Dual lifelong passions (art and people) are being united to bring to life a community-based centre called the Bayfield Centre for the Arts. When it is full functioning, the centre will enrich the lives of area residents and visitors to this lakeside community. It will host exhibits, workshops and studios amidst the natural beauty of Huron County. The idea started on a front step, sprouted in a Bayfield living room, then set roots in all levels of government and business. It came to artist, educator and president of Bayfield Centre for the Arts Leslee Squirrell after touring a similar centre in St. Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick. “I came out the front door and said, ‘We can do this in Bayfield. St. Andrews is an artsy, seaside community, of similar size, similar demographics.” Squirrell invited 12 colleagues to share the idea in her living room. Part of the conversation focused on the gap between performing and visual arts through supportive organizations. “It’s really important to have a single roof for visual arts.” 

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