ISLAND ARTS

Island Arts

Island Arts fosters and promotes artistic creativity in the rural communities of the Lake Champlain Islands and beyond through our celebration of the Arts, stewardship of our environment, and education for the enrichment of all.

We are a grass roots non-profit organization with an all volunteer board.

Alan Nihry

Upcoming Courses

Aug
29
Sat
TAI CHI/QI GONG
Aug 29 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Summer Schedule
Monday – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday – 8:00 a.m. Beginner Class

INSTRUCTORS: Rob Rousseau, Kathie Dustira

Join Island Arts year round in Tai Chi for health and relaxation. Tai Chi is, literally, the connecting of individual energies to the universal energy through a series of movements.

Moving simply and letting go of our own blocks allows Chi, or energy, to flow. Qi Gong is a method of movement from which Tai Chi and a plethora of other movements have evolved. New  members are always welcome. For more information, call Rob at 372-4884.

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 20
STUDENT AGE: All
LOCATION: North Hero Community Hall TUITION: $5.00 per class

Yang Bao, Pianist, North Hero Community Hall.
Aug 29 @ 8:00 pm

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Location: North Hero Community Hall, North Hero
$20 in advance / $25 at door

YANG BAO graduated from New England Conservatory of Music this spring with a bachelor’s degree in music performance. At the conservatory, he studied under the world renowned pianist Wha- Kyung Byun. He is going to return to the New England Conservatory this fall in order to continue his studies with Ms. Byun under the conservatory’s two year masters degree program.

Yang was born in Lanzhou, China in 1991 where he began his musical studies at age three. He made rapid progress and won many piano competitions in his native China. At age nine, he was awarded a full scholarship to study piano performance in New York at the Julliard School’s music preparatory division. It offers one of the foremost programs in the world for pre-college age musicians.

After studying at Julliard, Yang auditioned with concert pianist Susan Starr of Philadelphia. “His talent is enormous,” Ms. Starr said of Yang. “Already he is playing at the college level, and his technique exceeds that of some of my most advanced doctoral students.” Miss Starr offered to teach him without charge. He moved to Philadelphia to study with her. In June of 2007 Yang became a piano student of the celebrated Chinese pianist and composer, Yin Cheng Zong, while continuing to study with Ms. Starr. In 2008 he became the student of Meng Chieh Liu, a professor of piano at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia

Yang has given numerous piano recitals in Philadelphia. He was invited to play in a Kimmel Center Children’s Concert featuring the world-famous pianist Lang Lang. In 2006 he won the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artists Competition. Later that year he was the

soloist with the All-City Orchestra at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall performing the Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto. He also performed as piano soloist with the Lansdowne Symphony, which presented him its Young Artist’s Award.

In the summer of 2008 Yang performed the Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto with the Ocean City Pops at their 80th Anniversary Gala concert. He collaborated with them in the summer of 2010, performing Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto and last year, he accepted their invitation to play the Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto with them once more.

For several years while he was in high school in Philadelphia, he was a recipient of a Marion Anderson Award for young musicians. He was the only classical musician invited to play at the Marian Anderson award ceremony, sponsored by Disney and the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall.

This summer’s concert marks Yang’s fifth appearance with Island Arts at the North Hero Community Hall.

Tickets can be purchased at the event for $25 or in advance for $20 at Hackett’s Orchard, * The Green Frog in South Hero, the Back Chamber in North Hero, The Alburgh Public Library, and Isle La Motte Country Store. For a complete schedule of IA events go to islandarts.org or call our office at (802) 372-8889. This performance will benefit the Island Arts youth scholarship fund.

* Credit card accepted

Aug
31
Mon
TAI CHI/QI GONG
Aug 31 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Summer Schedule
Monday – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday – 8:00 a.m. Beginner Class

INSTRUCTORS: Rob Rousseau, Kathie Dustira

Join Island Arts year round in Tai Chi for health and relaxation. Tai Chi is, literally, the connecting of individual energies to the universal energy through a series of movements.

Moving simply and letting go of our own blocks allows Chi, or energy, to flow. Qi Gong is a method of movement from which Tai Chi and a plethora of other movements have evolved. New  members are always welcome. For more information, call Rob at 372-4884.

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 20
STUDENT AGE: All
LOCATION: North Hero Community Hall TUITION: $5.00 per class

Sep
2
Wed
TAI CHI/QI GONG
Sep 2 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Summer Schedule
Monday – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday – 8:00 a.m. Beginner Class

INSTRUCTORS: Rob Rousseau, Kathie Dustira

Join Island Arts year round in Tai Chi for health and relaxation. Tai Chi is, literally, the connecting of individual energies to the universal energy through a series of movements.

Moving simply and letting go of our own blocks allows Chi, or energy, to flow. Qi Gong is a method of movement from which Tai Chi and a plethora of other movements have evolved. New  members are always welcome. For more information, call Rob at 372-4884.

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 20
STUDENT AGE: All
LOCATION: North Hero Community Hall TUITION: $5.00 per class

Sep
3
Thu
Memoir Writing — Ginger Johnson
Sep 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Thursday, September 3, 2015, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 10, 2015, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 17, 2015, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 24, 2015, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 

INSTRUCTOR: Ginger Johnson

  • Class one: How to begin
  • Class two: Writing Dialogue
  • Class three: Set Design Class four: Publishing

 

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 12
STUDENT AGE: Young Adult to Adult
LOCATION: North Hero Methodist Church
TUITION: $60
MATERIALS FEE: $3.00

Sep
5
Sat
TAI CHI/QI GONG
Sep 5 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Summer Schedule
Monday – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday – 8:00 a.m. Beginner Class

INSTRUCTORS: Rob Rousseau, Kathie Dustira

Join Island Arts year round in Tai Chi for health and relaxation. Tai Chi is, literally, the connecting of individual energies to the universal energy through a series of movements.

Moving simply and letting go of our own blocks allows Chi, or energy, to flow. Qi Gong is a method of movement from which Tai Chi and a plethora of other movements have evolved. New  members are always welcome. For more information, call Rob at 372-4884.

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 20
STUDENT AGE: All
LOCATION: North Hero Community Hall TUITION: $5.00 per class

Sep
7
Mon
TAI CHI/QI GONG
Sep 7 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Summer Schedule
Monday – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday – 8:00 a.m. Beginner Class

INSTRUCTORS: Rob Rousseau, Kathie Dustira

Join Island Arts year round in Tai Chi for health and relaxation. Tai Chi is, literally, the connecting of individual energies to the universal energy through a series of movements.

Moving simply and letting go of our own blocks allows Chi, or energy, to flow. Qi Gong is a method of movement from which Tai Chi and a plethora of other movements have evolved. New  members are always welcome. For more information, call Rob at 372-4884.

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 20
STUDENT AGE: All
LOCATION: North Hero Community Hall TUITION: $5.00 per class

Sep
9
Wed
TAI CHI/QI GONG
Sep 9 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Summer Schedule
Monday – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday – 8:00 a.m. Beginner Class

INSTRUCTORS: Rob Rousseau, Kathie Dustira

Join Island Arts year round in Tai Chi for health and relaxation. Tai Chi is, literally, the connecting of individual energies to the universal energy through a series of movements.

Moving simply and letting go of our own blocks allows Chi, or energy, to flow. Qi Gong is a method of movement from which Tai Chi and a plethora of other movements have evolved. New  members are always welcome. For more information, call Rob at 372-4884.

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 20
STUDENT AGE: All
LOCATION: North Hero Community Hall TUITION: $5.00 per class

Sep
10
Thu
Memoir Writing — Ginger Johnson
Sep 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Thursday, September 3, 2015, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 10, 2015, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 17, 2015, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 24, 2015, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 

INSTRUCTOR: Ginger Johnson

  • Class one: How to begin
  • Class two: Writing Dialogue
  • Class three: Set Design Class four: Publishing

 

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 12
STUDENT AGE: Young Adult to Adult
LOCATION: North Hero Methodist Church
TUITION: $60
MATERIALS FEE: $3.00

Sep
12
Sat
TAI CHI/QI GONG
Sep 12 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Summer Schedule
Monday – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday – 8:00 a.m. Beginner Class

INSTRUCTORS: Rob Rousseau, Kathie Dustira

Join Island Arts year round in Tai Chi for health and relaxation. Tai Chi is, literally, the connecting of individual energies to the universal energy through a series of movements.

Moving simply and letting go of our own blocks allows Chi, or energy, to flow. Qi Gong is a method of movement from which Tai Chi and a plethora of other movements have evolved. New  members are always welcome. For more information, call Rob at 372-4884.

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 20
STUDENT AGE: All
LOCATION: North Hero Community Hall TUITION: $5.00 per class

Current Events

Yang Bao 2016 poster TOP 24-Year-Old Yang Bao to Perform for Island Arts

For the past 4 seasons Yang Bao, pianist, has performed at the North Hero Community Hall with all profits going to the Island Arts Youth Scholarship Fund.  IA is thrilled that he will return on Saturday, August, 29 at 8:00 p.m. for another benefit concert.

He recently graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a bachelor’s degree in music performance, studying with the world renowned pianist Wha-Kyung Byun. Soon, he will return to the Conservatory to continue his studies with Mr. Byun in the 2-year masters degree program.

Yang was born in Lanzhou, China where he began his musical career at the age of three. At age nine, he was awarded a full scholarship to study at Juilliard, in New York City, that offers one of the most prestigious programs in the world for pre-college age musicians. His awards and honors are too numerous to mention, but include the Young Artist’s Award from Philadelphia’s Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra, the Marion Anderson Award for young musicians, and last year, he was invited by New Jersey’s Ocean City Pops to perform the Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto.

Island Arts is honored to have Yang Bao take time from his studies and many performances to return to the Champlain Islands to raise funds for creative arts youth scholarships in Grand Isle County. Ticket’s are $25 at the door but can be purchased in advance for $20 at the Alburgh Public Library, the Back Chamber in North Hero, the Isle La Motte Country Store, and in South Hero at The Green Frog and Hackett’s Orchard. For more information call (802) 372-8889, visit www.islandarts.org, or check the Island Arts Facebook page.

 

Learn About The Geology Of The Lake Champlain Islands

Did you know that the bedrock of southern Isle La Motte consists of a 450 million year old fossil reef and that this reef is the oldest reef in the world where corals first appear? This ancient reef is a National Natural Landmark and is protected in 2 preserves in Isle La Motte – The Goodsell Ridge Preserve and The Fisk Quarry Preserve.

Come learn about these ancient reefs and the geology of the Lake Champlain Islands on Saturday, October 31. This class is jointly sponsored by Island Arts and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UVM. You will start with a 1-hour presentation on the formation of the Lake Champlain Islands by Laurence Becker, who served as the Vermont State Geologist from 1995 – 2014.

Laurence will then lead a walking tour of the two preserves mentioned above. This interesting and unique class will be held Saturday October 31, from 10:00AM – 1:00PM.

For more information and to register, go to www.learn.uvm.edu/olli and click on fall courses, or call Ann at 802-371-7977. The class is filling quickly and is limited to 18 participants, so don’t wait to enroll!

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Watch our “2015 Scholarship & Summer Program” video

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Watch our “2015 Summer Concert Series” video

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Watch “Visit Bhutan by video” as seen on WCAX

Visit Bhutan by video as seen on WCAX As seen on WCAX “Across the Fence” Published on Jul 4, 2014 Join Lyn Jarvis on a tour of the Kingdom of Bhutan to document the Island Arts sponsored art exchange between school children from Grand Isle County in Vermont, with the children of Bhutan.

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