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. 



MARCH 2019

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

  • Several members have not yet renewed. If you are uncertain or have questions please email Dottie Troxler. 
  • Those of you who applied for membership after August of 2018 do not need to renew until January of 2020. 

Ways to Renew 

Art League Facebook Group

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

Help Wanted! 

There are a number of tasks that need doing. See if any of these appeal to you. If YES, please email

Opportunities to serve your Art League abound

  • Take Minutes for four evening meetings, Wednesdays at 6 pm, as follows: April 17, May 15, June 18 and September 19. Daytime meetings are currently covered.
  • Coordinate workshops in Room 104. ESAL encourages the many teachers of art among us to use our clubhouse for classes. It comfortably accommodates eight participants. Cost is 10% of total fees. ESAL will publicize your workshops to our members.
  • Assist with the Student Show. The jobs vary from receiving the work to hanging the show to staffing the show for a few hours, to help with the awards ceremony to taking down the show.
  • Teach at the Hermitage assisted living facility. Every Tuesday morning an ESAL member shows residents how to do simple art projects. Teachers and residents really enjoy it. Begin by shadowing one of our current teachers.
  • Organize a museum tour for members. This would further support our education efforts. And there are several very nice small museums on the shore or we can go across the bay!
  • Organize a gallery tour for members. Several of our members own and/or work in the art galleries on the shore. 
  • Coordinate the Holiday Luncheon. This is such a fun event and after many years, much simplified. This year we’ll be able to receive reservation and payments online!
  • Interested in Serving on the Board? Start by attending board meetings (only four a year) or checking out the duties of officers. Become an assistant until you are ready for office yourself. 


ESAL Regular Meeting – March 20th  at 11AM-12: 30 PM HOS ROOM 104

Presentation by George Budd

Be sure to attend the regular meeting at the Art League with George Budd, a magnificent waterfowl photographer will be our presenter.
Don’t miss it!

March Paint-In/Out – Tuesday, March 26th

10 am – 3 pm at the home of Janet and Haydon Rochester in downtown Onancock.

Plenty to paint in the neighborhood, weather permitting or wok on a project indoors. Don’t’ forget a drop cloth and a dish to share for lunch – homemade or purchased, or bring your own.

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



March 1st -April 9th


Jack Richardson Workshop Focuses on the Big Picture Saturday and Sunday, March 16 & 17, 10 AM – 3 PM Historic Onancock School, Room 104, $150

Jack Richardson will be conducting a two-day workshop in Room 104 at the Historic Onancock School (HOS) working from still life or on location if weather permits. Emphasis is on the big picture, getting the subject down on the canvas as quickly as possible, then fine tuning once the whole canvas is covered. Jack will provide a viewfinder, for finding and setting the composition. Includes a discussion of opaque/transparent colors, chroma, white pigment, and their differences and also painting without white. Friday and Saturday, March 16-17 from 10AM-3PM, $150. All media and all levels of experience are welcome. Limited to 8 students. 

Contact Jack at jackrichardsongallery@gmail for a materials list and to reserve your space. Jack Richardson Fine Art Gallery

Ukranian Egg Workshop with Sarah Morgan

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 11 AM – 3 PM, Historic Onancock School, Room 104, $65

A pysanka is a Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist method. The designs are not painted on but written with beeswax.
The earliest examples of wholly intact pysanky have not been found, but egg fragments decorated by the wax resist method have been unearthed during archaeological excavations in Poland. In pre-Christian times, Slavic culture included worship of a sun god, and the bird was the sun god’s chosen creation; thus, eggs the birds laid were seen as magical objects, a source of life. The egg was important for rite-of-Spring festivals, representing rebirth. With the advent of Christianity, the symbolism of the egg changed to represent, not nature’s rebirth, but man’s. Christians embraced the egg symbol and likened it to the tomb from which Christ rose.

Participants in this workshop will receive handouts that include step-by-step instructions, traditional images, and their meanings, and the symbolism of the various colors of dye they will use to complete their egg projects. Information on creating additional pysanky after the workshop will be provided as well, in catalogs selling dyes, wax, kistky (the small, funnel-like pens used to write on the eggs with wax), and design guides. All materials will be provided, but please wear close-fitting clothes and make sure long hair is tied back, as we will be heating our kistky with candles. Gloves are supplied; in case of latex allergy, please bring your own.  Maximum number of participants is 10, with a minimum of 6. Minimum age for participants is 18.

Deadline for registration and payment is March 30, 2019. For additional information or to register, please email Sarah Morgan ( or text her at 336-409-7637.

Mixed Media Workshop with Artist Angela Herbert-Hodges
Friday & Saturday, April 12 -13, 10 AM – 3:30 PM
Historic Onancock School, room 104

Mixed Media

During these 2 days of painting, we will be exploring the use of Value & Compositional elements to make dynamic & authentic paintings. As artists we are aiming to capture spontaneity, to create visual snapshots in the form of paintings which describe our interests, that make up who we are today. We will be using Watercolor & Acrylic on paper, canvas or board. Collage elements are encouraged to describe texture and balance in our work. This is open to Beginner artists, as well as those who have more experience. 

Make your check payable to ESAL and put “Angela” in the memo.
Mail to ESAL, PO Box 151, Onancock, VA 23417 
Questions? Email Angela at

Sorry, the following workshop is canceled

Abigail McBride’s workshop at Jane Kafigian’s Creamsicle Gallery in Exmore, which was scheduled for Thursday and Friday, May 2-3 has been canceled.

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.