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.
Island Arts 2017 Summer Concerts A Success
The Island Arts Summer Concerts concluded on a high note with a beautiful summer evening at the Grand Isle Lake House. Presented in cooperation with the Silver Dove Institute it was designed to be an inspirational gathering to bring insights gained from the sacred journey of life through creativity, contemplation, and action. This was accomplished through music, poetry, and dance. Carol Fournier, Founder and Director of the Institute, provided some background on the organization before reading poems that were accompanied by music from flute and harp. Performing on harp was Regina Christianson and Otis Cleveland on flute who provided music for Lucia and Rafaela Matarazzo to perform improvised dances.
At intermission concert goers were able to purchase picnic treats from the Grand Isle Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 10854, which included their delicious barbecued ribs. To conclude the evening concert goers were treated to music from the Jerome Monachino Jazz Quartet with select members of the 40th Army Band. It was a spiritual and patriotic event that will be long remembered by those in attendance.
In conclusion, Island Arts wishes to thank all who attended our 2017 concerts with all profits going to support the creative arts youth scholarship fund in Grand Isle County. From preliminary accounting it looks to be another successful year.
By Lyn Jarvis
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 north 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 www.islandarts.org or become a fan of our face book page. From all of us at Island Arts, we wish you a very happy 2017!
2017 Calendar of Courses and EventsView other galleries
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.
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 working grand piano
5. Chairs and tables (contact us for practicality and sizes please.)
6. Moving walls for classrooms