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ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper


VOLUME 26 * * All Arts News On the Web * * January 27, 2022

STUFF YOU SHOULDN'T MISS

      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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ART ON THE WALLS

MONTGOMERY--The Montgomery Center for the Arts has released its Mid Winter Greetings from the MCA with a run down of 2021 events and happenings and a look ahead at 2022, all on Facebook.


JEFFERSONVILLE--Bryan Memorial Gallery is publishing Techniques and Mediums on Facebook. Each brief segment looks at specific techniques or mediums. They cover Encaustic Painting this week.
      The gallery itself is closed for winter break but appointments are available. Call the gallery (802.644.5100) or click here to schedule or for more info.


SWANTON--The first Swanton Arts Council Artist Nook of the year features Van Joe at the Swanton Free Public Library. His works will be on exhibit and available for sale through Mid-March.
      Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, the artist enjoyed drawing as a child and had hoped one day to become a Disney cartoonist. His work has sold via farmers markets, artist pop ups in-the-park, online networking, and word of mouth. Find the rest of the story on Facebook.


MORRISVILLE--River Arts has opened two new, in-person exhibits.
      Woman and Girls, works by Kathy Black, is in Copley Studio Gallery. Ms. Black's latest body of work is "inspired by two related threads: the experience of changing perspectives and exploring the connections that run between women at different points of life."
      Listening Outside the Lines in the Folley Hall Gallery is an Oral History Project part of the Lamoille Art & Justice Project. The multimedia group exhibit explores "what it means to be a Person of the Global Majority in Vermont." It feature oral histories from PGM in Lamoille County with visual art and poetry from artists Sarah Audsley, Alexa Herrera Condry, Harlan Mack, Crystal Stokes, Isadora Snapp, and Madeleine Ziminsky.
      Both exhibits will be open through April 9. The gallery is open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


PANDEMIC NEWS

      Our galleries, museums, and presenters were among the first to shut down and our artists were the first to lose jobs at the beginning of the pandemic. They will also be among the last to recover yet they are vital to the long term success of Franklin County communities.
      A new report tells the stories and data collected under the now-completed Vermont Covid-19 Cultural Recovery Grant Program. The program has helped fund arts and humanities organizations during the pandemic.
      Federal aid has arrived in wheelbarrows and the state has record tax surpluses, Gov. Phil Scott reported as he outlined his $7.7 billion budget proposal in his annual budget address last week "to make the most of this historic moment."
      Vermont reported 11,683 new COVID-19 cases last week which means the infection rate is 50% higher than in Florida. Franklin County reported 1,119 cases in the 14 days ending Friday.
      Vermont now relies heavily on self reporting but the test distribution program, sayyescovidhometest.org, was still sold out at press time. Meanwhile, every home in the U.S. is eligible to order four free at-home COVID-19 tests from COVIDtests.gov. Most major chains including Rite-Aid, Walgreens, CVS, and Walmart should have free N95 masks for distribution beginning tomorrow.
      Here's my own advice for dealing with COVID-19. Whether you have contracted and recovered from this coronavirus or haven't yet received a booster or both, immunity has waned for many of us. That lowered resistance leads to infections and increased transmission of the virus. Get the COVID and Flu shot(s), get the booster, and take precautions. Statewide, about 280,600 Vermonters or 62% of the eligible population has completed vaccination and gotten a booster. In Franklin County, about 58% of the people have the complete vaccine and the additional dose which means county residents remain in the bottom half of the population vaccinated and boosted.
      No vaccine is 100% foolproof. Wash your hands. Wear an N95 mask where you can't control the airflow around you until we reach the same herd immunity we have for smallpox and once had but lost for measles. Bonus: it will also help protect you from pollen, summer colds, and the winter flu.
      Vaccination clinics for booster shots and for the first or second dose of vaccine are open across Vermont for anyone age 12 or older. Call 855.722.7878 or Click here to make an appointment or for more info. You can also walk-in at Costco, CVS, Hannaford, Price Chopper/Market 32, Rite Aid, Shaw's, Walgreens, or Walmart, or get an appointment with CVS, Kinney Drugs, Walgreens, or UVMMC Outpatient Pharmacies.


ART FOR SALE

ONLINE--The Hidden Side of the Art Market is a three-part podcast series from Freakonomics Radio.
      Is art really meant to be an "asset class"? Will the digital revolution democratize a market that the prior episodes showed continues getting more elitist? And what will happen to the last painting Alice Neel ever made? Click here for Part 3 of the podcast, The Art Market Is in Massive Disruption.


CALL FOR ART (SUPPLIES)

SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council is gathering supplies for the upcoming Valentine's Day Card Kit program. If your supplies closet still has the material you bought in 2018 for the project you started in 2019, shelved in 2020, and missed in 2021, perhaps now is the time to put it to good use. The SAC will assemble kits t create cards for personal use and to donate to our local healthcare workers.
      Call Barbara Finch (802.281.0462), email, or find them on Facebook for more info.


WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

MILTON--The Milton Artists' Guild host two workshops this week as part of their ongoing series of online seminars.
      Dr. Steve Taubman introduces simple and effective strategies to prosper in the Zoom workshop, Turning On Your Creativity Faucet, this evening at 6 - 7:30 p.m. The cost is $40 for members or $45 for non-members. Click here to reserve a space.
      Bernhard Wunder begins the 8-week virtual class, Adobe Lightroom Classic for Photographers on Tuesday at 6 - 8 p.m. Classes continue each Tuesday evening through March 22. The cost is $150 for members or $155 for non-members. Click here to reserve a space.


IN THE SAC

SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council Microbusiness Group is on hold for now. Find the SAC on Facebook for more info.


ON STAGE LIVE

      Here's my own advice for dealing with COVID-19. Whether you have contracted and recovered from this coronavirus or haven't yet received a booster or both, immunity has waned for many of us. That lowered resistance leads to infections and increased transmission of the virus. Get the COVID and Flu shot(s), get the booster, and take precautions. No vaccine is 100% foolproof. Wash your hands. Wear an N95 mask where you can't control the airflow around you until we reach the same herd immunity we have for smallpox and once had but lost for measles. Bonus: it will also help protect you from pollen, summer colds, and the winter flu.


Friday, January 28
ST. ALBANS--14th Star presents the Lloyd Tyler Band for a night of live music in The Room on Friday at 6 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.


SHELDON--The Abbey Live Music Series continues the Winter Season with Phil Graziano in the Pub on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more info.


ST. ALBANS--Jerborn & Boxbanger shake the walls at Twiggs on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Call 802.524.1405, find them on Facebook, or click here for more info.


Friday-Saturday, January 28-30
ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap has two shows Friday night with a double header from John Geno and Kevin Connelly as The Duel plays at 5 p.m., and then the full IncaHOOTs takes the stage for late night music starting at 9 p.m. Two more shows live on Saturday night with Mitch & Devon at 5 p.m., and Phantom Airwaves starting at 9 p.m. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info. And to confirm. Click here to reserve a table.


ST. ALBANS--The Depot has events on Friday and Saturday nights.
      The Depot and comedian E.j. Murphy present a Stand-Up Comedy Open Mic Night on Friday at 8 p.m. Admission is free. A cash bar and food for purchase will be available. Find them on Facebook for more info.
      NightHawk returns to the stage on Saturday at 9 p.m. in an event rescheduled from December. There will be a $5 cover charge. The cash bar and food for purchase will be available. Find them on Facebook for more info.


ALMOST LIVE ON STAGE

      Virtual music and events continue this week.


      Summer Sounds favorite John Bartus' Perpetual Island Tour played Social Distancing Concert #83A from the studio on Facebook on Friday evening. Find him on Facebook for the next watch party.


      This Les Blank film is a portrait of Marc and Ann Savoy, Cajun musicians from Eunice, LA, on YouTube.


      Summer Sounds favorite Mark Shelton and his friend Tony dropped in for a quick visit and construction update last week. He sang Gospel Music on Facebook on Sunday. Follow him on Facebook for a link to this week's offerings.


      Jamie Lee Thurston wrote Heaven Got A Hellraiser to celebrate the life of his dad, Vermont's Grandfather of Rock & Roll and Summer Sounds favorite Jimmy T Thurston on YouTube.


HUMANITIES

ONLINE--Vermont Humanities Council presents African American Experience: The Harlem Renaissance from the Cabot Library this afternoon at 2 p.m. plus a number of digital First Wednesdays programs including Boneyarn: New York Slavery Poems, Walt Whitman, Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On," Rethinking the Classics, and more, all on the VHC digital channels on Wednesday starting at 7 p.m.


ON THE BOOKSHELF

      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 AllArtsCouncil.org/books. 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

Music!

Links to the Summer Music series in Franklin County
Summer Sounds
Summer Music at Grace
Downtown Summer Concert Series
Music at the Meeting House
Citizens Concert Band
 
Enosburg Town Band


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