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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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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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!

River Arts Review:

Voices from Northern Vermont

Volume 1 By River Arts Poetry Clinic Participants

River Arts Review: Voices from Northern Vermont Volume 1 | Make Your Own Book
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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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