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. 




Monday at the Clubhouse 

  • 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 the Blarney Stone Pub

  • 5 pm. A great place to meet other members and have a beer, a conversation, a meal – whatever.

New Members 

  • We have a lot of new members –  So, say Hi and introduce yourself when you see somebody new.

Membership Renewal

January is Member Renewal Month

  • Remember those of you who applied for membership after
    August of 2018 do not need to renew until January of 2020. 

Ways to Renew 

  • Use the online membership/renewal form
  • Or, Print and Mail your membership form. Both forms 
  • And, you may also bring the form and membership dues with you to the next regular meeting on Wednesday, January 16 at 11 am
  • Questions? Email Dottie.
  • *You can find the email address on the members only page of our website –

Art League Facebook Group

Art League Facebook Group January Challenge: “Family” CLICK here to see details of the challenge.


Take Just a Couple Hours at a Time to Volunteer & Help Your ESAL Thrive!

Opportunities to serve your Art League abound

  • 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.
  • Tell us what you want to do to help your Art League thrive.
  • Email and just say YES! 


ESAL Board Meeting – January 2nd at 11 AM, Room 104

Pick Up Your Art Work – January 9th, 9-11 AM, Historic Onancock School (HOS)

  • The main room is undergoing a facelift in January. Stay tuned for a date to bring new artwork. 

The Hermitage Changeover – January 9th, 9-11 AM

  • Limit of three pieces.
  • Email Donna with title, media, price and artist name Tuesday evening so she can make up the price list. 
  • *You can find the email address on the members only page of our website –

ESAL Regular Meeting – January 16th  at 11AM-12: 30 PM HOS ROOM 104

Presentation by Richard Toft 

Back to daytime meetings, so come out and enjoy Back to daytime meetings, so come out and enjoy this fabulous program with Artist Richard Toft. His works in egg tempera are beyond beautiful.
Don’t miss it!

January Paint-In/Out – Wednesday, January 30th

The 30th Wednesday, 10 am – 3 pm at The Island Restaurant in Wachapreague. 

  • A great place to paint. Inside are huge picture windows overlooking the picturesque seaside. A great menu for lunch.

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. 


WINTER SHOWS – Stay tuned for Dates

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


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.

Items for the Monthly Newsletter are Due the 25th of the Month

  • Please send the information to Susan at Thank you.














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.