Mo-Vegas Percussion Ensemble with Allen Church

$85

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Use elemental forms and instruments to create old and original music and explore paths to improvisation. Musicians and non-musicians are welcome. The instructor will provide several various percussion instruments including hand drums and xylophones. Participants are welcome to bring additional instruments as well.

Bio: Allen Church teaches at The Different Drummer String School, his aptly named private studio in Morrisville which he opened in 1998. Church played in the Celtic band Natterjack and is the author of The Return of Crazy Chase.
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Intro to Indigo + Shibori with Skye Livingston

$85

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Shibori is a traditional Japanese process of folding, wrapping and binding fabric to create pattens when the fabric is dyed, and is used most commonly with indigo. First we'll cover the basic techniques of Shibori and then we'll go over how to set up an indigo vat and we'll dye our Shibori-tied pieces the most beautiful shades of blue. Each person can expect to leave with several pieces, depending on what participants choose to bring in to dye: scarves, shirts, pillow cases, fabric; there are so many possibilities! Participants bring in fabric items, all other materials provided.

Bio: Skye Livingston received a BFA in Fiber from the Kansas City Art Institute. While an artist-in-residence at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, she learned the fundamentals of indigo from Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, an internationally recognized textile artist and indigo master. Skye exhibits her work across the US and sells her naturally dyes textiles in several shops. She is new to the state and lives in Craftsbury, VT.
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Coptic Bookbinding with Nancy VanWinkle

$85

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In Coptic Bookbinding, participants will learn the whole process- from start to finish- to create a unique art journal. We will select beautiful handmade papers for the hardbound covers, and sew the open-spine binding using a traditional paired needle Coptic binding technique. This form of Coptic binding creates a lovely chain stitch at every sewing station and results in a structurally strong book with high-quality mixed-media pages for writing, drawing, doodling, or whatever your heart desires! We will also learn how to make a button closure for our books. This promises to be a full-immersion experience in book-binding; participants will leave with a handmade book and a wealth of knowledge.

Bio: Nancy spent nearly a decade teaching adolescents in a land-based Montessori program; it was here that she started teaching visual journaling as a form of self-expression. Over time, her love of books grew and Nancy learned everything she knows about bookbinding from Asheville-based artist, Erin Keane, dynamic book-binder and encaustic innovator. Nancy has been honored to join Erin as her teaching assistant at both John C. Campbell Folk School and Penland School for the Arts in western North Carolina. A new transplant to Vermont, Nancy teaches classes and creates books through her home-based business, Nomadic Roots Studio, in Craftsbury VT.
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Poetry Month: The Husbandry of Poetry with Julia Shipley

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A rumination and discussion of some best practices for the care and feeding of poetry. Come with questions, qualms, curiosity. Leave with inspiration, tools and resources for making verse a vital, viable part of your crazy, over-full life.

Bio: Julia Shipley is the author of a debut collection, The Academy of Hay, winner of the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize and a finalist for the 2016 Vermont Book Award. Her poems have appeared in 32 Poems, The Collagist, Green Mountains Review, Harvard Review online, North American Review, Poetry, Verse Daily and elsewhere. An independent journalist and frequent contributor to Seven Days, Yankee Magazine, and Nieman Storyboard, she also raises animals, vegetables and poetry on her six-acre homestead in Craftsbury, VT.
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Intro to Harmonica

$65

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Always wanted to pick up the harmonica, but never known where to start? In this workshop we will get acquainted with the instrument, learning how to hold it, what to do with your mouth, how to breathe, the foundation from which to play single notes, and eventually a few simple vamps that can be used in jam sessions. We will build skills such as rhythmic vamps, blues progressions, single note playing, bending, and vibrato.

Following the final session, Ari will give history and examples of yodeling from around the world. Participants will learn to identify their own voice break, learn a simple yodel, discover which keys works best for their personal yodeling range, and put it all together into songs. Along with Swiss and country western music, yodeling has been used in music as diverse as traditional singers from the Republic of Georgia, Hawaiian music, and hip-hop. It is nearly impossible to be unhappy while yodeling!

Bio: Ari Erlbaum runs Pocket Music out of Montpelier, teaching private lessons, group workshops, and festivals in Harmonica, Guitar, Mchakamchaka, Yodeling, Spoons, and Rhythm Bones. Pocket Music refers to the simple, yet powerful act of carrying an instrument in your pocket. It is the ability to make music wherever you go. With Pocket Music, there is no need to carve out times to practice - just play on your way to work, while you’re waiting for your bread to toast, or at the bus stop. Ideally, music should never feel like a responsibility. The most fun way to experience music (and the best way to get better at it) is to treat it playfully, experimenting and exploring, trying to make music with anything you can get your hands on, taking joy when you discover or master something new. This way you will end up playing more, simply because it is enjoyable. In my lessons, my mission is to keep this joy and excitement alive.

Please bring: Ten Hole Harmonica in the key of C, recommended: Hohner Big River Harp, but any in the key of C will work! Ages 15+
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Learn to Yodel! with Ari Erlbaum

$18

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In this one-session workshop following Intro to Harmonica series, Ari will give history and examples of yodeling from around the world. Participants will learn to identify their own voice break, learn a simple yodel, discover which keys works best for their personal yodeling range, and put it all together into songs. Along with Swiss and country western music, yodeling has been used in music as diverse as traditional singers from the Republic of Georgia, Hawaiian music, and hip-hop. It is nearly impossible to be unhappy while yodeling!

Bio: Ari Erlbaum runs Pocket Music out of Montpelier, teaching private lessons, group workshops, and festivals in Harmonica, Guitar, Mchakamchaka, Yodeling, Spoons, and Rhythm Bones. Pocket Music refers to the simple, yet powerful act of carrying an instrument in your pocket. It is the ability to make music wherever you go. With Pocket Music, there is no need to carve out times to practice - just play on your way to work, while you’re waiting for your bread to toast, or at the bus stop. Ideally, music should never feel like a responsibility. The most fun way to experience music (and the best way to get better at it) is to treat it playfully, experimenting and exploring, trying to make music with anything you can get your hands on, taking joy when you discover or master something new. This way you will end up playing more, simply because it is enjoyable. In my lessons, my mission is to keep this joy and excitement alive.

All Ages Welcome!
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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:

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 3 - 5:30 p.m., This is a long, clothed session

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 3 - 5:30 p.m., This is the nude, semi traditional session

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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:

February 15, 2018 Wildflowers of Vermont, Kate Carter. Photo Sharing Theme: Shadows

March 15, 2018 Images of the Southland, Jackson Kytle

April 19, 2018 Flash Photography, Kevin Fitzgerald

May 17, 2018 Wedding Photography, Lauren Stagnitti

     
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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

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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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