Our mission is to encourage and promote the arts of all disciplines, to foster an appreciation of the arts, and to enrich the quality of life of the Easton and regional area by providing arts education opportunities and community programming. Riverside Festival of the Arts (RFA) is a function of the Arts Community of Easton, Inc. (ACE) a 501(c)(3) exempt organization dependent upon benefactors from the community, public support and membership to ensure its ability to continue to provide an outstanding celebration of the arts.
RFA was started in 1997 by several Easton area artists to promote the Easton and Two Rivers area as a cultural/arts center for the benefit of the community, and to build bridges between the visual, literary and performing arts. The festival has historically attracted thousands of individuals from the region who come to view and purchase art, enjoy the live music, hear local authors and more. It has broadened over the years to include the surrounding arts area truly fostering a community incorporating the arts in many forms.
Originally, the festival was held In Riverside Park and featured 15 regional artists, artisans, musicians, singers, dancers and writers. It has grown considerably since its inception and has expanded to both parks along the river to accommodate the increased number of juried art exhibitors and plein air art contestants. Now a function of ACE (Arts Community of Easton, Inc.), a 501(c)(3) exempt organization, RFA is solely dependent upon benefactors from the community, public support and membership to ensure its ability to continue to provide an outstanding celebration of the arts. Our committee is all-volunteer. Want to be a part of it? We could use some help even if you just want to
VOLUNTEER for a short time that weekend, and help with artists’ unloading and setup Saturday 7-10 a.m., packing up on Sunday at 5, lunch-running for artists that are by themselves in a booth, etc. Working the information booth and keeping the flow with give-outs and maps. Contact us: EastonRiverside@gmail.com
Our 2017 Committee:
‘Lady’ Colleen Heller – Chair
Barbara Brock, Chris Vilardi, Ellen Shaughnessy, Lydia Bruneo, Howard McGinn, Irina Rajput, Jim English, James Supra, Jay Testa, Ken Gross, Mary Iacovone, Theresa Simiriotis with Bill Rich.
2016 WDIYArts Salon with Lady Colleen Heller and Ellen Shaughnessy
20th annual festival Committee:
‘Lady’ Colleen Heller Alrefai ~ Chair
Barbara Brock ~ James Supra
Danny Moyer ~ Irina Rajput
James English ~ Lisa Thomas
2014 WDIY Arts Salon interview with Chair Carol Benner & Ellen Shaughnessy.