About Us

The Bay School Community Arts Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide people of all ages and abilities with opportunities to learn, experience, and appreciate the arts.

The Bay School and Art Speaks Gallery is a gathering place for all, offering excellence and diversity through our classes, exhibitions, and events. In fulfilling our mission, we:

  • Sponsor and conduct educational workshops and classes, demonstrations, and programs in the visual arts.
  • Support and encourage the economic development of Mathews County in an environmentally sustainable manner.
  • Foster an appreciation of the arts and encourage individuals of all ages and abilities to explore their creativity.
  • Provide a resource for lifelong learning.
  • Support local artists' endeavors through our gallery.
  • Act as a regional arts center and community asset, supporting all aspects of the arts, including the performing arts, while contributing to the revitalization of Mathews, Virginia.

Located on Main Street in the heart of Mathews Courthouse, we offer over 100 fine art and craft classes in our three classrooms, one of which is a thriving pottery studio. Additionally, Art Speaks Gallery, our exhibition space features a cadre of professional artists and monthly thematic exhibitions.