River Gallery School

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Place Category: Galleries and SchoolPlace Tags: Art, gallery, paint, and school

  • Specialties

    The River Gallery School provides classes, studio space, and a working environment that encourages individual expression, where the visual arts and the creative process are explored and honored. We provide outreach opportunities in the form of student exhibitions, scholarships, community activities and collaborations with individuals and other organizations.

    We offer studio classes for adults and children, as well as classes and workshops in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, life drawing, landscape painting, watercolor, bookmaking, collage, color mixing, Chinese brush painting, portraiture, illustration, and more. Students of all levels of experience are welcome.


    Established in 1976.

    In 1976, Ric Campman and Barbara Merfeld Campman founded the River Gallery School with after-school classes for children in the Ingenuity Shops on Putney Road in Brattleboro, Vermont. Art classes for adults followed, and the move to our present studios on Main Street, overlooking the Connecticut River. In recent years, the school has expanded both its curriculum and its space. New classes have been added introducing the opportunity to work with new materials and in a new way. Each year has brought a deepening of the school’s vision and of its commitment to the community. Throughout all the changes and growth, the original vision and mission of the school have remained constant.

    Meet the Manager

    Donna H.

    Donna H.


    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 bookmaking for over 25 years. She has taught numerous workshops on bookbinding/book arts through the River Gallery School.

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    A documentary portrait of the River Gallery School of Art in Brattleboro, Vermont. Produced by Ames Hill Productions, the piece is intended to provide a glimpse of the philosophy and feel of this non-profit.

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