Arts and Culture

Inspiration abounds

The Lake Champlain Region, with its majestic mountains, scenic lakes, and historic communities, has long been a destination for artists and writers eager to be inspired by the beautiful natural landscape and peaceful solitude. Today, the region is home to bustling arts communities offering galleries, exhibits, Lake Champlain events, festivals, and venues for creative pursuits.

Artistic creativity and historic sites

For an evening of world-class performances with historic charm, the charming Depot Theatre, a restored 1876 train station — and one of the more popular Lake Champlain attractions — plays hosts to professional artists throughout the year. Meadowmount School of Music, located in Lewis, is a summer school for aspiring professional musicians where music lovers can catch inspiring concerts from students, faculty, and distinguished guests during the summer months.

In the historic town of Essex, a variety of art galleries and shops provide beautiful and intriguing visual arts and crafts. Discover handcrafted goods, antiques, collectibles, and view local artwork. The Heritage House in Westport regularly hosts music and art by local artists, while the Hand House in Elizabethtown often offers concerts and performances highlighting 20th century works.

Throughout all four seasons, there is a wide array of artistic offerings, celebrations, and festivals on the Adirondack Coast of Lake Champlain!

Murals of Port Henry

A Village of Port Henry Walking Tour. Enjoy this collection of public art. Eighteen murals are interspersed throughout this historic village; one (no.18) in the hamlet of Mineville.

Location: 
Village, Port Henry, 12974
The Clayton Family Gallery

The Clayton Family Gallery is located in the Adirondack Architectural Heritage office building, which is located in the renovated, historic Ausable Horse Nail Factory offices. 

The gallery...

Location: 
1745 Main Street, Keeseville, 12944
Ti Arts Downtown Gallery
Location: 
119 Montcalm St, Ticonderoga, 12883
Adirondack History Museum

 

Elizabethtown's original central school provides ample space for a large collection of artifacts from over 200 years of Essex County history and culture. The 2019 seasonal exhibits...

Location: 
7590 Court Street, Elizabethtown, 12932
Adirondack Architectural Heritage

Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) is the nonprofit historic preservation organization for the Adirondacks. AARCH was formed in 1990 with a mission to promote better public understanding,...

Location: 
1745 Main Street, Keeseville, 12944
Meadowmount School of Music

A world renowned school of music with distinguished alumni. Meadowmount has been instructing students in violin, viola, cello, and piano for more than 70 years. On-campus concerts are offered...

Location: 
1424 County Rt 10, Westport, 12993
Depot Theatre

ABOUT

The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in Westport, N.Y., The Depot Theatre is the only professional Actors’...

Location: 
6705 Main Street, Westport, 12993
Erin C. Hall Studio

Erin Hall Studio offers Hand-printed textiles, home goods and gifts.

Location: 
6588 Main Street, Westport, 12993
The Whallonsburg Grange

The historic home of Whallonsburgh Patrons of Husbandry #954, the Whallonsburg Grange Hall, built in 1915, has been restored and reclaimed as a vibrant year-round community center for music,...

Location: 
1610 NYS Rte 22, Essex, 12936
Adirondack Art Association Gallery
Location: 
2750 Main Street
PO Box 158, Essex, 12936
Ticonderoga Festival Guild

The Ticonderoga Festival Guild provides a diverse arts program year-round. In summer, the Guild presents performances by jazz, folk, and big band acts from around the country.

Location: 
PO Box 125, Ticonderoga, 12883
Champlain Valley Film Society
Location: 
PO Box 743, Willsboro, 12996
Elizabethtown Social Center
Location: 
7626 US Rt 9, Elizabethtown, 12932
1719 Block Gallery
Location: 
1719 Front Street, Keeseville, 12944
Essex Theatre Company
Location: 
2756 Essex-Charlotte Ferry/Masonic Lodge
PO Box 117, Essex, 12936
Soundwaves

Soundwaves presents world class musical acts in a community summer concert series held on the pavilion stage in the natural amphitheater at Ballard Park in Westport, NY. Curated by veteran jazz...

Location: 
Ballard Park
Main Street, Westport, 12993
Ticonderoga Historical Society
Location: 
6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga, 12883