What new skills do you want to learn this fall…?

Ceramics? Painting? Jewelry? Poetry? Other? Take a moment and share your thoughts HERE, and stay tuned to sign up!
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Join us for Deobrat Mishra, this Sunday afternoon

Deobrat Mishra, celebrated Indian Sitar player, will be playing a concert with Prashant Mishra on Tabla this Sunday, 3-5pm. Don't miss this exotic musical treat! Proceeds will benefit the Benares Academy of Indian Classical Music and the DAYA foundation prison yoga programs.
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Thoughts from our board…

The Transformative Power of the Arts

I joined the board at River Arts a year ago because I believe that art is the catalyst of positive change in communities, large and small. As an actor I have witnessed, first hand, the transformative power that art can hold. I have performed as a blue man in the show Blue Man Group roughly 4,000 times over 12 years. The character is one that observes the audience and tries to understand how to make this group of strangers a micro-community, if only for an hour and a half. Because of this observational task I was allowed the privilege to witness audience members’ faces soften throughout the show and change from apprehension to pure joy. I am also a cartoonist and have had a couple cartoons published in the New Yorker. Humor in art is transformative because it gives us new perspectives and tools to comprehend difficult and complex subjects (much like the tumultuous political climate we are in right now).

Two years ago I moved to Johnson with my family to teach theater at Johnson State College and I see the transformative power of the performing and visual arts everyday with my students there. Whether it’s uncovering another layer of nuance in Shakespeare’s words or a new approach to a character written by a classmate, I get the inspiring vantage point of seeing these students discover new parts of themselves through art.

Since we moved to the area I was on the lookout for arts organizations that celebrated all ages, all disciplines, and all abilities. Of course, I quickly (and thankfully) found River Arts. In thinking of the transformative power of art I am brought back to the most recent event I attended at River Arts this past Friday called ART 100. The four walls in the upstairs hall were covered top to bottom with original works donated from local artists. There were over two hundred people in attendance with each pair of us waiting for our number to be called. Depending on when your number was up you were able to claim your first, or secondary choices and go home with the piece at the end of the event. The energy in the room was palpable. Strangers and old friends circled the room pointing out which works were their top picks and why. We were able to meet many of the artists and talk to them about their work and their lives. There were representational paintings, photographs of Vermont landscapes, abstract pieces, and even a basket of felted animals. Burgeoning artists, craftspeople, and highly successful career artists all shared space in this hall. What I loved about this event was the fun of being able to pick a piece to take home enlivened and heightened the analysis and discussion of all of the work. Not everyone knows what to say about art when they walk into a museum but everyone has an opinion about what they like and why. This gave a wonderful grounding to the conversations that night even though we were talking about imagery and allusions that are sometimes hard to grasp and articulate. Another thing I loved was I was able to get my first pick: John Sargent’s cropped painting of clouds entitled, “Smoke Screen.” I see the painting as a nice analogy to the power of art as a whole: the image is so cropped that if you are standing close to it you might think that it is an abstract painting but when you stand far enough away it looks like a square porthole cut out of our house, looking to a sky that we might be floating in. This small painting has done the impossible; it has pushed my house up into the stratosphere where dirigibles and rocket ships reside.

-Isaac Eddy

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It’s time to sign up for Summer Camp!

We have some amazing NEW Summer Camps this year. Bring your kids for an exciting, fun summer exploring their creativity, discovering a new passion, and making new friends! View our complete list of camp offerings here, register online or call us at 802-888-1261. Financial Assistance Available.

From cooking, skateboarding, painting, rock n' roll, to theater ... there's something for everyone!
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“Water Power” Group Exhibit CALL TO ARTISTS

The third annual group invitational 2017 exhibition theme is “Water Power.” While the exhibition theme derives it’s name from the Lamoille River which flows through Morrisville, it is not exclusively about rivers and lakes. The theme has as much to do about water’s visual effects and its power to inspire. Artists’ works will be considered which relate to water in all its forms as a natural force and influence in our world. We are currently accepting submissions of work. Learn more details and submit work here.
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ART100 just around the corner!

ART 100 is a unique and exciting fundraising event to benefit River Arts that features an “everyone wins” raffle of original art.  A $100 ticket includes admission for two, the opportunity to take home an original, handmade work of art with a value of at least $100, and delicious food by Susanna's Catering. ART100 is a great way to support the community arts you love, enjoy a wonderful evening out, AND take a piece home with you of a local artist's work! Get tickets Here or call 802-888-1261
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The River Works Project – Community Talk

If you weren't able to make it to the River Works Project Community Talk Saturday, March 25th, you can catch some of the discussion and artist talk with Michael Zebrowski here!
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Saturday, March 25th, 1-3pm

River Arts invites the community to join Artist and Johnson State College Assistant Professor of Fine Art, Michael Zebrowski, in a conversation to learn more about his public art and discuss the upcoming River Works Project.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their stories of the Lamoille River and Oxbow, present questions that they may have about the area, and share their thoughts and ideas for the project. The information gathered at the meeting will be used to inform the work of the students, as they work with Michael Zebrowski to envision, design, build and install the final art installations. Interested in signing your teen up to participate?  Click here and join us on Saturday to learn more!

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AMP Nights – First Event This Thursday (March 23rd)!

Join us this Thursday for our first AMP Night! The evening features an Artist, a Musician, and a Poet (AMP). This first event will feature Ted Zilius, who currently has an exhibit up at River Arts. Also joining us will be musician Ben Cosgrove and Poet Laureate of Vermont, Chard deNiord. Authentic Argentinian fare by El Hornero will be available to purchase and enjoy during the show.

The event starts at 6pm and the doors open at 5:30pm. Tickets are a suggested $10. You can get all the details here on our website. See you there!
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Plays & Pints (March 17th)!

Come out to River Arts tonight to celebrate St. Paddy's Day with Plays & Pints, a show featuring six one-act plays. The show is free and local beer and pizza will be available to purchase. You can read more about the event here. See you tonight!
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Thoughts from Our Board President…

When you're growing up in a small town, you don't really understand the charm portrayed in a Norman Rockwell or Grandma Moses painting until you leave that painting and wander off in search of what lies beyond the confines of your beginning. I vividly remember my first trip to Manhattan, the awe of a teenager, taking in the grit of the subway, the incessant honk of the taxis and the transformative moment when I walked inside MOMA and breathed in that crisp, cool air. I knew I had to live there and be part of that energy and chaos, and learn all of what I was sure I had been missing in rural Vermont. After 18 years living in Manhattan, now what I want to soak up is different. It is the sense of place that you feel in your DNA when you cross the Vermont border, and cry silently and joyfully. It is the memories you have of your Grandmother waving at you, waiting for you, as you bump along the dirt road and into her arms. It is the laughter of people on a February night at River Arts at our first BrewHaHa; the warmth of community that comes alive when people gather for poetry, performance, painting, photography, and yes, even pickles and perch. Part of what I love most about River Arts is that an old-time Vermonter like my father and a fine artist can share the space on an equal footing moored by a love of place. As we worked on our strategic plan this year, we've had lengthy discussions about the buzzword "creative placemaking." Do people know what that means? Is it inaccessible? Does it sound too high brow? As I watched people come together last Friday night, I realized that it's not the term that matters, it's how we make it tangible, and give people an opportunity to create a sense of place together in the Lamoille Valley. And my vision is that there will be a moment (hopefully many) when someone will drive by our historic building, and see a golden glow on the inside, shadows dancing, the music of community; and smile, deeply and widely, knowing that this is home. This is our place in the world.

-- Carey Earle
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Call to Artists!

The Gallery at River Arts, located in the Robert C. Folley Performance Hall on the second floor of the River Arts Center in Morrisville VT, is currently accepting submissions and sending out a call to artists to submit their portfolio for an exhibition in 2017 and 2018. The Gallery at River Arts presents juried, high quality works of art in a wide variety of mediums and styles. Our exhibitions run for approximately two months, with an opening reception and invitation to give an artist’s talk or lead a workshop in conjunction with the show. Please see our website for further information on our programs and exhibitions.

We invite artists to submit images of their work and a brief statement or proposal. Unless special arrangements are made in advance, all work should be ready to hang with our cable system and should be at least 20” x 20”. Submissions are due by March 1 and notifications will be made by March 31, 2017.

Submissions Requirements:

1. Artist’s statement or proposal – 2 pages maximum
2. CV – 1 page
3. Images or video

Images—5 high quality JPG images with a minimum of 2000 pixels for the shortest dimension. Include description, title, size, medium.

Video—Up to 3 video clips of maximum 5 minutes. Use links to artist’s website, YouTube or Vimeo.

Electronic submissions only to gallery@RiverArtsVT.org.

We do not accept submissions by mail or in person.
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So much fun at our new BIG & Messy drop-in arts class!

Today we launched our new BIG & Messy - ART Space! class. Little ones splattered canvas-covered walls with a rainbow of paint, made shapes with soft dough, built with blocks and straws, and had a great time. Join us next week for more messy fun - it's free!

Read more about it here and check out photos of today's fun below. unnamed (2) unnamed (6) unnamed (9)
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TONIGHT – Opening Reception for Marie LaPre’ Grabon and Kathy Stark Exhibit!

Join us at River Arts TONIGHT to welcome artists Marie LaPré Grabon and Kathy Stark with their new exhibit Glue, Paper, Scissors.

The exhibit will be available to view through March 5th, during office hours (Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm).

Read more about their exhibit on our website here. See you there!

  Marie LaPre’ Grabon and Kathy Stark "Glue, Paper, Scissors" - in the Gallery at River Arts
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Happy Holidays! Join us for a stroll through 2016 … were you here?

As December draws to a close and we prepare to greet the new year, we'd like to share a special video that highlights and celebrates 2016 at River Arts. You might catch a glimpse of friends and family rolling up their casino canada sleeves to paint, sculpt, write, dance, play an instrument, cook a delicious new dish, or participate in one of our events and performances. It was a fun and fantastic year ... enjoy!  

Watch it here.

Many thanks to Kent Shaw for creating this wonderful video!

  Lastly, a heartfelt thank you to our community. Your participation, energy and support is what makes River Arts such a vibrant, special place to gather together, connect, express ourselves and find inspiration through the arts. We've assembled an exciting schedule of new exhibitions, workshops, camps, and performances for 2017 and look forward to seeing you again. Stay tuned, and have a wonderful New Year!  
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Artist Talk: Mirrored Images – this Thursday!

Join us on Thursday, December 3rd from 5:30-6:30pm, for an artist conversation with Mickey Myers and Kelly Holt!

What are the roles, process and exchange for curators and artists? How does an artist incorporate experimentation when developing their work over time?

To find out more about this special event, visit our website here.

Artist Talk: Mirrored Images... A conversation with Mickey Myers and Kelly Holt
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Festival of Lights at River Arts – Saturday, December 3, 11-3pm

TODAY!! Performances, Delicious Argentinian Food, Lantern Making, and an Artist Market with Pottery, Jewelry, Letterpress Notecards, Ceramic Sculptures, Yoga Clothing and Local Sheep/Cow Cheese & Meats! 11-3pm here at River Arts!!  Click here for more details!
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Giving Tuesday

If you're looking for a meaningful place to give and share this #GivingTuesday, November 29, consider a gift to River Arts. Every dollar makes a difference!

The arts are a powerful force for transformation and change, and we witness the impact the arts make on our community every day. River Arts provides a vibrant community hub where hundreds of children, teens, and senior citizens in our region gather together and connect through our unique classes, gallery exhibits, performances and events each year.

We can only do our work with your help. Donate today, or any day, online or by snail mail at P.O. Box 829, Morrisville, VT 05661. Contribute to a thriving community, where people come together to create a positive future through the arts. THANK YOU!

Donate here.


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Giving Thanks

A heartfelt thank you to our amazing community:
  • The many participants who attend our camps, workshops, performances and events
  • Our artists, instructors and performers who share their talent and creativity
  • Our hardworking volunteers, staff and board who pitch in to keep our wheels moving
  • Our partners and collaborators for bringing their insight and resources
  • Our funders and contributors for providing the financial support that makes it all possible
We wouldn't be here without your energy, creativity, commitment and support!
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Viva Las Artes – Thank You!

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped make Viva Las Artes!, our fall fundraiser, a success on Saturday. It was a memorable evening of delicious food, art, live & silent auctions, and great conversation. Together, with over 100 guests in attendance,  58 local businesses and individuals contributing to our silent & live auctions, 10 businesses underwriting the event as sponsors, and all of our amazing volunteers, we raised over $23,000 in support of our mission to enrich the community through the arts!  Take a look at some snapshots from our event here.   Viva Banner2 Special thanks to our Sponsors:  Benefactor Level: North Country Credit Union, Bourne’s Energy, Union Bank, National Life Group Sustainer Level: Guy’s Farm & Yard, The Alchemist Stowe  Partner Level: Donald P. Blake, Jr., Inc., MSI, Community National Bank, Carlson Real Estate 
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