Welcome to the Eastern Shore Art League of Virginia

Promoting the visual arts on the Eastern Shore 


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

Call to Artists!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW for this Exciting Event!

Exhibit your Work for Two Months, including the Holiday Buying Season

  • October 3: Final day to register (contact april@esartleague.org)
  • Thursday, October 10 – Delivery of Artwork from 10 – noon
  • October 12 – 2nd Friday at HOS – 5 pm to 8 pm – opening reception. Invite your friends for wine, hors-d’oeuvres, music, and the artist’s choice winners announcement.
  • Wednesday, December 12 – Pick up work from 10 to noon

Participants in the Summer Show at the Historic Onancock School are invited to continue showing their work until October 10 instead of September 19. If you would not like to have your work remain until the October date please contact Marge Bradach at 757-665-4507 or magpienow@aol.com. 

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 September Challenge: Back to School CLICK here to see details of the challenge.

Chincoteague Plein Air Event – Quick Draw  September 6th

2018 Chincoteague Plein Air)

As part of the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance’s 2018 Plein Air Event, there will be a QUICK DRAW on September 6th which is open to anyone who would like to participate. Registration is at 12:30 at Robert Reed Park (downtown park at the Misty statue) and the cost is $5. Artists will have from 1-3:00 pm to create a Plein Air piece in the medium of their choice in and around the Park and Main Street areas. At 3:00, artwork must be framed and ready for judging at the Park pavilion. Modest prizes will be awarded and the artwork will then be available for purchase until 4:30. CCA will handle sales and retain a 25% commission.

Questions may be directed to Linda Epstein ‭(301) 481-7263‬ or Nancy West 757-990-1421.

If you don’t want to participate in the Quick Draw, we hope you will attend the Plein Air Event on Saturday, September 8, from 6-9 PM at Christ United Methodist Church social hall.

September ‘Play Dates’ for Adults

Plan on three Saturdays in September for the chance to continue playing with Acrylic Mediums. All times are 3 to 3:30 (please note time change). All take place at Market Street Framers, 59 Market Street in Onancock. For more information call Mary at 302-1305.

  • Saturday, September 8: Direct and indirect image transfers – great for collage work
  • Saturday, September 15: creating dynamic acrylic skins and how to use them
  • (No program September 22)
  • Saturday, September 29: acrylic pours – wild fun

Laura McGowan Oil Painting Class – September 18th at ESO

Laura McGowan will again be teaching beginning and intermediate oil painting, starting on September 18th. Classes will be on Tuesdays, running in 6-week sessions. The first session starts on the 18th, with the last class on October 23rd. 

The following session will run from October 30th through December 11th (She will have to skip one week due to travel). You have the option of the morning (10-12) or afternoon (1-3) classes. If your schedule doesn’t allow for a whole 6-week session, we can work out make-up classes, or a pro-rated fee. 

Please contact ESO or Laura (lmcgowan1997@gmail.com) if you plan on coming –  Laura has an 8 person per class limit and she wants to make sure she can accommodate everyone. Cost: $180.

Louis Escobedo Workshop
September 27, 28, 29. 9AM-4PM. Cost: $600

Creamsicle Studio
12141 Commercial Ave
Exmore, VA 23350

Three-day workshop by nationally known and renowned Oil Painter, Louis Escobedo.
Louis is one of only two painters to receive the Gold Award two times from Oil Painters of America (OPA). The workshop “Painting from Photos” will focus on composition, brushstroke, and values. Limited to ten participants.
For details and to sign up contact Yolanda Escobedo (410) 241-7020.

Announcing the return of Liesl Fredrick Gallery to Onancock with the special opening show at 59 Market Street

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

The show runs from Saturday, November 3, 2018, to Friday, January 11, 2019. Flatwork must be no larger than 25 square inches (measure width and length and multiply together), regardless of matting and framing size. 3D art must be no larger 25 square inches in any dimension. Art will be accepted October 31, November 1 and 2, the show will start on Saturday, November 3. A reception will take place Saturday, November 3 from 3 to 5 PM. There will be voting and a prize for People’s Choice.

All work will hang in or be visible from the large windows of the Gallery located at 59 Market Street in Onancock. Cost is $5.00 per piece, limit 3 pieces. Sales commission is 25%. The show will have special hours Thanksgiving weekend – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 23, 24 and 25, as well as Christmas shopping Sunday and Monday, December 23 and 24, and during regular shop hours of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10 to 4 and Saturday 10 to 3 during the show period.

For further information or to register, email Onancockart@gmail.com or stop by the Market Street Framers, 59 Market Street in Onancock for a hard copy. This show is open to ALL artists and artisans, so please share with your fellow creative friends.

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 October Newsletter are due by September 21st

  • Please send the information to Tomeka at tango42@ymail.com.


ESAL Board Meeting – September 5th, 11 AM, HOS Room 104

ESAL Regular Meeting – September 19th 6 PM, HOS MAIN ROOM

Presentation by Guy Shover

  • Join us on September 19 for ESAL’s presentation by Guy Shover, Eastern Shore Artist, and Sculptor, to learn about the arts of sculpting, casting, and patina that brings Guy’s nature sculptures to life.
  • The program starts at 6:00 pm with drinks and light snacks.
  • The program starts at 6:00 pm with drinks and light snacks.
  • Everyone gets a Door Prize ticket for a chance to win a Guy Shover Sculpture.


Cafe SocietyThursdays from 5 PM on – informal evening get together

  • The Blarney Stone



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


  • September 19 for HOS
  • October 10 for HOS – for annual member show
  • October 18 for Accomack County Public Library
  • 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.


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. 

September Paint-In/Out, Thursday, September 20 – 10 AM – 3 PM  



  • Our September paint-out will be on Thursday, September 20 in Exmore and Willis Wharf, from 10 AM – 3 PM. We will use Jane Kafigian’s studio in Exmore as our “base camp” and paint in both towns, which are only a mile apart.
  • No cooking needed here, so please plan to either have lunch at one of the local restaurants (Willis Wharf, Exmore Diner, new Exmore restaurant, or El Maguey) or bring your own lunch to enjoy picnic-style outside. (No food is permitted inside the studio, please.)
  • Jane will have water and a restroom available all day for us. As you know, there are wonderful authentic seaside scenes in Willis Wharf, and Exmore has some lovely architecture and railroad scenes to paint. 
  • For those wanting to paint indoors, we will have one or more still life set-ups for you to paint in the studio.
  • Do plan to join us for this opportunity to paint some of the Shore’s quaintest areas. 
  • PLEASE LET GAIL REICHARD KNOW IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND BY September 15 at 757-336-3233 or saltmarsh44@verizon.net.
  • Please plan to attend this event, and bring a friend or colleague with you. 
  • Don’t forget your chair, hat, sunscreen, and bug spray
  • CLICK HERE for directions to Creamsicle Studio.       



ESAL Board Meeting – No Board Meeting

Regular Meeting – October 17th, 6 PM, HOS, Program TBA

October Paint In/Out TBA


ESAL Board Meeting – No Board Meeting 

Regular Meeting – November 7th, 11 AM, HOS, Program TBA (date change due to Thanksgiving)


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.


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