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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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

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Voices from Northern Vermont

Volume 1 By River Arts Poetry Clinic Participants

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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        

Tentative upcoming presentation schedule:

December 21, 2017 Photo Contest winners, Chris Crothers

January 18, 2018 iPhone Apps with Nan Carle-Beauregard

February 15, 2018 Wildflowers of Vermont, Kate Carter

March 15, 2018 Images of the Southland, Jackson Kytle

April 19, 2018 Flash Photography, Kevin Fitzgerald

May 17, 2018 Wedding Photography, Lauren Stagnitti

          River Arts Photo Co-op Photography Contest 2017

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. River Arts is holding a photography contest that will begin on August 17, 2017 and will end December 17, 2017 and is open to all photo enthusiasts involved with the Photo Co-op. Each photographer may enter three digital photographs. Digital images should have a long dimension of at least 2,000 pixels and be saved at 300 dpi JPEG (though not required). For faster uploading, we recommend the uncompressed file size not be larger than 4 megabytes. RULES/RESTRICTIONS:

-To qualify to enter contest, the photographer must attend a Photo Co-op meeting or will attend the December 21, 2017 Photo Co-op meeting. The Photo Co-op meets at the River Arts building in Morrisville every 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM. All photographers of all levels are welcome and encouraged to come. 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 can be taken of Vermont from a bordering State or Canada.

-Photos must be taken during the photography contest period (8/17/17 through 12/17/17).

-Only non-professional photographers1 may enter the photography contest.

-Only one photograph will place per photographer.

-Digitally or otherwise enhanced or altered photos will not be considered. Minor adjustments including spotting, dodging, burning, cropping, contrast and slight color adjustments or the digital equivalents, are acceptable (this is to keep it fair for those that do not have advanced post processing software and skills).


Digital photographs are to be emailed to [email protected] When posting photos, provide your name, a name/description for your photo, town/city photo was taken in and date taken. JUDGING & JURY:

There will be one or more Judges that will consist of photo enthusiasts that are not members of the Photo Coop.


1st place - $225.00

2nd place - $115.00

3rd place - $75.00

Three honorable mentions - $25.00 each

1 A professional photographer for this contest is defined as a photographer that earns more than 25 percent of his or her income from photographic sales.
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Open Studio Figure Drawing

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

The Open Studio for Figure Drawing meets every first and third Tuesday 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.

Weekly Schedule:

December 5 - long, clothed session

December 19 - nude, semi-traditional session

No Meeting on January 2, will resume on Januray 16

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Abstract Watercolor with Lisa Forster Beach



In this workshop we will explore how to compose and design a good watercolor painting. We will learn the basic elements that will lead to greater painting success. Whether working abstractly or more realistically, a good design is important. The emphasis or focus of this workshop will be more on the process of designing abstractly. There will be a demonstration, painting time, and a positive critique. Bring the supplies that you have that you usually use to paint your watercolors. Contact us if you need more information on supplies, and bring your lunch!

Lisa Forster Beach is an award winning artist living in Stowe, Vermont. She is widely recognized for her drawings and watercolor paintings. They represent her responses to her environment, experiences, impressions, and perceptions both seen and felt. In addition to many solo shows, her work has been accepted in numerous group and national exhibitions. She was awarded signature membership in the National Watercolor Society in 1986. Her background includes a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Rochester Institute of Technology, a BS degree in Art Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and study with many master painters. She is acclaimed for her teaching, which includes watercolor workshops, internationally, nationally, and regionally, art museum classes, college courses, public school, Elderhostel, and classes in her Stowe Hollow Studio.
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Batik and Silk Painting with Jen Labie

*WAITLIST ONLY* Registrations after 10/11 will be put on waitlist - $52


Learn the fundamentals of batik and silk painting. In this workshop, we will apply wax as a resist to silk pieces, and then paint them to create beautiful elegant works of art. We will experiment with various techniques such as salt and sugaring and then design, and create a wall hanging. Each person leaves with 2 pieces.

Jen Labie received her B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Vermont. She studied pottery, batik, and silk painting in Florence, Italy and continued to focus on majolica painting in Faenza. Late she spent a summer in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, at the Laloba Ranch Clay Center assisting with workshops. Currently she has a studio in Ferrisburgh and teaches both batik and pottery. Her work in exhibited in galleries throughout Vermont.
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DANCE: Technique, Improvisation & Composition Masterclass with Hanna Satterlee

$8 Teens / $18 Adults


Join Hanna Satterlee in becoming insatiably curious: about your body and the physical potential of your creativity. Come enjoy a collective group experience of training and evolving physically- through use of classic contemporary dance technique, fused with improvisation, composition and play. Paying direct attention to our alignment and to physics, we will condition our strength, stability and clarity, while simultaneously exercising our personal aesthetic and defining our own unique artistry. With guided exercises for soloists, partnerships and groups, we will enjoy the power of sharing art with others as we move, create and perform for and with one another. Potluck and informal Vermont Dance Alliance informational session to follow class. Choreographer and dancer Hanna Satterlee grew up in East Montpelier, Vermont and has spent many years traveling through dance, both nationally and internationally. Hanna holds a Masters in Fine Arts/Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College (VT/WA) and has produced her own choreographic and dance installation work, and has performed with professional companies in Vienna Austria, Stolzenhagen Germany, Baltimore, Manhattan, Brooklyn, San Francisco and throughout the state of Vermont. Now based in Burlington Vermont, Hanna is the current director of the Vermont Dance Alliance, with a strong belief that the culture of dance will continue to flourish and expand throughout the edges of our beautiful state. With support from the Vermont Performance Lab’s SEEDS grant, Hanna is beginning to tour her new collaborative sonic and visual performance titled “Voice and Vessel,” exploring how we each uniquely carry and express information in the vessels of our minds and the vessels of our bodies.
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SUMI-E Brushwork with Ronda Stoll

*WAITLIST ONLY* Participants registering after 11/7 will be put on waitlist / $65 - 2 Sessions


Learn traditional Japanese ink painting technique in this two session course. With rice paper, ink stick, and ink stone, participants will learn two of the traditional Four Gentlemen: Orchid and Bamboo. With each plant you build on the brushstrokes mastered, and learn new techniques to complete the next, more complicated plant.

All materials included. Each student will leave with their own SUMI-E set
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Figure Drawing Marathon

$40 for one day, $70 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 info or to register please call or e-mail River Arts at: 802.888.1261, [email protected]  
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Poetry Workshop with Lizzy Fox

$65 - 2 sessions


September 17th, 10am-2:30pm

Magical Realism in Nature: Lessons from Brigit Pegeen Kelly’s Poetry

In this four-hour craft workshop, we’ll read from Brigit Pegeen Kelly’s acclaimed book Song to understand how she blends fantasy with the natural world to achieve transcendence. Then, taking inspiration from our natural surroundings, we’ll borrow from Kelly’s toolkit to our own craft poems. After lunch, there will be time for sharing, critique, and an introduction to public speaking specifically geared toward poets. Come prepared with a notebook, writing utensil, and outdoor-appropriate attire. A half-hour lunch is built into the day; participants should provide their own lunch.

September 24th, 10am-2:30pm

The Spirit of Everyday Things: Entering Political Poetry through Objects

Taking our cues from Pablo Neruda and Naomi Shihab Nye, we’ll explore the intersection of poetry, politics, and everyday objects. Neruda and Nye both comment on social inequity through the poetic rendering of what we may take for granted—salt, figs, bread—without becoming preachy or overly sentimental. This workshop will explore their secrets, and our discussion will give way to writing prompts and outdoor reflection. After lunch, there will be time for sharing, critique, and an introduction to public speaking specifically geared toward poets. Come prepared with a notebook, writing utensil, and outdoor-appropriate attire. A half-hour lunch is built into the day; participants should provide their own lunch.

Lizzy Fox is a poet and educator with an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has taught writing and performance in partnership with the Vermont Arts Council, Flynn Arts, The New England Young Writers Conference, and countless schools. Lizzy is a recipient of the Laura J. Spooner Prize and the Corrine Eastman Davis Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of Vermont, and her poems have appeared in a variety of local journals.
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