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 of 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 February, August, and September) at 12:30 PM.


Art League Facebook Group

Did you know we have a Facebook Group? Just search ES Art League on FB and check out this month’s challenge: ES Art League Facebook Group

Art League Facebook Group Challenge: Yellow!

  • There are two photos that focus on yellow.
  • Please pick one and make art that reflects it – literally, figuratively, emotionally, spiritually.
  • Post your pieces by May 16th.
  • ESAL FB group members will have a week to vote and on May 23rd, we’ll announce the winner, who will receive a prize. 
  • Questions? MSG or email Carrie Jacobson at 

Carrie Jacobson maintains the new ES Art League Facebook group and keeps the ESAL social. Please use the group page since the old page will eventually close.

Onancock Market

  • The Art League registered on behalf of its members. Any member or group of members are eligible to have space at the Market. The spaces MUST be reserved in advance and approved by the Market Manager.
  • Each attending member MUST submit a  2018 Art League Vendor Application Onancock Market application and sign the Hold Harmless Statement which is part of the application.
  • Each vendor pays a weekly space rental of $15 for a 12′ x 12′ tent space. Space may be shared by more than one ESAL member.

Important Notes about the Holiday Market the Saturday before Thanksgiving

  • An occasional vendor who wants to attend the Holiday Market should mark the regular Market dates and the Holiday Market date and prepay, the non-refundable fee of $15 with the regular application (see above)
  • NOTE: If a member only wants to attend the Holiday Market, they should submit the Holiday Market Vendor Application with the $40 fee. The application is on the Onancock Market site.

Items for the June Newsletter are due by May 21st

  • Please send the information to Tomeka at


ESAL Board Meeting – Wednesday, May 2, 11 AM, Room 104 


ESAL Regular Meeting: Wednesday, May 16, 6:00-7:30 pm

  • Willie Crockett, Tangier Native Son and Eastern Shore Painter
  • Willie will provide a demonstration, talk about his art and, (maybe-he says) read some of his poetry


Cafe Society Thursdays from 5 PM on – informal evening get together

  • The Blarney Stone



Historic Onancock School

Hermitage Assisted Living Gallery, Onancock

Accomak County Public Library, Accomac


May 30th at the Hermitage


Jack Richardson Painting Classes – Ongoing – Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:30 AM 

Jack Richardson is offering painting classes on Thursday mornings, 9:30 to 11:30 at his studio,  Jack Richardson Fine Art Gallery,  24 King Street, Onancock. Jack will work with all levels of experience in oil or acrylic, with a focus on drawing form and color, using the view-finder and all technical aspects of creating a sound painting and exploring your individual vision. Cost is $40 a session, no material is supplied. Want more details or have questions? call: 757-710-2154 email:  jackrichardsongallery@gmail.

More “Play Dates” for Adults – Saturday Afternoons in May, Free 1-3 PM 

ESAL member Mary Clements will show and tell different artistic and crafty techniques on Saturday afternoons

  • Every Saturday from 1 to 3 PM at Market Street Framers, 59 Market St in Onancock
  • May is dedicated to floor cloths, placemats, and coasters. Discover what materials you can use for floorcloths, methods of priming the material, what paints and other mediums can be used, how to enlarge your design to fit the surface, some interesting painting techniques, and how to finish the product to give you a long-lasting piece of beauty. There is no charge and you don’t have to register, just come on along?
  • For more information call Mary Clements at 757-302-1305


May Paint-In/Out, Tuesday, May 29th 10 AM – 3 PM  

  • Cindy Walker’s charming home has one of the best gardens you will ever see, and her roses are spectacular at this time of year.
  • Please plan to attend this event, and bring a friend or colleague with you. As usual, we will be doing our artwork from 10 AM – 3 PM and will break for lunch about 12:30.
  • Bring a dish to share, either home-made or store-bought, along with a serving utensil if needed. Don’t forget your chair, hat, sunscreen and bug spray. 
  • Click here for driving directions.


ESAL Board: Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 11 am, Room 104

ESAL Regular Meeting: Wednesday, June 20, 6:00-7:30 pm

  • Program TBA

June Paint-in/Out, Thursday, June 14th, 10 AM – 3 PM

  • Doris Tosi’s home in Harborton; a beautiful setting which even has grape vines.
    Full details and direction will be on the website a week before the paint-out.

JULY & AUGUST – No Meetings

July Paint-in/Out, Thursday, July 17th, 10 AM – 3 PM

  • Peggy Swan’s home in Onancock, a lovely home with pool for cooling off.
    Full details and direction will be on the website a week before the paint-out.














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.