Win a Trip to the Bahamas

Drawing will be held at the River Arts Center in Morrisville.

$50/ticket, maximum 300 tickets sold.

Value $4,500 - Includes airfare for 2 AND a week at “Pineapple Fields” in Eleuthera.

$50/ticket Maximum 300 tickets sold.

Available vacation dates from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020. Some restrictions apply.


Drawing at River Arts on September 6th

(The winner does not need to be present at the drawing)


All proceeds to benefit River Arts, enriching the community through Arts for Everyone!


Call 888-1261 to purchase or click here to purchase tickets online with PayPal

  *Winner is responsible for all associated fees, which include but may not be limited to all federal, state and local taxes (including income tax liability); Must be 18 years or older to win. Winner must claim prize within ten (10) days of drawing.
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Festival of Lights 2018

River Arts


Join us at River Arts during Morrisville's Festival of Lights Celebration ... all events and activities are free!

  • Make an Origami star ornament
    • Nancy Van Winkle will give a demonstration to make your own ornament.
  • Lantern Making 
    • Make a beautiful lantern and join the parade!
  • Open Clay Studio - Play in the clay, try the wheel and handbuilding!
  • Holiday Pop-up Gift Shop
    • Giftshop - get a start on your holiday shopping and support local makers.
  • Ballet Wolcott Performance at 12:00pm - Nutcracker Suite
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Young Artists Mentoring Program Group Exhibit Opening

River Arts

River Arts is pleased to present the opening of the Young Artists Mentoring Program Group Exhibit June 6, from 6:00-7:30p.m.​in the Copley Common Space Gallery at the River Arts Center in Morrisville. Visit and celebrate the teen artists' works created by those who have participated in this program at River Arts. Each of the seven artists involved worked in various mediums including print making, charcoals, and acrylics. painting under the mentorship of artist Juliet O'Neil. The artists included in this exhibit are Shawna Beattie, Peoples Academy, Mallory Bourdeau and Linden Griffiths, who are home schooled, Abrie Howe, Stowe Middle School, Rylin Hubbell, Peoples Academy Mid-Level, Chloe Koch, Lamoille Union High School, and Kylie Patch, Lamoille Union Middle School.
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Artisan Gift Shop


Buy Local! Looking for a unique and special gift? Stop by and peruse an exciting selection of handmade artist books, textiles, jewelry, notecards, ceramics, original artwork and more at River Arts' new Artisan Gift Shop!

Hours: Sunday - Friday 9am-4pm, closed Saturday



  • Nancy VanWinkle of Nomadic Roots Studio - Handmade books made with recycled and sustainably harvested materials
  • Dominique Gustin - Encaustic paintings, notecards, prints, original sock dolls and hand sculpted miniature chickens, owls and other birds
  • Tracy Wolters - music CDs
  • Heidi Bielenberg - Pottery
  • Ryan Geary - Shadow Box Collage
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2nd Annual Brew Haha

River Arts

$10 at the door or online  


Join us for a night of outrageous Vermont comedy, delicious local beer and an entertaining pie auction at the second annual Brew HaHa! The evening features Justin Lander, of Modern Times Theater as emcee, Vermont’s funniest comics: Bryanna Doe, Sky Sandoval, and Jared Hall from the Vermont Comedy Club, as well as a special appearance by the Johnson State College improv troupe. Bring your checkbook for the pie auction (benefits support River Arts), and take home a delicious, one of a kind, and memorable pie!

We'll be serving delicious pizza from Pizza on Main and local craft brews from sponsor Rock Art Brewery. Come out, laugh, and support your community arts organization.

Special thank you to sponsor Rock Art Brewery for supporting the event!

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Plays & Pints- One act comedies on love

River Arts

$5 at the door or online


Whether you're ready for Valentine's Day or not (!), River Arts offers an evening of one act comedies about love. Treat yourself to local beer, pizza and comedy as Plays & Pints, a staged reading of one acts, returns featuring Read Between the Lines, a collaboration of area actors from local theaters. $5 online or at the door. Beer and pizza by purchase.
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Festival of Lights


Stop by River Arts during Morrisville's Festival of Lights Celebration ... all events and activities are free!

  • BIG & Messy - ART SPACE!
    • Giant mural painting, BIG weaving, mountains of Playdough, towers of blocks, and more
  • Lantern Making 
    • Make a beautiful lantern and join the parade!
  • Seed Mosaics - crafts for all ages
  • Holiday Pop-up Gift Shop
    • Giftshop featuring local artists' work - get a jump start on your holiday shopping!
  • Ballet Wolcott Performance at 1:00pm - Nutcracker Suite
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Viva Las Artes – Thank You!

 Photography by Lauren Stagnitti,

Thank you to all the local businesses, supporters,

and volunteers for making this year's fall fundraiser

a huge success - powering us into 2018!

We held our biggest fundraising event of the year Viva Las Artes! last week, 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 photos of the event, click here... more coming soon!

Special thank you to our local business event sponsors and sustaining partners:
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Gallery Opening Reception

Free Admission

Photo Credit: "Black Beach" by Liz Nelson, "Woodland Shadow Play" by Cindy Griffith"

Join us Thursday, October 26th, 5-7pm


Join us to celebrate our two newest exhibits, "ĺsland í Maí: Iceland in May" by Liz Nelson and "Magic in the Landscape" by Cindy Griffith.

Learn more about the exhibits here

Free Admission / Refreshments / Cash Bar

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Morrisville's 6th Annual ROCKTOBERFEST!

Saturday, September 30th, 10AM-3PM / Free

Stop by River Arts for:

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Opening Reception and Artist Talk

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Join us Thursday, July 13th, 5-7pm for a gallery opening celebration and talk with exhibiting artists Elise Whittemore and Katie Loesel. Hear Katie and Elise talk about their inspirations, process, and work as printmakers.

Elise Whittemore 5-6pm

Katie Loesel 6-7pm

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Deobrat Mishra in Concert

Tickets $22 - available online here  - or call 802-888-1261

Deobrat Mishra with Prashant Mishra on Tabla  

Deobrat Mishra is a celebrated Indian sitarist and composer, and an exponent of the esteemed Benares Gharana school of Hindustani classical music. The son of Pandit Shivnath Mishra, a legend of Sitar, Deobrat will bring his energetic and innovative playing style to Vermont in June for a series of rare performances.

  Ticket price is $22 - Limited Tickets available - get yours online ... or by calling River Arts at 802-888-1261 (Monday-Thursday 9-4pm and Friday 9-2pm). Tickets will be available at the door until sold out.

  Since 1994 Deobrat has been touring throughout India, Europe, and North America. His many projects include music workshops, solo performances for radio and television as well as world music programs with Indian and European artists. Moreover, he provides music lessons at the Academy of Indian Classical Music, the school he founded along with his father, Pandit Shivnath Mishra, in 2006. Deobrat is one of India’s leading cultural ambassadors of our times and his performance is sure to be a treat for all lovers of music. Buy Tickets Online Here

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AMP Nights!

Suggested $10 at the door

AMP Nights! River Arts and Sundog Poetry Center have partnered together to present a new series of creative evenings which feature a special guest artist, musician, and poet who will share their work through presentations and performances. Audience members are invited to meet and informally discuss each artist’s work afterwards. Light fare and drinks available. Suggested donation of $10 per person at the door. Doors open at 5:30pm SCHEDULE Thursday, March 23, 2017, 6-8pm Thursday, April 27, 6-8pm Thursday, May 25, 6-8pm DETAILS ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thursday, March 23, 2017, 6-8pm
  • Artist - Ted Zilius
  • Musician - Ben Cosgrove - Ben Cosgrove is a traveling composer, pianist, and multi-instrumentalist from New England. He performs regularly all over the country, writes scores for films, plays, radio, and television, and has produced several well-received albums of original instrumental work that straddles a line between folk and classical music. Read more and listen to his sound here.
  • Poet - Chard deNiord - Chard is a renowned poet with several published works.  He is currently a professor of English at Providence College and the Poet Laureate of Vermont. Read more here.
  • Food - El Hornero - Locally sourced and made international savory and sweet pastries. Read more here.elhorneropastries-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Thursday, April 27, 6-8pm
    • Artist - Clare Dolan: Clare Dolan is a Nurse/Puppeteer whose enthusiasm for everyday life led to the creation of the Museum of Everyday Life in Glover and the great period of growth it has enjoyed in the early part of this Century. Her early interest in object collection and her experiences as a touring puppeteer with the Bread and Puppet Theater during her formative years informs the ever-expanding activity of the Museum as it pursues its mission of glorious obscurity.
    • Musician - Farm Song: Farm Song is a group of farmers, homesteaders, and friends who love to sing. As long as people have been farming, they have been singing about it: harvest and planting songs, songs to influence the weather, songs about or for livestock, songs to bless trees and animals, ritual songs to be sung at solstices, equinoxes and other auspicious times of year. Josh Karp, Maria Schumann, Kristin Urie, Jeff Fellinger and Emily Gletsos have been sin ging together in various formations for over 10 years. With backgrounds in farming, folklore, painting, puppetry, musicology, carpentry and teaching, the singers bring together their diverse backgrounds to create a unique musical experience. Their goal is to sing these ancient (and some not so ancient) farm songs on actual working farms—they have sung in apple orchards and cheese caves, in barns and in pastures: to bring music out of the concert hall and back to its agricultural origins. Their repertoire includes Czech sheep calling songs; Lithuanian ritual solstice ‘sutartines’—trance inducing rounds with odd rhythms and harmonies that bless the grasses and bees; shepherding and ploughing songs from the British folk tradition; Shape Note hymns composed by Vermont farmers at the turn of the 18th/19th century about death, harvest and hardship; work songs and harvest songs from Caucasus Georgia; and more.
    • PoetKerrin McCadden is the author of Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, inaugural winner of the 2015 Vermont Book Award, as well as the 2013 New Issues Poetry Prize, chosen by David St John. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award. Her work has received support from the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, Verse Daily, and in such journals as American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Collagist, Green Mountains Review and Rattle. A graduate of The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, she teaches English and Creative Writing at Montpelier High School, and is the associate director of the Conference on Poetry and Teaching at The Frost Place. She lives in Montpelier, Vermont.
    • Food - El Hornero - Locally sourced and made international savory and sweet pastries. Read more here.elhorneropastries
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thursday, May 25, 6-8pm
    • Artist - Clark Derbes - Remarkable sculpture artist playing with illusion and geometric pattern transforming tree stumps into abstract art pieces. Born in New Orleans, LA, and currently living and working in Vermont. Exhibited at Burlington City Arts, West Branch Gallery of Stowe, as well as prolifically throughout Vermont, Texas, and the South. Clark Derbes will be presenting a lecture discussing the nature of his series of "self-commissioned" public artworks . He will also be discussing his frenetic studio practice that spans across many genres and mediums. Read more about his work here.
    • MusicianEmily Lanxner, steelpannist, composer, and arranger, led the Vermont-based PanAshé Steelband for over twenty years. She has performed with many of the world's finest steelbands, competing in over a dozen Panorama competitions both in the US and in Trinidad, with Desperadoes, Pandemonium, Moods, and others. She has a masters degree in steelpan performance from Northern Illinois University. Her performance credits include appearances with the Skatalites, Sierra Leone's Refugee Allstars, Taj Mahal, and Vermont artists, jazz drummer Geza Carr, and TURNmusic contemporary music ensemble.
    • PoetDarren Higgins is a writer, editor, and artist living in Waterbury Center, Vermont, with his wife and two sons. A graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Darren has contributed essays, interviews, and commentaries to Numero Cinq, Jacket2, and Vermont Public Radio. His poems and stories have appeared in The Iowa Review, La Fovea, Quick Fiction, RAZED, Cosmonauts Avenue, and elsewhere.
    • Food - El Hornero - Locally sourced and made international savory and sweet pastries. Read more here.elhorneropastries
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The River Works Project – Community Talk

River Arts invites the community to join Artist and Johnson State College Assistant Professor of Fine Art, Michael Zebrowski, in a conversation to learn more about his public art and discuss the upcoming River Works Project, a partnership between Johnson State College, River Arts and the Town of Morrisville.  Free.  

The River Works Project is designed to increase awareness about the Lamoille River and its social, economic and environmental impact on the Town of Morristown.  The project will culminate in permanent public art installations, designed and created by Johnson State College and area high school students working with Artist/Instructor, Michael Zebrowski, at the Oxbow Riverfront Park in 2018. The final installations are intended to beautify the area, increase our community’s awareness of the surrounding natural environment, and provide opportunities for observation and contemplation.  

Community input is vital to the success of the project.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their stories of the Lamoille River and Oxbow, present questions  that they may have about the area, and share their thoughts and ideas for the project.  The information gathered at  the meeting will be used to inform the work of the students, as they work with Michael Zebrowski to envision, design, build and install the final art installations.
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Plays & Pints on St. Patrick’s Day

Admission is free (refreshments extra, donations welcome!)

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day on Friday, March 17, with "Plays & Pints", an evening of six one-act comedies, beer from Rock Art Brewery and pizza from Pizza on Main at the River Arts Center in Morrisville. Doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7pm.
"Read Between the Lines" is a collaboration of actors from Stowe Theatre Guild, Lamoille County Players, and the Johnson State College Theater Department. They will perform witty, intelligent pieces, including Steve Martin's "Zig Zag Woman" and David Lindsay-Abaire's edgy "How We Talk in South Boston". There are some adult themes.
Admission is free (refreshments extra and donations welcome)
Buy a brew or slice - delicious pizza from Pizza on Main and local beer from Rock Art Brewery!
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Artist Talk with Marie LaPre’ Grabon and Kathy Stark


Thursday, February 23rd, 5:30-6:30pm

The artist talk will be moderated by Tari Swenson. Read about her work here.

Read more about Marie's and Kathy's current art exhibit, Glue, Paper, Scissors, here.
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1st Annual Brew Haha

$10 admission at the door (refreshments extra)

An evening of comedy, improv and beer tasting on Friday, February 17th. The event will feature Justin Lander & Rose Friedman from Modern Times Theater, creative improv with Johnson State College theater students, music by Lesley Grant, and stand up comedy. Admission is $10, tickets available at the door beginning at 5:30pm, show begins at 6pm. At an additional cost, you can enjoy local pizza from Pizza on Main, a stunning array of tasty beers from Lost Nation Brewery and Ten Bends Beers!

  • Johnson State College's brand new improv group, Cheesecake Pirates, will perform a collection of short form theater games and a long form improv set called the "Armondo" where sketches are created on the spot based on a true to life monologue. The entire performance is unrehearsed and based on audience suggestions. Can we have a word?
  • Modern Times Theater - Hot Ginger and Dynamite! Showcasing Lander and Friedman’s best work with Vermont Vaudeville, the program features the musical wonders of the shepherd’s crook cornet, cigar-box ukulele, string bass, and bicycle pump. Friedman and Lander choose from their treasure trove of hilarious and outrageous novelty music numbers. The program also features an original live “silent movie”.
  • Lesley Grant is a singer and songwriter with the soul of a wandering minstrel.  She has performed with the Austin country/bluegrass band Southland, as well as bands in California, Wyoming and Hawaii.  Her writing is spiced by, among others, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, Loretta Lynn, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Johnny Cash, John Prine, and Neil Young. She started singing before she learned to walk and sang so much her parents had to create a household “no singing at the dinner table” rule. Inspired by her three musically talented older brothers, she picked up the guitar at age 14. She was introduced to Bluegrass while backing a banjo-playing brother on her rhythm guitar. Lesley’s song writing skill and natural singing voice summon her musical influences, as well as those of the southern Appalachians in an authentic manner rarely encountered in the Northeast.
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Figure Drawing Marathon

$40 for one day, $70 for two days


The Open Studio Figure Drawing Group is hosting its Annual Fall Marathon!

Two days of drawing from the figure…it doesn’t get much better….

Bring your charcoal, graphite, conte crayons, paints and/or clay!

Artists and art lovers with all levels of experience are invited to spend one or two full days drawing, painting, or sculpting, with a diversity of models for inspiration.

The Drawing Marathon will feature nude and clothed models. Saturday morning will follow the traditional Open Studio Figure Drawing session with a nude model. This session will begin with a series of short poses that culminate with a 45 min. pose. Participants will break for a one hour lunch, then resume the afternoon session with one 3 hour long pose with a clothed/costumed model. On Sunday, the day will consist of two 3 hour long sessions, with a nude model in the morning and a clothed/costumed model in the afternoon. The Sunday afternoon session will close with a wine reception and friendly critique of work accomplished during the marathon.

The Figure Drawing Marathon will be held in the beautiful Robert C. Folley Performance Hall located on the second floor of the River Arts Center.

Time: The doors to River Arts will open at 9 a.m. Free coffee, tea and bagels will be available on both Saturday and Sunday.

The morning sessions will begin at 9:30 a.m. sharp.

Saturday sessions: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., lunch from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Afternoon session, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Sunday sessions: morning...9:30 a.m. - 12-30 p.m., afternoon, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m., wine reception and critique 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Register Early! Space is limited!

For more info or to register please call or e-mail River Arts at: 802.888.1261, [email protected]

For more figure drawing, join our twice a month Open Studio Figure Drawing drop-in class on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 3-5:30pm.


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