The new ESAL Clubhouse – Historic Onancock School – Room 104. Photo by Susan McGuire

The League conducts monthly meetings with a program about art. These hour long programs are intended to give members and the general public information. Many are live demonstrations about various art forms, as well as art history, presentations by museum curators, or art school educators.  Meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month (except August and September) at 12:30 PM.


  • Buy Boats at Onancock Wharf – Tuesday, August 1 all day, departing Wednesday, August 2nd
  •  A Taste of Art and Wine – August 5, 6:30-8:30 pm, Marina Restaurant Banquet Room, Captain’s Cove, 3323 Dock Court, Greenbackville


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  – additional art drop-off – Wednesday, August 2, 10 am
  •    Hermitage Changeover – Wednesday, August 30, 9-11 am   


ESAL Gallery – August Featured Artist – Carole Campbell – 59 Market Street, Onancock – Thursdays and Fridays 10 AM – 4 PM Saturdays 10 AM – 3 PM

All Board Meeting – Wednesday, August 2nd at 11 AM, ESAL Clubhouse, Onancock School, Room 104

ESAL Members’ Meeting – No meeting this month.


Wednesday, August 16th (rain date Wednesday, August 23) at the home of Becky Rootes in Onanacock
10 A.M. – 3 P.M.

After a spectacular paint-and-pool party at Terry Thomas’s home this month, we will have another delightful opportunity to paint together in a new location on Wednesday, August 16 (rain date Wednesday, August 23).  Becky Rootes will be our host at her lovely Onancock home right by the harbor, so you will have lots of interesting painting venues to choose from – boats, historic museum building, beautiful homes, and vistas up Onancock Creek.  Becky also has a small lap pool, so if you want to cool off during the day, bring your swim suit, towel, etc.

Please bring a dish to share (with serving utensil), or a store-bought go-with.  If your dish needs refrigeration, please bring it in a cooler if possible.

As usual, we will paint from 10 am. to 3 pm.

Members please click here for directions.

And see this beautiful piece of writing, “Essence”, by Barbara Schmitz inspired by our day of painting at Terry’s.  She’s really captured why we do what we do. Thank you, Barbara!  You’re an inspiration to us all. 


Cafe Society – Thursdays from 5 PM on – The 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.