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Thoughts from our board

Isaac Littlejohn Eddy, May 2018

  A few weeks ago I was a part of something extraordinary. We hosted our second BrewHaha at River Arts that featured stand up comedy, improv, and a pie auction led by our very funny emcee of Modern Times Theatre and Vermont Vaudeville, Justin Lander. The show was completely sold out and there was a wonderfully diverse range of comedy from NVU Johnson students presenting comedic monologues from classic plays to our very own USPS deliverer, Holly Reynolds, doing a set as her hilarious alter ego, Mavis O’Grady. But what made this event so special to me was the crowd. We all chose to come together on a Thursday night to experience something together that could not be reproduced, repackaged, redistributed, and sold.

As a professor of dramatic arts I think about the relevance of theatre in our contemporary lives a lot. One would think that with the ability to stream any entertainment we want at any time from our phones in our pocket that theatre, more than ever, should be dying. The truth is, though, that it’s because of these ever-present and ubiquitous screens that theatre is more vital than ever before.

Live theatre forces us to experience stories from multiple perspectives and in a timeframe that we cannot pause, screenshot, or tweet. What makes theatre (and specifically, the BrewHaha event at River Arts) wholly unique in this is that we witness this unveiling of the story as a group of bodies in a single room; some performing and some viewing but all of us witnessing this live event together. Recent social science experiments have proven that theatre has the ability to sync up the heartbeats of an entire audience. I’ve experienced this first hand: performing as a Blue Man for many years in New York City, Las Vegas and London, and now here in Johnson, Vermont directing experimental and classical shows on the Dibden stage at Northern Vermont University. In the last few years I have noticed that these moments of “liveness” that theatre uniquely provides has become an outlier. It‘s one of the few communal spaces where phones are off, faces are up, and we are pushed to truly see each other.

Teaching and directing young adult Vermonters who often are as glued to their phones as my generation is, I see that this ancient social art form of theatre is not simply valid and relevant as a form of artistic expression, in today’s society it’s absolutely necessary. What I loved about our BrewHaha event is that even though it was just for laughs, we were all engaged in a defiant act of community. We chose to celebrate "liveness" and listening over individualized consuming. This is the type of community I want to be a part of (and to laugh with!).

- Isaac Littlejohn Eddy is an actor, director, improv artist, cartoonist, River Arts Board Member, and Johnson State College Assistant Professor of Performing Arts.

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River Arts is Hiring!

Save the Date – ART100 June 22nd!

ART 100 - An "Everyone Wins" Fundraiser. Save the date and purchase your tickets soon! Which piece of original art will YOU take home?
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CLOSED Sunday, April 1 for Easter

No BIG & Messy ART SPACE or Drop-in Printmaking
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River Arts invites sculptors to submit images of sculptures to be installed in front of River Arts Center. Next available installation will be in late April. Click here to learn more!
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Teaching Artist Training 3/7 Postponed Due to Winter Weather!

Session will take place on Wednesday, March 21st
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Closing Early Friday March 2nd

Closing at 12pm

Exciting Spring Vacation Camps Coming!

Spring Camps are coming April 16-20, 9am-3pm! Spring into Baking, for ages 5-8, young chefs will whip up some sweet and savory pastries. Rock Camp, ages 9-14,  music comes alive when campers create a rock band, write songs and learn a new instrument or perfect their skills. Register under Programs, Youth Camps and Classes.
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Artist Talk & Reception Rescheduled for February 1

Join us for a talk with exhibiting artists Joan Brace O'Neal and Justin Kenney on Thursday, February 1 from 5-7pm. Free Admission - Cash Bar. Learn more about exhibits here.
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Next Photo Co-op! iPhone Photography Apps & White on White

Join the next Photo Co-op Meeting Thursday, January 18th at 6pm!

Drop in every 3rd Thursday, 6-8pm, $5 suggested donation

Presentation: iPhone Photography Apps, by Nan Carle-Beauregard

Photo Sharing Topic: White on White

For photo sharing:

1. Three max.

2. The theme is optional. Lots of folks like to use the theme as a motivation to get out and shoot, but if you’d prefer to show something else you’ve been shooting, then do so.

3. When deciding which photos to share, consider picking one (or more) for which you would like to receive suggestions for improvement.

4. Make it easier on the person running the computer:

Use your name as the name of the memory stick

Remove all the extraneous files

If you put them in a folder, then give the folder an obvious name

If you want your photos shown in order, then name them accordingly

Hope to see you there!
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Closed Monday, January 15 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

No Open Gym

*Gallery Opening Reception 1/4 postponed due to winter weather!*

Stay tuned for the rescheduled date!
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Closed New Year’s Day

Reopening Tuesday, January 2

Come check out our new Holiday Gift Shop!

Open Mon-Fri 9am-4pm, Sat 10am-3pm

...through December 30

Shop local this holiday season! Stop by and peruse an exciting selection of handmade artist books, textiles, note cards, ceramics, original artwork and more, all handmade by local artists. Click here for a list of artists and details.
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Today is #GivingTuesday!

We hope you will support River Arts during #GivingTuesday. This one-day global fundraising event aims to inspire people, like you, to donate to the nonprofits you love. Celebrate the spirit of generosity this season ... Help us continue our work, providing opportunities for connection, self expression, and creativity while providing a place where people of all ages and abilities come together to create a positive future through the arts!

Help sustain our thriving community art center - where hundreds of children, teens, and senior citizens in our region gather and connect through classes, exhibits, performances and events each year. The arts are a powerful force for transformation and change, and we witness the impact the arts make on our community every day. But, we can only do our work with your help. Donate online by clicking here or by mail to P.O. Box 829, Morrisville, VT 05661.
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Closed Thanksgiving Thursday, November 23

Re-opening Friday!

Thank You to Everyone for Supporting Viva Las Artes!

We held our biggest fundraising event of the year Viva Las Artes!, raising over $19,000 in support of our mission to enrich the community through the arts. The theme was “Green”, offering a variety of recycled treasures, local products, services and array of eco-friendly items donated by over 60 local businesses, artists and individuals.

More than 100 guests and volunteers turned out for the event, enjoying a sampling of regional cheeses from Jasper Hill Farms and Cabot Creamery, a delicious meal by Juniors at Stowe, and silent and live auctions with Eileen Blackwood and Lynn Goyette as the auctioneers. Guests were encouraged to make direct donations to River Arts’ free family programs, such as Music & Movement and the BIG & Messy ART Space, a new pottery studio, and scholarships, raising almost $3,000. In addition, seven local businesses underwrote the event as sponsors, led by Union Bank, Bourne’s Energy, Guy’s Farm & Yard, and the Alchemist, all contributing to a successful event.

River Arts extends its thanks to all of the businesses, organizations, volunteers and community members whose support makes the organization strong, and allows it to continue providing multi-disciplinary opportunities for self expression, creativity, inspiration and connection through the arts.

To view an album of the event click here ... more coming soon!
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*Closed Wednesday, November 8 for Professional Development*

Re-opening Thursday, November 9 at 9:00am
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Viva Las Artes! Fall Fundraiser – November 3rd!

Viva Las Artes! 2017 is a special evening that brings together friends, partners and local businesses to celebrate and support our dynamic community art center. This year will feature all things "green" - recycled treasures, local products, services and array of eco-friendly items. The evening begins with a wine bar and sampling of regional cheeses, charcuterie spreads, and a silent auction, followed by a delicious meal and live auction. There are many local products and services and an array of eco-friendly items being featured at the live auction including a weekend getaway for 4 in Montreal, unique jewelry, yoga and massage certificates, a birding hike and tour, and so much more!

Please contact Judith Mathison at [email protected] or (802) 888-1261 with any questions or to purchase tickets.
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