Artbits-January 13, 2022

ARTISTS WANTED

Swanton Arts Council will PAY artists, crafters, musicians, performers, and more to host a free event. Did I mention the cash money? Read more

PANDEMIC NEWS

The Vermont Department of Health had an overwhelming response to the Say Yes! COVID Test offering. There are no more test kits available today.We have to learn to manage life with this virus. Vermont reported 7,245 new COVID-19 cases last week. Franklin County reported 900 cases in 14 days. Read more

ART YOU CREATE

The Swanton Arts Council hosts a Painting Social with instructor Janet Dimick Soavi at the Swanton Public Library. Read more

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

River Arts has three in-person events beginning this week: the Sip n’ Slurry: Butter Dishes, Winter Create with Clay, and Inspired by Nature: Intro to Drawing. The Milton Artists’ Guild hosts Adult Ukelele with Clare Innes. Read more

HUMANITIES

The Vermont Humanities Council presents Howard Coffin with Vermont, 1800 and Froze to Death: The Cold Year of 1816, live at the Worthen Library. Read more

ON STAGE LIVE

The Blue Rock Boys, Laura Rasco, She Was Right, the Duncan MacLeod Trio, Eleven, Phil Graziano, Tom Caswell with Ben Weber, Beg, Steal or Borrow, Carol Ann Jones with Jon Sochin all perform live on a stage near you. Read more

ALMOST LIVE ON STAGE

8084, John Bartus, and Mark Shelton stream almost live. Read more

FRANKLIN COUNTY BOOKSHELF

Donna Howard of the Eloquent Page was chosen for a James Patterson Holiday Bonus this year. Read more

LOOKING FORWARD

What a long, strange [year] it’s been. As we look forward we can hope to return to 300 concerts, exhibits, recitals, and shows from more than 40 organizations. This week we look at the Four Franklin County Festivals and our Town Bands plus Other Major Presenter plans. Read more

 

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Artbits-January 6, 2022

ART ON THE WALLS

The Artist In Residence Gallery features Toby Fulwiler, Natalie LaRocque, and Sarah Rosedahl. A.I.R. will continue celebrating the monthly Featured Artists online and on Facebook. Read more

PANDEMIC NEWS

Vermont distributed 87,000 more tests–two for every student in the state–at the 51 Agency of Transportation centers across the state last Thursday and Friday. Tests conducted by families will be the state’s key strategy to keep COVID out of schools. Read more

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

River Arts hosts Create Your Life in Watercolor and Drawing: Creative Visions Intentions and Practices with licensed psychotherapist Megan Bisbee plus an Open Studio Figure Drawing Session and Tuesday Intro to Wheel with Barbara Flathers. Read more

IN THE SAC

The Swanton Arts Council Art Journaling Group meets to share ideas and to take time to create. Read more

ON STAGE LIVE

Eleven, Shane’s Apothecary, Soulshine Revival, the Rough Suspects, Mark Shelton live for Elvis Presley’s Birthday, and the monthly Blues Jam hosted by Nobby Reed all perform live on a stage near you. Read more

ALMOST LIVE ON STAGE

Jeff Anderson, John Bartus, Will Patton, Will Galison, and Mark Shelton all streamed almost live from somewhere in the world. Read more

FRANKLIN COUNTY BOOKSHELF

The Weekly Writer’s Club gathers. Alma Alexander’s memoir Forever Is Shorter Than It Used To Be and Jacey Bedford’s new epic fantasy, The Amber Crown, will be available soon. Read more

LOOKING FORWARD

We all know how hard it is to plan these days but I had hopes that there would be a socially distanced modern dance recital involving catamounts. Maybe not that. (Catamounts are endangered and dangerous. Social distancing is strongly recommended. Don’t try this at home!) This week, we have info about upcoming Arts Council and Opera House events. Read more

 

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Artbits-December 30, 2021

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR

We all expected ’21 to be better than ’20. Read more

GOING OUT WITH A BANG, THANK GOODNESS

The City of Saint Albans is going out with a bang on the last night of 2021 with Fireworks in Taylor Park on Friday evening. Read more

PANDEMIC NEWS

10,000 rapid LAMP tests and 60,000 at-home rapid antigen test kits have been distributed through community organizations and the sixteen Vermont testing sites. Vermont’s pandemic-strained hospitals and schools are braced for another surge driven by holiday gatherings. Read more

ART ON THE WALLS

Bryan Memorial Gallery concludes Let’s Find Out with artist Barbara Lussier. Read more

IN THE ARTS COUNCILS

First meeting of the new year: the Swanton Arts Council will hold a Board Meeting and Updates in person. Read more

ON STAGE LIVE

The Shane Murley Duet, Eleven, Cozy O’Donnell, Sticks and Stones, and the Fabulous Wrecks perform live on a stage near you. Highlight has hundreds of Vermont performers. Read more

ALMOST LIVE ON STAGE

John Bartus, Wesley Kempton, Uncle John’s Band, Rusty Bucket, the Stragglers, Troy Millette, Andre Villeneuve, and Mark Shelton all stream almost live this week. Read more

HUMANITIES

The Vermont Humanities Council offers several First Wednesdays programs including Natalie Neuert, artist Carol Berry, and scholar Barry Deitz on the Vermont Humanities Digital Channels. Read more

FRANKLIN COUNTY BOOKSHELF

The Eloquent Page hosts a special Last Night Story Hour with the Traveling Storyteller, Ernie Hemingway. Read more

LOOKING BACK AT THE YEAR

The year that was. The coronavirus was the biggest news in the state and in this column. 2020 changed the face of arts and entertainment and 2021 embedded many of the changes. There was good news. We Zoomed. We spaced. We masked. We continued with many of the regular online concerts. Artistic workshops picked up with a mix of live and virtual events. Hundreds of live exhibits and performances returned to our venues. We look at the Arts Councils, check in on the Franklin County Festivals and Libraries, then wrap up with the Other Major Presenters. Read more

 

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Artbits-December 23, 2021

SEASONS GREETINGS

Merry Christmas, everyone! Read more

PANDEMIC NEWS

Schools in the Maple Run Unified School District (Fairfield and St. Albans City and Town) closed briefly to deal with COVID-19 but with Christmas and New Year’s Day around the corner, Vermont health officials do not expect the virus to recede for at least several more weeks. Read more

ART ON THE WALLS

Bryan Memorial Gallery continues Let’s Find Out with artist Mark Boedges. Read more

ART FOR SALE

The Artist In Residence Gallery, Grand Isle Art Works, Island Craft Shop, and Milton Artists’ Guild are open today and Christmas Eve for last minute gifts. The Hidden Side of the Art Market begins three-part series. Read more

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

The Abenaki Arts & Education Group held Zoom Art Training for Beginners. Read more

ON STAGE LIVE

The Blue Paddle Bistro hosts singer-songwriter Carol Ann Jones. Read more

ALMOST LIVE ON STAGE

John Bartus (with His Own Damn Christmas Song), Greg Lake and Ian Anderson, singers at McNeill’s Brewery, and Mark Shelton stream almost live. Read more

HISTORY

The Saint Albans Museum is hanging by a thread. The living story of the area needs your help. Read more

FRANKLIN COUNTY BOOKSHELF

Bill Mares and Don Hooper’s book, I Could Hardly Keep from Laughing, makes the perfect, last minute stocking stuffer. Read more

 

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Artbits-December 16, 2021

ART YOU CAN BUY–THE PERFECT GIFT FOR THE HOLIDAYS OR AS A PRESENT FOR YOURSELF

Corliss Blakely offers the frozen moments of wintry grandeur in original watercolors. Support local artists (and avoid the shipping delays) with Artist In Residence, Grand Isle Art Works, and Island Craft Shop this year. Read more

RESTART NEWS

Vermont’s COVID surge continues; the state broke its record for new COVID infections the last three weeks in a row. Read more

ART ON THE WALLS

The Studio Place Arts annual holiday Members’ Show Celebrate! is on display on all three floors. Bryan Memorial Gallery continues Let’s Find Out with artist Daryl Storrs. The new Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum exhibit, The Art of the Graphic, is now open. Read more

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

The Milton Artists’ Guild will host Grant Writing 101 with instructor Corrina Thurston as part of their ongoing series of Art is a Business seminars. Read more

ON STAGE LIVE

Home for the Holidays offers Troy Millette & the Fire Below, Owl Stars, the Blue Rock Boys, Chris & Erica, and Conant. The Ballet School of Vermont and Northern Vermont Ballet stage Nutcracker Suite Performance of Clara’s Dream. She Was Right, the Rough Suspects, Uncle Jimmy, Supernatural Rocks, Nighthawk, Carol Ann Jones and Will Patton, and Jason Corbiere all play live on a stage near you. Read more

ALMOST LIVE ON STAGE

John Bartus, the Christopher Dean Band, the puppet team at Fairfax Church of Christ performed the Bethlehemian Rhapsody, Uncle John’s Band, Rusty Bucket, the Stragglers, Troy Millette, Andre Villeneuve, Mark Shelton, and Moira Dela Torre all stream almost live. Read more

FRANKLIN COUNTY BOOKSHELF

Josh Ellerbrock’s Weekly Writer’s Club gathers every Wednesday evening. Read more

 

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Artbits-December 9, 2021

ART ON THE WALLS

BFA Arts Night takes over Bellows Free Academy with exhibits, workshops, and music around the campus. Read more

RESTART NEWS

Last week, Vermont set a new record for COVID hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic. That rise was set before the omicron variant made the news; the delta variant is still driving cases and hospitalizations. Read more

ART FOR SALE

Want to add to your Santa collection? Sally Tarr’s creations are part of the Winter-themed exhibit at the Artist In Residence Gallery. Read more

ART YOU CREATE

The Abbey has Christmas fun with a Sign n’ Sip to Make Your Own DIY Wooden Holiday Signs. Read more

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

Cathy LaClair has two workshops at the Milton Artists’ Guild this week: Snowman Crystal Earrings and Half Moon Sterling Silver Earrings. Read more

ON STAGE LIVE

BFA Arts Night, Merritt David Janes, Cooper Grodin, Elysia Jordan, Steve Czarnecki, Liz Shivener, Matt Cusack, Andy Peterson, Ryan Hanson, Eleven, Shane’s Apothecary, the Devon McGarry Band, Maple & Hanson, the Trevor Contois Band with Keeghan Nolan, the Carol Ann Jones Holiday Concert with Will Patton and Gary Spaulding, a Holiday Song and Celebration, StorySLAM: Wisdom all take a stage near you. Read more

ALMOST LIVE ON STAGE

John Bartus, Notre Dame Chorale Messiah, Mark Shelton and more stream almost live. Read more

FRANKLIN COUNTY BOOKSHELF

The Eloquent Page hosts a special Holiday Story Hour with the Traveling Storyteller. Josh Ellerbrock has started a Weekly Writer’s Club. Read more

 

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