Artbits-June 30, 2022

BIG MUSIC WEEKS

The Big Music Weeks of Summer begin this week as some of our friends play multiple gigs. We report on live shows in 13 Towns. Read more

PANDEMIC NEWS

Vermont has begun vaccinating young children against COVID-19. Still, about 71,000 eligible Vermonters age 5 and older have not yet received their first dose of a vaccine. Read more

ART ON THE WALLS

The Artist In Residence Gallery spotlight is on Terry Buehner, Marianne Marshall, and El Towle with a live reception at the gallery. The Jeffersonville Art Jam concludes with art vendors and live music. Bryan Memorial Gallery went live with an Artist Round Table. Read more

ART YOU CREATE

Wolf Whitney leads the Learn to Make Clay Tiles; Relief Carving Class and Wednesday Night Live in Oxbow Park will create a tiny Bonsai Tree at River Arts. Read more

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

The Swanton Free Public Library hosts cartoonist Rick Stromoski with Ocean Cartoons. Coach and writer Joy Choquette leads a workshop on Book Publishing Options at the library. Social Sundays continue at the MAG. Read more

ON STAGE LIVE

Bay Day. Carol Ann Jones (twice), once with Will Patton and Gary Spaulding, Aaron & Alaria (twice), Shane Murley (also twice), Sibling Reverie, Duane Betts, IncaHoots, Jamie Lee Thurston, Jerborn, Kyle Stevens, Bob Recupero, the Phil Abair Band with Keeghan Nolan, the Rough Suspects, the Smokey Newfield Project, Nobby & Slim, Jitensha, Moon Hollow, Chris & Tristan, Bon/Fire VT, Michael Stridsberg, the Nobby Reed Project, John Geno, Jeff & Gina, the Bettenroo Duo, the Enosburg Town Band, Apollo Suns, Rushmore, and the Citizens Concert Band all perform live on a stage near you. Read more

ALMOST LIVE ON STAGE

A note that “Sometimes a song gets ‘the treatment’ once it becomes picked up by other bands,” sent me down the Almost Live rabbit hole for Louis Prima’s classic Sing Sing Sing. Read more

FRANKLIN COUNTY BOOKSHELF

The Weekly Writer’s Club gathers at 14th Star to share, discuss, and work on skills. It’s free. Read more

 

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Artbits-June 23, 2022

ART ON THE WALLS

The Reflections on Swanton Art Show opens with a reception at library. The Jeffersonville Art Jam brings art vendors and live music to Main Street. Read more

PANDEMIC NEWS

All free, state-run COVID-19 testing sites will close on Saturday. PCR testing and take-home tests can be picked up through Saturday at the state testing sites. The end comes as both federal funds for testing and demand for PCR testing declines. COVID-19 is not going away; get the shots and take precautions. Read more

ARTLE

The National Gallery of Art offers Artle, an online game to guess an artist’s name. Read more

ART YOU CREATE

River Arts has two events this week, the June Sip n’ Slurry–Handbuilt Mugs– and Wednesday Night Live in Oxbow Park, the free art and music series. Read more

MIXER

MAG hosts the Vermont Creative Network Free Networking Mixer. Read more

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

Social Sundays continue at the Milton Artists’ Guild Art Center. Read more

ON STAGE LIVE

Rail City Fan Fest, the Nobby Reed Project (twice), Sticks and Stones, Cooie Sings, Uncle Jimmy, Mark Abair Unplugged, 90 Proof, the Duncan McLeod Trio, the Free Range Band, the Buck Hollers, the Fabulous Wrecks, Sergio Torres, David Feurzeig, Young Tradition Vermont with Hilary Menegaz Weitzner, Fern Tamagini-O’Donnell, and Owen Kennedy, Amerikana, the Blue Fox Duo, Eleven, the Mullets of Rock, Root 7 and Boom City Improv, Ryan Hanson, the Royal Towne Brass with David Ellis, David Heintz, Thea Calitri-Martin, Denis Lambert, and Bill Keck, Claire Black, the Enosburg Town Band, Bob Gagnon and Tony Petricola, and the Citizens Concert Band appear live at a venue near you. Read more

HUMANITIES

Jason Barney shares his most recent research on Northern Vermont during the Revolutionary War in the Bliss Room. Read more

 

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Artbits-June 16, 2022

MAKE MUSIC!

Make Music Vermont brings music makers of all ages and experience together for the summer solstice. The entire state is registered with music in Bennington, Enosburg, Fairfield, Milton, Montpelier, Randolph (there’s a parade), St. Albans, Springfield, and many more. Read more

CREATIVE ECONOMY

Gov. Phil Scott signed an $84.5 million workforce and economic development bill that includes Federal funds for Creative Economy grants for rent, mortgage, utilities, and insurance to creative economy businesses and nonprofits that have sustained substantial losses due to the pandemic. The law also creates a Vermont Film and Media Industry Task Force. Read more

PANDEMIC NEWS

About 71,000 eligible Vermonters age 5 and older have not yet received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines for children  months to 5 years old could be available as soon as Tuesday. Read more

ART ON THE WALLS

The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum hosts the Abenaki Heritage Weekend and Arts Marketplace with artists Michael Descoteaux, Shirly Hook, Jeanne Morningstar Kent, Linda Longtoe Sheehan, and Roger Longtoe Sheehan. Read more

ART YOU CREATE

Social Sundays continue at the Milton Artists’ Guild Art Center with free weekly art classes for families at MAG. Read more

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

The Swanton Arts Council offers a free Sunflower Painting Class with Cathy Coulombe. Island Arts Center begins a three-part Handcrafted Greeting Card Workshop by Pat Brennan. Read more

IN THE SAC

The Swanton Arts Council Writers’ Group meets to share progress and discuss longer projects and anything else about writing, reading, publishing, and more. Read more

ON STAGE LIVE

The Juneteenth & Pride Celebration, Chris & Erica (twice), Bob Recupero (also twice), A House on Fire, the Blue Fox Duo, the Natural Selection, Toast, Carol Ann Jones, No Lemon, Cozy–the Band, Ray Vega, Shane Murley, the Sarah Montgomery Band, the Justin LaPoint Duet, the Old Man Garage Band, the Nobby Reed Project, Troy Millette, and the Citizens Concert Band all appear live on a stage near you. Read more

HUMANITIES

The Vermont Humanities Council offers Utopia and Apocalypse led by Jim Schley plus Vermont’s Remarkable Sharpshooters with Howard Coffin. Read more

FRANKLIN COUNTY BOOKSHELF

Historian Jason Barney returns to the Eloquent Page to sign his third book, Northern Vermont in the Revolutionary War. the Swanton Free Public Library begins a new monthly book club, But I Progress. Read more

 

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Artbits-June 9, 2022

SUMMER SOUNDS

Plan ahead. The Summer Sounds tradition continues on the lawn at the Highgate Arena. The 31st season of concerts will feature music, food, bouncy castles, drinks from 14th Star Brewing, and more. Read more

PANDEMIC NEWS

The Vermont Department of Health will close all free, state-run COVID-19 testing sites. This includes PCR testing and take-home tests at the state sites. The end comes as both federal funds for testing and demand for PCR testing declines. 30 Vermonters died from COVID-19 in May, making it the deadliest month of the BA.2 surge. Read more

ART ON DISPLAY

Who is Irene Klein? The Montgomery Center for the Arts has a lifetime of work that was amazing and should be shown. Cold Hollow Sculpture Park reopen for an admission-free, immersive opportunity. Read more

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

River Arts offers the June Open Studio Figure Drawing plus Intro to Stained Glass with Dayna Sabatino. Learn Origami with Jason and Alissa at MAG. The Bryan Memorial Gallery hosts the two-day Clouds and Skies in Landscapes en Plein Air led by Douglas David. Read more

ON STAGE LIVE

The PRIDE Drag Show, Hick Jam 2022, Seth Yacovone (twice), the Lloyd Tyler Band (also twice), the Hitmen, Jeff Shelley, Mark Abair unplugged, King Me, Phantom Airwaves, Maple and Hanson, Kyle Stevens, John Gratton and Andrew James, the Shady Trees, Dead Man’s Waltz, Multibeast, Gary Wade and Friends, the Lloyd Tyler Band, Conscious Roots, the Band, Lee Ross, Dale & Darcy, Strum Dumpster, the Chris Lyons Band, Ian Wade and Brian Laurie and Mr. Charlie, Beg, Steal or Borrow, the Old Man Garage Band, Bare Bones, John Gratton, the Donna Thunder Review, Troy Millette, Root 7, Boom City Improv all take a stage near you. Read more

ALMOST LIVE ON STAGE

The BFA-St. Albans Chorus, Armand Messier, Dick Van Dyke and the Dustbowl Revival, Howard Mitchell with John Cassel, Bobby Militello, the Burbeck brothers, Dave Ellis, Will Patton, and Mark Shelton stream almost live over an Internet connection near you. Read more

HUMANITIES

The Sheldon Historical Society Museum reopens its doors. Vermont Humanities presents Vermont’s Remarkable Sharpshooters with Howard Coffin live in Pratt Hall. Read more

 

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Artbits-June 2, 2022

MILK FROM MOO TO YOU

June is National Dairy Month. The Vermont Dairy Festival returns to celebrate 65 years of Dairy Days this weekend with more entertainment and magical family activities than ever before. Most of the music and entertainment is on two stages around Lincoln Park. The new Mountain Bike Stunt Show will have multiple shows each day. All the outdoor entertainment is free. Read more

ART ON THE WALLS

The Artist In Residence Gallery features Jodi Blaisdell, Tessa Hill, Natalie LaRocque, and Edwards Smith with a live reception at the gallery. The 2022 Jeffersonville Art Jam brings art vendors and live music to Main Street. Visions of Vermont Gallery hosts the Northern Vermont Artist Association’s 91st anniversary June Juried Show with an opening reception featuring the Vermont Fiddle Orchestra. Read more

PANDEMIC NEWS

Vermont reported 1,413 new COVID-19 cases statewide last week. Take precautions. Read more

ART YOU CREATE

The Swanton Arts Council hosts Stampin’ Up! Cards with Barb in the Maker Space of the Swanton Free Public Library. Read more

MAYOR PICKS THE PIX

The 5th annual St. Albans Mayor’s Photo Contest has begun with the theme Vermont Memories. Capture your favorite memories of Vermont and share them. Read more

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

The Bryan Memorial Gallery hosts poet, kids book author, photographer, journalist, radio producer, and writing teacher Rick Agran for Painting with Words: Poetic Expression and Fine Art as part of the Jeffersonville Art Jam. Megan Bisbee continues the meditative, healing, in-person workshop, June Meditate and Create at River Arts. Read more

IN THE SAC

The Swanton Arts Council will hold a Board Meeting and Updates in person at the Swanton Free Public Library. Read more

ON STAGE LIVE

Sweater Worthy written performed by Aimee Vient, the 14th Star Parking Lot Party, and Teen Tradfest, hosted by Pete Sutherland and Oliver Scanlon, plus Eleven, Chris & Tristen, the Jesse Agan Band featuring members of Shake, Carol Ann Jones with Jon Sochin, the Duel, She Was Right, the Phil Abair Band with Keeghan Nolan, the Devon McGarry Band, John Bartus, Chris & Erica, Larry Lee Ebere, Dave Miller, Jamie Lee Thurston, the Will Patton Ensemble with Dono Shabner, David Gusakov, and Clyde Stats, Jaded Ravins, and Troy Millette all appear live on a stage somewhere near you. Read more

ON THE AIR

WeAreVT returns with the Summer Edition with Dana Block and M. Sebastian Araujo on WBTV-LP. Read more

PASSAGES

Music was Bill Lunna’s his great passion. His memorial service will be at the Goss Life Celebration Home. Read more

HELP WANTED

The Montgomery Center for the Arts needs volunteers for summer gallery hours. Read more

FRANKLIN COUNTY BOOKSHELF

The Weekly Writer’s Club gathers at 14th Star to share, discuss, and work on skills. It’s free. Read more

 

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Artbits-May 26, 2022

SUMMER MUSIC!

The 20th annual Farewell Reunion returns to Grace Church with a huge cast of performers including Corner House, Oliver Scanlon and Pete Sutherland, and the Young Tradition Vermont Youth Commission. And there is Caribbean BBQ. Read more

ART ON THE WALLS

Vermont’s 30th anniversary Open Studio Weekend begins the summer season with hundreds of sites and more than three hundred artists and artisans showcasing and demonstrating their work. Read more

PANDEMIC NEWS

Rutland Regional Medical Center reopened its coronavirus unit to accommodate the growing number of COVID-19 patients. The unit was full by last Tuesday. Take precautions, particularly if you are inside with other people. Read more

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

The Swanton Arts Council hosts Chainmaille with David Stous at the Swanton Free Public Library. Read more

ON STAGE LIVE

The St. Albans Bay Farmer’s Market and Celebration of Expressive Arts kick off the new season. Eleven (twice), Carol Ann Jones with Jon Sochin, Phantom Airwave, Chris & Erica, Blues for Breakfast, the Aerolites, Blackwolf, Cooie and Adlai, Dan & Faith Senie, the Milk House Heaters, and Troy Millette all perform live on a stage near you. Read more

 

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