ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 22 * * All Arts News On the Web * * March 15, 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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      The Ides of March.


EAST FAIRFIELD--The Fairfield Community Center continues its Art from the Center, introductory workshops for adults and older kids, on Saturday at 10 a.m.
      This class will explore the ancient art of Sumi-e. This week's leader, Rebecca Bennett, has been painting and drawing for many years and loves to show others new techniques and ways to express their creativity. The Japanese word for Black Ink Painting. East Asian painting and writing developed together in ancient China using the same materials -brush and ink on paper. Emphasis is placed on the beauty of each individual brush stroke. This workshop will cover brush control while letting the ink flow on the paper. The Four Treasures: Ink Sticks, Ink Stone, Brushes and Paper will be Supplied. The workshops will also cover painting, drawing, photography, and more. The program runs through the middle of April. Admission is $15/class per person, materials included. Click here for more info and to register.

ST. ALBANS--The Grind Cafe concludes How to Draw Portraits at the Cafe on Wednesday at 11 a.m. and will host an art show at the cafe.
      Each lesson has been adjusted for any age group and skill level. This week's topic is 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.


JEFFERSONVILLE--The Cambridge Arts Council will hold its annual Members Meeting at The Farm Store on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
      The meeting is a chance to learn about the CAC, meet the Board and other members, ask questions, and join up if you're interested. Light refreshments will be served.

SWANTON--Date Change: The Swanton Arts Council Writer's Group will meet at the Swanton Free Public Library this evening at 6 p.m. on the Ides of March. Members can share progress and join in the discussion about longer projects and anything else about writing, reading, publishing, and more.
      Call Becky Rupp (802.733.7471) or email for more info.


     Rotary Club of St. Albans opens the 26th annual Home & Recreation Exposition with free admission tomorrow. The EXPO annual fund raiser runs through Sunday at the Collins-Perley Sports and Fitness Center. 100% of the profits go to support the Rotary charitable work in this community.
      Building a new home this year? Planning a home remodeling project? That new space can easily help showcase your own collection of fine art photography. Or perhaps you need, absolutely need, space for a kiln? Or a dance studio.
      Rotary supports local organizations. The Learn to Ski Program takes youngsters to Smugglers Notch. They offer annual support to programs like the Hannaford Gift Box program. Martha's Kitchen, and Special Olympics. They particularly like to help the start-up or expansion of local programs or facilities.
      Admission is free. The doors will be open from 2-8 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. The Collins-Perley Sports and Fitness Center is located just off I-89 at Exit 19. Click here or find them on Facebook for more info.


MONTGOMERY--Montgomery Center for the Arts hosts Belly Dancing with Alice Reighley at Kelton Hall on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
      The class is for every body. It's a chance to learn some new moves, and improve balance, posture and muscle tone. Ms. Reighley teaches the basic principles of dance and helps students build on this knowledge at their own pace. The class meets every Friday night. The cost is $10/class.


SOUTH HERO--Carol Ann Jones plays a Third Thursday solo show at the Blue Paddle Bistro tonight at 6:30 p.m. The Blue Paddle has limited seating and a small bar so call ahead (802.372.4814) to assure a seat.

SOUTH BURLINGTON--Higher Ground hosts Rockin' For A Reason with King Me and Renegade Groove this evening starting at 6 p.m.
      Women United within the community of United Way of Northwest Vermont is producing this night of groovin' and movin' to support financial stability for women and their families in Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties. The Renegade Groove is a four-piece groovy funk-rock group from Burlington. Underhill-based King Me is acoustic rock outfit with a strong repertoire of breezy fare that may just make you think it is summer outside. The evening will feature a networking hour, live music, and a live auction and raffle.

ST. ALBANS--The Lucky Leprechaun Show and TNT Comedy Showcase continues on the Main Stage at Twiggs on TNT Comedy this evening at 7 p.m. Doors at 6:30.
      Montreal-based comedians Emma Wilkie and Amanda McQueen, hosted by Liz Scharnetzki. Suzan Ambrose hosts open mic. This is a free show for mature audiences and space has been filling up quickly; call Twiggs to reserve a table. Make dinner reservations prior to the show since only drinks, appetizers, and desserts will be served during the show.
      Next up, Twiggs presents singer, songwriter, and guitarist Tim Brick's duo on Friday, then rowdy Uncle Jimmy with high-quality rock, blues, old-time country, and Irish favorites on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Summer Sounds favorites Jenni Johnson and the Jazz Junketeers tonight at 7 p.m. and then favorites Bethany & Troy tomorrow evening at 5 p.m. They follow up with Shake the Band on Saturday at 9 p.m.
      On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

MORRISVILLE--River Arts second annual Brew Haha takes over the Gallery on Friday at 6 p.m.
      The event brews Vermont comedy, with local beer and a benefit pie auction. Justin Lander of Modern Times Theater will emcee comics Bryanna Doe, Sky Sandoval, and Jared Hall from the Vermont Comedy Club, plus a special appearance by the Johnson State College improv troupe. There will be pizza from Pizza on Main and local craft brews from sponsor Rock Art Brewery.
      Admission is $10 at the door or click here for tickets and more info.

ST. ALBANS--It's a party, 14th Star style: the Taproom hosts live music from Rushmore Band and a 14th Star corned beef dinner, all starting on Saturday at 5 p.m.
      Chef Susan LeClair from Santini Catering will serve up a beer braised and whiskey glazed corned beef dinner 5-7 p.m. The northwestern Vermont classic rock band will play from 6 to 9 p.m. And 14th Star craft beer will be on tap all night long!
      Santini's Corned Beef Dinner only for $12 for adults, $8 children.

SOUTH BURLINGTON--It's hard to believe St Patrick's Day has never before been Justified but, hey. Party. The Old Post has invited Justice to share the stage with the legendary Jimmy T and the Cobras. Music starts at 4 p.m. with Jimmy T's outlaws but Justice takes the stage at 9.
      The former Franny O's will have a rock 'n' roll party!

LIVE FROM COLCHESTER--The Nobby Reed Project plays and visits the Havana-Fairfax Connection on LCATV on Monday at 6 p.m.
      The "carnival of music, happiness, joy and very danceable tunes" is hosted by Toni Basanta.


YOUTH ART SHOW (March 16)--The SAC Youth Art Show deadline is tomorrow. See your school art teacher or click here for more info. The show will take place at the Swanton Village Complex next weekend, Friday and Saturday March 23-24.

EMERGING ARTIST AWARD SCHOLARSHIP (March 16)--Attention graduating seniors from the Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union: the deadline to apply for the Swanton Arts Council Emerging award and scholarship is also tomorrow. See your school art teacher or click here for the application and info on how to apply.


     Big news. Big. All Arts has moved! OK, has moved to a new domain because an exciting new program is gearing up.
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      WNET, New York's public media station, is developing a new multiplatform media network called ALL ARTS. Our All Arts Council here in Franklin County is the smallest regional arts council in Vermont and probably the only all-volunteer Local Arts Service Organization in the country. When WNET goes live, we'll certainly get a lot of their visitors but that's not our audience. And our Google results will sink to page 97 or worse.
      In the coming weeks, we will sell to WNET so that both audiences avoid confusion when they launch online this spring. Here's the deal: you'll find the new program at our old address. You'll find the All Arts Council of Franklin County at Bear with us as we get all the links to work -- and email the All Arts Council if you find one that doesn't.


ST ALBANS--Update: The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts wildlife photographer and Milton Artists Guild member Sharon Radtke for a solo show this month. Ms. Radtke is exhibiting photos of local birds. The photograph illustrating the piece was incorrect last week. Here's the right one.
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      Ms. Radtke was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and "started taking pictures of birds as a distraction." She lives on 22-acre Round Pond and finds many of her subjects right in her backyard. With a camera always at hand, she makes images at any road or waterside she travels by. "It is mostly birds but frogs and bunnies too," she said.
      The show continues through the end of March.


      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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