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Promoting the visual arts on the Eastern Shore 

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Historic Onancock School, Room 104 

Our clubhouse is open to all paid members and accessible with a simple combination code available on our members only page.
It’s an ideal location for members to hold workshops, have informal get-togethers or work on art projects.  
This beautiful light-filled space is equipped with high speed wifi, a screen and projector, a glass-enclosed display case as well as a small refrigerator for drinks.  
As a former classroom, it has a large bulletin board, ideal for workshop critiques and drawing session reviews.  In addition, there’s a large blackboard perfect for brainstorming during meetings or in small groups
We have an art supply “put n’ take” and we’re in the process of setting up a lending library of art books. 



  • Second Friday in honor of Lois Fawcett – Friday, July 14, 5-8 PM – Onancock School – Main Room and Room 104

Come and celebrate this great lady’s art and life on the Shore. Wine and hors d’oeuvres with a slightly French theme – it’s also Bastille Day!   

The Onancock Farmers and Artisans Market

We have June 10 and July 15 reserved, when we were planning to sell in the square.  That will be cancelled and the Onancock Farmers and Artisans Market will take its place.   READ MORE 


Summer Show – Historic Onancock School – Through September 20th

The show is up and looks great! See attached and share with your friends. Accomack Public Library Show – Watch for details and a call for art in the next few weeks. 


ESAL Gallery – July Featured Artist – Helen Bongiovanni – 59 Market Street, Onancock – Thursdays and Fridays, 10 AM – 4 PM, Saturdays 10am – 3pm

ALL Board MeetingWednesday, July 5th at 11 AM, ESAL Clubhouse, Onancock School, Room 104

ESAL Members’ Meeting – Wednesday, July 19th at 2 PM at ESAL Clubhouse, Onancock School, Room 104

  • Note new time!! Have lunch before the meeting.  Eat wherever you like, order whatever you want, then come to the meeting at 2 PM.
  • Presentation – How to Photograph Flat Art – Tired of dark, crooked, blurry and low resolution pictures of your beautiful work?  A few basic rules can improve your results with no more equipment than a smart phone.    


Very Special Paint-Out – Thursday, July 13th at the home of Terry Thomas in Temperanceville
Terry Thomas (of Thomas Gardens) and his wife, Iris, are welcoming us back to their fabulous historic home and gorgeous gardens.  Especially if you missed our terrific June paint-out at Tony Picardi’s beautiful naturalistic gardens, don’t miss this opportunity to paint in stunning surroundings while everything is still in bloom.  As usual, we will be there from 10 am. to 3 pm., but Terry will also have an “after party” with wine and cheese after we finish painting. Spouses also invited for this part of the event.


Terry will be providing cold drinks for the painters. Please bring your dish to share in a cooler if possible, but he will have a small amount of refrigerator space if needed. Don’t forget a serving utensil. For those of you who prefer not to cook, it is fine to bring a store-bought item such as munchies, fruit, and other things to round out the lunch. We usually break for lunch at 12:30.

There is a pool, so if you want to cool off, bring your suit, towel, water shoes, etc.A nd everyone should bring hats, sunscreen, bug spray, and a folding chair if you have one, along with your painting supplies (don’t forget a drop cloth if painting with oils or acrylics – we have extras if needed).

Here are the directions:

Go north on Route 13 towards Temperanceville until you pass the Tyson Chicken plant on your left. Be on the lookout for a Sunoco station about 1/2 mile on the right. Immediately after the Sunoco station a right turn lane forms which will turn you onto New Temperanceville Road. Take it for approximately 1 mile and you will see a pretty, landscaped entrance with a white gate on your right. That is the Thomas residence. Park along the left side of the driveway, or by the barn area at the back. We’ll be meeting at the pool area near the barn.

Hope to see many of you there.


Cafe Society Thursdays from 5 PM onThe Blarney Stone, Onancock, VA – informal evening get together.  










The Eastern Shore Art League of Virginia, Inc. is a 501c3 corporation founded in 1977 and dedicated to promoting the visual arts on the Eastern Shore. We are supported by our members and friends as well as our affiliations with United Way, Arts Council of the Eastern Shore (ACES) and the Eastern Shore Artisans Trail.