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 and mixed media, landscapes and abstraction, and has exhibited throughout New England and New York.
Helen has worked at the River Gallery School for the past twenty years, where she is currently the Director of the Children’s Program. She also teaches sculpture, printmaking and adult studio classes. She studied painting, printmaking and sculpture at Lacoste School for the Arts in Lacoste France, and received her B.A. in printmaking and sociology from Sarah Lawrence College in 1989. She received her MFA in sculpture from Vermont College of Art in 1997. She is interested in the power art has to effect personal and social change, and before moving to Vermont worked as a housing advocate for homeless women in New York City. In Vermont she co-directed Expresso, and expressive arts program for at risk young women, and worked as a legal advocate for victims of domestic violence and taught art classes for incarcerated women. She has exhibited her work throughout New England, and has taught art at Hilltop Montessori, the Putney School and the Community College of Vermont. www.helenmschimdt.com
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 the rural landscape from which her paintings are inspired. Visit Lauren's Website
Ross Smart is a local artist and illustrator, who has been drawing and teaching drawing for 20 years.
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 paintings and encaustic work, she is concerned with the dialogue of internal and external, conscious and unconscious. In both mediums it is the development of layers that give the surfaces depth and illumination.
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. Working with paper, paint, clay, fabric and fibers, cardboard, wood, metal, recycled materials, and objects gathered from nature — no art material is safe from her use and experimentation.
Cameron 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 studying Art and Art History at Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy.
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, creating mosaics, jewelry, acrylic paintings, and encaustics. Her early art training began with a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education at Penn State University, with an emphasis in ceramics, taught by Chris Staley. While at Penn State, she taught wheel-thrown pottery to children and later helped organize and run the first children’s summer art program at the Arts and Crafts Center on campus.
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 scholarship awarded by The Royal Drawing School, London.
A Painter/ Printmaker, her art deals with themes of human emotional state as conveyed through landscape and the built environment.
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 contemporary by design. Mary’s plein-air paintings reflect her passion and devotion to capturing the exquisite drama of nature’s fleeting moods.
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 by the natural places that we sentient beings discover, cultivate or trod on, he loves more to paint us in these settings.
Matthew has shown his work in many group and solo exhibitions throughout New England, New York, and New Mexico. He is a member of the Pastel Society of Vermont, as well as the Pastel Society of New Mexico. His work can be seen at the Gallery at the VAULT in Springfield, VT.
An enthusiastic promoter of the pastel medium, Robert K. Carsten is a master pastelist in the Pastel Society of America and a master circle pastelist (2013) in the International Assoc. of Pastel Societies (IAPS). He is an elected member of the Board of Governors of the Pastel Society of America and is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society, and an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Southwest Florida Pastel Society. He is a contributing writer for Pastel Journal and the Artist's Magazine.
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 group and juried shows throughout the United States and has had several one-man shows in New England and in Chicago.
He has traveled in China to study and gain a deeper understanding of the context of brush painting. His work is grounded in a three thousand year old tradition in which the tools, techniques and philosophy of this Asian art form have had lifelong resonance.
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 throughout both New England and the upper Midwest, and is included in many permanent collections.
Kim served as studio assistant and printmaker to the renowned colorfield painter Jules Olitski for several years.
Growing up in rural Vermont, Hoey spent many hours exploring its woods, river banks and beaver ponds. Hoey has always liked to create with her hands and started painting and drawing as a child. Gradually, she began to create art more full-time, developing her current focus: landscapes in charcoal.
The terrains that inspire Hoey provide solitude. They are often remote, rugged, and unspoiled. She has spent time creating art on Great Cranberry Island, Maine, in west Texas, southern Florida, and in Vermont.
Lisa is a life-long art enthusiast and painter. She has an undergrad degree from Columbia University in Art History and a graduate degree from New York University in Art Education. She is currently the Art Director of 118 GALLERY in Brattleboro, where she curates shows and art talks. Lisa has studied with all of the founding forces behind River Gallery School, as a student of painting, sequencing, and Dialogues on Art.
lives in Marlboro, Vermont. She grew up in Washington DC and studied studio art and photography at Bard College. She has helped run the Insight Photography Project and has taught workshops to teenagers using Wendy Ewald's Literacy through Photography curriculum. Over the years, Jess has also studied yoga, meditation, reiki, and quigong. She has brought together her two passions in a series of paintings that have been inspired and combined with passages from The Radiance Sutras. She will be having a show of this work at Gallery 34 in July 2018.
Born in the Bay Area and raised on an island off the coast of Washington State, Briony Morrow-Cribbs currently lives and works in the hills of rural Vermont. Through her detailed etchings and drawings, Morrow-Cribbs creates surreal versions of the natural world and attempts to document the transformative moment when the monstrous overcomes revulsion and becomes desire.
Jackie has been a fiber artist for over 40 years, using and adapting well-practiced basket-making skills. Her materials include silk and cotton fabrics, archival paper, wire, sand, thread, buttons, encaustic wax, and acrylic paints and mediums. She works intuitively, the colors and textures of the materials informing the vessels she creates.
For the last few years Marta has been an artist in transition. Once having the time and space to study lines with intention and the meditational aspect of both glass and enamel painting. She has transitioned to motherhood and finding that in the brief precious time that she has to create, her process is more varied and unpredictable.
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 design, illustration and book making for over 25 years. She has taught numerous workshops on book binding/book arts through the River Gallery School.
Maggie Cahoon's artistic career began 45 years ago as a handweaver. She has since evolved her artistic skills creating fiber collage wall pieces, painting, 3-dimensional figure sculpting, and currently encaustic painting. Love of color, natural forms, and harmonious design has informed her life-long journey of creating abstract and narrative imagery. Attention to detail, an adept use of color, and a sophisticated sense of design, has guided her throughout her career. Her work is in private collections across the country, in Europe and South Africa.
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 heads the Children's Studio art program. She has been teaching art for 40 years.
Graham was introduced to gourd crafting several years ago, by a fellow midwife. Having dabbled in everything from stained glass to paper maché, photography, gingerbread (serious gingerbread), and more, she is happy to have found one medium that requires so many different skills. She enjoys the simple tasks of cleaning and scraping, staining and waxing, as much as designing and carving. She loves my teeny jigsaw (as big as a bar of soap!), and collection of rasps and drill bits. What a gift, to find amazing raw materials in the garden!
Gowri Savoor, is a visual artist and teaching artist, whose practice includes sculpture, painting and the Indian art of Rangoli. Born in England, she was educated in Manchester and Leeds, and moved to the United States in 2007. Having trained with organizations such as Walk the Plank, she has been teaching local communities to host school and district-wide lantern parades in the UK, and the US.
Deborah Rubin paints in watercolor and occasionally acrylic and gouache. She has been pushing the boundaries of photo-realism and hyper-realism since the mid 1970’s with an eye on nature and more recently, architecture. Born in Chicago in 1948, Rubin holds a BFA from the University of Illinois. She currently lives in Western Massachusetts.
Vale’s formal art education began at The Putney School, where she first studied fiber art, sculpture, and printmaking. After graduating in 1999, she went on to attend Antioch College and completed her BA in Visual Art and Women’s Studies at Vermont College (Brattleboro, VT). In 2014 Vale received a Masters in Library & Information Science (MLIS) from the University of South Carolina (Columbia), a befitting degree for an artist who’s work demonstrates the sensibilities of a cataloger.
Vale lives in Brattleboro, VT where she continues to draw inspiration from the natural world, Victorian Era science, folk art, and women’s craft
Corinne Rhodes runs Cherry Press printmaking workshop in Rutland, MA. Corinne trained as a professional fine art printer at Tamarind Institute and specializes in teaching new, non-toxic lithography and other printmaking techniques. Prior to opening Cherry Press, Corinne worked in various capacities at several printmaking workshops including: Robert Blackburns Printmaking Workshop, the Lower Eastside Printshop, ABC NO RIO, West Yorkshire Print Workshop and at the School of Museum of Fine Arts. She has exhibited her artwork across the U.S. and in Canada, Mexico and the U.K. Corinne is a recipient of ArtsWorcesters Material Needs grant program, the British Arts Councils Professional Development Grant Scheme, Brigit Skiold Memorial Trust and the Lower East Side Printshops Key Holder Residency Program.