A River of Light brings the magic of lantern parade to communities through social engagement, creative art-making, and celebratory events.

Gowri Savoor is a visual-teaching artist whose practice includes sculpture, illustration, and writing.  Born in England, she moved to the US in 2007 and has been a practicing teaching artist for over 20 years, with experience in arts integration and community building. She has partnered with multiple organizations including Walk the Plank, Bread and Puppet Theater and Manchester International Arts. Gowri founded A River of Light, an organization committed to bringing art to the community through participatory art events, parades and installations. She is also the co-founder of Teaching Artists Connect which provides creative and inspiring professional development workshops for teaching artists and educators.

For more information:
Gowri Savoor website: www.gowrisavoor.com

Some articles:
National Endowment for the Arts, United States of Arts: Vermont. Video
Article in 7Days:
Vermont Lantern Parades Punctuate the Darkness
Stuck in Vermont by Eva Sollberger. Video
Waterbury’s River of Light Lantern Parade

Angelo Arnold is a sculptor and technical director for A River of Light, whose practice includes the construction of anthropomorphic furniture sculpture. His upholstered forms are dynamic in gesture and the reference to furniture vocabulary provides a platform to recall past memories. He received his MFA in Studio Arts/ Sculpture from The Ohio State University, and has been the recipient of a several art grants including a Berkshire Taconic Artist Resource Trust Grant and multiple fellowships and awards for his sculpture. He has been a founding member and technical director for A River of Light in Waterbury since 2010 and is the co-facilitator for the large-scale lantern-labs.

For more information:
Angelo Arnold website: www.angeloarnold.com

Gowri (left) and Angelo (right) of A River of Light