ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 21 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 28, 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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      Sad news. My little home city in the Florida Keys sustained a lot of damage in Hurricane Irma and I need to head south. My plan is to get started reconstructing my own home and to help my neighbors who are already there.
      A lot of work has already gotten started. Water and sewer are operational. Electric power is on much of the time. Cell service sort of works. The Internet is still mostly down.
      That all means I'll be "off the grid" a lot so regular readers will see some new faces pushing the keys and painting the pictures around here. I think you're going to like the changes.
      Meanwhile, the elves are working feverishly to bring everything up-to-date and help you find the right stuff. Keep sending info by email but be sure to give lots of lead time (a month would be good). Have a hot story or a cool event? Email to spread the word.


     Donna Blatchly, a juried member of the Artist In Residence gallery and of the Milton Artist's Guild, was featured on "Made in Vermont" on WCAX. The special six o'clock news segment aired on Monday, September 11.
      A fiber and mixed media artist, Ms. Blatchly, her pebble art was featured at the NMC Gallery this year.
      Click here for Ms. Blatchly's interview about the art she creates.


MORRISVILLE--The 6th annual Rocktoberfest takes over River Arts on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
      Rocktoberfest gets BIG & Messy in the Art Space. Morrisville Rocks with a community rock painting activity. There is felting and weaving. And a special Lamoille Valley Dance Academy performance at 2 p.m.
      Admission is free.

AROUND CAMBRIDGE--The Cambridge Art Trail is a chance to see where your neighbors create art on Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. It's "not exactly an Art Hop, because it is in the country."
      The featured artists include Ali Beddoe, Elizabeth Cleary, Nancy J. Hayden, Silvio Mazzarese and Teresa Bobel, Anne Standish, Eric Tobin, Karen and Jack Winslow, and more, plus galleries and shops with art and artists' wares and wears. In addition to local artists' studios, the Bryan Memorial Gallery, Visions of Vermont, and the Silo Project site are also open.
      Click here for the Art Trail map and artists info.

QUECHEE--The third annual Vermont Institute of Natural Science en Plein Air Painting Festival begins at the VINS Nature Center on Saturday and continues through Friday.
      Artists and art lovers celebrate the beauty and diversity of the Ottauquechee River and the Connecticut River watershed, its surrounding forests and waterways, vibrant communities, and its diverse bird life with a festival of painting outdoors in natural light. The resulting Art Exhibit and Sale will take place October 7 - 14 at the VINS.
      Call 802.359.5000, email, or click here for more info.


ST. ALBANS--St. Albans Community Arts needs local and regional artists in all disciplines for the upcoming art walk on October 7.
      The minutes of the Festival of Trees and the September council meetings are available on line at


ST. ALBANS--CopOuts don't but they do play at 14th Star Brewing Co. on Friday at 7 p.m.
      The Celtic Folk Punk band has a special brew of traditional Irish tunes and originals with high energy shows and a heavy blend of rock guitars, crashing drums, thunderous bass lines, and bagpipes.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents the North Country Trio of Gentleman Bruce and Friends on Friday and Burlington singer/songwriter Robin Gottfried Band on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Michael McCarthy hosts Open Mic at the Grind Cafe on Saturday starting at 3 p.m.
      There will be a sign up sheet at the cafe to sign up ahead of time. The Grind will serve coffee drinks all night, along with beer, wine, and interesting food choices.

ST. ALBANS--Back Inn Time Bed & Breakfast presents a Music & More Dinner Event with solo artist Cooie DeFrancesco on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      Drinks and appetizers are easy but seating is limited, so reservations are required for dinner. The last time Cooie appeared, it became an audience participation event like none other. Call 802.527.5116 or email for reservations or info.

ALBURGH--The American Legion Post 60 Justifies some outdoor rock n roll on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      The high energy dance rock band is Gary Greeno, singer/guitar and keys; Rod Bushey, lead guitar/vocals; Scott Belisle, bass/vocals; and Mike Stella, drums. This is their only appearance in Alburgh this year. "Always a great time under the pavilion," Mr. Greeno said.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star presents AmerikanaBlue on the Taproom Stage on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      The acoustic trio from Montpelier plays the type of music you might have heard in a Greenwich Village coffeehouse in the late 60s.

BURLINGTON--The Starr Farm Harvest Fest features Carol Ann Jones on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.


FAIRFIELD--The Bent Northrop Memorial Library hosts To Bid or Not to Bid, their 4th annual fundraiser, at the library on Saturday at 6 p.m.       The evening will offer wine, food, music, and "tons of great stuff" for Live and Silent auction for a fun night with friends, family, and neighbors. Email or 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.

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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