River Arts Writing Lab

$5 suggested donation

The River Arts Writing Lab is designed to support a range of writing experience, goals, and genres. The emphasis is on providing a means for the participants to share their work, and to give and receive constructive, well-thought-out feedback.

A webpage is provided for those writers who are ready to have their work critiqued (the work can be at any stage of development). Posting manuscripts prior to the meetings will allow more time for careful consideration and productive discussion. Together we’ll develop guidelines for providing respectful and useful feedback.

A period of less structured time for reading, writing, or sharing will also be a part of the meetings.

The aim of the Writing Lab is to support each other by giving and receiving helpful commentary. It’s a cooperative effort. The group welcomes ideas for other activities that encourage and expand our writing skills.

If you are interested in joining this group, send us an email at info@riverartsvt.org.

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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 Volume 2byRiver Arts Poetry Participants | Make Your Own Book River Arts Review: Voices from Northern Vermont – Our first collection of poetry – take a look, or purchase  online!

River Arts Review:

Voices from Northern Vermont

Volume 1 By River Arts Poetry Clinic Participants

River Arts Review: Voices from Northern Vermont Volume 1 | Make Your Own Book
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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: We’re going to keep going over the summer months so our next meeting will be Thursday, August 17. Presentation: Night Shooting the Milky Way. Location- On the beach at Elmore State Park, 8:30-10:30pm. If bad weather, meet at normal time and place.

Tentative upcoming presentation schedule:

August 17, 2017 Night Shooting Milky Way, meeting at Lake Elmore State Park Beach 8:30-10:30pm, if rain then usual time and place at River Arts Center

September 21, 2017 Photographing Snow Geese, Dorothy Koval

October 19, 2017 Experimental/Street Photography, Kelly Holt

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

December 21, 2017 Photo Contest winners and Flash Photography, Chris & Kevin

January 18, 2018 iPhone Apps with Nan Carle-Beauregard

February 15, 2018 Wildflowers of Vermont, Kate Carter

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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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