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Meet Sandi Leister
When Great Lakes Artworks was founded in 2011, Sandi Leister was one of the principal shareholders. She worked tirelessly to keep the Gallery running smoothly and also took care of all the financial responsibilities.
When Sandi lost her battle with cancer early in 2016, we knew that we wanted to do something to honor her contribution to Great Lakes Artworks and the arts.
In October of 2017, we became Great Lakes Art and Gifts,  a 501 (c) (3) non-profit Corporation, so we could assist young artists with encouragement and art supplies.

We formed the Sandi Leister Young Artist Fund, SLYAF, relying on contributions to start feeding the fund. Our goal was to work with area high schools and provide them with needed art supplies. 

The Covid-19 virus took that opportunity off the table for 2020 and 2021.
We will use SLYAF monies for future awards.