ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 21 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 26, 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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MORRISVILLE--River Arts will celebrate the opening of their two newest exhibits, lsland í Maí: Iceland in May by Liz Nelson and Magic in the Landscape by Cindy Griffith, at the Center this evening from 5 - 7 p.m.
      Admission is free and refreshments plus a cash bar will be served.


SWANTON--The fourth annual Arts & Craft Show at the Auxiliary returns to the American Legion Hall on Saturday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
      Call Sara Hayes (802.752.0589) or email for more info or to reserve a table.


MONTGOMERY CENTER--The Montgomery Center for the Arts hosts a Pumpkin Carving Party and Autumn Celebration on Saturday at 3 - 6 p.m.
      Bring pumpkins, carving tools, and a dish of food to share although MCA will have some pumpkins and tools for those without. Pumpkin carvings will be judged in the spirit of fun and a few prizes will be given away plus other surprises, too.
      Donations are appreciated.

SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council Swanton's Got Art show is coming. Artists should drop off their work at the Swanton Municipal Complex on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. or 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. only. Registration forms will be collected when you drop off your artwork off. The opening reception will be held next Friday, November 3.
      Email for more info.


ST. ALBANS--Northwest Access Television presents the Haunted Hollywood themed premiere of the return of the Northwest Nightmares Film Festival at the Welden Theater on Monday at 6:30 p.m.
      Local aspiring film makers have submitted films to "compete for gory glory and terrific prizes." Films will be judged in multiple categories to win prizes and bragging rights.
      General admission is $8.


ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents old school blues player Blue Fox with Piedmont finger-picking and slide guitars on Friday and Summer Sounds favorite and vibrant performing songwriter Mark LeGrand on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company hosts the annual Monster Mash Halloween Party and Costume Competition with live music from Chris & Erica plus DJ Shawn from The Cat Is Back spinning tunes on Saturday at 6 p.m.

ENOSBURG--The Opera House at Enosburg Falls presents the Carpenters Tribute Concert at the House on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      Sally Olson, an acclaimed Karen Carpenter sound-a-like and look-a-like, performs hits by the brother-sister duo. Ms. Olson's voice, appearance, and stage-presence is entirely convincing and, combined with state of the art video projection, vintage costumes, historical commentary, and a live band led by Bill Reed, this concert brings Carpenters to life.
      Admission is $15. Click here for tickets.

ESSEX JUNCTION--Get your backstage pass to be Justified at the Backstage Halloween Bash 2017 on Saturday at 9:30 p.m.
      If you "haven't been to a Justice Halloween Party, get your best costume on and let your inner child out, as they rock some of the best costumed party animals this side of the border. Grab your pumpkin, ghoul, goblin or sexy school teacher and come join the fun."

MONTGOMERY--The monthly Celebration of Expressive Arts takes over the INN on Sunday evening at 7 p.m. The event officially includes everything but dancing, but there is always hope. Come early for dinner; service begins at 5 p.m.
      This month, Wendell Hughes is the featured musician; Michael Clookey is the featured artist; and Creston Lea is the featured writer. The local artists, writers and musicians gather to share original and thought provoking work, curated and hosted by Bob and Becca Cummins.
      Click here for more info.


SOUTH Hero--Camp Ta-Kum-Ta needs handy volunteers for a special project at the camp on Friday from 7:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
      They have built a 42' wide x 16' deep pool house on a new slab. Now they need more folks to join the Homebuilders and Remodelers Association of Northern Vermont as they work to install windows, doors, a metal roof, and build and install the cubbies.
      Email Hattie to volunteer and 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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