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10/10/2012 1:02:00 PM
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts names Leslie Lloyd new executive director
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Leslie Lloyd
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Leslie Lloyd

Ian Dunn

Leslie Lloyd, the new executive director of the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, has been monitoring the fires in the local area pretty closely, even though she lives in Bellevue and does not start her new job until Feb. 1. This is because Lloyd and her husband are currently building a home in the Brender Canyon area in Cashmere, which has been in close proximity to the fires.

"We actually had a fire in our canyon, but our neighbors and firefighters put it out," Lloyd said. "Then it was a matter of waiting for the Poison Creek Fire. It's one thing to live with the threat of fire, it's another thing to live with fire. It has been very hard to be here while this is going on."

The Lloyds began building the home long before the opening at the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts. She was pretty secure in her position as executive director of the Bellevue Downtown Association, which she had held for 12 years, but the Icicle Creek opening caught her eye.

They were building the house, expecting to move there in the coming years. It would be their second home until they were ready to make the jump.

"As we have built this house and spent more time and met more people, it's like, I would like to move now, but for the career thing," she said. "So when this job came up, it was just like a prayer answered."

Lloyd was familiar with Icicle Creek in a general sense. She knew of the highly regarded classical music enterprise there, but was unaware the organization had branched out in terms of genre to include other forms of art.

In Bellevue, Lloyd has been producing a jazz festival for five years. In her current position, she has developed a real fondness for presenting concerts, and also working with artists and management. Even though it is only part of what she does, she said it is a part that brings a lot of personal reward and satisfaction."

"The opportunity to do that full time was pretty appealing. The organization has so many things going for it and the community is really wonderful and has so many assets. The chance to actually work there was was a no brainer," she said. "As I took a look at it, I spoke to Sheila Hughes about the program broadening. This is very exciting to me, and should be for the community as well."

The position at Icicle Creek is a great deal different than her current one, but she sees some similarities. She works with a board in Bellevue, as she will with Icicle Creek. Although, the Bellevue Downtown Association Board is 45 people, while the Icicle Creek board is just 16.

"I do have solid experience in running a business organization, one that serves the community, that non-profit niche. I think that will be very applicable to the enterprise there," she said. "I look forward to meeting the staff and getting on the ground and getting started."

The staff is smaller, but she likes that. Without so many different things going on, Lloyd feels she will be able to focus more. Secretly though, she wonders about getting anything done as she gazes at the beauty of the Icicle Canyon.

"It's so beautiful there. When we are at our property, we just want to sit there and take it all in," she said. "I think the long term potential of this place is limitless."

Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or

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