Tonight – f/7 Photographers Gallery Talk

f/7 Photographers Gallery Talk

Join us tonight in the Folley Hall at River Arts!

"Seeing the world through the lens" Tuesday, October 4th, 6:30-7:30pm Free   Cameras are part of our daily lives. We use them to copy a recipe, share a family event, or create a piece of art. In this presentation, we will talk about how photography helps us see the world and share it with others. Burg_Four monks_web
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Rocktoberfest 2016 Fun!

Rocktoberfest was amazing - what a day! We ran a test drive for our new BIG & MESSY- creative arts drop-in program (coming soon!). We opened up the entire main floor for kids to roll up their sleeves and dive into clay, play dough, marshmallow & toothpick architecture, hand puppet making and the PAINT ROOM. The No Strings Marionette Company performed two shows, entertaining a full house with songs, audience participation, and masterful puppetry. Thank you to Thompson's Bakery, for providing delicious muffins, Hannafords for the refreshing apple cider, our amazing volunteers from Green Mountain Kids, and to everyone who participated ... making this such a fun, creative community event! IMG_9188
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The First Sculptural “Tree” is Here!

The first Sculptural “Tree” is here!  Local artist Gordon Auchincloss has installed the first of three sculptural “trees”, part of the Animating Infrastructure Sculptural Trees Project, in front of the Post Office in Morrisville this week.  Visit and experience the new sculpture in person this Saturday, October 1st during Rocktoberfest for the public “unveiling” at 12:30pm.   

Portland Sculpture arrived

A big thank you to Community National Bank and the Vermont Arts Council for their support in bringing public art to life in our town!

For more about this exciting project, click here!
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Opening Receptions in the Galleries – September 15th

The Galleries will be open on Thursday evening, September 15th from 5-7pm for the opening receptions for:

f/7 Photography "Simplicity" - work by Elliot Burg • Annie Tiberio Cameron • Lisa Dimondstein • Julie Parker • Sandra Shenk • John Snell • Rob Spring

"Great Outdoors" - landscape paintings by Nantucket artist Donald Van Dyke
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The Mural Project 2016 – on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail

River Arts Announces: The Mural Project 2016 Summertime On the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail in Morrisville, VT   River Arts’ summer youth camp, The Mural Project, celebrates a fourth year of public art in Morrisville.   Thirteen campers (ages 6-12) participated in River Arts’ The Mural Project summer camp to create another vibrant mural, which can be seen on the bridge parallel to Bridge Street Morrisville - adjacent to Oxbow Park. The group was led by artist/instructor Kelly Holt and assisted by musician and artist Lesley Grant.   The group of young artists worked with exterior house paint and heavy panels of plywood to create the murals, which depict the surface of a river flowing and splashing with movement. Campers explored graffiti art techniques - using spray paint and stencils to create shapes of fish. Campers also created two indoor murals for the River Arts building Cityscape - sunset and Cityscape - night mural.   River Arts’ public art project was made possible by the following sponsors: Morrisville Lumber, Country Home Center Morrisville, Aubuchon Hardware Morrisville and Stowe Hardware. The project was also supported by Tricia Follert, Community Coordinator for the Town of Morristown, and Shane Prisby, Trails Manager for the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. River Arts Mural Project 2
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Opening Receptions in the Galleries this Evening!

Please join us from 5-7pm Thursday, July 7th for the openings of two fantastic exhibits: • Judith Wrend - Sculpture, outdoor, new wall-hung and free standing sculptures • Michael Lew-Smith - Portraits in Stone - black and white photography
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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, 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:        
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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  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 … 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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