Artbits-December 8, 2016

THE MESSIAH IS BACK

The BFA Music Department presents Handel’s Messiah for two performances in the BFA Performing Arts Center. This concert will consist of seven choruses, fifteen vocal solos, and two symphonic overtures including all of Part One [the Christmas portion] and the Hallelujah Chorus featuring the 100-member chorus of BFA students, alumni, and community members and a professional baroque orchestra and soloists. Read more

CHRISTMAS GIFTS and EVENTS

Artist and photographer Natalie LaRocque offers Flowers with Sunshine. The Cop Outs, Mingo Maquera, and Ben Patton have albums. Read more

ART ON THE WALLS

The Gallery at River Arts presents Artist Talk: Mirror Images, a conversation with Mickey Myers and Kelly Holt. Read more

IN THE SAC

The Swanton Arts Council hosts an open meeting of the Swanton Writer’s Group. The December writing challenge is a short personal essay. Read more

ON STAGE LIVE

Twiggs has the Open Mic and TNT Comedy Showcase. Next up, Twiggs presents Gypsy Wind and Tiny Montgomery on different nights. The St. Albans Co-Op Holiday Tractor Parade tours downtown. The St. Albans Museum presents the third annual Carol Ann Jones Holiday Concert and Sing Along and CD Release Party. Higher Ground offers the Spectacular Spectacular. Meeting House on the Green hosts Song & Celebration with Christmas caroling and more. Moog’s brings out its sixth annual Jingle Jam. Read more

YEAR END TAX DEDUCTION FOR A GOOD CAUSE

The Meeting House has eight large windows in need or replacement. They seek donations to cover the matching funds for that part of the renovation. Read more

 

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Artbits-December 1, 2016

CHRISTMAS GIFTS and EVENTS

Vermont artist Corliss Blakely has a new paintings. Carol Ann Jones and Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate have new CDs. Read more

ART ON THE WALLS

The Artist In Residence Gallery features artist Corliss Blakely, photographer Wayne Tarr, multi-media artist Pam Voss, and photographer JoAnne Wazny with a free meet-the-artists reception. Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church hosts the annual Craft Show and Luncheon. Read more

IN THE ARTS COUNCILS

River Arts has a host of activities during the Festival of Lights celebration. Read more

FESTIVAL OF THE TREES

The eighth annual Festival of Trees hosts community events throughout the week. Proceeds will benefit the St. Albans Community Arts. Read more

ON STAGE LIVE

On Tap offers Blues Night with the Nobby Reed Project. Twiggs presents AmerikanaBlue and the Growlers on different nights. Snow Farm Vineyard features Carol Ann Jones. 14th Star Brewing presents IncaHOOTS. The Franklin County Dementia Care Coalition presents Jamie Lee Thurston Acoustic Show with special guests Carol Ann Jones and Will Patton. The Vermont Choral Union Concert, Heavenly Light, is a program of holiday music. The Enosburg Community Chorus and the Enosburg Town Band present the annual Christmas Concert. Read more

 

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Artbits-November 24, 2016

GIVING THANKS

The arts have touched all of our lives all year, with benefits and friendship and glorious exhibits and performances grand and small. I asked some of our friends what they are thankful for. Read more

CHRISTMAS GIFTS and EVENTS

Saturday is Small Business Saturday in a town near you. Carol Ann Jones’ new CD Christmas in Vermont is here. The 2016 Handmade Holiday Fair features Christmas arts & craft. Christmas is coming to Swanton with Christmas in the Park. Read more

FESTIVAL OF THE TREES

The Festival of Trees hosts a variety of community events throughout the week. Proceeds from this year’s annual auction, and other Festival of Trees events, will benefit the St. Albans Community Arts. Read more

ON STAGE LIVE

Twiggs presents the Ellen Powell Trio and the Bob Boyd Trio on different nights. Higher Ground has Quadra plus the Phil Abair Band and Mr. French. The Welden Theater hosts a free Holiday Movie. Read more

 

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Artbits-November 17, 2016

HIATUS

I’m still “off the grid” for my road trip until the end of this week. ArtBits continues. Read more

ART AROUND THE COUNTY

Where do you find art?

We take a look back at exhibits that took place 18 years ago for a nostalgic look at public art in Franklin County. Read more

CALL FOR SHORT PLAYS

The Opera House seeks new 10 minute scripts from high school students in Franklin County. Each script should be 10 minutes long (about 10-12 pages). Read more

IN THE ARTS COUNCILS

River Arts hosts a Figure Drawing Marathon. Bring charcoal, graphite, conte crayons, paints and/or clay for two days of drawing with a diversity of models. Read more

ON STAGE LIVE

Carol Ann Jones plays a solo gig at the Blue Paddle. On Tap offers Jenni Johnson. The Twiggs Open Mic and TNT Comedy Showcase continues as well as The Duel and Issac French. Higher Ground presents cellist and composer Zoe Keating. Karib justifies a Thanksgiving Massacre. Read more

FRANKLIN COUNTY BOOKSHELF

Stephen Payne will read from his first collection of Vermont short stories at the Eloquent Page. The Milton Public Library hosts the next in the Vermont Reads Movie Series: Chasing Shackleton Part II. Read more

 

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Artbits-November 10, 2016

HIATUS

I’ll be “off the grid” for my road trip for the next couple of weeks. ArtBits will continue. Read more

GRANDFATHER OF ROCK AND ROLL

Imagine going on stage at age eight, then staying on for 50 68 years. This story is a “Look Back.” Read more

ART ON THE WALLS

The Opera House hosts the Annual Holiday Craft Show at the House with lunch sold to benefit the Enosburg Food Shelf. Read more

ON STAGE LIVE

BFA Drama presents The Wizard of Oz. Twiggs has the Fender Benders and a special appearance by Vermont Chamber Jazz on different nights. Backstage November Madness overflows with Justice. The Lake Champlain Festival offers Arnold Steinhardt and the Parker String Quartet. Read more

ART SITES OF THE WEEK

We have arts councils and galleries, important area calendars, popular local performers and venues, libraries and books, and more. Read more

 

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Artbits-November 3, 2016

HIATUS

I’ll be “off the grid” for my road trip for the next few weeks. ArtBits will continue with extras! Read more

NOT SO GRUMPY CONCERTS

The All Arts Council Concert for Grumpy Grownups series brought the Vermont Youth Orchestra Winter Concert back to the MVU stage for the world premiere of A Momentary Opening by Brookfield, Vermont, composer Erik Nielsen. Read more

ART ON THE WALLS

The Artist In Residence Gallery features Donna Blatchly, Pam Fiaschetti, Michael Imrie, and Claire Payne this month. The Milton Artists Guild Holiday Artfest takes over the Milton Grange. River Arts holds Viva Las Artes! 2016. Read more

IN THE SAC

The Swanton Arts Council Writer’s Group meets. There will also be a SAC Program Meeting and Update and a board meeting. Read more

ON STAGE LIVE

On Tap offers the Nobby Reed Project. Young Tradition Vermont presents Pierre Chartrand, Alexis Chartrand and Nicolas Babineau. Carol Ann Jones and her Trio will headline the Vermont Farm Bureau Annual Meeting. The Palmer Street Coffeehouse presents Roy Hurd. Twiggs has Giovanina Bucci and Arthur James on different nights. The Music Box presents the Will Patton Quartet. The United Way campaign luncheon will feature Carol Ann Jones and Will Patton. Read more

FRANKLIN COUNTY BOOKSHELF

ArtBits features weekly links to library events. Read more

ART SITE OF THE WEEK

Nanowrimo (the National Novel Writing Month) takes place throughout the month of November. Read more

 

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