All West Virginians regardless of their age, abilities, cultural heritage or geographic location deserve a full range of quality arts experiences.
— West Virginia Commission on the Arts

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 OCTOBER 20, 2017

The River House names Johanna Murray as Executive Director

The Board of Directors of The River House, Inc named Johanna Murray as its first Executive Director.  Murray previously served as the Arts Program Director.  In her new role, Murray will be responsible for all aspects of The River House operations.

The River House is a new participatory, community-based arts and music program in Capon Bridge, West Virginia.  Located in an historic building on the banks of the Cacapon River, the program calendar includes live musical performances, art classes, community gatherings and open work space.  In addition, local artists enjoy a venue for demonstrating and selling their work.  The River House also offers delicious homemade soups, light meals, pastries, coffee and other drinks.

“I am excited and honored to be Executive Director of The River House”, Murray said.  “Since I was a little girl, I can remember finding community through the arts and it is amazing to watch how The River House brings people together through the creative experience.  I look forward to leading the organization for many years to come.”

Murray is a studio arts major from Grinnell College and a talented painter, sculptor, vocalist and musician.  She worked as a long-term substitute teacher at Paw Paw High School as well as locally in Capon Bridge, Slanesville and other Hampshire County schools.  Murray performs with her fiance, Mike Everson, in the folk duet as “Mike & Jo” and the music group “Winter Squash”.  She is a native of Omaha, Nebraska and lives in Capon Bridge.
PHOTO CREDIT:  Rick McCleary Photography


Welcome to our new cafe co-managers!!
We are so happy to have Dale Brady and Taylor Berryhill join our River House team . They each bring a unique set of talents, ideas and dedication to our Community Arts mission.

You may already recognize Dale in our community from her contributions to the HAMS theater group, Ice Mountain Writers, Sustainable Potomac Highlands (SPH), the Hampshire County Arts Council (HCAC) and more. Did you also know she has cooked for rafting trips, a dude ranch, a vegetarian retreat center and owned her own restaurant?! Heads up- Dale loves to bake and her muffins and brownies are irresistible!

Taylor became an invaluable part of the River House community this summer while interning on a nearby farm. He was involved in all aspects of our July opening- building, painting, stocking shelves and setting up sound equipment. As a singer-songwriter and former coffee shop barista, Taylor understands the arts-food connection well. We appreciate the knowledge he brings about customer service, good coffee, craft beer and vendor relations. And, to entertain us during slow stretches, he plays a mean yukelele!

And, thankfully, Danielle is still rockin' the apron on Friday nights (even though she returned to her full-time job at the middle school) . Dale, Taylor and Danielle are a terrific team- The River House is lucky to have them!

Some of the amazing volunteers who have helped us put the finishing touches on our historic building:

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Thank you to all the volunteers who showed up to The River House's Workday & Bake Sale on April 8th, 2017!

As a team we cleaned up the side yard, planted flowers, painted benches, created walking paths, and made progress on outdoor construction projects. 

We also raised funds for our Kickstarter campaign thanks to generous volunteers who baked sweet treats to sell.

Enjoy the video slideshow!

We held our first two VOLUNTEER DREAMING MEETINGS in February & March where we talked about The River House's mission, engaged in creative brainstorming activities, and shared ideas for how The River House can serve the community to the best of its ability. Over 5o inspirational volunteers showed up! Here are some highlights...