Meet Our Teachers.

Jason Alden

Jason is the Life Drawing Director and a teacher in the adult program, he has a BFA in Painting from Boston University School for the Arts. He has drawn from the figure for over 16 years and

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Walt Cudnohufsky

Walter Cudnohufsky is an active Landscape Architect and an avid watercolor painter. He paints the many often evocative moods of the New England landscape, finding ways to have continuous

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Mary Giammarino

Mary’s devotion to light and color is evident in all of her paintings. While her work is influenced by the impressionist palette of the Cape School of Art, her work is less idealized and more

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Kim Hartman Colligan

Kim received her MFA in Printmaking from the University of South Dakota. She brings a dynamic and exciting curriculum in printmaking to River Gallery School. She has shown her work widely

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Donna C. Hawes

Donna C Hawes is the Administrative Director and energetic pulse of the River Gallery School.  She received her BFA from Auburn University and has been working in the field of graphic

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Bruce Iverson

Bruce is an artist who has specialized in Asian Brush Painting (sumi-e in Japan) since 1972 and has studied with master brush painters Jean Shen, Ning Yeh, and I-Hsiung Ju. He has exhibited in

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Julia Jensen

Julia Jensen, perhaps best known for her landscape paintings, has been living and working in Vermont since 1996. Recently she has begun working and teaching encaustic. In both her landscape

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Barbara Merfeld Campman

Barbara Merfeld Campman has trained and exhibited widely as an artist, both in the US and abroad.  She co-founded River Gallery School of Art, and now teaches Art and Meditation as well as

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Leigh Niland

Leigh Niland received an MA in Printmaking at the University of the Arts, London: Camberwell College of Art in 2008. In 2005 she completed the Drawing Year postgraduate program on full

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Helen O'Donnell

Helen O'Donnell in a printmaker, as well as a gardener, a garden designer, and co-owner of The Bunker Farm in Dummerston, Vermont. She studied printmaking at il Bisonte, a revered printmaking

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Matthew Peake

Matthew Peake is a family physician of 24 years who gave up his practice in 2006 to pursue an art career full time. Both with medicine and in art, people have been his inspiration. Although moved

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Joslin Roderick

Joslin is a new member of the RGS Administrative Team. She is passionate about the arts and learning about how to bring more creative mediums into her life. She has an MA from SIT Graduate

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Helen Schmidt

Helen Schmidt has been at The River Gallery School for the last twelve years, and is currently teaching printmaking, sculpture, teen portfolio, children and adult studio

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Cameron Schmitz

Schmitz holds a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting & Drawing from the University of New Hampshire, in addition to

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Ross Smart

Ross Smart is a local artist and illustrator, who has been drawing and teaching drawing for 20 years. 


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Lydia Thomson

Lydia Thomson, Creative Director, has been teaching in the adult program at RGS since 1994.  She received her BA in Studio Art, and also holds an MS in Education. She works mainly in oils

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Lauren Watrous

Lauren Watrous received her MFA from MassArt in 2012. Lauren works in many mediums within drawing and painting and loves exploring these mediums with children. She grew up in New England close to

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Jennifer Wiechers

Jen grew up in Brooklyn, NY, where she developed a deep appreciation for the diversity of cultures, people, food, and, of course, art. She is now a Brattleboro-based multimedia artist,

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Lynn Zimmerman

Lynn Zimmerman is a graphic designer, illustrator, and photo stylist by trade as well as a compulsive maker of things. From an early age, Lynn has investigated many different art and craft forms.

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