River Arts Community Projects

River Arts partners with local businesses and organizations to bring public art to our community. Public art has the power to energize our public spaces, arouse our thinking, and transform the places where we live, work, and play into more welcoming and beautiful environments that invite interaction. Public art can make strangers talk, children ask questions, calm a hurried life, and create a more desirable and liveable community.

Special thanks to Community National Bank, Vermont’s Community Bank, for generously supporting the creation of public art in Morrisville

Click the titles below to explore each project.


The River Works Project – Cornerstones

A partnership between River Arts, Northern Vermont University and Artist Michael Zebrowski, The River Works Project is designed to beautify Morrisville, increase awareness of the surrounding natural environment, and provide opportunities for observation and contemplation along the Lamoille River.
Inspired by stories and ideas for the Oxbow Riverfront Park from our community, area high school students and students from Northern Vermont University worked with Artist Michael Zebrowski to create and evolve sculpture designs over the course of 2016-2018.  The final sculptures, made of poured concrete, are:
  1. Lamoille River Muse – Inspired by relics and ruins of the past, Lamoille River Muse was carved into the natural clay soil of the Oxbow floodplain to cast the form of a female head. This “Muse”, buried beneath the visible base, serves as a pedestal for revolving works of sculpture, performance, music, poetry reading and storytelling about, and inspired, by the Lamoille River.  Placed on the evolving banks of the Lamoille River, the “Muse” may finally be unearthed and revealed after hundreds … or thousands of years in the future, as the force of the Lamoille River continues to carve a route to Lake Champlain.
  2. Lamoille River Water Table – Lamoille River Water Table features a topographical map of Morrisville and the Lamoille River, and invites the viewer to connect with our local watershed by observing water (during rainy weather or by pouring water from bottles and containers) follow the path of least resistance. The main stem of the Lamoille River flows over 84 miles from its headwaters in Glover to the outer Mallets Bay in Lake Champlain and traverses 34 towns and 5 counties.
  3. Lamoille Riverbank Chair – Designed to connect residents and visitors with the local landscape and Lamoille River, Lamoille River Bank Chair invites the viewer to sit and relax within the smooth, high back and sides, and experience a focused perspective, a sense of solitude, and enjoy the accentuated sounds of the Lamoille River.
  4. Lamoille River Lookout – Designed to provide the viewer with a fresh perspective of the Morrisville Oxbow Park, the Lamoille River Lookout found inspiration from the act of climbing rocks and the special form of a spiral staircase. Each of the sculpture’s steps provide the viewer with a fresh vantage point to observe the plateau and floodplain, which were formed over time by a natural bend in the Lamoille River.
Many thanks to all of our participating artists and students, who shared their energy, talent and creativity to make the final sculptures come to life:
  • High School Students: Arlo Aldrich, Opal Carney, Susan Chandler,  Jeremy LaMont, Katie Mathison Regan, R. Ross, Greer Southall
  • Northern Vermont University Students: Adrianna Eldred, Jake Harnish, Will Lewis, Gonzo Macabeo, Brendan Milliken, Taitum Rivers, Eli Rosenblum-Stephens, and Kristopher Brown,
Thanks also to the generosity of The Canaday Family Charitable Trust, rk Miles and SD Ireland for their support in bringing public art to life in our town!
Take a tour of the project timeline! See below:

The Sculptural Trees Project

River Arts is working with community partners to bring three public sculptures to Morrisville through 2018. The first two sculptures, created by Artist Gordon Auchincloss, were installed on Portland Street in the Fall of 2016 and in front of the Centennial Library in Winter of 2018. Stay tuned for the final one which will be placed in front of the police station. This project is part of the Animating Infrastructure Sculptural Trees Project.  A big thank you to Community National Bank and the Vermont Arts Council for their support in bringing public art to life in our town!


The Mural Project 2018

Flying Phoenix – The Oxbow Park Bandstand

Thirteen campers (ages 9 years and up) participated in River Arts’ The Mural Project summer camp to create another vibrant mural, which can be seen on the side of the bandstand at the Oxbow Park. The young artists were led by artist/ instructor Makayla Jones.

The group worked with exterior house paint and heavy panels of plywood to create the mural, which depicts  characters they created; Octina, CeCe, Luna & Remington, playing in a  Jazz band known as Flying Phoenix. The band has been playing music for the past 5 years and they represent the community through diversity and joining together to create wonderful music! These best friends look forward to making songs and memories for all to enjoy for many years to come!

Campers explored the process of mural design, collaborative art process, paint color mixing, and start-to-finish mural creation.

River Arts’ public art project was made possible by R.K. Miles, Country Home Center, and Aubuchon Hardware, Morrisville.

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The Mural Project 2017

You Can Imagine Anything Lamoille – Valley Rail Trail between Morrisville Lumber and 10 Railroad Street

Five campers (ages 9 years and up) participated in River Arts’ The Mural Project summer camp to create another vibrant mural, which can be seen on the Morrisville Lumber building along the Rail Trail and across from 10 Railroad Street in Morrisville. The group was led by local artist and instructor Jess Graham.

The group of young artists worked with exterior house paint and heavy panels of plywood to create the mural, which depicts playful creatures from the campers’ imaginations. Campers explored the process of mural design, collaborative art process, paint color mixing, and start-to-finish mural creation.

River Arts’ public art project was made possible by Morrisville Lumber, Country Home Center Morrisville, and Aubuchon Hardware Morrisville.

*Mural is currently down for construction, but will be back up soon! Stay tuned for this year’s MURAL PROJECT 2018 summer camp mural at the end of summer!


The Mural Project 2016

Summertime – On the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail in Morrisville, VT

River Arts’ summer youth camp, The Mural Project, celebrated a fourth year of public art in Morrisville.

Thirteen campers (ages 6-12) participated in River Arts’ The Mural Project summer camp to create another vibrant mural, which can be seen on the bridge parallel to Bridge Street Morrisville – adjacent to Oxbow Park. The group was led by artist/instructor Kelly Holt and assisted by musician and artist Lesley Grant.

The group of young artists worked with exterior house paint and heavy panels of plywood to create the murals, which depict the surface of a river flowing and splashing with movement. Campers explored graffiti art techniques – using spray paint and stencils to create shapes of fish. Campers also created two indoor murals for the River Arts building Cityscape – sunset and Cityscape – night mural.

mural project 2016