4th of July Activities at River Arts!

Celebrate the 4th of July in Morrisville with River Arts!
It's going to be a full day of events across town, and you'll want to arrive early.  Our summer campers have been hard at work this week, creating amazing, giant super hero puppets to march in the parade - you won't believe your eyes!  Afterwards, we're offering a unique opportunity to ring the bell at River Arts.  If you've ever wanted to sound a large, beautiful, resonant bell across town ... this is your chance! Both galleries will be open for viewing during the day, and we'll be making free windsocks at our River Arts Art Tent at the Oxbow Park ... it's going to be a blast!
River Arts Schedule:
  • 11-12PM   River Arts "Super Heroes Soaring Camp" marching in the parade
  • 12-4PM     River Arts galleries open
  • 1-2PM       Ring the Bell at River Arts!
  • 3-6PM       Free windsock making for kids in the River Arts Art Tent at the Oxbow Park
Visit the Morristown Alliance for Culture and Commerce (MACC) Facebook page for the full schedule of activities in Morrisville!
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Announcing Summer Sundays in the Galleries!

We are happy to announce that our galleries will be open on Sundays through the Summer from 12:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. We will be closed on Sunday, July 3rd, but will open for 4th of July. Please visit our River Works 2 Exhibit by participating artists: Sean Clute, Liz Kauffman, Bob Malbon, Elizabeth Nelson, Jean O'Conor, Kent Shaw, Rett Sturman and Kathryn Lipke Vigesaa. And don't miss our Kinder Arts exhibit curated by Lesley Grant, featuring multi-media works by preschool students from the following schools: Apple Tree Learning Centers, Wee Explorers, Puffer, Lamoille South Early Education Program and Green Mountain Kids.   New Summer Gallery hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m, Friday - 9:00a.m. - 2:00p.m., Sunday 12:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. Admission is free.
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Special thank you to our sponsors!

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New Summer Camp Added to our Lineup!

See it on the Radio with Jon Gailmor Classic radio drama for youth ages 10 and up! August 15-19, 9am-12pm with a performance at 12pm the last day of camp. Register today on our youth programs page.
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River Arts Celebrates Cinco de Mayo



Purchase Tickets  here, from our Board members, or call us at 802-888-1261

Artisan Beer Tasting from Local Breweries

Lost Nation, Rock Art, Idletyme, Citizen Cider, Kis Kombucha

• 6 oz River Arts glasses included and 6 tastes • Wine also available • Special beer/wine selections available for purchase

Mexican food by Jennifer Isabel of El Toro

• Spanish Salad with Andalusian Dressing • Chips & Salsa • Enchiladas: choice of 2 (Beef, Chicken, Veggie or Cheese) with sides (Rice & Beans) • Dessert: Sopapillas • Non-alcoholic beverages will be available

Live Entertainment

• Music • Pinata

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Summer Camps are Here!

Check out the fantastic lineup  and register now on our Youth Programs page... River Arts Rock Camp - Ages 9-17  - June 27 - July 1, 9am-3pm, Parade Camp - Super Heroes Soaring - Ages 7-12 - Monday, June 27-Friday, July 1   9am-3pm  (plus parade on Monday, July 4), Messy Arts - Creation Station - Ages 3-5 - July 5-July 8, Tuesday - Friday 9am-3pm (4-day camp), The Great Green Adventure / Plant Detectives - Ages 5-8 - July 18-22, Monday-Friday 9am-3pm, Bike & Jam - Ages 7-10 - July 18-22, Monday-Friday 9am-3pm),  Hip Hop - Ages 9 and up - July 25-29, Monday-Friday 9am-12pm, The Mural Project 2016 - Ages 6-13 - August 1-5, 9am-3pm,  Sk8 the Arts - Ages 7-14 - August 8-12, 9am-3pm - Location:  Johnson Skate Park, Johnson, All the World’s A Stage - Girls Ages 7-10 - August 15-19, 9am-3pm.  
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​​The Gallery at River Arts is celebrating its second annual group exhibition of River Works (in the Galleries May 5 – July 5, 2016).   The River Arts Center’s name and location hold an emotional connection to Vermont rivers. Stewardship of environment in our community is vital. We see the bend in the Lamoille River at the Oxbow from the Center. Rivers are an important part of Lamoille County’s economic engine, with three locations for hydropower within three miles. Water is always moving. Change is constant.     We invite artists to submit work speaking to RIVER – as it relates to movement and change. The River Arts Gallery Committee will review submissions on March 17th. Five artists will be selected, and notified by March 25th.     Submission guidelines:  
  • Artist’s statement – identifying relationship to rivers and/or environment
  • CV – 1 page
  • Images and/or video:
Images - up to 5, with accompanying description including title, size, medium year Video - please submit 1-3 pieces not to exceed 5 minutes in length. DVD’s, links to artist website, YouTube and Vimeo are also welcome.   Please email your submissions to Kelly Holt, Gallery Manager at Kelly@RiverArtsVT.org, or mail to: River Arts • PO Box 829 • Morrisville, VT 05661
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Alternatives Exhibit • Tom Cullins & Kelly Holt

Photography and mixed media - in the galleries through March 1st. Watch a video of the exhibit here: https://youtu.be/7sIDBrbG47w        
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River Arts Welcomes New Executive Director

We are pleased to announce area native Jeannine Valcour as our new Executive Director. Jeannine’s broad range of experience in program development, fundraising, community engagement, management, and education, is complemented by her keen and continuous passion for the arts.  Read our press release below for more about Jeannine, and stop by to say hello!

December 7, 2015

River Arts Welcomes New Executive Director

Morrisville, VT: River Arts of Morrisville is pleased to welcome area native Jeannine Valcour as their new Executive Director.  Valcour will advance River Art’s mission to enrich the community through the arts and will lead the organization’s efforts to provide opportunities for artistic expression and to serve as a cultural center for the greater Lamoille County region.

Barbara Murphy, President of River Arts’ Board of Directors says, “We are thrilled to be able to build on the strong leadership and direction of River Arts by hiring Jeannine Valcour as new Executive Director. She brings us a solid commitment to the community and two decades of experience in the arts, community development, and cross-cultural leadership.  She will build on a firm foundation and a true community treasure.

Valcour’s broad range of experience in program development, fundraising, community engagement, management, and education, is complemented by a keen and continuous passion for the arts. On accepting her new position: "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join River Arts and look forward to building on the strong base in place, discovering new opportunities, forging new partnerships, and deepening the role of ‘arts for all’ in the community."

A native Vermonter, and current resident of Cabot, Valcour has a longstanding connection to the community and a history of participating in local arts.  As a youth in Morrisville, Valcour developed an interest in the arts through local theatre, dance, and music, and continued to explore and participate in the arts in various communities where she has lived.   "River Arts is a real community gem, and I am excited about returning to my hometown as part of this creatively rich organization. I believe the arts can be a powerful tool, bringing people together, educating, healing, and I am delighted to join the committed team working to realize River Arts' full potential."

Valcour came to River Arts from the Institute for Sustainable Communities in Montpelier, where she served as Knowledge Manager. Valcour holds an MBA from University of Arizona, and a B.S. in Community Development and Applied Economics from the University of Vermont. Valcour succeeds Tracy Goldfine, who resigned in September 2015 to pursue an opportunity with the Children’s Literacy Foundation.

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  ‪#‎GivingTuesday2015‬ is a global day dedicated to giving back. On December 1st, give a gift that doesn't have ribbons and bows, but gives back to your community all year long. Donate to River Arts today at www.RiverArtsVT.org/donate/  Thank you for making us part of your #GivingTuesday2015. Please share this post on your social networks so we can spread the word. Giving Tuesday Logo FB
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The Vermont Community Foundation – We’re keeping the arts vibrant!

We're featured in The Vermont Community Foundation's report, Opportunity! Read more about how we're helping to keep the arts vibrant by clicking here.
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The Sculptural Trees Project in Downtown Morrisville!

The Town of Morrisville, in partnership with River Arts and Morristown Alliance for Culture and Commerce (MACC), received a grant from the Vermont Arts Council in the Spring of 2015 to work with artists and community members to bring animated art to the downtown area.  The funds are part of the Council’s Animated Infrastructure grant programwhich aims to foster collaborative partnerships between communities and artists and to integrate public art into existing or proposed infrastructure improvement projects.  A key goal of the new program is to develop a model collection of unique, inspiring, and attractive landmark communities throughout Vermont.  The grant supports the one-year planning and design phase for creating three sculptural “trees” in Morrisville’s designated downtown. The “trees” will help create a sense of place for residents and visitors alike, and serve as a dynamic mechanism for engaging dialogue in the community.Gordon Sculptures
A call went out to artists this spring to collect ideas and proposals for the Animating Infrastructure Sculptural Trees Project.  A selection committee, comprised of artists and community members, narrowed the pool of proposals down to two for a final community vote.  The two artist finalists were Gordon Auchincloss and Michael Zebrowski, whose designs were displayed for the duration of the voting process.  In the end, local and nationally recognized artist Gordon Auchincloss won the vote, and will work to complete his designs for fabrication and installation in the summer of 2016.  One of the three sculptures will have an interactive component, managed by River Arts,  that will allow for new engagement between artists and community organizations each year.  Tentative locations for the trees are the Centennial Library lawn, the green space in front of the Police Department, and in front of the Post Office.

Gordon's tree for the Centennial Library

For more information about Gordon Auchincloss, visit his website at Ambientflow.com … or read the featured story “Finessing a Balancing Act” by the Vermont Arts Council on September 17th by clicking here!
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River Arts Hires New Kinder Arts Instructor

A familiar face will join our team as the new Kinder Arts Program Instructor. We welcome Lesley Grant, a local artist, musician, and teacher this fall to lead our third year of Kinder Arts - a weekly program bringing arts experiences into pre- schools throughout Lamoille County. Lesley will combine her love of music with hands-on art to excite learning and engage children in the creative process.
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Free Fall Drop-in Programs for Kids!

Thanks to the support from Vermont Birth to Five and an anonymous donor, River Arts is excited to offer two FREE “drop-in” programs for children and families this fall at River Arts Center. Kinder Arts and Music and Movement will begin in early October.
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ART100, our “everyone wins” art raffle

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An “everyone wins” art raffle of original art to benefit River Arts.

Heavy Appetizers and Dessert by Susanna’s Catering, Cash Bar, and Art Raffle

One ticket entitles two people to attend the event and choose an original work of art with a value of at least $100 as numbers are randomly drawn.

To reserve tickets, donate artwork, or learn more, please contact us at 802-888-1261 or email Tracy@www.riverartsvt.org

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Update – Spring 2015!

Take a look at some of our upcoming classes and events! Adult/Teens Youth Events
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News – Public Sculpture Commission

[caption id="attachment_857" align="aligncenter" width="580"] Sculptural tree examples on site[/caption]   The Town of Morrisville, in partnership with River Arts, has received a grant from the Vermont Arts Council to work with artists and community members to bring animated art to the downtown area.  The funds are part of the Council’s new Animated Infrastructure grant program which aims to foster collaborative partnerships between communities and artists and to integrate public art into existing or proposed infrastructure improvement projects.  A key goal of the new program is to develop a model collection of unique, inspiring, and attractive landmark communities throughout Vermont. The grant will support the one-year planning and design phase for creating three sculptural “trees” in Morrisville’s designated downtown. One of the three sculptures will have an interactive, interchangeable component, such as leaves or branches, that will be able to be removed, redesigned and replaced.  The “trees” will help create a sense of place for residents and visitors alike, and serve as a dynamic mechanism for engaging dialogue in the community through revolving curatorial exhibitions. The intended outcome of this project will be a long-term community commitment to the importance of public art in the planning, design, and creation of Morrisville’s public space.  This project seeks to strengthen the fabric of our community by coordinating the activities of planners, artists, non-profit organizations, community groups and engaging community members in the process of improving the downtown. “This project will also continue Morristown’s momentum of revitalizing the downtown by creating trees that will become landmarks in the community.  Through the past few years Morristown and MACC has strived to bring art out into the community through the chair-art-able Adirondack chair project and the street banners, all painted by local community members.   With the opening of the four season Lamoille Valley Rail Trail in the summer of 2015, the area will see an influx of people visiting the area from far and wide. These sculptural trees will be a cultural draw into the downtown and create a true community landmark.” - Tricia Follert, The Town of Morristown   Artists will be asked by River Arts to submit work through a competitive selection process managed by a committee comprised of artists and community members.  The committee will narrow down the pool of applicants, awarding four artists prize money to submit concept proposals in May. Two final designs will be selected by the committee for a public vote in early September.  The winning artist will be awarded a stipend to complete their design to be ready for fabrication and installation. River Arts will manage the annual exhibition schedule once the sculptures are created in 2016, and will work with different community organizations and artists to curate the animated elements of the sculptures.  The “trees” themselves will be moveable, rotating seasonally to different locations, allowing for renewed interest and visual presence at strategically-placed locations throughout the downtown. “We are very excited to partner with the town to bring new public sculpture to downtown Morrisville.  The sculptures will allow community members to experience art in their daily lives, while adding uniqueness to our town and promoting tourism. The project will actively engage the community through the selection process and provide opportunities for new and ongoing discussion through the interactive design component of the ‘tree’ sculptures once installed.”  - Tracy Goldfine, Executive Director, River Arts Morristown Alliance for Culture and Commerce (MACC) will oversee community involvement in this initiative through outreach, the competitive selection process and working with the schools to create a competition for students to be involved. “Morristown has always had a vibrant arts culture, especially in our downtown. Projects like this are exactly the kind of collaborative, community based effort to bring art and beautification that organizations like the Morristown Alliance for Commerce and Culture fully support.” - Caleb Magoon, President, MACC The planning phase will begin in April, with invitations sent to artists to create concept proposals.  A selection panel of local citizens will review the proposals and ask four finalists to present their proposals in person and they will narrow down the selection to two artists.  Community members will be engaged in the selection process as the final phase though a media campaign conducted by MACC.  The implementation stage of the project will be begin in 2016.
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Update February 13th, 2015

Join us tonight, Friday February 13th at 7pm for the film EAMES: The Architect and the Painter with guest speaker Ted Zilius.  Admission is $5     
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Winter/Spring Programming is here!

Take a peek into 2015 ... Adult/Teens Youth Events
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