Our History

The Bay School Community Arts Center was founded in 1997 by Wendy Wells.  The original name was Mathews County School of Country Arts!  Wendy was passionate about her vision to have a community arts center in Mathews, a small rural town on the Middle Peninsula in eastern Virginia. 

In 2000 the school became a 501c3 non-profit organization.  In 2001 the school moved to it's present day location on Main Street in Mathews Courthouse area.

The Bay School conducts over 100 classes in fine art and crafts.  There are three classrooms, one of which is a pottery studio.  Classes are also scheduled offsite at local artist studios to make use of special equipment such as weaving looms or furnaces for glass blowing and welding.

Over 30 talented local artists teach our classes.  Please check out our online catalog to see the wide variety of offerings for adults and children.