Poetry Clinic

$5 Suggested donation

For those of you who use writing classes as a way to set aside special time for your writing practice: Here is an irresistible gift … a clinic to keep your pen and mind in motion. The first hour of the clinic will be devoted to generative poetry writing exercises; the second hour will be devoted to respectful critiques of work you bring to or make in class.   River Arts hosts workshops, readings, and clinics devoted to supporting the myriad voices living within the community and surrounding areas. Read on to see what’s been going on, about to happen, and join us!

  POETRY WALL - Samples of poetry from our Tuesday night Poetry "Clinic"!

Rebecca in 1809
Deep in her night, visions unfold
Picking up rough goat hair swept by a broom,
Catching whiffs of lye in the bucket,
She dances out the door, toe tips just grazing the deep powdery snow
Scent of crisp autumn leaves released from the folds of her dress as she
Whirls into the woodshed clearing.
Commanding the firewood to follow,
She fluently feeds the brilliant warmth of the hearth fire
Combing her baby’s hair while she is nursing close to the heat
Gradually unstuck from time, flooded by a cascade of descendant sensation
Who tastes the mid-winter soup on a carved maple wood spoon?
Who hears the musket fire just outside the open window?
Who’s hand on the doorknob with a brisk winter air blast on the face?
Who is quieted with awe inspired by reflections of Milky Way Stars in a washbowl positioned just so?
Who’s knife in her hand as she rides along the currents of moist air above the Winooski River?
Peter Clark – 19-Jan-2016
  River Arts Review: Voices from Northern Vermont Volume 2 – Our second collection of poetry – take a look, or purchase  online! River Arts Review: Voices from Northern Vermont – Our first collection of poetry – take a look, or purchase  online!
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River Arts Photo Co-op

$5 Suggested donation

  The River Arts Photo Co-op provides photography enthusiasts with a way to gather, promote and share their experience and knowledge of photography in an atmosphere of camaraderie and fun.

No experience necessary – just a love of photography and a desire for discovery, building skills, and connecting with others with a similar passion!  Our goal is to promote the sharing of ideas, techniques and creativity through membership participation in workshops, competitions and monthly social gatherings.

  image4         Info for the next Photo Co-op meeting: Date/Time: June 15, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Presentation Topic: Chris and Marie will be talking about their recent trips – Chris to Switzerland & Italy, Marie to Machu Picchu

Photo sharing theme: The theme for June is “leading lines”. Leading lines are one of the most effective and under-used compositional tools available to photographers. They draw a viewer's attention to a specific part of the frame, be it a person, object, or vanishing point in the background of the frame. They apply to just about every genre of photography. (Photo sharing doesn’t have to be based on the theme. Feel free to show your latest work, favorite image, or …)

Tentative upcoming presentation schedule:

July 20, 2017 Milky Way photography, Kent Shaw

August 17, 2017 Night Shooting

September 21, 2017 Snow Geese, Dorothy Koval

October 19, 2017 Experimental/Street Photography, Kelly Holt (Dorothy and Kelly may swap months)

November 16, 2017 Stick Season or Travel Photography, Paul Rogers

December 21, 2017 Flash Photography, Kevin

January 18, 2018 iPhone Apps with Nan Carle-Beauregard

February 15, 2018 Wildflowers of Vermont, Kate Carter (photographer from Waterbury Center)
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Open Studio Figure Drawing

$10/session; punchcards available - $90/10 classes (save $10)

The Open Studio for Figure Drawing meets every first and third Tuesday in the beautiful Robert C. Folley Performance Hall, located on the second floor of the River Arts Center. The group, which gathers from 3:00-5:30 p.m. invites and accommodates all levels of drawing/painting/sculpture backgrounds and expertise. The sessions feature a variety of approaches to working from the figure.

The open studio is open to the public for a fee of $10 per session, and we encourage anyone interested in working from the figure to join us for a fun and creative evening.

Weekly Schedule: Afternoons 3:00p.m.-5:30p.m.

Tues., May 2, 3 - 5:30 p.m., this is a long, clothed session.

Tues., May 16, 3 - 5:30 p.m., end of season special- two models! Semi-traditional session of 10 one minute poses, a few 10 minute poses, followed by one long pose. Promises to be challenging and a lot of fun!

Please note!

We will be taking a summer break again this year. Our experience is that so many of our members are avid gardeners and/or outdoor enthusiasts, and summer can get so busy for all of us that we do not get enough participants at the open studio to pay the bills.

Our last day to draw as a group at River Arts will be Tues., May 16th. This is the 3rd Tues. of the month so we will have our 2 sessions during May. We will resume the Open Studio Drawing Group on Tuesday, September 5th.
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Photographing Architectural Spaces & Landscape Design: From Start to Finish with Susan Teare



Photographer Susan Teare shares tips on how to create successful photographs in a variety of light situations, highlighting her own experiences working as a residential, commercial and landscape design photographer. A study in indoor and outdoor living, Teare's work explores how we experience spaces, how we flow through them, thrive in them, feel connected to nature in them, and how we live and work together.

Making the right decisions when photographing spaces can make an image look inviting and natural, shifting the aesthetics of a room in subtle and dramatic ways. Teare will discuss and show the process of creating and editing several images, worked from start to finish. She will demonstrate her typical workflow, from shooting, styling, and lighting, to editing and post-processing. Teare will also present her experiences as a professional photographer, including the perspective of “a day in the life” and tips on business strategies. Participants are invited to share photographs they've taken for an informal critique at the end of the session.

Susan Teare's photography has been featured in Fine Homebuilding, Better Homes and Gardens, Design New England, Garden Design, USA Today (Salvage Secrets), HGTV Magazine, and New England Home. She is currently working on numerous books with Taunton Press and contributing weekly to Fine Homebuilding's blog, Through the Lens. For more about Susan's photography, visit her website at SusanTeare.com.

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Advanced Photoshop



A common challenge faced by photographers is how to capture scenes containing both very bright and very dark areas. For many years HDR (High Dynamic Range) techniques were used, but they often resulted in over-processed images with excessive noise or other unwanted artifacts. Many photographers have recently begun using layers, layer masks, and advanced selections to produce more realistic images. This technique of blending multiple layers in Photoshop is rapidly becoming a must-have skill for landscape and architectural photographers. This intermediate-to-advanced level workshop will explain how and why to use layers and layer masks. Effective use of layer masks almost always involves selecting only portions of an image. Accurate selections are critical to effective layer blending, so the workshop will examine many of Photoshop’s methods for making precise selections. The final segment of the workshop will then show you how to combine these newly learned skills to produce images with balanced highlights and shadows.

  • Adobe Photoshop. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop to work along with the examples.
  • Basic familiarity with Photoshop. This workshop will not be appropriate for those new to Photoshop.
Instructor Bio: The workshop instructor, Kent Shaw, is both a photographer and a teacher. He began photography in 1980 and has been using digital cameras since 1998. His work has been exhibited at River Arts, the Helen Day Art Center, and local restaurants. His photographs have been published in Vermont Life including the most recent Spring, 2017 issue. He has taught middle and high school music, post high school technical courses, and worked for many years as an industrial trainer. Other classes he has led at River Arts include Night Photography, Flower Photography, the Digital Darkroom, and Organizing your Digital Photographs. He also serves on the gallery committee at River Arts.
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iPhone Photography with Nan Carle Beauregard



Discover the strengths and limitations of iPhone photography in this interactive workshop. The iPhone camera is small, discrete, and allows the user to capture the moment without hesitation and share it in an instant. While iPhone photography is not the same as that of an SLR camera, it has its own special qualities that are limited only by imagination. All levels of skill and experience welcome.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • The basics of the native iPhone camera
  • Focus and exposure
  • Composition
  • Light and negative space
  • Shadows and reflections
  • Hints on landscape, portrait, macro and street photography
  • Easy editing apps for exploring your own style

Participants should bring their iPhone to each session.

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Organize Your Digital Images with Kent Shaw



As almost every photographer can attest, digital cameras make it easy to quickly amass thousands of photographs. This workshop will provide help in how to best organize them, how to find that one special image, and develop approaches that will help you keep your photo collection organized for many years to come.

The workshop will explore various approaches to organizing your photos and provide useful tips for importing them to your computer. We’ll also look at how to apply tags, labels, and keywords that can then be used later to sort, identify, and locate specific images.

Specific topics:
      • Developing an organization plan that works for you
      • Lightroom settings to preserve your organization plan
      • Using import presets to save time
      • Best practices for culling, applying keywords, picks, and ratings
      • How to find photos
      • Using Lightroom in a mobile environment

    Prerequisites: The workshop will use Adobe™ Lightroom. Photoshop will be used for a few examples, but is not needed for the workshop. Participants are welcome to bring laptops to work along with the class. Camera phone photographers using Lightroom will find this workshop useful as well.

Instructor Bio: Kent Shaw is both a photographer and a teacher. He began photography in 1980 and has been using digital cameras since 1998. His work has been exhibited at River Arts and the Helen Day Art Center and featured at several local restaurants and the Morrisville Post Office. He has taught middle and high school music, post high school technical courses, and worked for many years as an industrial trainer.


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Get Abstract through Collage with Marie LaPre’ Grabon



Join artist Marie LaPre’ Grabon in this fun and liberating class using collage techniques to discover and explore abstraction.  Participants will draw and/or paint 3 different studies from still life, which will then be cut, torn, reassembled and collaged to create a new artwork.

Artist Bio: 

Marie LaPre’ Grabon, a working artist for over 35 years, received her undergraduate degree from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA, and a graduate degree in drawing and painting from Goddard College in Plainfield, VT.  Marie has had solo exhibitions across the Northeast, including the Helen Day Art Center, AVA Gallery and the Vermont Arts Council. Marie continues to maintain her studio in her home in Hardwick, Vermont, where she is currently producing drawings, paintings and mixed media works of art.

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