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

Jun
10
Sat
Birding On Burton Island
Jun 10 @ 8:45 am – 11:30 am

Birding On Burton Island

$35.00


SKU: IA201701

Description

Instructor  Maeve Kim

Saturday 6/10 8:45 AM – 11:30 AM

Cost – $35. (Ferry transportation cost is on your own)

Location- Burton Island. Meet at 8:45 at Kill Kare State Park in St Albans to catch the 9:00 AM  ferry

Enjoy spring’s birding excitement with birding expert Maeve Kim on Burton Island. We’ll look at, listen to, and learn about the many beautiful birds that make their summer home on  Burton Island. Transportation to Burton Island via the 9:00 AM ferry from Kill Kare State Park in St. Albans  is on your own.

Maximum Number Of Students: 15

Student Age: 11 and up; under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

Jun
15
Thu
Awakening Your Creative Self
Jun 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Awakening Your Creative Self

$30.00

SKU: IA201702

Description

Awakening Your Creative Self

Instructor Carol Fournier

Thursday 6/15  9:00AM – 12:00PM

Cost- $30.

Location: Lake Champlain Basin Program, 54 W. Shore Rd., Grand Isle

 

Cultivate your creative self through an experiential and reflective awakening of your inner artist. You’re invited to contemplate the nature of your own creativity and play with the possibilities through non judgmental, free form artistic methods. Through the Circle of Life process, you will have an opportunity to create and share in an encouraging and safe environment. This class is for those seeking to discover, renew and engage their creative self.

 

Maximum Number Of Students: 12

Student Age: 18 and up

Jun
21
Wed
Family Nature Walk (ages 2-16; under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult)
Jun 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Family Nature Walk

$20.00

SKU: IA201705

Description

Family Nature Walk (ages 2-16; under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult)

Instructor  Maeve Kim and Bernie Paquette

Wednesday 6/21 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Cost- $ 20. for children; no charge for adults accompanying a child

Location: Landon Farm Community Trail, South Hero

 

Bring your kids and grandkids on a relaxed and informal ramble on the Landon Community Trail in South Hero. This easy walking trail is wonderful for exploring, observing, discovering and learning. Our two leaders are cheerful nature lovers who are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about birds, plants, bugs and animals.

Participants are encouraged to bring any of the following: camera, notepads and pencils, binoculars, magnifying class and bug box. The most important thing to bring is your curiosity. Wear footwear that is appropriate for ground that might be wet or muddy. Also, protect yourself from ticks by wearing bug repellent and tucking long pants into your socks.

 

Maximum Number Of Students: 15

Student Age: 2-16 (under age 14  must be accompanied by an adult). We will break into two groups, depending on the ages of the participants.

Jun
23
Fri
Paint and Sip – Shore Acres, North Hero
Jun 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Paint and Sip – 6/23 – Shore Acres, North Hero

$30.00

8 in stock

SKU: IA201704-1

Description

Paint and Sip – 3 Different Classes This Summer

Instructor: Katya Andrievskaia

Friday 6/23 at Shore Acres; Tuesday 7/25 at Alburgh Country Club; Friday 8/18 at Shore Acres. Each of the 3 classes will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Cost for each class- $30.  (Includes a $5. Materials fee; cost of beverage is on your own).

Location:

6/23 Shore Acres, North Hero

7/25 Alburgh Country Club, Alburgh

8/18 Shore Acres , North Hero

 

Unlock your inner artist at this no pressure social event. Drink a glass of wine, unwind, and paint a keepsake landscape while overlooking beautiful Lake Champlain. An upbeat, local artist will guide participants with step by step instructions to ensure that everyone leaves with a completed painting in their hands and a smile on their face. No experience is required.

 

Maximum Number of Students: 10

Student Age: 21  and above

Jul
12
Wed
Garden Design
Jul 12 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Garden Design

$35.00

SKU: IA201707

Description

Garden Design

Instructor Tanya Retz, owner of Mama’s Gardens in North Hero

Wednesday 7/12 classroom 9:00-11:00 AM;  Saturday 7/15 outdoors in a local garden

1:00-3:00PM

Cost – $35.

Location:  7/12 – North Hero Methodist Church, Rt.2 North Hero, entrance is in the back of the church. 7/15 – outdoors in a local garden TBD

 

In this class we will learn what makes a garden design inviting to the viewer. In the classroom portion  we will see examples of designs that work and that don’t work. At the outdoor session, we will learn how to put the classroom ideas into practice by  visiting a homeowners established garden and discussing what is working and what can be improved to help participants bring the classroom knowledge into the field and accordingly to their own spaces at home.

Jul
15
Sat
Garden Design
Jul 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Garden Design

$35.00

SKU: IA201707

Description

Garden Design

Instructor Tanya Retz, owner of Mama’s Gardens in North Hero

Wednesday 7/12 classroom 9:00-11:00 AM;  Saturday 7/15 outdoors in a local garden

1:00-3:00PM

Cost – $35.

Location:  7/12 – North Hero Methodist Church, Rt.2 North Hero, entrance is in the back of the church. 7/15 – outdoors in a local garden TBD

 

In this class we will learn what makes a garden design inviting to the viewer. In the classroom portion  we will see examples of designs that work and that don’t work. At the outdoor session, we will learn how to put the classroom ideas into practice by  visiting a homeowners established garden and discussing what is working and what can be improved to help participants bring the classroom knowledge into the field and accordingly to their own spaces at home.

Jul
16
Sun
Our Common Ground: A Contemplative Pilgrimage Through Landscape and Story
Jul 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Our Common Ground: A Contemplative Pilgrimage Through Landscape and Story

$40.00

SKU: IA201706

Description

Our Common Ground: A Contemplative Pilgrimage Through Landscape and Story

Instructor Carol Fournier

Sunday 7/16  1:00-4:30 PM

Cost – $40.

Location: Meet at statue of Samuel de Champlain at St. Anne’s Shrine on Isle La Motte. Transportation between sites mentioned below is on your own

 

Share in a journey through landscape and story while visiting inspirational sites on Isle La Motte. This time for reflection and discovery will begin at the statue of Samuel de Champlain at St. Anne’s shrine, then journey to the Goodsell Ridge Preserve for an easy walk through the millennium from the time of our inland sea as well as our own personal evolution. Our pilgrimage ends with a concert at Fisk Farm and refreshments from the Tea House (cost of any refreshments is on your own). Overlooking Lake Champlain, we will share our insights and discoveries from the journey.

Please wear comfortable shoes for walking, a portable folding chair if desired, water and a notebook or journal.

 

Maximum Number Of Students: 12

Student Age: 18 and above

Stop Motion Animation For Kids (ages 12-16)
Jul 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Stop Motion Animation For Kids (ages 12-16)

$30.00

SKU: IA201708

Description

Stop Motion Animation For Kids (ages 12-16)

Instructor  Stephanie Soules of Lake Champlain Access TV

Sunday 7/16  1:00-4:00PM

Cost – $30.

Location: Island Arts Office, North Hero Community Center, Rt 2 North Hero

 

This class is an introduction to stop motion animation. Create your own characters out of clay and then animate them using stop motion techniques, animation stands and lighting. Once filming is complete, you’ll see the results  of your work when you put the animations onto a computer, where you will have the opportunity to add graphics and sound effects. Participants will work in small groups , so this is a great class to take with a friend. All participants will receive a DVD of all the projects completed during the class.

Jul
25
Tue
Paint and Sip – Alburgh Country Club, Alburgh
Jul 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Paint and Sip – 7/25 – Alburgh Country Club, Alburgh

$30.00

9 in stock

SKU: IA201704-2

Description

Paint and Sip – 3 Different Classes This Summer

Instructor Samantha Bellinger

  • Friday 6/23 at Shore Acres;
  • Tuesday 7/25 at Alburgh Country Club;
  • Friday 8/18 at Shore Acres.

Each of the 3 classes will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Cost for each class- $30.  (Includes a $5. Materials fee; cost of beverage is on your own).

Location:

  • 6/23 Shore Acres, North Hero
  • 7/25 Alburgh Country Club, Alburgh
  • 8/18 Shore Acres , North Hero

Unlock your inner artist at this no pressure social event. Drink a glass of wine, unwind, and paint a keepsake landscape while overlooking beautiful Lake Champlain. An upbeat, local artist will guide participants with step by step instructions to ensure that everyone leaves with a completed painting in their hands and a smile on their face. No experience is required.

Maximum Number of Students: 10

Student Age: 21 and above

Jul
27
Thu
Poetry
Jul 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Poetry

$25.00

SKU: IA201709

Description

Poetry

Instructor: Joyce Benvenuto

Thursday 7/27  2:00-5:00PM

Cost: $25

Location: North Hero Methodist Church, Rt 2 North Hero, entrance is in the back of the Church.

Enjoy reading, listening and discussing poetry. Have a cup of tea. What better way to spend a summer afternoon. You are invited to either bring poems you have written to read aloud or read aloud a poem written by a favorite poet. Participants may bring copies of  their poems to share or simply read aloud from a favorite poetry book or journal.

No experience is required.

 


Happenings at IA

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.

Upcoming Concerts

Jul
19
Wed
Citizens Concert Band
Jul 19 @ 6:30 pm

Citizens Concert Band

$10.00

Citizens Concert Band concert at the Grand Isle Lake House

SKU: IAC201701 Category:

Description

The Citizens Concert Band has a full complement of brass, percussion and woodwinds.  They play a toe-tapping, hand-clapping performance for young and old.  They are well known to many in northwestern Vermont, having a history dating back to 1947.  It began as an American Legion Band with concerts drawing huge crowds in Taylor Park in St. Albans.  The band has been going strong ever since, playing a popular series of summer concerts in Franklin County and here in Grand Isle for Island Arts!

Gates open at 5:30pm for picnic (bring your own).

Concert starts at 6:30pm.

$ 10 in advance    $ 15 at door

Aug
5
Sat
Jorge Garcia Herranz
Aug 5 @ 8:00 pm

Jorge Garcia Herranz

$20.00

Jorge Garcia Herranz classical piano concert at the North Hero Community Hall

SKU: IAC201702 Category:

Description

This Spanish-born pianist began his musical studies in Madrid, where he learned to love Spanish composers such as Albeniz, Granados, and Falla whose music he regularly includes in his concerts. He has presented a series of 7 Chopin recitals and is currently working on a series of Schubert’s sonatas.  He is part way through his greatest project, which is to perform all of Bach’s music for clavier.  Tonight’s program will include music by Beethoven and Schubert.

Concert starts at 8:00pm.

$ 20 in advance     $ 25 at door

Aug
13
Sun
Vermont Jazz Ensemble
Aug 13 @ 6:30 pm

Vermont Jazz Ensemble

$20.00

Vermont Jazz Ensemble concert at the Grand Isle Lake House

SKU: IAC201703 Category:

Description

The Vermont Jazz Ensemble is a 17 member instrumental music group that performs music, most of which is in the Jazz or “Big Band” style, although the repertoire also includes “Latin,” “Rock,” “Fusion” and music which is currently “Popular”.  The instrumentation includes 5 woodwinds (usually 2 alto saxes, 2 tenor saxes and 1 baritone sax – these players “double” on saxes, clarinet and flute), 4 trombones (one is a bass trombone), 4 trumpets (these players “double” on flugelhorn), drums, bass, piano and guitar.

Gates open at 5:30pm for picnic (food will be available for purchase also).  Concert starts at 6:30pm.

$20 in advance      $ 25 at door

Aug
20
Sun
100 Years of Celebrating Life Through Creativity and Art
Aug 20 @ 6:30 pm

100 Years of Celebrating Life Through Creativity and Art

$15.00

100 Years of Celebrating Life Through Creativity and Art concert at the Grand Isle Lake House

SKU: IAC201704 Category:

Description

Harps and voices concert with barbecue by the VFW celebrating the partnership between Island Arts, LCATV, Silver Dove Institute and VFW Post 10854.

Gates open at 5:30pm with VFW BBQ available for purchase.  Concert starts at 6:30pm.

$15 in advance     $ 20 at door

Aug
26
Sat
Juried Craft Show
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Juried Craft Show

$0.00

Juried Craft Show at the Island Arts Barn

SKU: IAC201705 Category:

Description

There will be afternoon flute music and performances by talented Island Arts scholarship recipients.  Mediterranean food and desserts will be available for purchase.

10:00am to 4:00pm.

FREE admission

 

Current Events

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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.


Brochure

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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!

Old Vermont barn becomes new art gallery

Exhibits

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News

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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wishlist

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


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