Gallery Happenings

Summer of Color June 22 2021, 0 Comments

The Summer of Color at the Bay School is an art exhibit that includes watercolor media paintings by regional artists who belong to the Virginia Watercolor Society.  Art Speaks Gallery at the Bay School along with two other local galleries, RAL Art Center in Kilmarnock and Gloucester Arts on Main, are all hosting Summer of Color exhibits simultaneously. Watercolor paintings included in the Art Speaks show are all inspired by a Land or Sea theme.  There are a total of 24 regional artist entered in the Summer of Color exhibits, with 11 showing at the Bay School. Each of the artists submitted one to two paintings to the show(s) of their choice. Each show will have a first place award, judged by Kay van Dyke, founder of Arts on Main. The exhibitions are sponsored by Chesapeake Bank.

 An opening reception with light refreshments is planned Friday, June 25th from 5-7:00 pm. Visit the Art Speaks Gallery in the Bay School Community Arts Center to see the show in person or view and shop the show online at .

 The Virginia Watercolor Society’s mission is to foster the advancement and study of watermedia painting. VWS’ definition of watercolor includes painting with water-soluble media: watercolor, acrylic, casein, gouache, and egg tempera on paper or Yupo. Just as serious as their pursuit of watermedia art, is their unwavering VWS commitment to reach out to others, educating the public about watercolor painting, supporting new art projects, and helping student artists through scholarships.

The Art of Food Reception March 06 2020, 0 Comments



The Art of Food Reception

The Art of Food reception was held Friday, February 28th. The reception was very well attended by participating artists and the public. A new addition to Art Speaks Gallery shows is artwork created by the Bay School outreach programs. Artwork from the outreach programs included pizzas and mixed media ice cream Sundays. The artwork is displayed in the windows and along with the Art of Food exhibit.

The Art of Food is on display through March 24th.  The artwork depicts a variety of foods, drinks, food settings and more. There is variety of media on display in this show including; paintings, pottery, multimedia.

A very special award was given to potter Sue Henshaw for her food pottery at the reception. Outreach kids voted on all artwork in the Art of Food show for the “Kid’s Choice Award”. Sue Henshaw was the first recipient of the special award.

March Artist of the Month artist Bob Carlson attended the reception. He has a total of 7 pieces in his artist of the month display and 5 pieces in the Art of Food exhibit. The Artist of the month Exhibit will hang until March 23rd.

Click here to see the Art of Food collection.





All Creatures and "Best in Show" Reception February 07 2020, 0 Comments



All Creature and “Best in Show” Reception

The All Creature’s and “Best in Show” Reception was held Friday, January 31st. The reception was very well attended by participating artists and the public. A new addition to this show was animal artwork created by the Bay School outreach programs. Many children coming to see their artwork came with their family. The “Best in Show” category of this show featured dogs only. At the reception “Best in Show” work was judged by Lester Van Winkle. Rita Cutler’s hooked art “Pup at Play” was picked as Best in Show. Lester brought two additional awards of merit to hand out also. The awards of merit were handmade by Lester who is an artist himself. Mo Bennet received an award of merit for her collage “Lilygirl” and photographer Phil Dunn also received an award of merit for his photograph “Bring it”.

All Creatures and “Best in Show” is on display from January 31st through February 25th.  All artwork depicts a variety of animals such as wildlife, pets, and horses. The “Best in Show” division is exclusively dog art. There is a wide variety of media on display in this show.  Artwork includes wall art, pottery, sculpture, glass art, collage, fiber art, photography, and jewelry. The artists participating in this show are both local and regional. Many of the artists exhibiting in All Creatures and “Best in Show” take custom orders for photography, painting and other media. A table is set up in the gallery with contact Information for anyone interested in custom work.



Meet the Judge

Lester Van Winkle is NOT only a very accomplished artist and sculptor BUT is also a long time Dog Agility competitor!!

Lester has a Master in Arts Degree, University of Kentucky. He was a faculty member and professor in the Department of Sculpture and Extended Media, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. Lester's accomplishments include Distinguished Teacher of Art Award, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and many, many more. He even judged the Art Speaks Juried Exhibition in 2018!

Lester has been competing with his standard poodles for more than 10 years and has earned many titles and awards in the sport. His wife Donna also competes in agility.


Click here to see the collection.




Virginia Coyle - December Artist of the Month December 17 2019, 0 Comments

The Art Speaks Gallery December artist of the month is Mathews resident and Bay School instructor, Virginia Coyle.  Virginia’s paintings are inspired by her family, nature and personal experiences. She is self-taught in all her artistic media and other skills. Her favorite medium to work with is watercolor, because it is so unpredictable. Virginia loves to paint mermaids, local interests, children, folk art scenes, and sometimes something just out of the ordinary. She also enjoys being creative by drawing, sewing, and participating in other forms of artistic projects and crafts.  Virginia’s artist of the month display includes a total of 11 paintings and various Christmas decorations.

Pop-Up Jewelry Show December 16 2019, 0 Comments

We are having a Holiday Jewelry Pop up Show from December 6-24th. This will be a great opportunity to shop for the holidays. The Holiday Jewelry Pop up Show is an exceptional collection of unique wearable art. Each piece of jewelry is a one of a kind piece of art!  There are a total of 9 artists offering their one of a kind creations for this show Each artist creates their art using very different styles and techniques including silver, gemstones, leather, paper, pine needles, felting, fused glass and more.  Come, shop and see some very unusual jewelry!


Susan Bradbury November Artist of the Month November 01 2019, 0 Comments

Fall into Art October 29 2019, 0 Comments

A reception Friday, October 25th kicked off the Bay School‘s Art Speaks  Gallery’s current show Fall into Art.  The reception was well attended. Many visitors came in costume and took advantage of the photo booth that incorporated spooky art and a giant “Black Widow” by Gloucester artist Garrett Jones.   Reception food reflected the festive atmosphere of the show ; pumpkin bread, hot cider, decorative cookies and cupcakes. Fall into Art is a collection of pottery, jewelry, wall art, gourds, baskets and 3 dimensional art depicting autumn inspired colors and themes.  There are paintings and photos of autumn colored trees and leaves, a variety of pumpkin pottery, Fall Fairies, and more artwork incorporating all the beautiful colors of this season. A total of 19 local and regional artists are participating in this autumn themed show. Fall into Art runs October 25th through December 2nd.


Greg Versen - October Artist of the Month October 11 2019, 0 Comments

The October artist of the month is Greg Versen. Greg Versen was born and raised in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Versen is an award-winning photographer and has been an active photographer for more than 50 years. He has attended workshops at the Maine Photographic Workshop, Rockport, and the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, Missoula, Montana. In 2003 he switched from film to digital photography and uses Nikon cameras and Canon printer with archival inks.


Among Versen’s photographic interests are architecture, travel and landscapes. He enjoys putting together programs that provide education and information with complementary imagery.  Another endeavor of  Versen’s is the development & hosting Blues Valley on public radio WMRA 90.7 FM. He has large canvases, framed photos, guest books, and many matted photos, some depicting favorite Mathews points of interest. In addition to the Artist of the Month is current gallery exhibit Gauge and Grain. Gauge and Grain  is running until October 22nd and features work from 12 metal and wood  artists. Fall into Art will be the next exhibit running October 25th through December 3rd.

Exciting Metal and Wood Show Gauge and Grain October 03 2019, 0 Comments


The current Bay School Show Gauge and Grain is one of the most exciting and unique ever. Gauge and Grain features twelve artists that work with wood or metal to create some very unusual pieces. The artwork consists or jewelry, wall art, hanging art, some very large sculptures and more. We anticipate that this show will be appealing to a wide variety of people. Shows like this can bring in both new and  regular gallery visitors. Gauge and Grain runs from September 27th through October 22. Come to our meet the artists event October  5th, from 9-2:00 during Autumn on the Main event.

An Artist's Journey September 17 2019, 0 Comments

An Artist’s Journey runs August 30-September 24.