
Swanton Arts Council
Young Tradition Vermont


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