Festival of Lights at River Arts – Saturday, December 3, 11-3pm

TODAY!! Performances, Delicious Argentinian Food, Lantern Making, and an Artist Market with Pottery, Jewelry, Letterpress Notecards, Ceramic Sculptures, Yoga Clothing and Local Sheep/Cow Cheese & Meats! 11-3pm here at River Arts!!  Click here for more details!
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Giving Tuesday

If you're looking for a meaningful place to give and share this #GivingTuesday, November 29, consider a gift to River Arts. Every dollar makes a difference!

The arts are a powerful force for transformation and change, and we witness the impact the arts make on our community every day. River Arts provides a vibrant community hub where hundreds of children, teens, and senior citizens in our region gather together and connect through our unique classes, gallery exhibits, performances and events each year.

We can only do our work with your help. Donate today, or any day, online or by snail mail at P.O. Box 829, Morrisville, VT 05661. Contribute to a thriving community, where people come together to create a positive future through the arts. THANK YOU!

Donate here.

 

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Giving Thanks

A heartfelt thank you to our amazing community:
  • The many participants who attend our camps, workshops, performances and events
  • Our artists, instructors and performers who share their talent and creativity
  • Our hardworking volunteers, staff and board who pitch in to keep our wheels moving
  • Our partners and collaborators for bringing their insight and resources
  • Our funders and contributors for providing the financial support that makes it all possible
We wouldn't be here without your energy, creativity, commitment and support!
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Viva Las Artes – Thank You!

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped make Viva Las Artes!, our fall fundraiser, a success on Saturday. It was a memorable evening of delicious food, art, live & silent auctions, and great conversation. Together, with over 100 guests in attendance,  58 local businesses and individuals contributing to our silent & live auctions, 10 businesses underwriting the event as sponsors, and all of our amazing volunteers, we raised over $23,000 in support of our mission to enrich the community through the arts!  Take a look at some snapshots from our event here.   Viva Banner2 Special thanks to our Sponsors:  Benefactor Level: North Country Credit Union, Bourne’s Energy, Union Bank, National Life Group Sustainer Level: Guy’s Farm & Yard, The Alchemist Stowe  Partner Level: Donald P. Blake, Jr., Inc., MSI, Community National Bank, Carlson Real Estate 
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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

JOIN RIVER ARTS IN A UNIQUE CELEBRATION OF 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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 RIVER ARTS – CALL TO ARTISTS

​​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 [email protected], 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

  ‪#‎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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