The 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. 


Eastern Shore Art League
2018 Holiday Luncheon

Come and bring a guest

WednesdayDecember 12, 2018

11:30 am – 2:30 ish

Cash Bar will open at 11:30 am

Luncheon Service at noon
Re-gifting exchange to follow.  CLICK HERE for more information and the registration form 

OR, bring your check and reservation form to the regular meeting, Wednesday, November 14, at 11 am at the main room of the Historic Onancock School


The ESAL Member Show

The ESAL Member Show – Main Room of the Historic Onancock School (HOS) remains up through December 11 (except Thanksgiving weekend). A great show! Don’t miss it.


Make it a habit! Our room 104 at the HOS is the perfect place to work on your art with others.  Open to all members, all media. Just protect the tables and floor and clean up. Last one out locks the door! 

Thursday at theBlarney StonePub

 5 PM except for Thanksgiving.
A great place to meet other members have a beer, a chat, a meal – whatever.


We have a lot of new members – 13 added in just the last two months. So, say Hi and introduce yourself when you see somebody new.

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 November Challenge: “Family” CLICK here to see details of the challenge.


The Art league is in immediate need of a webmaster. This is a paid position for a few hours each month. If you know of someone, please email Other opportunities to serve your Art League abound. Would you like to take meeting minutes? Only 12 meetings a year. Or would you like to be asked for a couple hours at a time to volunteer? hanging shows, bringing food to events, making phone calls or emailing members, inviting new members to join you at an ESAL event. Join other volunteers. same email. Tell me what you can do to help your Art League thrive.

Historic Onancock School on College Ave in Onancock, Virginia
October 10 through December 12


Becky Rootes

Under My Umbrella

Other Winners
Artists’ Choice: First place – Fred Leutner. Second place – Eileen Weber. Third Place – Jeanette Darnell
People’s Choice: First place – Donald Kopczynski. Second place- Ann Hayden. Third place – Irene Volke  

Liesl Fredrick Gallery Returns to Onancock with a Special Opening Show

Mighty Miniatures, Saturday, November 3, 2018 – January 11, 2019

  • An Exhibit of tiny works of art entitled Mighty Miniatures, the first official show of Liesl Fredrick, runs from Nov 3 to Jan 5, 2019, at the Gallery at 59 Market Street. (See theattachmentfor requirements and entry form for your submission.)
  • For further information or to register, email, call Mary at 757-302-1305, or stop by the Frame Shop. This show is open to ALL artists and artisans. Any interested person can submit work.

Accomac County Library, Wednesday, November 7, 10-11:30 AM

November 7th – Wednesday, 10 – 11:30 am The Accomac County Library Exhibit. Christine W.* can hang more pieces. Email her* with titles, media, price, and name of the artist. *You can find the email address on the members only page of our website –

Watercolorist Gail Miller at the Richardson Gallery in Onancock, Opening Reception, November 9th from 5-8 PM


ESAL Board Meeting – No meeting

ESAL Regular Meeting – November 14th  at 11AM-12: 30 PM HOS MAIN ROOM

Presentation by Cynthia Downing

Back to daytime meetings, so come out and enjoy this fabulous program by Cynthia Downing who will share her secrets to successful and downright gorgeous arrangements – just in time for the holidays. Cynthia is a wedding and event florist. Don’t miss it!

Happy Thanksgiving Day – November 22nd

Grateful for a great group of artists. Enjoy and be safe.

The Hermitage Exhibit Changeover – November 28th, 9-11 AM

November28th – Wednesday, 9-11am TheHermitageExhibit changeover. Donna S.* will be waiting to see what you are exhibiting over the winter. Email her* Tuesday evening with titles, media, price and artist’s name. 
*You can find the email address on the members only page of our website –

November Paint-In/Out, Wednesday, November 29th, 10 -3

The 29th – Thursday, 10am3pm The November PaintOut (or in) at TheMachipongoBarrierIslandCenter. A great place to paint. Inside are two floors of still lifes from years gone by. Outside are lovely grounds and interesting buildings. Bring lunch or try the Machipongo Trading Company across the road. 

What is a Paint-In/Out?

We gather between 10 am and 3 pm at a beautiful spot on the Shore – often a private home – and enjoy the surroundings. Many of us paint what we see. Others bring projects to work on – and not just paintings. Some of us take the opportunity to photograph what we see. We either bring a lunch, or a dish to share (homemade or store-bought). If you ask for input on your work, you’ll usually get good advice. If you don’t want input, that’s OK, too. You are sure to meet new friends and have a break from the usual. 




  • Historic Onancock School
  • Hermitage Assisted Living Gallery, Onancock
  • Accomak County Public Library, Accomac


  • November 28th for 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.

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 Monthly Newsletter are due the 25th of the month.  

  • Please send the information to Susan at Thank you.



December 12th – Holiday Party, Detail TBA




















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.