Summer Change-Over at the Hermitage – Wednesday, May 31st, 9 AM – 11 AM 

Please email Donna Stufft ( with your art information (title, medium, price) by Tuesday night — the 30th.   That way she can have the tags ready, and it saves her from making a second trip to Onancock. It also means that the information is available sooner for folks interested in buying a pieces of art, since the brochure will be available the day the new exhibit is hung, and the art will already be numbered. 

With our expanded exhibit space there is room for each participant to bring 2 or 3 pieces of art. The Hermitage doesn’t charge a consignment fee on the sale of art in the gallery, but in exchange for that we must manage the exhibits and abide by their security rule: Once work has been hung, it cannot be taken down until the end of the exhibit, unless it sells. 

Hampton Art League Paint-Out  – May 27 & 28 – Onancock
ESAL “Show and Tell” Reception – May 27th – 5 PM –  Historic Onancock School
Mary Roberts has graciously invited ESAL members to join the Hampton Art League for their paint-out in Onancock.  For more information, contact Mary at
In addition, on Saturday, May 27th at 5pm, ESAL will host a “show and tell” reception in Room 104 of the Historic Onancock School (HOS). Please bring finger food to share. For more information, contact Susan McGuire at


‘Pop-Up” at the Creamsicle Studio – May 10th – 9:30 AM – Noon

Jane Kafigian is offering her great studio for a one-day open session for drawing, painting, plein-air, sketching insided/outside.

  • No charge. Water will be available at the studio.  (NO food or drink allowed in the studio)
  • Location: Corner of Commercial and Front Sts., Exmore.  (Peach building, cream trim, green doors). Hope to see you all there!

Arts All Around Onancock – Saturday, May 20 – 9AM – 1PM- (tentative) 

The first of three Third-Saturday markets for $10 a spot.  More info will be sent in a separate email, but sign-up, spot choosing and payment will be at the Art League Gallery on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am – 3pm. 



ESAL Board Meeting Wednesday,  May 3rd at 11 AM, PNC Bank, Onley

ESAL Members’ Meeting – Wednesday, May 17th at 12:30 PM, ESAL Clubhouse, Onancock School, Room 104

  • Come and say hello to our new room!  We’ll have a sample of the secure hanging system and discuss the schedule for the year’s shows.     
  • Assorted sandwiches and wraps from Janet’s (small charge for these) and beverages
  • Raffle from our art supply “put-and-take”   


First Members Meeting in new ESAL Headquarters – Historic Onancock School – Room 104. Photos 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.


After a rainy April forced cancellation of one date, we lucked out with a perfect day for the re-scheduled April paint-out at Tara King’s “By the Bay” alpaca farm.  What a treat!  Lovely hostess, beautiful farm, interesting shop, and most of all, the most adorable alpacas!  Everyone had a truly great time. And to top it off, we have another paint-out this month, with emphasis on the always popular “May flowers” theme. 


Tuesday, May 23rd – Cindy Walker, hostess, Nassawaddox, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM-hostess, Cindy Walker, Nassawaddox – POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN – WILL MEET ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 24TH

At the home of Cindy Walker, a Nassawaddox resident who has lovely roses at this time of year.  Please bring either a dish to share (with serving utensil), or your own lunch.  Cindy will have coffee for us in the morning.  Usual paint-out hours of 10 am. to 3 pm.  (If it rains, we have a rain date of Wednesday, May 24.)
DIRECTIONS:  From Route 13, turn WEST onto Rogers Drive in Nassawaddox.  Cindy’s home is at 10057 Rogers Drive, in the block just past the Cancer Center, on the right side of the road.  If you get lost, her phone number is 757-442-2830.  Hope to see many of you there.



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


Directions to the locations will be posted as each date approaches

Tuesday, May 9th, “By the Bay” Alpaca Farm – Tara King, hostess, Pungoteague – 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Tuesday, May 23rd, Cindy Walker, hostess in Nassawaddox, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Wednesday, June 28th at the home of Tony Picardi in Belle Haven

Thursday, July 13th at the home of Terry Thomas in Temperanceville




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.