Photo Co-op January 16 Cancelled due to road conditions!


Closed on MLK Day, Monday Jan 20

Re-opening on Tuesday at 9pm


Holiday Hours & Closures:


Welcome New Executive Director Joseph Pensak

The Board of Trustees of River Arts welcomes Joseph Pensak as its new Executive Director effective July 1.  “We are very excited about a future with Joseph in the leadership position” says Nan Carle Beauregard, Chair of the Board of Trustees. Joseph replaces Dominique Gustin, who came to River Arts 12 years ago as the Program Director and accepted the role of Executive Director in 2016.  She leaves this vibrant community arts organization to pursue new opportunities with the Vermont Arts Council.

Joseph Pensak brings 18 years of experience in grant writing, development work and community building to the Executive Director position at River Arts and is excited to see its mission of “Arts for Everyone” continue to grow in richness, depth and scope in its 20th year and beyond. Joseph has served as the director and head curator of New City Galerie in Burlington, an art gallery with attached artist in residence studios since its founding in 2011.

Beyond New City, he brings almost 20 years of experience in New England connecting communities to rich encounters with the arts. He spent three years in Cambridge, MA working with the Brazilian community through ESL Boston, a unique collaboration that incorporated music, food and storytelling into English language classes for all ages. In seven years of community building work at the University of Connecticut, he developed the Signs of Life music series, a collaboration with Paste Magazine to bring touring acts to the campus community.

For the past eight years at New City Galerie, he has curated four art shows per year together with overseeing New City’s on site artist in residence program. Joseph is a Sacred Harp singer and musician and has played drums and guitar in various bands since college. In March he played a record release show at FlynnSpace in Burlington for his new project, Hallowell, released this year on Great Comfort Records.

Joseph’s wife Katie Pensak is a ceramic artist and the head graphic designer for Hunger Free Vermont. The Pensaks have three girls—Nadine (14), Lucie (11) and Maelle (7).

River Arts is a community arts organization in Morrisville.  It’s mission is to enrich the community through the arts by making the arts accessible to all, regardless of age, ability, or financial means. Last year, more than 3,500 individuals were engaged in its classes, camps, and workshops.  Almost 15,000 visitors enjoyed exhibitions and performances, took advantage of the new clay studio, and shopped in the Artisan Gift Shop, which features the work of 25 local artists.

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Help us serve you better – Community Survey

What types of classes would you like to see held? What community needs could we help meet? Approaching River Arts' 20th Anniversary, help shape our direction by completing the Community Survey here:

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No Music & Movement today because of school closure!

Rescheduled for next Friday, Feb 8th
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Viva Las Artes – thank you!

What an amazing evening of community coming together to celebrate and support the arts! A heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended, volunteered, and contributed to Viva Las Artes! last week. Together we raiser over $28,000, enabling us to continue offering art opportunities to the community, regardless of age, ability, or financial means. Your support allows us to continue providing multi-disciplinary opportunities for self expression, creativity, inspiration and connection.
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River Arts Photo Co-op Photography Contest!

River Arts Photo Co-op Photography Contest 2018

Submission Deadline: November 16

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. The Photo Co-op meets at River Arts in Morrisville every 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:00pm.

River Arts is holding its annual photography contest that will accept images taken between January 1st and the deadline: November 16th, 2018. To qualify to enter contest, the photographer must attend at least one Photo Co-op meeting. There is no cost to enter the contest. Photos must be original works by the photographer submitting the photo. Photos must be taken in Vermont or of Vermont. Amateur and professional are welcome to enter. Winning images will also be featured in a group exhibit at the Morrisville Post Office in 2019. Prizes: 1st Place- $225 , 2nd Place- $115, 3rd Place- $75, three honorable mentions- $25 each. Visit for full submission guidelines, and submit images to: [email protected]

Click here for full guidelines
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Fall Newsletter


Music & Movement

Sing and swing to the beat of the music in this very special FREE drop-in program for infants to preschoolers and their parents!  Join us on every 1st Friday each month from 11am-12pm for music, movement and FUN!  Children’s music educator and local musician, Lesley Grant, will play fun musical favorites and classics while participants dance, move, sing, explore instruments and learn basic musical elements such as rhythm and vocal dynamics.

Instructor: Lesley Grant

**Music & Movement follows the local school district weather cancellation policies - if school is canceled due to weather, Music & Movement will also be canceled.

Thank you to our Sustainer Level Sponsor Stowe Family Dentistry for supporting the program!

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No On-going Clay Studio Class 9/27

Evening Clay Studio Class is cancelled on 9/27. We hope you will join us the following week!
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Closed for Labor Day Weekend

Re-opening on Tuesday at 9am. Have a great summer weekend!
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Rocktoberfest Events at River Arts

Come watch the No-Strings Marionettes, play in our clay studio or bring a friend and explore! Saturday, September 29th. See Morrisville's Face Book page for more information!
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Artisan Gift Shop at River Arts

Looking for a special gift? Want to check out the amazing skills of local artists in our community? Stop by our Artisan Gift Shop, open Sun-Fri from 9am-4pm! From pottery, hand-dyed linens, up-cycled leather purses, original art and prints, and so much more!
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Look for River Arts in Morrisville 4th of July Parade!

We will be handing out goodies and marching to the art beat! Parade begins at 11 am.
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Today is VT Gives! Please Help Support Morrisville’s Community Art Center!

VT Gives is a 24-hour online flash fundraising event to support nonprofits in our state. Support the causes you care about - click here!
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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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