A newsletter to keep you informed about what's "up with arts."

Letter from the BOD President:
Dear Members and Friends,

Rehearsals for our One Act Play Festival are in full swing this month!  The location will be announced any day now. We know the location, but we need to secure some permits before we publicly announce the location and showtimes. 

Both of our choral groups are busy preparing for the Holiday season.  The River's Edge Chorale is still accepting members.  Our annual Holiday Concert is scheduled for Sunday, December 9 in the afternoon. Save the date!

Do you have a child that likes to draw?  We are sponsoring Learn to Sketch program for kids on Saturday, October 20 which will take place throughout Downtown Hudson.  

In September, we began a new Visual Arts partnership with The Vintage Cafe on Main Street in Hudson.  This is an additional venue where local artists can showcase their artwork within the community.  If you are a professional or amateur visual artist, please visit our Visual Arts webpage for more information on how you can showcase your artwork.

Read on for more information on these programs and so much more!

Lisa Schliker -  REAA BOD President
21st Annual Hudson Pumpkin Fest
Saturday, October 20th

MORGAN BOWL (Hudson High Football Field)
3:30pm - 8:00pm

$5 for adults (18+)
$1 for children and seniors (60+)

The REAA will be sponsoring a tent again this year.  We will be offering our now famous Glitter Tattoos and other activities.  This is a fun night for all!  

While you are at the Festival, stop by VEEBOP'S ICE CREAM AND MORE for a snack.  A portion of your purchase will be donated to the Arts Alliance.
Program Updates:
The River's Edge Players 

One Act Festival:

Thank you to everyone who submitted a play suggestion this past summer.  Eleven plays (10 original and one commercially published) have been chosen and will be performed in rotation during three performances on October 26 and October 27 2018.  We may even add an additional performance date!

We also had a great turnout for auditions for our the festival! Rehearsals are now taking place all around the area.

Check our website over the next few days for performance details!  We are excited to announce the performance location, but we need to check on a few logistics before we publicly announce the location.  It is definitely something new!! 

Our Fall Semester began last week.  Registrations for the Fall Semester are closed, but we will be accepting new student registrations for our Spring Semester in December.  Please visit the RESOM webpage for more information:
River's Edge Chorale

We have one more open rehearsal on October 9.  We encourage new members to come check us out during our Open Rehearsals.  Rehearsals will take place at Hudson High School, Room C110.   Registration fee $30 REAA members / $35 non members.

We will be  preparing for the Hudson Holiday Stroll which takes place on Saturday, December 1 and the annual REAA Holiday concert which will take place on Sunday, December 9 .  The Holiday Concert will take place at the First United Methodist Church in Hudson.
Click here to register:  I want to sing!

Registration is now open for a fun new workshop with a local focus. Students aged 8-18 are invited to join architect and REAA BOD member Ronald Sorgman to discover and sketch the unique architecture of downtown Hudson. This program will introduce students of all levels to the language of architecture and basic sketching techniques.
This program is $15 for REAA members, $20 for non-members.  Click here for more information including a link to the registration form: http://upwitharts.org/art/sketching-hudson-for-students/
We are limiting this program to 20 participants, so sign up early to secure your child's spot!
"Primary Colors"
Multi-Artist Exhibit
On display September 6 through November 1

Featuring the work of local artists

Stop by  The Vintage Cafe  to check out the first exhibit in our new partnership! Art work by Egyptian artist  Marsel Makram  Awad is on display and on sale now through October. For more info about Marsel, to inquire about purchasing a piece, or to contact us about showing your art at this venue later in the fall, visit:  www.upwitharts.org/vintage-cafe
     MEMBERSHIP MATTERS! Join us today! 

Membership fees help us financially meet our mission to:  E nrich lives and create community through the arts .

Your membership fee helps keep ticket fees and participation costs down, ensuring that our arts programming can be accessible to all, and helps defray operating costs so that we can continue to provide flagship programs and develop new ones to meet the changing needs of our growing community.

By becoming a River's Edge Arts Alliance member, you're supporting a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization that has been doing important work in the community for nearly three decades. Your contribution has an immediate impact right here in the greater Hudson area:
  • One individual or household membership can fund a full year's scholarship for a River's Edge Chorale participant.
  • Three individual or household memberships can support art supplies for children's activities at a community festival.
  • Five individual or household memberships can help offset the royalty costs for a small theatrical production.
Did you know? Although we are a nonprofit organization, we are still a business and need to pay bills.  Your membership fees also help us to meet our financial obligations including:
  • Insurance fees
  • Telephone and Website hosting fees
  • Bookkeeping and Accounting fees
  • General Office expenses including office supplies, computer supplies, and more!
We love our members! 

Individual membership ($50/year)
Household membership ($50/year)
Senior/student membership ($30/year, for individuals only)

Non-profit and arts organization membership ($60/year)

For more information on what our membership offers, please visit our webpage:
Membership webpage   You can also renew your membership right on the site!  
  River's Edge Arts Alliance Annual Meeting

The River's Edge Arts Alliance will be hosting our Annual Meeting on Wednesday, October 24 at 7:30 pm.  We will be meeting in room G101 at Hudson High School.  
All REAA members are invited to come to this meeting where we will share our annual report and fiscal year results.  RSVP is not required, but encouraged so we can make copies of the annual report for all attendees.  RSVP at: bod@upwitharts.org

Here is a link to our last Annual Report:  http://upwitharts.org/annual-report/ 
River's Edge Arts Alliance Board and Staff:

2017 - 2018 Board of Directors
Lisa Schliker- President
Karen Bishop - Vice President
Kevin Santos - Treasurer
Julie Bolduc - Secretary
Danielle Neuffer
Julie-Anne Burdick
Anna Klashka
Ron Sorgman

Junior BOD members:
Blane Stanczak - Marlborough High School
(New!) Brianna Hamel - Marlborough High School
Maya Levine - Hudson High School
(New!) Megan Scott - AMSA
Chief Administrative Officer - Danielle Griggs

To learn more about our leadership, please visit our leadership website:  

River's Edge Arts Alliance Classifieds

Seeking candidates to join our
Board of Directors

If you are passionate about the arts and want to help make a difference in the community, a BOD position may be for you!   As a board member, you will be expected to attend our monthly meetings, attend some of our programs, and provide support throughout your term.  Our current board has a variety of experience in the arts, education, business and more.

There is NO financial commitment to join our board, just a love of the arts and a passion to make the organization even stronger!  Please e-mail us at: bod@upwitharts.org for an application or for more information.
Volunteers wanted!
This month, we have a lot of activities going on and we would love your help!
We will be looking for volunteers to support our tent at Hudson Pumpkin Fest and to provide Front of the House support for our One Act Play festival.  If you would like to be added to our volunteer e-mail list, please send an e-mail to: info@upwitharts.org
Advertising Opportunity for businesses
Would you like to raise your business's profile in the greater Hudson community? Would you like to support the arts in Hudson and beyond?

We have an exciting line up of fall performances ahead of us, and your business would be featured in the program for each of these events.

If you'd like to place an ad that could be seen by up to 450 attendees over the course of 5 different performances, please contact Danielle Griggs before October 9 for more information: info@upwitharts.org

  Member Spotlight...  

REAA member and Art in the Hall artist Linda DeStefano Brown has an exhibit on display: 

Exhibit:  At the Still Point--3 artists respond to T.D. Eliot's Poem, 'Burnt Norton'
Presented at 6 Bridges Gallery, Maynard
October 2 - November 10
Artist Reception:  October 20, 7-9 PM
My images in this exhibit reflect the convergence in space of past, present, and future.   The still point is where memories and thoughts intermingle to generate a dynamic reality outside the continuum of time.  Our past is our future as it is today. What is, what may be, what might have been all coexist within an endless stillness anchored in solitude, protected from the world in motion.   Reality is presented as allegories revealing hidden meanings that go beyond physical appearances.  Through this imagery, our visual conversation passes from one dimension into another creating movements that are still yet in flux.  While the world whirls around us, we are suspended in a state of contemplation about what is and is not, about what path to take or not.   As in Eliot's poem, 
"What might have been is an abstraction 
remaining a perpetual possibility 
only in a world of speculation."

Are you an REAA member and have something to share?  Send a note to: bod@upwitharts.org and we will do our best to share it in a future newsletter.

The River's Edge Arts Alliance is proud to be a member of the Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce!