Open Gym Playgroup


River Arts is partnering with the Lamoille Family Center to bring Open Gym drop-in classes to the community. These classes combine our Open Gym concept with the Lamoille Family Center's Playgroups.

Playgroups are a great way for children to have fun and meet new friends while you socialize and learn about resources that support the healthy development of your child and family. Playgroups are FREE and follow the public pre-school academic calendar, running through the end of May. All children are welcome to attend along with their parents, guardians or family, friend or neighbor caregivers. Come on out and play!

Held in the Robert C. Folley Performance Hall on the second floor of the River Arts Center

When: Mondays, from 9:30-11:00am

*Classes follow the Lamoille South Supervisory Union schedule. Cancelled if there is a Morrisville School cancellation due to weather conditions.
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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 [email protected].

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  $5 suggested donation

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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BIG & Messy – ART Space!

$5 suggested donation

Imagine the delight of your child as they walk into a room with walls ready to decorate with tables of paint, rollers, and brushes … or a spinning pottery wheel ready to shape and squash clay. Around the corner? Another space set with large architecture Build It Discs to build a tower,  a fort or your own unique creation!

Our BIG & Messy ART Space is a facilitated space for families and children to explore with a focus on process, rather than product. All art stations are open-ended, and child-led. It’s always drop-in, no reservations required! You may join in anytime within the scheduled window, but please try to arrive at least a half-hour before the end time.

All materials, as well as smocks for kids and adults, are provided. Please remember to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, painted, or wet. The best part?….We clean-up the mess!

Note for messy arts space: NO SHOES in the studio PLEASE! This is to prevent our paint and clay from leaving the studio on the bottom of shoes.

Art Facilitators: Katie Mathison-Regan & Erubey Lopez

Special thanks to Price Chopper's Golub Foundation for their support!

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In-School Kinder Arts Program

The River Arts’ Kinder Arts Program offers an innovative exploratory arts program for children ages 3-5. Bringing creative experimentation to preschool classrooms in our community, the program features art making through mixed media, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture photography and music.  The mission of the program is to build self-esteem and skills in young artists through the process of creativity. The program’s unique focus on experimentation gives young artists an opportunity to explore the materials and build on tactile experiences. Children experience action painting, create artwork to the rhythm of music, build sculptures, create murals, and enjoy a variety of monthly art themes. Students get a first taste of art history as we study famous artists, and discover art from distant lands.  Weekly expression through sketchbook exercises/free-drawing, and group sharing builds social and emotional connections with our young students. Watch our Kinder Arts program in action here!  

Instructor: Haleigh West


Participating Schools:

Apple Tree Learning Centers, Stowe

Green Mountain Kids, Morrisville

Lamoille South Early Education, Morrisville

Puffer Child Care Center, Morrisville

Wee Explorers Preschool, Morrisville

Creative Connections, Morrisville

Mud City Kids, Morrisville

  To complete the Kinder Arts feedback form, click here.
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Open Studio Figure Drawing

$10/session; punchcards available - $90/10 classes (save $10)

Open Studio Figure Drawing meets every 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month 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. Easels and tables available.
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Kinder Arts drop-in class at River Arts, Winter Series

River Arts

Donations Welcome!

The River Arts’ Kinder Arts Program offers an innovative exploratory arts drop-in program for children ages 3-5. Celebrating its sixth year, the mission of the program continues to build self-esteem and skills in young artists through the process of creativity. Each session focuses on experimentation - giving young artists an opportunity to explore materials and build on tactile experiences. Children have the opportunity to learn about artists through books, and explore many art mediums. Sculpture, clay, photography, painting, drawing and sketchbook exercises are all a part of the adventure!

Instructor: Haleigh West

* Participating children must be “bathroom savvy”.

Kinder Arts will be held on the following dates: 2019 - January 8, 22,  February 5, 19,  March 12, 26,  April 9, 23.

 Cancelled if there is a Morrisville School cancellation due to weather conditions.
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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!

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Voices from Northern Vermont

Volume 1 By River Arts Poetry Clinic Participants

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Pilates with Mary Regele


Classes on 5/3, 5/7, and 5/10 cancelled Class on Thursday, May 24 will be held at the Civic/Sr Center

Pilates-a class that focuses on core (abdominals, waist, back and hips).  The class incorporates many different body weight exercises...pushups, planks, squats...Any level of fitness may attend, but as it can be an aggressive class, many modifications are offered for beginning level participants. Please bring a mat and water.  The class does not require shoes.

Drop-in, $5. For more information please contact Mary Regele: [email protected]
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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 Next Meeting: Thursday, October 18th, 6-8pm

Photo Sharing Theme: "Fall"    
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Elder Blossom Song Project

The Manor


Join in on this special sing-along chorus for community members 60+. Learn by ear in unison and 2-part harmonies. Culminates in a special holiday concert for friends and family.

Takes place at The Manor. Open to community members 60+. Pre-registration required, please call 802-888-1261 to sign-up.

Instructor Bio: Being from a musical family, Alice Perron began playing the guitar at 15 and the piano while at Johnson State College where she earned her BA in music. Since then she's been giving piano lessons and directing the Saint Michael's choir for whom she's enjoyed writing and arranging music. She has sung with The Northeast Kingdom Chorus and the Vermont Philharmonic chorus and has continued to study music throughout her life. In recent years she began caring for elderly and has completed PCA and LNA training. This work has inspired her to begin the Elder Blossom Song Project, bringing the joy and benefits of singing to the elderly and disabled in our community.

Friday Afternoons at 1pm:

October 5 & 19

November 9 & 23

December 7

Final Holiday Concert: Wednesday, December 12, 2pm
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CLASS FULL: Scandinavian Birch Bark Ornaments

$65 tuition includes all materials



Please contact [email protected] to be put on the waitlist

  Enjoy the simple pleasure of creating a decoration or gift from materials responsibly harvested on instructor Penny Hewitt's Northeast Kingdom farm. Utilizing techniques common to the Scandinavian and Russian style of basketry, you will craft birds and stars using strips of inner bark from the paper birch in this four hour workshop. You will also learn how these materials are harvested and prepared.

Instructor Bio: A craftsperson, teacher, homesteader, and homeschooling mom, Penny Hewitt lives with her family on a diversified farm in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Through the curiosity of her sons, she became fascinated with and then passionate about preserving and passing on traditional skills, particularly in the forms of black ash and birch bark basketry. Working with responsibly harvested and hand-processed materials from the forest surrounding her home, Penny seeks to create objects of beauty that are useful in everyday life. She is inspired by traditions of other cultures, and grateful for the opportunities of connection to people, place, nature, and self that her craft cultivates. Her experience with weaving includes teaching workshops, leading homeschool groups, and crafting for income.
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M.E. Art Group

Free to adults 60 and up

Want to talk art, get project ideas, share techniques and tips on media or participate in special workshops in a variety of disciplines? Join our drop-in M.E. (Morrisville Elder) Art Group every Thursday, 10-12p.m. and get creative with others! Bring your art supplies and work on your own piece, or use some of our supplies to start something new. Open to all levels of skill and experience! The Art Group will be on break for the months of July and August.
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Figure Drawing Marathon

$40 for one day, $75 for two days

The Open Studio Figure Drawing Group is hosting it’s 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 information please call or e-mail River Arts at: 802.888.1261, [email protected]

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Southern Old Time Fiddle with Dana Robinson

$100 tuition


This intermediate class in Southern Old Time Fiddle will focus on expanding your repertoire, bowing technique, and exploring ways to get the best possible tone out of your fiddle. Attention will be given on to how to learn a new tune during a jam session and sharing some exercises to practice chording on the fiddle. We will introduce one new tune each week which will be taught by ear, phrase by phrase. Instructor Bio: Dana Robinson has been a professional musician for more than 30 years. As a multi-instrumentalist (Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin and Banjo) and singer-songwriter, Dana has released 12 CD’s and toured over a million miles across the United States, Canada, and Europe. His original compositions have been featured on a half-dozen films including two Ken Burns’ documentaries, "The National Parks, America’s Best Idea" and "The Dust Bowl.” Dana resides in Cabot, VT and is currently the Executive Director of Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture.
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Intro to Capoeira



The learning experiences I offer are designed to physically immerse students in the techniques, culture, language, and traditions of Capoeira, as well as Forró (Brazilian partner dance), Samba (Brazilian dance), and Maculelê (dance with sticks). As students develop strength, flexibility, stamina, coordination, mind/body awareness, rhythm, and social skills through fighting, singing, dancing, and performing within the Brazilian cultural norms, they will grasp how Brazilians, as a group, act towards life. Consequently, they will form a connection between their own behavior, culture, and ethnicity and how it informs, many times unconsciously, their daily behavior. The classes I teach incorporate history, as well as, anthropological, scientific, philosophical, religious and gender studies as methods for analysis of one’s reflexive cultural behavior.

Capoeira Invented by Brazilian slaves, the art of capoeira is a complex amalgamation of fight, dance, and ritual. Considered one of the largest black resistance movements, capoeira was outlawed from 1890 to 1940 in what was the first constitution of the Brazilian Republic. As a forbidden movement, capoeira was practiced in secret until one capoeira master was able to bring it out of its fugitive status. The legendary Mestre Bimba (1900 -1974) invented a new style of capoeira, Capoeira Regional. As its savior, Bimba modernized capoeira and Brazilian President Getulio Vargas recognized him as an educator. Capoeira today is played in 150 countries throughout the world. The art was added to UNESCO's list of cultural manifestations respected as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on November 26, 2014.

Instructor Bio:

Fabio Nascimento – Professor Fuá

During the last twenty-eight years I have practiced the art of capoeira in its entirety. I have mastered the martial art, the tricks, and the dances. I have also mastered capoeira’s percussion instruments as well as the singing techniques and rituals. During the last fifteen years I have taught and performed for people in Brazil, Germany, and currently in the United States. I have lived in Vermont since 2009, and during this time I have introduced capoeira to over three thousand people. I have also founded a capoeira group, Jagube Capoeira. We’ve hosted two international events with two days of workshops, rituals, and dinners and the participation of more than three hundred people from Brazil, United States, Canada, Spain, Colombia, Venezuela, and Israel. Jagube Capoeira Method: Developing Cultural Competence Through Capoeira.  
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Polymer Clay: Colorful Veneers for Jewelry and Mixed Media

$95 tuition


Rev up your wardrobe with jewelry made by using a simple surface coloring technique with polymer clay, a heat-cured modeling material! Crafting elements for jewelry, journaling and mixed-media uses or covering tiles, picture frames or other home decorating projects are just a few of this technique’s many uses. Beginning to advanced students from any discipline-- mixed media, journaling, painting or jewelry arts--can benefit from this class. Just bring your curiosity and a well-developed artist's or crafting skill-set.

On Day 1, we’ll use the instructor’s extensive collection of pastels, paints and colorants to make sheets of colorful veneer. We’ll also cover how to make your own texture molds using 2-part mold putty. Day 2 is devoted to creating jewelry shapes for earrings or pendants and other forms with these layers. Coaching with color choices will be provided and you’ll come away with the confidence and skills to tackle projects on your own.

Instructor Bio:

Christine Damm studied art at New York University and ceramics at The School for American Craftsmen at R.I.T. in Rochester, NY. Her art jewelry business—Stories They Tell—was founded in 2009. She was Featured Designer in Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine - Fall 2011 and was the cover artist for BAJ’s recent issue in Spring 2018. She was one of 12 artists showcased in Polymer Clay: Global Perspectives by Cynthia Tinapple, whose website Polymer Clay Daily frequently features her work. Her work is seen in numerous books and magazines and on Facebook, Pinterest, Flickr and Instagram. She is a member of the International Polymer Clay Association. She has been teaching polymer clay classes at art retreats and craft schools since 2011 and gives “Art on the Farm” workshops at her home in Braintree, VT. Website:
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Acrylic Painting with Jack Sabon (located in Johnson)

Upstairs at Johnson Town Clerk

Free to seniors 60+

River Arts invites seniors (60+) to join in a special Acrylic Painting class with artist instructor Jack Sabon. Sabon, an Athabascan Indian, gravitates toward Southwestern and Native American themes. His use of brilliant colors express beauty, and native theme to represent his background as an Alaskan Native. Since moving to Vermont, he explores more New England color values and cloudscapes, bridging in spiritual musings.

Canvas boards, paints, and all other materials will be provided. Participants should bring simple landscape photograph to work from.

2 Thursdays: October 18 & 25 from 1-3pm

Free to seniors 60+

Spaces limited, pre-registration required by calling 802-888-1261 or emailing [email protected]

Located above Town Clerk, at 293 Main Street in Johnson
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Creative Costume & Culinary – Spooktacular!

River Arts

$150 (scholarships available)


Cook up amazing Autumn treats (that are so delicious, it's scary!) with Chef Kate Halliday, and join Artist/Instructor, Haleigh West, to create outlandish, imaginative costumes for Halloween (what do YOU want to be?). Each day, campers spend half of the day in the River Arts kitchen and fashion studio as they stretch their imaginations, build new skills, and experiment in this fun, hands-on camp!
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Acrylic Painting with Gabriel Tempesta

River Arts

This class is full - please contact [email protected] to be put on the waitlist.

The River Arts Elder Arts Program invites seniors (60+) to join this special Acrylic Painting class led by artist instructor Gabriel Tempesta! Canvas boards, paints, and all other materials will be provided.

2 Tuesdays: September 18 & 25 from 1-3pm

Free to seniors 60+

Located at River Arts: 74 Pleasant Street, Morrisville VT

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