ORILLIA - Artist Charles Pachter has some heavyweight support for his vision to turn Orillia's former Huronia Regional Centre (HRC) property into an international arts and cultural centre.
Pachter, perhaps best known to the non-art collector for his colourful steel and granite moose sculptures displayed across Canada, has summered on the shores of Lake Simcoe for as long as he can remember.
Two years ago, after far too long spent looking at the old HRC grounds through the trees shrouding it from Memorial Avenue, Pachter finally decided to take himself on a tour.
"I was just astounded," said Pachter, who has been captivated by the 200-acre property's rolling hills, meadows and 1,500-metre waterfront.
While to many people, repurposing the property, especially as an arts and cultural centre, may seem like a daunting task, to Pachter, "it's just such an obvious thing."
And it's starting to take shape.
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