ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 21 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 5, 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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      A personal thank you: The Northwestern Medical Center has long contributed to our local community and is now sending boxes of protective gear -- gloves and masks and more -- south with Dick Harper to the Keys to help our efforts down there.


ST. ALBANS--St. Albans Community Arts hosts Fall for St Albans, the Fall Art Walk and Downtown Sale, on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.       Celebrate the fall with local artists. The weather looks nice so the Downtown will be outside, enjoying the fall sunshine. There are performers, painters, photographers, dancers, writers and more. Start you holiday shopping early and support the arts.


ST. ALBANS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on painter and sculptor Lori Niederer; graphic artist, painter, sculptor Claire Payne; and Longina Smolinski who paints, sculpts, does installations, and creates hand-made jewelry.
      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 October.
      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 photographer Wayne Tarr this month. Mr. Tarr specialized in portrait and fine art photography.
      The show continues through the end of October.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council will film the "Farmer's Market Scene" for Swanee 2 in the village park on Saturday promptly at 9 a.m. through noon. Please show up in costume. Extras welcome. Email with any questions and for more info.
      SAC and the Chamber of Commerce will collaborate on events for November's Christmas in the Park with a planning meeting on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Email for more info.


     It's a busy week for the Nobby Reed Project. Vermont's most popular power-blues man has three gigs scheduled.

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

ST. ALBANS--The Burrow at the Catalyst Coffee Bar hosts a First Friday Open Mic on Friday at 5 pm.
      Express yourself. Spoken word, music, poetry, storytelling, it's all good downstairs. Sign up starts at 4:30 p.m.

ENOSBURG--The Opera House at Enosburg Falls presents Franklin County Voices, a staged reading of Secrets by Julia Scott, on Friday at 7 p.m.
      Admission is free to see and hear the winner of the young playwright's competition.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents Gypsy Wind on the taproom stage on Friday at 6 p.m.
      The St. Albans duo of Jesse John Potts and Andy Hoadley plays an eclectic repertoire of freshly interpreted covers and originals spanning several decades and genres.

ST. ALBANS--Durty Nelly's Irish Pub present Chris and Erica continuing their Barefoot and Pregnant Tour live in the Pub on Friday at 6 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents the homespun originals and handpicked covers of John Smyth and Jenn Croteau on Friday and the Jazz, Soul, Pop, Blues, R&B Vermont trio Third Shift with the lead vocals of Colleen McLaughlin on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

Friday and Sunday
EAST BURKE--Mike's Tiki Bar presents the Nobby Reed Project on Friday and again on Sunday at 3 p.m.
      Vermont's own blues trio includes Eric Belrose, percussion, Ray Bushey, bass, and Mr. Reed on lead guitar and vocals.

Saturday SOUTH HERO--The Champlain Islands Harvest Fest takes over the St. Rose of Lima Church with live music on Saturday from 10 a.m - 2:30 p.m. There will be a full farmer's market, food vendors, kid's games, photo booth, raffles and more.

ST. ALBANS--Once more for the road.
      Durty Nelly's Irish Pub hosts Nightrain Live: The Final Show in the Pub on Saturday at 9:30 p.m.
      After over 12 years and countless shows, Nightrain rolls into the City one last time to celebrate and say thanks to everyone who has supported the band over the years. "It will be epic with every Nightrain member, past and present there to rock the house before calling it a career." This one time event features Harvey, Justin, Eric, Andy, Brad, Taylor and Tom, all on one stage for one last night playing all of the songs you know and love.

JERICHO--Music Sunday returns to the Deborah Rawson Memorial Library with the Michele Fay Band on Sunday at 2 p.m.
      This compelling ensemble features original and Americana music from right here in Vermont. Their repertoire provides a mix of understated originals and traditional songs, played and sung with relaxed polish, personality and taste.

ST. ALBANS--The Church Street Sounds of the Season concert series presents Frevo in the First Congregational Church on Sunday at 3 p.m.
      The quartet performs an eclectic sampling of music for flute, clarinet, cello and guitar; their repertoire includes world music, jazz, classical, pop, and the newest sounds from today's creative musicians, including their own original compositions.
      The two married couples are good friends who share their joy of the music with each other and the audience. Clarinetist Steven Klimowski, cellist Bonnie Thurber Klimowski, classical guitarist Peter Matthews, and flautist Wendy Greenwald Matthews have the Fall program of the music of Antonio Lauro/Matthews, Derrik Jordan, Peter Matthews, and David Gunn plus Dona Nobis Pacem Frevo and three Beatles songs. Ms. Klimowski will play her improvisation on Amazing Grace. The concert will include various groupings of the four as solos, duos, trios, as well as the full quartet.
      Admission is by donation to support the musicians and this program.


      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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