Artbits-May 23, 2024

SUMMER MUSIC

Music is in the air as three big series start their summer seasons this weekend: the Farewell Reunion Concert, the Summer Concerts on the Green, and Celebration of Expressive Arts. Read more

ART ON THE WALLS

Bryan Memorial Gallery features Camel’s Hump, an oil by Brian Hewitt. The Vermont Abenaki Artists Association features painter and multimedia artist Francine Poitras Jones. Read more

ART YOU CREATE

River Arts hosts the in-person, May Sip n’ Slurry: Textured Button Planter with Chiara Keeling as the pottery twist on a Paint n’ Sip. Read more

AWARDS

Northwest Access TV earned a national Best of Overall Excellence as a Public, Educational, and Government Access Center award. Read more

FESTIVALS AND SHOWS

The Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi annual Memorial Day weekend Heritage Celebration has the Blackhawk Singers, dancers Dan Shears and Takara Hansell, and more. Read more

HUMANITIES

The Saint Albans Museum opens for the season with the Chwarelwyr (Quarrymen) exhibition by Carwyn Rhys Jones. Mitch Wertlieb hosts a Saint Albans Community Picnic. Historian Howard Coffin discusses Vermont Women and the Civil War. Actor David Mills portrays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Dare to Dream. Read more

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

The Milton Artists’ Guild has three workshops. Laurie Thompson leads Paint Pouring–Ring Pour Technique. Social Sunday continues with free weekly art classes for families. Tina Lesperance concludes the Workshop for those with Dementia and their Caregivers. Read more

COVID NEWS

COVID-19 is still here but the way it is reported is changing. Read more

ON STAGE LIVE

Karaoke and Open Mic, plus Rockin’ Ron Gagnon (twice), Sergio Torres, the John Lackard Blues Duo, the Lloyd Tyler Band, Jonny Mop, McMaple, Last Kid Picked, Slightly Used, Becky Tracy and Keith Murphy, the All Night Boogie Band, the Nerbak Brothers Band, Rehab Roadhouse, Al’s Pals, Dan & Sean Jarvis, Cooie and Adlai, the Blue Rock Boys, Eric Bushey, Cliff Crosby, Michael Bjella, Sabina Perkins, Bella and the Notables, Roger Giroux , George Murtie, Beg, Steal or Borrow, Mark Shelton, Justin Dennis, the Miller Trio Jeanne Miller, JD Miller, Will Miller, David Karl Roberts, and Ethan Sawyer all appear live at a venue near you. Read more

FRANKLIN COUNTY BOOKSHELF

Alice Martin, author of the Wolf Warrior series, will sign her books at the Eloquent Page. Read more

 

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Artbits-May 16, 2024

ART YOU CREATE

14th Star hosts a Paint Your Pet Portrait paint n sip with Linda Oakes Carvalho. The Swanton Arts Council Art Journaling Group meets in person at the Swanton Free Public Library . Youniquely Me hosts Make Your Own Star Wars Terrarium. Read more

ART ON THE WALLS

The Montgomery Center for The Arts hosts the semi-annual MES Student Spring Art Show in MCA-Kelton Hall. The Beneath Our Skin exhibit with stories of Black Vermonters who were fully, partially or not at all vaccinated against COVID-19 is on display. The Vermont Abenaki Artists Association features Nathan Johnson’s elaborately painted carved horse/bird dance sticks. The traveling exhibit Nebizun: Water Is Life is on view at Ethan Allen Homestead. Read more

HUMANITIES

UVM professor Adrian Ivakhiv introduces the field of Environmental Humanities with Critical Studies for Feverish Times. Read more

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

Bryan Memorial Gallery hosts the two-day Impressionist Portraits in Pastel or Oil workshop led by Karen Meneghin. The Milton Artists’ Guild offers Social Sunday, Aviano Bellydance Class, and the Workshop for those with Dementia and their Caregivers with Tina Lesperance. The Brick Store has classes in Letterpress Printing. Read more

COVID NEWS

COVID-19 cases fell again but statewide hospitalizations were unchanged. Another Vermonter died the virus as the pandemic total rose to 1,147 in Vermont. Read more

ON STAGE LIVE

It is Karaoke and Open Mic Night and Open Mic Coffee House night, plus Next Stop Comedy, Cooie Sings, Carol Ann Jones and Will Patton, The Duel with John Geno and Kevin Connelly, Banjo Dan and Willy, Danny Coane, and Sam Blagden as the VT Bluegrass Pioneers, Shane’s Apothecary, Justice 3, Pet Project, the Maple Grove Band, Blues Without Borders, Chris & Erica, Chris and Issy, the Stragglers, Bob Gagnon, Jeff Shelley, the Windham Philharmonic, and Laura Fedele-Rasco all perform live at a venue near you. Read more

ALMOST LIVE ON STAGE

Vaisey Royale premiered. The 24th annual Franklin County Quilt Show was ablaze with spring colors. Mark Shelton sang Gospel. Read more

FRANKLIN COUNTY BOOKSHELF

The SPL Book Club meets to discuss the Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brownand But I Progress meets to discuss the graphics novel Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe. Vermont has named Bianca Stone the next Poet Laureate. Read more

 

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Artbits-May 9, 2024

FESTIVALS!

The third annual Kingman Fest free outdoor block party and concert offers Jesse Agan and Morgan Myles perform hits from Bon Jovi, Journey, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Chris Stapleton, Aerosmith, Queen, Def Leppard, Heart, and more, all for a good cause. Island Arts presents the Grand Isle County Music Festival. Read more

ART ON THE WALLS

The Franklin County Art Show showcases Franklin County student artwork at Collins Perley. The Montgomery Center for the Arts hosts the semi-annual MES Student Spring Art Show. Cold Hollow Sculpture Park has selected Stephanie Cardon as the 2024 Artist-in-Residence. The Vermont Abenaki Artists Association features carver, basketmaker, and pyrographer John Hunt. Read more

CALLS FOR ARTISTS and THESPIANS

St. Albans Pride Corps seeks local LGBTQ+ talent for the June festival. The Opera House in Enosburg Falls is calling performers to audition for Annie. The Northern Vermont Artists’ Association annual June Show seeks member works. Online submissions are now open for Interpretive New England. Read more

HUMANITIES

The Vermont Humanities Council discusses Lois Lowry’s dystopian novel The Giver and Wallace Stegner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Angle of Repose. UVM professor Jay Garvey talks about the Ecology of Queer and Trans People in Education. Read more

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

Bryan Memorial Gallery hosts the two-day Flowers, Light, and Color in Painting workshop led by Michael Walek. The Brick Store offers classes in Letterpress Printing with Christa. Social Sunday continues at the Milton Artists’ Guild. Franklin County Photogs with Harry Goldhagen hosts a virtual Zoom group. Read more

COVID NEWS

COVID-19 cases and statewide hospitalizations fell again but most of the hospitalizations were in Franklin County. One more Vermonter died of the virus. Read more

ON STAGE LIVE

Karaoke and Open Mic Night plus Troy Millette and the Fire Below (twice), Stewart Foster, Jerborn, Sibling Reverie, Nighthawk, Josh Panda and Peter Day, Staircase 24, the Dirty Looks Band, Mark Daly’s Madaila, Cricket Blue, Jonny Wanzer, Alex Duval, Marlon Fisher, Alex St. Louis, Comedy Wolf’s Max Higgins, the Smokey Newfield Project, Beg, Steal or Borrow, Double Shot, the Duo with Maggie, Bare Bones, the Duncan McLeod Band, the Heavy Nettles, Phil Graziano, Jesse Agan all appear live at a venue near you. Read more

ALMOST LIVE ON STAGE

Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band, the 24th annual Franklin County Quilt Show, and Mark Shelton are almost live in Franklin County. Read more

FRANKLIN COUNTY BOOKSHELF

With the theme of No Rules. Just Read, this week is Children’s Book Week. Read more

 

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Artbits-May 2, 2024

ART ON THE WALLS

The Artist In Residence Gallery features Courtney Adams, Rebecca Nase Chomyn, Toby Fulwiler, and Holly Spier with a live reception at the gallery. Bryan Memorial Gallery has two new metal sculptures by Gerald Stoner from his Solstice Series. The Milton Artists Guild celebrates its 7th year in the Gallery space in Milton Square. The Vermont Abenaki Artists Association showcases Shirly Hook. Read more

ART FOR SALE

Vendors in Taylor Park is a Summer Pop-Up prequel to the upcoming Farmer’s Market. Read more

ART YOU CREATE

Barb Switzer leads a Paper Sculpture Workshop. Spoil mom with for Mother’s Day with a Pebble Art Workshop at Snow Farm. Read more

CALL FOR ARTISTS

The St. Albans Community Arts Creative Connections continues at St. Albans City Hall. The Speculative Literature Foundation opened the $1,000 Older Writers Grant. Read more

HUMANITIES

The Vermont Abenaki Artists Association’s Bridging Perspectives speaker series continues with Dr. Fred Wisemen discussing Hunting and Fishing: A Case Study in Cultural Continuity on Zoom. Read more

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

Bryan Memorial Gallery hosts the two-day A Fresh Vision in Watercolors workshop led by Gary Eckhart. The Milton Artists’ Guild has three workshops. Laurie Thompson leads Paint Pouring–Dutch Pour Technique. Social Sunday continues. Tina Lesperance continues the six-week Workshop for those with Dementia and their Caregivers. The May Open Studio Figure Drawing at River Arts offers a partial nude session. Read more

COVID NEWS

COVID-19 is still here. For the first time, none of the statewide hospitalizations were in Franklin County. One more Vermonter died. Read more

ON STAGE LIVE

Karaoke Night, 90 Proof twice, the Nobby Reed Project, the Dave Keller Band, Lawless, Autumn Chamberlain, the Lloyd Tyler Band, Unruly Allies, Acoustic Mayhem (Arthur James and Bee Wild), Sister Speak, and Giovanina Bucci all perform live at a venue near you. Read more

ALMOST LIVE ON STAGE

Sister Speak’s song Will It Ever, the 24th annual Franklin County Quilt Show, the Maple Festival Parade, and Mark Shelton sang gospel, all almost live for you. Read more

 

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Artbits-April 25, 2024

“TOTALLY ECLIPSED BY VERMONT MAPLE”

The 57th edition of the Vermont Maple Festival brings a bucketful of events for the first (and sweetest) outdoor festival of the year. The Festival is full of maple goodies and free entertainment for all ages. Read more

ART ON THE WALLS

The Vermont Abenaki Artists Association features Amy Hook-Therrien. Bryan Memorial Gallery featured Susan Bull Riley’s Milkweed & Monarchs for Earth Week. Read more

ART YOU CREATE

The Milton Artists’ Guild hosts a Paint and Sip–April Showers Brings… led by Sylvia Oblak. The Swanton Free Public Library offers a Paper Sculpture Workshop with Barb. River Arts hosts the in-person, April Sip n’ Slurry: Face The Vase with Natalie Carr. Awaken Yoga & Creative Arts Studio and Kreations by Katherine offer a Good Night Gnome Paint and Sip. Read more

HUMANITIES

Music-COMP Executive Director Stefanie Weigand talks about My Day in the Hills: The Story, Songs, and Soul of The Sound of Music. Read more

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

The Milton Artists’ Guild invites families to Social Sunday and the six-week Workshop for those with Dementia and their Caregivers continues. Bryan Memorial Gallery hosts a Spring Watercolor Fling workshop led by Annelein Beukenkamp. Read more

COVID NEWS

Statewide hospitalizations for COVID-19 edged back up. 40% of those ten hospitalizations were in Franklin County. Read more

ON STAGE LIVE

The Vermont Maple Festival and the Spring Fling Music Showcase, plus Cooper, Bob Recupero, Matty & Me, the Hitsquad, Jerborn and Axe, Before this Time, Nick DiDonna, April Cushman, the RedNeck Castaway Band, the Youth Talent Show, the Electric Youth Dance Company, Jimmy Branca and the Arrangements While You Wait Quartet, East Coast Soul, the Fiddler’s Variety Show, Chris and Issy, Mark Shelton, the Smokey Newfield Project, Canyon Dreams, Ryan Hanson, Tim Fitzgerald, Chris & Erica, McMaple, 90 Proof, Bad Horsey, the Maple Grove Band, Ryan Hanson, Wheatus with Troy Millette all appear live at a venue near you. Read more

SUMMER MUSIC STARTS

The Meeting House on the Green Summer Concert Season began with Michael Hurley in two sold out shows. We have Mark Sustic’s report. Read more

 

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Artbits-April 18, 2024

AWARDS

The Seven Daysies “shine a light on what’s great about our state.” “Daysie” voting started this week in culture, recreation, services, shopping, food, and drink. Read more

ART ON THE WALLS

The Vermont Abenaki Artists Association features woodworker Lance Hodgdon’s flutes. The Artist In Residence Gallery welcomes new members Tess Follensbee and Susannah Sakal. Bryan Memorial Gallery featured Susan Bull Riley’s painting Singing to Vermont. Read more

ART YOU CREATE

Youniquely Me Classes creates Crystal Sun Catchers as a Wire Craft-n-Sip at 14th Star. Read more

CALL FOR ARTISTS

The Maple Sugaring Amateur Photography Contest is open to all amateur Vermont photographers only. The NVAA June Show seeks member works for the annual exhibit. Read more

HELP WANTED

Cold Hollow Sculpture Park needs volunteers for the 2024 season to support programming and visitor services. Read more

HUMANITIES

Library technologist and author Jessamyn West talks about Every Problem Is Now a Technology Problem in a hybrid event. Read more

OPERA

The Metropolitan Opera presents Puccini’s love story, La Rondine, Live in HD with Angel Blue and tenor Jonathan Tetelma. Read more

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

The Milton Artists’ Guild offers Social Sunday, Tina Lesperance with a six-week Workshop for those with Dementia and their Caregivers, and Corrina Thurston with the Powerful Vulnerability in Writing. The Swanton Free Public Library hosts a Barn Quilt Class with Marie Speer. The Brick Store offers classes in Letterpress Printing with Christa. Read more

COVID NEWS

COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped to the lowest since last summer but 75% of those hospitalizations were in Franklin County. Read more

ON STAGE LIVE

This week offers a Music Festival for the Josh Pallotta Fund and Karaoke and Open Mic Night plus Cooie Sings, Jesse Agan, Uncle Jimmy, Sticks & Stones, Dan Parks, Justice 3, the Shane Murley Band, PET House, the Phillip Hyjek Trio, Rockin’ Ron Gagnon, Roger Giroux, Troy Millette & the Fire Below, Jerborn, Isaac Mathews, and Bad Horsey, the Pleasant Street Boys, Dobbs’ Dead, Jess Leone and Lara Cwass, PHISH all appear at a venue near you. Read more

ALMOST LIVE ON STAGE

Virtual music and events continue with the Richford Hometown Follies, Jimmy T & the Cobras and Mark Shelton. Read more

PASSAGES

Melinda Claire Arceneaux-Swearingen, 76, passed away peacefully at her home in Montgomery Center. A service will be held at Pratt Hall. Read more

FRANKLIN COUNTY BOOKSHELF

The Eloquent Page hosts a talk and book signing with Avree Kelly Clark for her debut novel, Malice Aforethought. The Vermont Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association presents the 30th Spring Book, Card & Ephemera Fair. Read more

 

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