Fascinator Workshop

$25 includes materials + cash wine bar


Grab your friends and join this fun mini-millinery workshop! Create a beautiful piece of wearable art to show off at Viva Las Artes or your next special occasion. Prepare for this fall's annual fundraiser Viva Las Artes, where attendees are encouraged to accessorize to the nines and will feature international food stations and awards given out for best hats, fascinators, neck-ties, and accessories. A wonderful array of trimmings and materials provided, but feel free to bring along any feathers, flowers, fabric, or ribbons you might like to incorporate into your unique design. Come ready to have fun and bring ideas you may have to complete!

No experience needed, and you do not need to attend Viva to attend the workshop

More about our annual fall fundraiser Viva Las Artes, November 1st, online here!
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T’ai Chi

$65 - 6 session series


T'ai Chi Chu’an is a sequence of precise body movements done slowly and without effort that balance the flow of energy within the body. Developed in China where it has been practiced regularly by millions for a millenia, T'ai Chi requires no special clothes or equipment, keeps you on your feet, takes only a few minutes a day, can be learned at any age, and builds internal health.

If you find it difficult to concentrate, can't find time for sports or regular exercise, or feel that your life is wearing you out and making you tense, then perhaps you should discover T'ai Chi Ch'uan. It can improve your balance, and introduce you to the basics of selfdefense, while coordinating your mind and body. T’ai Chi is ideal for individuals with sedentary or repetitive jobs. It frees the body of tension rewarding its practitioners with energy and focus.

Intro classes to T'ai Chi last an hour and run for 6 weeks, each building on the one before. T'ai Chi is a sequence of precise movements, 108 in all, divided into 3 sets. The intro class teaches the first of the 3 sets. Students who find T'ai Chi appealing usually take the intro class 1-4 times. From 11-12pm will follow a more advanced class immediately after the intro class, tailoring it to the specific needs of the group.

Instructor Bio: Alan Erdossy began studying this moving yoga of China in 1970 and has taught at businesses, movement studios, and art centers throughout the Northeast. Mr. Erdossy earned an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 1972 and while in LA studied T'ai Chi with master Marshall Ho'o. Marshall is a member of Black Belt magazine's Hall of Fame, was chairman of the National T'ai Chi Ch'uan Association, and founder of the Aspen Academy of Martial Arts. Alan also runs fly fishing schools in Northern NH.and Vermont, and has taught T’ai Chi locally at GMCR, River Arts, One Studio, and Ballet Woilcott

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Fall 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….

  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 doors at RA open at 9 a.m. There will be free coffee, tea, and bagels available both Saturday and Sunday. We will begin artwork at 9:30 a.m. sharp in the gallery space upstairs. Please set up your work space keeping in mind that space is limited and others will be working closely around you. A lunch break will take place from 12: 30 - 1:30 p.m.

The Marathon will feature nude and clothed sessions.


Sat. 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Traditional nude session, start with short poses and end with one long (45 min) pose

12:30 - 1:30pm. Lunch break

Sat. 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Long, clothed session

Sun. 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Long, nude session

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch break

Sun. 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Long, clothed session

The Sunday afternoon session will close with a wine and cheese reception and a friendly sharing of artwork created during the marathon.

Register Soon! Space is limited!

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

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Scarf Felting Workshop

$50 tuition


One-Day Workshop

Learn the techniques and process of creating a beautiful handfelted scarf!

A felted “cobweb” scarf is so named because it is made from one layer of wool or wool blend fiber, all going in one long direction, which creates a more airy texture as most felted fabrics are made with at least two layers going at perpendicular angles to each other to create strength. This kind of scarf relies on the carefulness and initial gentleness of the felter to gradually add pressure and friction (along with hot water and some soap) to allow the fibers to find each other and cling to each other and …felt!

Once the felting has reached a stage where the fibers have formed a “skin”, we can increase the friction and energy with which we work with what has now become fabric and make the fibers actually start to shrink, which is called “fulling”. This includes actually tossing the wet and drapey fiber onto a table, slapping it into a sink, or rolling it in some bamboo or bubble wrap. Even though wool (which really can be any kind of animal hair) is the base with which we felt, adding other fibers into our palette, such as silk, viscose, bamboo or even cotton and acrylic in small doses, can add interest and, in some cases strength to our design. Because we are only creating our scarf with one layer of wool, small and sometimes not so small holes will appear (or we can accentuate them!) in our work that makes the scarf that much more interesting and fun. I like to work with merino top along with a merino/silk blend for the ingredients of the scarf.

Instructor Kate Latz of Positive Purls
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Birch Bark Ornaments

$65 tuition


One-Day Workshop

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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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  
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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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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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