ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 22 * * All Arts News On the Web * * February 22, 2018


      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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ST. ALBANS--The Grind Cafe continues How to Draw Portraits at the Cafe on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Each lesson will be adjusted for any age group and skill level. The class will host an art show during week 6. This week's topic is drawing cartoons. Future lessons will cover portraits, comics and an artist study of Georgia O'Keefe.
      The cost is $10 per week or $55 for all six lessons which includes supplies. Visit them on Facebook to reserve a spot.


MONTGOMERY CENTER--The Montgomery Center for the Arts Art and Recreation Camp takes over Kelton Hall on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week, from 9 a.m. - noon.
      There will be a drawing class, photography workshop, needlefelting, snowshoeing, and board games for students in 5th - 12th grades. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.


SHELDON--The Abbey has Thursday Karaoke Promos in the Pub on Thursday evening.
      They will celebrate Spring every Thursday with Karaoke to win some swag.

ST. ALBANS--Burlington Songwriters Group Sessions will be held at Twiggs on Thursday (this evening) from 7 - 9:30 p.m. Next up, Twiggs presents acoustic trio AmerikanaBlue on Friday and vibrant singer/songwriter and Summer Sounds favorite Mark LeGrand on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Funky Stuff jams live at 14th Star Brewing Company on Friday at 6 p.m.
      The quintet is Gyasi Garcia, keys and vocals; James Woods, bass; Dalton Muzzy, drums; Sean Ralphio, vocals and guitar; and Dylan Berno, guitar.

RANDOLPH--Chandler Music Hall presents Tom Rush on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The folk legend is a New Hampshire native who has been thrilling audiences worldwide for more than 50 years.
      Reserved seating is $24-$32 per person Call 802.728.6464 or click here for tickets and more info.

GREENSBORO--The Highland Center for the Arts presents the Young Tradition Touring Group with special guest Andrea Beaton in concert on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      The concert will feature artist leaders, youth leaders and members of the 2017/2018 Touring Group. The group includes of teen players, singers and dancers who focus on learning and performing traditional music and dance repertoire over the course of nine months as well as an April performance tour. They will visit Scotland this year. The 24 members learn from and are supported by group manager Mark Sustic, artist leaders Pete Sutherland, Dominque Dodge, and Ms. Beaton, and youth leaders Rose Jackson and Oliver Scanlon, in addition to exchanges with young performers and organizations while on the performance tour.
      Proceeds from this performance will support the group's trip to visit Scotland. Admission is by $20 suggested donation.
      Email Mark Sustic for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Durty Nelly's Irish Pub hosts Mardi Gras Justice Style on Saturday at 9 p.m.
      The Justified bash starts 2018 in the Railroad City for Mardi Gras. Beads galore, the music of Justice, and the party. $5 cover. Doors open at 9 p.m.

BURLINGTON--Bluegrass Brunch at the Skinny Pancake features live music with Chasing 440 on Sunday from noon - 3 p.m.
      The band "looks forward to kicking off our 2018 season with the return of Harley Poquette on his 5-string banjo and our newest addition, Kim Provost, on bass and vocals." They play good music and have a good time.
      Call 802.540.0188 for more info.


     The International Elvis Tribute Artist Association has announced its two inaugural inductees for the 2018 International ETA Hall of Fame. From Vermont, this year's inductee is Summer Sounds favorite Mark Shelton.
      Mr. Shelton the his co-inductee, Doug Church, will receive their awards during Elvis Week in August in Memphis. There will also be regional concerts and events by the two artists honored for a lifetime of excellence performing as the King of Rock and Roll.


     The National Endowment for the Arts short video looks at the arts and culture of Vermont. The state videos are part of the NEA's Tell Us Your Art Story series that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the United States of Arts.


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


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