Open Gym Playgroup


River Arts is partnering with the Lamoille Family Center to bring Open Gym drop-in classes to the community. These classes combine our Open Gym concept with the Lamoille Family Center's Playgroups.

Playgroups are a great way for children to have fun and meet new friends while you socialize and learn about resources that support the healthy development of your child and family. Playgroups are FREE and follow the public pre-school academic calendar, running through the end of May. All children are welcome to attend along with their parents, guardians or family, friend or neighbor caregivers. Come on out and play!

Held in the Robert C. Folley Performance Hall on the second floor of the River Arts Center

When: Mondays, from 9:30-11:00am

*Classes follow the Lamoille South Supervisory Union schedule. Cancelled if there is a Morrisville School cancellation due to weather conditions.
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  $5 suggested donation

Sing and swing to the beat of the music in this very special FREE drop-in program for infants to preschoolers and their parents!  Join us on every 1st Friday each month from 11am-12pm for music, movement and FUN!  Children’s music educator and local musician, Lesley Grant, will play fun musical favorites and classics while participants dance, move, sing, explore instruments and learn basic musical elements such as rhythm and vocal dynamics.

Instructor: Lesley Grant

**Music & Movement follows the local school district weather cancellation policies - if school is canceled due to weather, Music & Movement will also be canceled.

Thank you to our Sustainer Level Sponsor Stowe Family Dentistry for supporting the program!
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BIG & Messy – ART Space!

$5 suggested donation

Imagine the delight of your child as they walk into a room with walls ready to decorate with tables of paint, rollers, and brushes … or a spinning pottery wheel ready to shape and squash clay. Around the corner? Another space set with large architecture Build It Discs to build a tower,  a fort or your own unique creation!

Our BIG & Messy ART Space is a facilitated space for families and children to explore with a focus on process, rather than product. All art stations are open-ended, and child-led. It’s always drop-in, no reservations required! You may join in anytime within the scheduled window, but please try to arrive at least a half-hour before the end time.

All materials, as well as smocks for kids and adults, are provided. Please remember to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, painted, or wet. The best part?….We clean-up the mess!

Note for messy arts space: NO SHOES in the studio PLEASE! This is to prevent our paint and clay from leaving the studio on the bottom of shoes.

Art Facilitators: Katie Mathison-Regan & Erubey Lopez

Special thanks to Price Chopper's Golub Foundation for their support!

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In-School Kinder Arts Program

The River Arts’ Kinder Arts Program offers an innovative exploratory arts program for children ages 3-5. Bringing creative experimentation to preschool classrooms in our community, the program features art making through mixed media, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture photography and music.  The mission of the program is to build self-esteem and skills in young artists through the process of creativity. The program’s unique focus on experimentation gives young artists an opportunity to explore the materials and build on tactile experiences. Children experience action painting, create artwork to the rhythm of music, build sculptures, create murals, and enjoy a variety of monthly art themes. Students get a first taste of art history as we study famous artists, and discover art from distant lands.  Weekly expression through sketchbook exercises/free-drawing, and group sharing builds social and emotional connections with our young students. Watch our Kinder Arts program in action here!  

Instructor: Haleigh West


Participating Schools:

Apple Tree Learning Centers, Stowe

Green Mountain Kids, Morrisville

Lamoille South Early Education, Morrisville

Puffer Child Care Center, Morrisville

Wee Explorers Preschool, Morrisville

Creative Connections, Morrisville

Mud City Kids, Morrisville

  To complete survey, please click HERE  
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Kinder Arts drop-in class at River Arts, Winter Series

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Donations Welcome!

The River Arts’ Kinder Arts Program offers an innovative exploratory arts drop-in program for children ages 3-5. Celebrating its sixth year, the mission of the program continues to build self-esteem and skills in young artists through the process of creativity. Each session focuses on experimentation - giving young artists an opportunity to explore materials and build on tactile experiences. Children have the opportunity to learn about artists through books, and explore many art mediums. Sculpture, clay, photography, painting, drawing and sketchbook exercises are all a part of the adventure!

Instructor: Haleigh West

* Participating children must be “bathroom savvy”.

Kinder Arts will be held on the following dates: 2019 - January 8, 22,  February 5, 19,  March 12, 26,  April 9, 23.

 Cancelled if there is a Morrisville School cancellation due to weather conditions.
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Spring Break Camp! What’s Cookin’?

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What's Cookin' - Clay and Culinary Camp!

April 15-19, 9 am- 3 pm.

All ages

Join us for a one week hands on adventure! Budding chefs will cook delicious meals in the kitchen with Chef Kate Halladay and join artist Lisa Wolfgang in the clay studio to let their imagination flow as they hand build and glaze functional pieces to take home.

Call to register 888-1261 or register online.

Scholarships available.

Click Here to register:
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Creative Costume & Culinary – Spooktacular!

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$150 (scholarships available)


Cook up amazing Autumn treats (that are so delicious, it's scary!) with Chef Kate Halliday, and join Artist/Instructor, Haleigh West, to create outlandish, imaginative costumes for Halloween (what do YOU want to be?). Each day, campers spend half of the day in the River Arts kitchen and fashion studio as they stretch their imaginations, build new skills, and experiment in this fun, hands-on camp!
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Summer Camps 2018


River Arts camps are innovative and FUN! Join us for an exciting summer and register today by clicking the green button above, or by calling 802-888-1261. * Financial assistance available New this summer- most camps will offer healthy lunch from River Arts, thanks to Hannaford Grocery Store!
ART IN THE BARN HORSE CAMP *THIS CAMP IS FULL AGES 8-12 YRS / $275 JUNE 25-29, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) If you LOVE horses then Art in the Barn is the camp for you! River Arts is teaming up with Hope Grows Horse Farm, in Hyde Park, to offer a unique experience for campers. Each morning,  cowgirls and cowboys will create amazing horse-themed crafts while learning some songs to sing during an afternoon “on the trail” with horses.  Art in the Barn provides a great opportunity for horse lovers to spend time outdoors with these amazing equines.  Previous experience with horses not required. Wear closed-toe shoes (no sandals).  DROP OFF & PICK UP AT HOPE GROWS, RTE. 15, Hyde Park. Register soon on River Arts website - limited space available! Instructors: Local musician, Lesley Grant (River Arts), Amber Bennett (Hope Grows)
FAIRY HOUSES & FORTS AGES 5-8 YRS / $275 June 25-29, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) Calling all fairies to come and join us for a week of magical adventure! We will be building fairy houses while exploring the pixie forest and building forts in the woods. We'll be sharing special fairy secrets and stories and play together in the true fairy kind of way.  Instructor Makayla Jones
FLOWERS AND FIREWORKS! AGES 5-12 / $125 JULY 2, 3,  9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) with Morristown parade July 4th! In this special 2 day camp, we'll celebrate Morrisville’s 4th of July theme, Flower & Fireworks, by making art to march in the Town parade!  Instructor: Bonnie Kolber
DANCE WITH US- FLASH MOB CAMP  AGES 8 AND UP / $275 JULY 9-13, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) Movers of all levels will have a blast exploring different dance styles including hip hop, jazz, and lyrical.We'll choreograph a dance for a surprise flash mob at the "Wednesday Night Live" concert series at the Oxbow Park. Dancewear and shoes not required- wear sneakers and comfortable clothing. Instructor: Acadia Lague
COOK N' CLAY *THIS CAMP IS FULL AGES 5-8 YRS/ $275 JULY 9-13, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) This hands-on camp is a great experience for any budding chef! Whip up batches of fun while focusing on how to make delicious dishes then turn over your creativity to play in clay. Campers will explore many ways to create works of art with clay, using pottery wheels and handbuilding techniques. Instructors: Debbie Burritt, Angela Iannuzzi
CARTOON STUDIO AGES 9 and up/ $275 JULY 16-20, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) We’ll explore different characters and bring them to life, dream up story plots, explore expressive lettering and how to set up a comic page. From there we’ll ink and finally...create our comic book!  Ever been to a comic jam? The week ends with one, with an entertaining celebration of cartoons. Instructor: Stephanie Zuppo
SPOTLIGHT THEATER STAGECRAFT CAMP AGES 5-8 YRS/ $275 JULY 16-20, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) Come experience the thrill of the stage in this creative camp. Find your inner actor, play games and create cool crafts everyday! Instructor: Danielle Davis
PROJECT FASHION! FASHION & JEWELRY DESIGN AGES 9 YRS AND UP / $275 JULY 23-27, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) Make a SPLASH in fashion design - (9-up) Fashionistas will dive into design as an art form and assemble their own unique fashion portfolio.  They’ll use their bright sense of style and flair to design jewelry and accessories too! This creative week of all things fashion includes taking a look at artists whose designs have influenced the runway, creating mood boards and basic sketching. The workshop ends with a distinct Fashion Week Designer presentation for family and friends. Instructor: Haleigh West
MAKIN' MUSIC AGES 5-8 YRS / $275 JULY 23-27, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available)  Explore, create and share the joy of making art, music and new friends!  Play music in the morning, make musical instruments and art in the afternoon. Campers will immerse themselves in world percussion, drums and making instruments as art. Instructors: Lesley Grant, Michaela Dube
ROCK CAMP AGES 9 YRS AND UP / $275 JULY 30-AUGUST 3, 9AM-3PM AMP it up with River Arts' Rock Camp when campers come together as a band, learn a new instrument or enhance music skills. Create something exciting, write songs and jam with friends. Instructor: Dov Schiller
MOVE OUT LOUD AGES 5-8 YRS/ $275 JULY 30-AUGUST 3, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) Come discover and play this week with creative dance, improvisation and theater games. This lively camp is the perfect introduction to the dramatic arts. The week will wrap up with a performance for family and friends. Instructor: Vanessa Cousins
THE MURAL PROJECT 2018 *THIS CAMP IS FULL AGES 9 YRS AND UP / $275 AUGUST 6-10, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) The Mural Project is back for another summer adventure in public art! Roll up your sleeves, grab your bucket of paint, join the team, and make paint come alive! We will work mostly outdoors on a group mural, and surprise our fans on where it might turn up this year. As always, the vision of the group takes us on an exciting, exploration of unknown territories. Wear your messiest paint clothes and come prepared to have fun! Instructor: Makayla Jones, Artist Consultant: Jess Graham
CLAY STUDIO  AGES 5-8 YRS / $275 AUGUST 6-10, 9AM-3PM (early drop-off at 8:30AM available) Join us for a fun-filled week using our imaginations to explore the many ways to create wonderful works of art with clay . Campers will use pottery wheels and handbuilding techniques to become masters of their craft.  Ready to dive into clay? Instructor: Bonnie Kolber
SK8 THE ARTS! AGES 7-14 YRS / $275 AUGUST 13-17, 9AM-3PM Location: Johnson Skatepark, Johnson It’s not a River Arts Summer without Sk8 the Arts! We combine action with creativity in this uber-popular camp for skaters of all levels. Join our experienced staff and friends for a week of skill-building, tricks, and creating rad street and skate art. Design and paint your own skate decks, design t-shirts, and enjoy new features in the park. This camp has a big fan base - register early, and don’t miss out! Instructors: Kate Crouse, Bonnie Kolber
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ INSTRUCTOR BIOS- SUMMER Debbie Burritt- is a graduate of Newbury College of Culinary Arts in Brookline, MA.  She has been a chef in fine dining restaurants in Massachusetts, Virginia, NH and Vermont, starting her own Sweet Crunch Bakeshop and Catering in 2002. Debbie has worked as chef chair and participated in  The Vermont March of Dimes Signature Chef fundraiser for 6 years. In 2016, she won Vermont's Small Business Woman of the year award. Debbie has also taught cooking in private schools in Stowe, VT and in Virginia and coached the Lamoille Iron Chef Team 3 years in a row. She taught cooking and baking at Hyde Park Elementary school for 6 years and enjoys working with kids. Vanessa Cousins studied at Circle in the Square in New York City and majored in Performing Arts. She currently teaches dance and theater in Manhattan. Danielle Davis holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theater Arts from Brandeis University, a Master of Science in Education from Walden University with a focus on visual and differentiated mathematics, and teaches strategic mathematics at Stowe Middle School. She has been featured in Literary Mama, Allegory Magazine, Errant Parent, and The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. Her poetry won the 2013 award from the Roald Dahl Literary Estate. She has taught production classes for the Children's Theater Workshop and Green Mountain Performing Arts and performed at the Hyde Park and Barre Opera Houses, and earned the Governor’s Yellow Rose of Texas volunteer award in 2006. Danielle trained in the Stanislavski method with Janet Morrison, studied set design/painting with Bob Moody, and received instruction in physical theater/clown theory from Peter Gould. When she’s not painting sets or searching for duct tape, Danielle enjoys dividing fractions, gardening, and being on the water with her family. Jess Graham describes her art as expressive, irreverent and textural. She has lived in Brooklyn, NY and travelled throughout the United States, Eastern Europe and the Cariibbean and is happy to end up where she began, in Vermont. In 2007, Jess opened her own studio, creating illustrations and selling paintings at art fairs. Jess now creates designs, murals and painitnings for her client base and is the in-house designer for the Alchemist Brewey in Stowe. Jess is an avid mountain biker, snowboarder and surfer and is infused with life in the outdoors, which influences the energy in her work. Lesley Grant is a mother of two and a licensed K-6th teacher, working with kids in a variety of settings. She fell in love with horses while working at a ranch camp for kids in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and led horse pack trips in the Wyoming wilderness (complete with cowboys, campfires and sage!). Lesley worked at outdoor education schools, leading astronomy night hikes in the California mountains and on Oahu, Hawaii where she taught beach ecology and surfed. Lesley has taught music in many venues to kids and tackled Shakespeare for kids at River Arts. She ran the KinderArts program to local schools. Lesley enjoys teaching guitar, ukulele, and voice lessons to kids and professionally enjoys writing her material and performing. She has performed at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Vergennes Opera House and the Grand Points North Festival stage. Passionate about the arts, Lesley continually searches for ways to make learning fun, accessible and engaging for all ages. Angela Iannuzzi is a local visual artist, art educator, and art education advocate.  Over the past ten years she has inspired budding artists of all ages ranging from preschool to adult. She is currently the art educator at a local elementary school and has been a teaching artist for the Helen Day Art Center and Burlington City Arts.  She has  volunteered for local arts events creating large scale art with the community.  Angela studied at Johnson State College and was honored a departmental award in art education, graduated Magna Cum Laude, and focused on printmaking and ceramics. Currently her favorite mediums to teach are ceramics, printmaking, and media arts. Her favorite part of teaching is inspiring others to be creative no matter what their experience. Angela's current personal artwork consists of printmaking and photography and is constantly changing as she is inspired by her students and the beauty in the world. She has shown her artwork locally at the Vermont Studio Center, Vermont International Contemporary Art Museum, and Johnson State College. Makyala Jones is a sophomore at Northern Vermont University, working towards earning her BFA in Studio Arts. She has four years' experience working with youth at the Vermont Studio Center Summer Program and River Arts. She is the instructor for River Arts' drop-in program, Big and Messy ArtSpace.Her goals include progressing in her art studies and inspiring youth to explore art and nature. Bonnie Kolber is a lover of the arts, gardening and the mountains. Growing up in Miami, she attended the New World School of the Arts and earned her BS in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. Bonnie also has a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. She moved to Vermont in 1997 and became a member of the Bread & Puppet Theater as well as a freelance puppeteer in New England. Bonnie and her partner have a gardening business and farm with goats, chicks, honeybees and dogs. She teaches snowboarding and trains instructors all over the east coast. Bonnie feels that making art with kids, encouraging imagination and unique expression is some of the most rewarding and inspiring work in the world. Acadia LaGue is majoring in Dance Education at Northern Vermont University. An alumni of the Varsity Dance Team at her alma mater, Lamoille Union High School, she currently coaches their Middle-school dance team. She is a member of the Johnson State Dance Club and has choreographed and performed in their famous Danceland event. Dov Schiller, is an Alumni of the New England Conservatory of Music, studied with Boston Symphony Orchestra members and has worked with Jazz, Third Stream & Klezmer luminaries. He has worked in Europe and the States with various Broadway Musical Theater tours. Dov has many musical projects throughout the Northeast, New York, Los Angeles and abroad. He is the Principal Timpanist with the Great Waters Music Festival Orchestra, Clearlakes Chorale and a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. He is also Principal Timpanist and Percussionist with the Vermont Chamber Artists. Recently Dov worked on re-orchestrating and performing in the resurgence of "The Visit" with Chita Rivera at the Williamstown Theater Festival. He is co-founder with Lydia Lowery Busler, of the Tradewinds Improv Ensemble. Dov has been providing creative, exciting workshops and camps for River Arts and is very excited to be instructing several music camps this summer. Haleigh West is a local designer with a background in fashion, art, human rights and environmentalism. Her work is a reflection of all four when creating original earth-friendly works of art. Haleigh is inspired by travel and has spent time in Tanzania and Ecuador. When not creating, she explores other forms of art: culinary, fiber art and architecture. Stephanie Zuppo is a cartoonist, graphic designer, and educator. She received her BFA in Illustration and Design at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia and an MFA in Comics at The Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. She is an adjunct professor in the Game Arts and Animation major at Champlain College. Stephanie is currently focusing on teaching, making comics, and developing ways to make the comics industry a better place. She is the editor of The Ladybroad Ledger, VT's only free femme comics newspaper and is also the co-creator of Conosaurus, a tool which helps creators and fans plan their convention season. Besides printing and distributing her own work and the work of others, she has appeared in several comic anthologies and publications.
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Design Our First Camp T-shirt!

River Arts

Calling all Artists from ages 5-16

River Arts is ready to jump start the summer fun! Help us design our first Summer Camp T-Shirt through a new design contest.


The deadline for submission is April 25th, and the winner will be announced May 9th


Theme: Design must incorporate River Arts summer camp themes and/or the theme “imagination”. Summer camp themes may be found at:

1. Must be an original design

3. Only one color should be used in design

4. One entry/person

5. All designs must be submitted no later than April 25th

6. Design should be saved as a high resolution image in jpeg format


Scan and email entry or mail to

River Arts

PO Box 829

Morrisville, VT 05661

[email protected]


1st Place - $25, a free River Arts Summer Camp for you or someone of your choosing (value $275), a gift certificate to Hoagies Ice Cream, and a free t-shirt with YOUR winning design.

2nd Place- A 50% discount on any summer camp (value $137.50), a Hoagies Ice Cream certificate and a free t-shirt with winning design.

3rd Place- Gift certificate for Hoagies Ice Cream, and a free t-shirt with winning design.

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Young Artist Mentoring Program

River Arts


This spring come hang out at River Arts when it turns into an open studio, for 6 Wednesdays, beginning April 25, 6-8pm.

Teen artists will have the opportunity to enhance their skills, as Artist Mentor Juliet O'Neil, collaborates with them in the medium of their choice to build a portfolio and explore new ideas. The program includes a Saturday field trip to an art museum, most likely in Massachusetts, and ends with a group exhibit in the River Arts galleries.

So, come explore your artistic creativity, get guidance from an experienced artist and instructor, and have FUN at no cost to you!

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Spring into Baking

River Arts



Young chefs will whisk, knead and frost their way into baking delicious sweet and savory pastries and desserts. This hands-on camp is one of the tastiest around! Will include outdoor play, weather permitting. (For ages 5-8 years)  Camp instructor Kate Halliday.
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Rock Camp

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Come together as a band, write songs and create something exciting. Whether you're learning a new instrument or perfecting your music skills, you'll be amping it up with instructor Dov Schiller. (For ages 9-14).
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Fall Vacation Youth Camp Gingerbread Palooza – Ages 5-10 – WAITLIST ONLY

$95 - Financial Assistance Available!


Gingerbread Palooza

Bring your young chef to enjoy gingerbread fun in our new fall kids camp. Campers will embellish freshly made, fragrant (and edible) gingerbread houses, working together to create their very own masterpiece. Enjoy cheerful spooky tunes while sipping on warm cider and munching on healthy snacks, then head out on fall outdoor excursions in the afternoon. Celebrate the season by inviting friends to join you for this creative camp! Costumes welcome.

Instructor: Kati Furs Waitlist only!
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River Works Teen Summer Design Project

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The River Works Project

River Arts and Johnson State College have partnered together to bring the River Works Project to our community. The River Works Project is designed to increase awareness about the Lamoille River and its social, economic and environmental impact on the Town of Morristown. The project will evolve over the course of 2017-2018, and culminate with permanent public art installations designed and created by Johnson State College and area middle and high school students at the Oxbow Riverfront Park in 2018. The final installations are intended to beautify the area, increase our community’s awareness of the surrounding natural environment, and provide opportunities for observation and contemplation.

High School Participation: The first phase of this project presents a unique opportunity for middle and high school students to work with professional Artist and Johnson State College Assistant Professor of Fine Art, Michael Zebrowski to design public art pieces at the Oxbow Park in Morrisville. Middle and high school students will spend one week exploring the park, brainstorming, learning to plaster cast, and designing prototype models.

The group will meet Monday-Friday July 31-August 4 at River Arts, 74 Pleasant St Morrisville, from 9am-3pm. Click Here to learn more
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Spring Youth Camp: The Puppeteer’s Bag of Tricks!

$175 Financial assistance available


The Puppeteer's Bag of Tricks  

Monday - Wednesday, April 17 - 19, 9am-3pm  

8:30am drop off available!  

Ages 7 and up  

Join Justin Lander from Modern Times Theater and Vermont Vaudeville for an exciting three days of  the "Puppeteer's Bag of Tricks." This vacation camp will take campers on a journey of puppet show-making, storytelling, junk instruments, theater games, and puppet construction. Learn how to invent a puppet show to tell a story, then how to put together creative puppets to star in your show. Campers will also discover how to craft their own fun musical instruments with common household objects. Instructor: Justin Lander.      
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