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

Water Color Crash Course
Mar 11 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Learn the basics of painting with watercolor. This workshop will focus on observation painting using objects and views of nature. We will cover many watercolor techniques, including hues, values, mixing colors and painting from  light to dark. We will work together step-by-step to create two pieces, a Fruit and a Landscape. No experience is required for this workshop.

Date: March 11; Time 11:00-3:00

Location: Island Arts office, downstairs in the North Hero Community Center, side entrance

Instructor: Katya Andrievskaia

Maximum Number of Students: 8

Student Ages: 12 and above

Tuition: $30.

Materials Fee: $10


Happenings at IA

Photographer Samantha Bellinger featured at Island Arts Gallery

Island Arts Gallery, located in the conference room at the Merchants Bank in South Hero, is proud to host the works of North Hero photographer Samantha Bellinger for the month of February.

Read more…

pumpkin_patch_croppedGiant Pumpkins to Grow at IA!

With the acquisition of the Raacke property next to the Island Arts and Education Center there will be many opportunities to expand the Island Arts campus. The first project undertaken is a garden that will be used to grow giant pumpkins. The project is under the guidance of Steve Minor of South Hero, with the help of Charles Bombard of North Hero, and many others along the way. The pumpkin patch has been prepared and come spring the planting will begin.

All interested youth and adults are welcome to be a part of this exciting venture that will, hopefully, culminate in a ribbon at the Champlain Valley Fair. Steve has been a grower of giant pumpkins for many years and will care for the pumpkins from planting seeds to maturity with the help of all Islanders who are interested. To be a part of this educational and fun experience please call 802-372-8889 with your contact information.



We have a wish list for our soon to be new home – the BARN.
Call us if you have any leads on where we can acquire the following (and thank you!)

1. LED theater lights and light bulbs
2. A crow bar
3. A five lb hammer
4. A grand piano
5.  A solid ping-pong set with racquets and balls. (for our community room)
6.  A solid fussball, (soccer playing) table (for our community room)
7. Chairs and tables (contact us for practicality and sizes please.)
8. Moving walls for classrooms

Current Events


Have a creative talent to share with others?
Island Arts is looking for teachers for their next year (summer 2017) Arts Academy season. 

Submit a course proposal online


We are always looking for volunteers too! If you want to VOLUNTEER  now or if you want to VISIT THE BARN please call our office at 802-372-8889 to make an appointment.



Update on Your Island Arts Center

NORTH HERO – The Homer Knight barn is metamorphosing itself into an Islands’ performing and visual arts, events and community space center. The floor upstairs is being structurally re-enforced to allow for a larger moving audience to enjoy barn dances, gallery exhibits, concerts and theater. Classes will be offered upstairs and downstairs starting this summer. The Island Craft Show will show case its artisans’ work in the barn this August and we will have another barbecue fundraiser with the VFW.

Plans are in the works to construct a two-story addition on the south side of the barn to house the Island Arts’ office, a meeting room, and a fire exit stairway. A mound septic system will provide handicapped accessible bathrooms.

Construction will begin in the spring for this year around facility.

A walking path has been cleared through our woods in exchange for maple sugaring rights and giant pumpkins will be planted in the springtime at our communal garden.

If you would like to share your energy, talent and or enthusiasm please join us! There are small and big work opportunities for you to make this barn resonate with creative communal life! Call us at 802-372-8889, visit us at or become a fan of our face book page. From all of us at Island Arts, we wish you a very happy 2017!

The Islander, January 10, 2017

Old Vermont barn becomes new art gallery



Watch our “2015 Scholarship & Summer Program” video


Watch our “2015 Summer Concert Series” video


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.