The Art House Presents – “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise”


American Masters’ "Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise"

Maya Angelou gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way then never had before. Dr. Angelou had a prolific life: as a singer, dancer, activist, poet, and writer she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. From her upbringing in the Depression-era South to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana to her inaugural speech for President Bill Clinton, the film takes us on an incredible journey through the life of a true American icon.

Film will be followed by a community conversation and refreshments.
Questions: email
This Film is Presented in Partnership with Vermont PBS;
made possible by the Vermont Community Foundation and the New England Grassroots Fund

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"Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise" film, in partnership with The Art House.

AMP Nights!

Suggested $10 at the door

AMP Nights! River Arts and Sundog Poetry Center have partnered together to present a new series of creative evenings which feature a special guest artist, musician, and poet who will share their work through presentations and performances. Audience members are invited to meet and informally discuss each artist’s work afterwards. Light fare and drinks available. Suggested donation of $10 per person at the door. Doors open at 5:30pm


Thursday, March 23, 2017, 6-8pm Thursday, April 27, 6-8pm Thursday, May 25, 6-8pm DETAILS ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thursday, March 23, 2017, 6-8pm
  • Artist - Ted Zilius
  • Musician - Ben Cosgrove - Ben Cosgrove is a traveling composer, pianist, and multi-instrumentalist from New England. He performs regularly all over the country, writes scores for films, plays, radio, and television, and has produced several well-received albums of original instrumental work that straddles a line between folk and classical music. Read more and listen to his sound here.
  • Poet - Chard deNiord - Chard is a renowned poet with several published works.  He is currently a professor of English at Providence College and the Poet Laureate of Vermont. Read more here.
  • Food - El Hornero - Locally sourced and made international savory and sweet pastries. Read more here.elhorneropastries-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Thursday, April 27, 6-8pm
    • Artist - Clare Dolan: Clare Dolan is a Nurse/Puppeteer whose enthusiasm for everyday life led to the creation of the Museum of Everyday Life in Glover and the great period of growth it has enjoyed in the early part of this Century. Her early interest in object collection and her experiences as a touring puppeteer with the Bread and Puppet Theater during her formative years informs the ever-expanding activity of the Museum as it pursues its mission of glorious obscurity.
    • Musician - Farm Song: Farm Song is a group of farmers, homesteaders, and friends who love to sing. As long as people have been farming, they have been singing about it: harvest and planting songs, songs to influence the weather, songs about or for livestock, songs to bless trees and animals, ritual songs to be sung at solstices, equinoxes and other auspicious times of year. Josh Karp, Maria Schumann, Kristin Urie, Jeff Fellinger and Emily Gletsos have been sin ging together in various formations for over 10 years. With backgrounds in farming, folklore, painting, puppetry, musicology, carpentry and teaching, the singers bring together their diverse backgrounds to create a unique musical experience. Their goal is to sing these ancient (and some not so ancient) farm songs on actual working farms—they have sung in apple orchards and cheese caves, in barns and in pastures: to bring music out of the concert hall and back to its agricultural origins. Their repertoire includes Czech sheep calling songs; Lithuanian ritual solstice ‘sutartines’—trance inducing rounds with odd rhythms and harmonies that bless the grasses and bees; shepherding and ploughing songs from the British folk tradition; Shape Note hymns composed by Vermont farmers at the turn of the 18th/19th century about death, harvest and hardship; work songs and harvest songs from Caucasus Georgia; and more.
    • PoetKerrin McCadden is the author of Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, inaugural winner of the 2015 Vermont Book Award, as well as the 2013 New Issues Poetry Prize, chosen by David St John. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award. Her work has received support from the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, Verse Daily, and in such journals as American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Collagist, Green Mountains Review and Rattle. A graduate of The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, she teaches English and Creative Writing at Montpelier High School Montpelier High School, and is the associate director of the Conference on Poetry and Teaching at The Frost Place. She lives in Montpelier, Vermont.
    • Food - El Hornero - Locally sourced and made international savory and sweet pastries. Read more here.elhorneropastries
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thursday, May 25, 6-8pm
    • Artist - Clark Derbes - Read more about his work here.
    • Musician - PoJazz - As a young man, Whedon performed in Jazz groups in the New York area and in Europe. At the age of 16, he received the prestigious Great South Bay Jazz Festival Award for his trombone playing and was praised by Downbeat Magazine’s Nat Hentoff for his “lusty, inventive” trombone style. He has played in Salsa groups in Cuba, Ecuador, and Argentina.In recent years, Tony has combined poetry and jazz improvisation in ensembles at colleges and jazz festivals throughout Northern Vermont and the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Read more and listen here.
    • Poet - Tony Whedon - Tony Whedon is a poet, essayist, and musician. Over the past two decades his writing has appeared in over a hundred prominent literary magazines. He is a performing jazz trombonist and leads the poetry-jazz ensemble PoJazz and the Border Band. Read more here.
    • Food - El Hornero - Locally sourced and made international savory and sweet pastries. Read more here.elhorneropastries
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AMP Nights! 3 Creative evenings featuring an artist, a musician, and a poet.

Art 100 – An “Everyone Wins” Fundraiser!

$100/ticket - includes admission for two


Special Appetizers by Susanna's Catering, Cash Bar, and Art Raffle

ART100 is back!  For those of you who have never been, ART 100 is a unique and exciting fundraising event to benefit River Arts and features an “everyone wins” raffle of original art.  A $100 ticket includes admission for two and the opportunity to take home an original, handmade work of art with a value of at least $100 (AND enjoy incredible, scrumptious food by Susanna's Catering: four choices of flatbreads and four different selections of bite sized salads).

Imagine a room FULL of amazing art ... which one will you choose, and whose number will be drawn for first pick this year?!

To reserve tickets by phone, DONATE ARTWORK, or learn more, please contact us at 802-888-1261 or email

To purchase tickets online with PayPal, use the green "REGISTER" button above!

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