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.
Read More

T’ai Chi

$65 - 6 session series

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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

Read More

Fleming Museum Art Trip – Over 60’s

$10 suggested donation

Register

REGISTER HERE

River Arts invites seniors (60+) to join a special day trip. The comfortable bus will depart from River Arts in Morrisville at 9am before heading to the Fleming Museum located in downtown Burlington.

In addition to their permanent collections, they will have on exhibit:

Be Strong and Do Not Betray Your Soul: Selections from the Light Work Collection photography exploring topics of politics, social justice, identity, and visibility

Resist! Insist! Persist! exploring the intersection of art and activism

Contemporary Voices of Vermont

Register online at RiverArtsVt.org, or by calling (802) 888-1261. $0-10 (sliding scale) includes packed lunch, bussing, and museum admission. For accessibility requests, please contact Heidi Bielenberg at (802) 888-1261 or [email protected] The River Arts Elder Art Program provides workshops and events to community members aged 60 and up for free or reduced cost through the generous support of the Copley Fund and private donations.
Read More

Over 60’s: Acrylic Painting with Robert Brunelle Jr

Free to adults 60+

Full - contact [email protected] to be put on the waitlist

 

Join artist Robert Brunelle Jr. and learn the basics of painting with acrylics. Topics covered will include: differences between acrylics and other types of paints, mixing colors, creating various effects with brushstrokes, composing a painting, creating tints and washes, and using additives for acrylic paints. For beginners and those with experience in painting.

 

Artist’s bio: Robert Waldo Brunelle Jr. is a 7th generation Vermonter. He is a painter, kinetic sculptor, book illustrator, art educator, and political cartoonist. He was the art teacher at the Browns River Middle School in Underhill, VT for 31 years, and served as president of the Northern Vermont Artist Association from 1995 to 2011. His cartoon strip, Mr. Brunelle Explains It All, appears weekly in Seven Days Vermont.

Pre-registration required  click link above or call 802-888-1261 to sign up!  
Read More

Elder Blossom Song Project

The Manor

Free

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
Read More

Holiday Paint & Sip Tea!

Free to Seniors (60+)

Wednesday, December 12th, 9am-12pm

Join artist Juliet O'Neil to paint a wintery wonderland! Participants will be lead through the process, step-by-step, of creating a beautiful painting from start to finish. Tea, refreshments and snacks provided. Spaces limited, please RSVP by calling 802-888-1261, emailing [email protected], or clicking here.

Read More

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
Read More

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

Read More

Shelburne Museum Fall Day Trip

$10 Suggested Donation includes packed lunch, bussing, and museum admission

Register

Monday, October 16th, 10am-4pm

River Arts invites local seniors to join a special day trip to the Shelburne Museum Monday, October 16th, 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m. The comfortable bus will depart from several locations in Johnson, Morrisville, and Stowe, before heading to the museum located in beautiful Champlain Valley. $10 Suggested donation and pre-registration required.

In addition to the extensive permanent collections of paintings, folk art, buildings, grounds, and New England history, the museum currently is hosting six special exhibits. Current exhibitions include “Sweet Tooth: The Art of Dessert” and “Upstream with Ogden Pleissner”. The Museum also has multiple textile art exhibits including a historic quilt collection “Pieced Traditions: Jean Lovell Collects,” “Carpet Diem: Molly Nye Tobey Designs for the Mid-Century Home,” and a collection of whimsical hooked rugs, “Hooked on Patty Yoder”.

Spaces limited and pre-registration required. Register by clicking green "REGISTER" button, or by calling (802) 888-1261. $10 Suggested Donation includes packed lunch, bussing, and museum admission. For accessibility requests, please contact Heidi Bielenberg at (802) 888-1261 or [email protected] The River Arts Elder Art Program provides workshops and events to community members aged 60 and up for free or reduced cost through the generous support of the Copley Munson Fund and private donations.

Read More

Textures, Layers & Metallics

River Arts Center

Free to adults 60 yrs and up    

Register

Explore different collage and stencil techniques with Martha Kinney! Layer textures such as tissue paper, cheesecloth and aluminum and learn which Golden metallics and acrylic products to use to create dynamic effects. Feel free to bring any stencils you might like to use, or share. All other materials will be provided.

Held at the River Arts Center for three consecutive Wednesdays, September 6, 13, and 20, from 10:00am-12:00pm. When registering, you are committing to all three workshop days.

Spaces limited and pre-registration required. Register by clicking green "REGISTER" button, or by calling (802) 888-1261.
Read More

Handbuilding Clay with Sarah Wilson

Johnson Senior Center

Free to adults 60 and up

Register

FULL, register to be put on waitlist

In this fun, completely hands-on three session workshop, participants will learn to make a vase, a picture frame, and a lidded box for keepsakes out of clay. Handbuilding is an accessible, flexible method for making objects from clay, and participants will finish their unique pieces by painting them by hand. This is a great opportunity to be creative, and get a little messy in the mud!

Sarah Wilson is a ceramic artist with a BFA in ceramics from Maine College of Art and an MFA in ceramics from Syracuse University. She lives and works in Burlington Vermont. Learn more

Located at the Johnson Senior Center, upstairs in the Town Hall, 293 Lower Main St W, Johnson VT

Spaces limited and pre-registration required. Register by clicking green "REGISTER" button, or by calling (802) 888-1261.
Read More

Elder Day Painting with Juliet O’Neil

This class is now FULL! You may register still to be put on the waitlist.   Free to community members 60+.   Pre-Registration Required, register online by clicking the green Register Here button, or call us at 888-1261.

Register

This class is now FULL! You may register still to be put on the waitlist.

Would you like a professional tutorial and complete a beautiful Vermont barn landscape? Join us on Morrisville Elder Day, May 11th, with local painter and instructor Juliet O'Neil. Step-by-step instruction to paint the pastoral barn scene pictured. Juliet teaches Paint and Sips in her home, for more information visit her here. Pre-registration required, so register soon!
Read More