ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 22 * * All Arts News On the Web * * February 1, 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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HIGHGATE--MVU Crossroads hosts A Paint & Sip on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Art teacher and Crossroads Co-Coordinator Ashley Bowen will lead participants in mug painting.
      The $25 per person (or two for $40) cost includes all supplies, a packet of hot chocolate to go with your painted mug, a cup of hot chocolate to drink while you paint, and a cookie or two. Tickets must be purchased in advance. All ages are welcome. Email or click here for tickets and more info.


ST. ALBANS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on the Japanese woodcut prints of Marcia Blanco, metal sculptor Rebecca Nase Chomyn, potter Barbara Colgrove, and functional wood sculptor Shelby Jones.
      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 February.
      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 winter hours, Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here for more info.

ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts Marguerite Myers in her debut show this month. Ms. Myers is exhibiting watercolors and sketches.
      She paints for her own personal fun and has never shown or sold before. She does give her work to family as gifts. Her son, Fred O'Neil, works at NMC. She is very excited to be doing this.
      The show continues through the end of February.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council will hold a Strategic Planning Meeting at the Swanton Village Complex on Monday starting at 6 p.m. Click here for the agenda.
      Email for more info.


ST. ALBANS--Celebrate everyone's favorite weather forecasting "rat" at Movie Night with a free screening of Groundhog Day at 14th Star Brewing Co. in the Room on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
      Bill Murray plays the arrogant Pittsburgh TV weatherman covering the annual event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Make it a Movie and Dinner Night; attendees are welcome to bring their own food to enjoy during the flick. Come early, claim your seat, and enjoy some movie/beer trivia. Free popcorn will be freshly popped for all who attend this all-ages show.


ST. ALBANS--The Friends of Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge and the Saint Albans Museum invite you to the second annual evening of Bird Tales in the Bliss Room on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
      Members of the local birding community will share their passion and entertain with tales from the fields and forests. It is a unique evening of storytelling at the Museum. Last year over 80 community members attended for the outdoors, the birds, the laughs, or just a good story.
      The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Reservations are appreciated but not required. Email to let them know you are coming.

ST. ALBANS--Boom City presents February Fools at Twiggs on Fursday at 7:30 p.m.
      The evening includes stand-ups by Stanley Leveille, Katie Gillespie, and Dave Anderson, plus a short form improv and jam by Boom City.
      Next up, Twiggs presents The Duel on Friday and Vermont trio Third Shift featuring Colleen McLaughlin on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers the Nobby Reed Project for Blues Night tonight at 7 p.m. Coming up this week, the Phil Abair Band on Friday at 9 p.m. and Mackenzie & Missisquoi (Bob Mackenzie and Scott "Missisquoi Slim" Dubois) on Saturday at 5 p.m.
      On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company presents the Tim Brick Band live on Saturday at 6 p.m. The Barre singer-songwriter brings original, soulful, rowdy country music to the taproom stage.

BURLINGTON--The Moose Club presents Nobby Reed with Richie Ward on Sunday at 2 p.m.


SWANTON--The Swanton Free Public Library hosts a Harry Potter Night on Thursday from 5 - 7 p.m. There will be potions, divinations, wands, chocolate frogs, owls, and more, including the Sorting Hat!
      Pre-registration is a must. Call 802.868.7656, email or click here 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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