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Mug Meet-Up & Market Happening at the Bay School February 04 2020, 0 Comments

On Saturday, February 15, the Bay School Community Arts Center will host its first ever Mug Meet-Up & Market, what Executive Director Pam Doss describes as a “social ceramics” event. Much like the Empty Bowls Fundraiser the Bay School hosts each December, this event will use pottery to bring the community together.

The Meet-Up starts at 10:30 a.m., when guests will be invited to pick their favorite mug, fill it with coffee or tea, and find their mug-mates for some fun conversation. Mugs will be matched by different design characteristics, such as color, motif, and shape. Coffee will be provided by Back In Time Mathews, a café and vintage shop located across Main Street from the Bay School. Bay School volunteers will provide treats to eat and conversation prompts to help you get to know your neighbors.

Members of the Clay by the Bay Ceramics Guild have made the mugs for this event. Each mug costs $30, with proceeds going to the Bay School’s new kiln fund. The school’s large electric kiln needs to be replaced to meet student needs and to fire all the Empty Bowls for this year’s fundraiser for Hands Across Mathews.

Mugs will be for sale all day, and participation in the meet-up is not necessary to purchase a mug. There will also be a raffle to win a set of seaside-themed ceramic canisters, made and donated by guild and studio member Sue Henshaw.

The Mug Meet-Up & Market is Saturday, February 15, starting at 10:30am, in the Art Speaks Gallery.

Call for Artists to Enter the Art Speaks 2020 Juried Exhibition January 13 2020, 0 Comments

The Bay School has issued a call for artists for the Art Speaks 8th Annual Juried Exhibition.  The show will open April 25 with a reception and will run through May 26.  Prizes will total $5000, including $1500 for Best in Show.  The show is open to all Virginia artists and includes both 2-D and 3-D media. The early-bird deadline for entries is February 1, 2020.  The final entry deadline is March 1, 2020. 

All prize-winning artists in the 2020 show will be invited to participate in Arts Speaks Encore.  This new show will highlight the prize-winners in an encore exhibition of their work, featuring pieces not included in the juried show.  Art Speaks Encore will open with a reception at the Bay School on July 31, 2020 and will run through August 25.

Nicole McCormick Santiago, an artist and Assistant Professor at the College of William & Mary, where she teaches Drawing and Color Theory, will be the show’s judge and juror.  After earning her MFA in Painting from the University of New Hampshire in 2003, Santiago has taught at a number of institutions, including Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Oregon State University, and Berea College.  Her work has been featured in the Artist’s Magazine and the International Painting Annual 1 (INPA-1) as well as other notable publications.  Santiago has shown in over 70 group, juried, and solo exhibitions. She is currently represented by First Street Gallery in New York.

Artists who enter this year’s show are eligible for a 25% discount on an advertisement in the show’s program.  Copies of the program will be distributed not only to attendees at the show but to sponsors, advertisers, local businesses, and art galleries throughout the state as well. 

The Bay School has a courier service to deliver and return selected artwork throughout the state.  Artists interested in learning more about the show and Nicole McCormick Santiago are encouraged to visit

 Artists can apply online here.

The Best Empty Bowls Yet! December 10 2019, 0 Comments

Thanks to the amazing efforts of everyone involved, our 6th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser was the best yet! We raised over $5000 for Hands Across Mathews!

Imagination Becomes Reality November 12 2019, 0 Comments

By Deborah Butler


It is an afternoon in August as I get to the Bay School Community Arts Center where the sign reads  “Kids Art Show Reception.”  I am surrounded by color, texture and multi-dimensional art—paintings, drawings, pottery, and murals--the results of the Bay School’s 14 artistic and creative camps offered every summer for kids ages four and up.   I glimpse imagination become reality in these displays on show.

 Preschoolers, elementary kids and young teens share their work from “Life’s a Beach,” “Artsy Animals, ““Fairy Camp,” “Creating with Clay, “ and “Art Du Jour Mixed Media.”   Sessions were offered in the mornings and afternoons for a couple of hours, sometimes for two or three days.

At 3:30 the first parents and kids arrive.  I watch what becomes a pattern for families trickling in over the afternoon.  A boy and his sister run for their art works:  “Mommy, here it is! “  They stand by their art and the first thing Mom does is photograph them next to it.  They smile broadly, and like every other child that comes after them, they see their imaginations have become real.

The little boy created a Junkbot, a 3D object/scene made of various materials.  This project was a special camp:  funded by a grant, it drew parents and children together to develop a creative project.  His mom tells me that it is a monster watching TV.  He shyly explains, “Here’s the TV set, and the antenna and the plugs, too.”   His sister created a picture capturing the beach.  “She had so much fun,” her mom smiled.  

I look up and more fathers and mothers come in the door, the kids flying excitedly to their art displays.   The flashbulbs light up the gallery.  One dad tells me with pride, “ He did way better than I can do.”

The kids enthusiastically embrace and admire each other’s work.   Several parents and kids stand in front of glittering Mermaids.  A parent, whose kids routinely come here in the summer, tells me,  “I think they like the experience because it’s not just about coloring in the lines.  They use their imaginations here.”

A well-worn path flows from artwork to food table then to the craft table.  The staff understands young artists; this is where kids collect eventually, doing what they always do when they come here—making art.  Using watercolor pencils and making leaf templates, they create more art to take away while the instructor encourages them.  “That’s the best coloring job I’ve seen so far,” she tells a very focused boy.  I am not surprised to see parents and staff join in.  Working with art seems to have a way of connecting everyone.

So how does imagination become reality?  The imagination unleashed and fed by the support among, and the collaboration between, these adults and children empowered everyone to do his or her best and to see the best in each other.  Here we get a glimpse of how art impacted not only young artists, but their parents and the staff too.

Teacher Profile - Evelyn Boor July 29 2019, 0 Comments



Evelyn Boor is teaching many summer camps at the Bay School and she will be teaching To-Up Socks, 2 @ a Time for adults in October.  Knitting will be Tuesdays, October 15, 22 & 29 6pm - 8pm.  In this class, you will learn to knit a pair of socks on circular needles two at a time from the toe up.

A few questions to Evelyn:


What made you start teaching?

I began teaching in middle school when a children’s Sunday school class needed a teacher.  Over the years I’ve worked in child development centers, assisted living facilities, preschools, a private school, summer camps, children and youth ministries.  My greatest and most challenging “job” was homeschooling our four awesome children!  




I attended college at Virginia Tech where I received a B.S. in Family and Child Development. 


My mom and grandmother are artists!!  As were other family members.  (Great grandfather, uncle, cousins...). I am creative and like to dabble in a variety of creative endeavors.  I am mostly self taught.  If I want to try a new craft, I figure out how and go for it.



My grandmother taught me to crochet a long time ago and I had the opportunity to have one painting lesson with her.  (It was a little challenging with four children under six years old.). I have had lessons in pottery - in middle school and recently.  I am so excited to be working with clay again!  I loved it then and I still do!!  



I have taught myself to knit, because I wanted to make socks - which are best knitted 2 at a time!  Basket weaving is another craft I have learned and enjoy.  I have also dabbled in watercolor, acrylic painting, rug hooking, mosaic, batik, paper crafting, gardening, baking, soap making, candle making, tatting, quilling, sewing...  its always fun to try something new and to share what I’ve learned with someone else.  

Tell me something people would be surprised to find out about you.


I enjoy helping my husband with the fixer-upper projects around our house.




Art Speaks Exhibition Award Winners! April 30 2019, 0 Comments

We are thrilled to announce the awards from the opening reception. The show, featuring 83 Virginia artists, will run through May 27.  The works in the show represent a diverse collection in over 20 artistic media.  28 new exhibitors joined the 55 Art Speaks veterans for this year’s show.

 Janly Jaggard, a practicing painter, enamellist, and ceramist, exhibiting both nationally and internationally, served as both Juror and Judge for the show.  As Juror, she selected 69 two-dimensional and 15 three-dimensional pieces from 320 entries, which are featured in the show.

 As Judge, Jaggard selected Best in Show, the Friends of Jim & Amanda Taylor Award, to Mark Miltz for his conté and chalk drawing, Top Hat.  Three awards were presented in both 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional media.  Sue Maida was awarded 1st Place in 2-Dimensional, the Dorothy Gould Abare Award, for her photographic print, Cracked.  Coakley Brown was awarded 2nd Place in 2-Dimensional, the Zane Edwards Award, for her oil painting, Quarter Point on the York River.  Michael Morgan received 3rd Place in 2- Dimensional media, the George Burbank Walker Award, for his graphite pencil drawing, Self-Portrait.

 The 1st Place in 3-Dimensional media, the Chris McCann Award, was presented to Katherine Maloney for her ceramic terracotta piece, Carrying the Light.  Maggie Kerrigan was awarded 2nd Place in 3-Dimensional media, the Edgar D. Brown Award, for her Altered Book, Something’s Crabbing My Toe.  Sam Forrest was awarded 3rd Place in 3-Dimensional media, the Claire S. Jones Award, for his oak piece, 3 Frog Night.

 In addition to the Judge’s awards, the show featured three awards of support.  The Founder’s Award, in honor of Roz White, was selected by Bay School Founder, Wendy Wells-Finn.  James Warwick Jones received this award for his acrylic piece, Descending Staircase.  The Arts on Main Award, selected by Betsy Henderson, executive director of the Gloucester gallery, and sponsored by William and Roxanna Andersen, was awarded to Sue Maida, for her photographic print, Cracked.  The Lemon Tree Gallery & Studio Award, selected by Clelia Cardaño Sheppard, was awarded to Anne Kushnick, for her oil painting, Bill.


Art Speaks Exhibition Opening Reception April 27! April 16 2019, 0 Comments

The Bay School Community Arts Center announces its 7th Annual Art Speaks on the Bay Juried Exhibition.  The show will feature 84 Virginia artists and will run from April 27– May 27.  It will open with a reception on Saturday, April 27 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Art Speaks Gallery at the Bay School, located on 279 Main Street in Mathews.  The public is invited to attend.


The Bay School is honored to have Janly Jaggard serve as both jury and judge of the show.  As juror, Jaggard selected 69 two-dimensional and 15 three-dimensional pieces from 320 entries to be featured in the show.  The works represent an inspired and diverse collection in over 20 distinct media. 


Janly will select 12 winning pieces from the group and will award cash prizes to the artists at the Opening Reception.  This year, the Best in Show award honors Jim and Amanda Taylor, long-time volunteers of the Bay School.  This $1500 award was donated by Friends of the Taylors.  In addition to the Judge’s Awards, the show will feature three Awards of Support.  The Founder’s Award, honoring Roz White, a supporter of the Bay School since its inception, will be selected by Bay School Founder, Wendy Wells-Finn.  The Arts on Main Award will be selected by Betsy Henderson, Executive Director.  And the Lemon Tree Gallery and Studio Award will be selected by Clelia Cardaño Sheppard.  Mathews High School art students will participate as judges, selecting two Students’ Choice Awards.  All of the prizes for the show total $5000.


Janly Jaggard, a native of England, is based in Staunton.  She is both a practicing artist and a teacher of art, working with all age groups and levels of experience in both 2D and 3D media.  Her own art work includes drawing, oil and acrylic paint, vitreous enamel and clay.  She exhibits both nationally and internationally in all mediums.


The Bay School, a non-profit community art school and gallery, is located at 279 Main Street, Mathews, and is supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Dominion Energy, Mathews County, and Chesapeake Bank. Art Speaks Gallery programs are supported by gallery sponsors: Custom Comfort by Winn; Randall Kipp Architecture; Gloucester Toyota; Storybound Construction; Mobjack Bay Marina; W.F. Booth & Son Furniture; Richmond Scale, Inc.; Cindy Barnett, Long & Foster; Haynes HVAC/Electrical; Roane's Antiques at The Cottage; Jane Cargill & Peggy Sue Long, Long & Foster Real Estate; Ruthie and Gordon Penick; and Ruth and Tim Morgan.


Teacher Profile - Pat Whitlow February 17 2019, 0 Comments

Pat Whitlow will be teaching her first class at the Bay School in March.  Her Wire Crochet Necklace class will be on Saturday, March 16.  In this class students will make a beautiful bead and wire necklace which looks complicated but is really quite easy to make.

A few questions to Pat:

What made you start teaching?

I actually began making jewelry (in my 50s) when my mother-in-law gave me some old buttons that had belonged to her mother.  My original necklaces were made of buttons crocheted on crochet cotton, because crocheting was what I knew how to do. From there I somehow advanced to more traditional beading projects. An opening came up at my local Michaels for a jewelry instructor.  I taught there for several years and then began teaching at the Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center. When friends learned that I was making jewelry, some of them wanted to learn also, so I have taught a number of classes in my home and for various groups.

What do you get out of teaching?

I love meeting people and teaching classes. My feeling is that if you have a talent in a particular area, it should be shared. One of the things I enjoy most is seeing how folks put their individual touch on the things they create.

 Tell me something people would be surprised to find out about you.

My husband and I have owned a small office furniture business for the last eleven years. Coming from a corporate background, it has been a truly amazing experience to build a company literally from the ground up--we started out in our tool shed--see it grow, be able to employ a few other people, and, hopefully, help some folks out along the way.

I am also president of a group called Moss on the James which is a chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society.  This group, in addition to appreciating Pat Moss' work, has a mission to help out local charities, especially those that involve children. Since Pat previously resided in Mathews and her Portfolio is located there, I am sure many in Mathews appreciate her enormous talent and generosity. At 85 she still paints daily and is a truly amazing person.



Teacher Profile - Jane Paul Angelhart January 17 2019, 4 Comments

Jane Paul Angelhart will be teaching her first class at the Bay School on Thursday & Friday, February 28 & March 1.  The goal of her Watercolor Portrait Workshop is to build confidence in tackling a full size portrait in the safety of a workshop setting.  This class is open to all skill levels and there will be an abundance of one on one help to advance your watercolor skills.


                                               Artist Statement: 

Painting is my passion, whether in oils or watercolors.  Traditional oils are like applying colored butter to a canvas… a luscious process I could never tire of.

Painting a portrait in watercolor is a lot like raising a child. It is a tight rope act, an incredibly fine balance between letting the vibrant transparent colors grow and bloom in unexpected directions… and being a careful and thoughtful guide, coaxing and coaching and watching…ever careful not to meddle too much with a brush and spoil the beauty. After fifteen years of painting watercolor portraits, I am still enthralled with the process. I begin each painting with excited expectation, a mother wondering if I am up to the challenge. I can't imagine a better job.

The visual treat of a watercolor is its transparency…. its clean, pure color. What better medium to use for a child's portrait? There is no white paint; so careful planning is essential to the process. The portrait is painted from light to dark (just the opposite of an oil approach). It takes calculated finesse to create multiple luminous layers, without dissolving previous layers and muddying the color. Carefully layered washes give a watercolor painting its characteristic sparkle and glow.

Watercolors were once thought of as a sketch or study medium for subsequent oil paintings. With lightfast professional pigments, ph balanced papers, and archival framing techniques, watercolors have the potential to outlast oil paintings and are fast becoming the medium of choice.


A few questions to Jane:


What made you start teaching?

I started teaching when friends and fellow painters asked me to do a workshop in 1994.  I am an introvert, so talking in front of people terrified me.  After a few workshops, I realized fellow artist were nothing to fear.  

What do you get out of teaching?

Teaching became an outlet for me to be myself, to be funny in a safe environment, and to give other artists the tools to make their painting exciting.  Workshops are stimulating for students as well as the coaches, and have become a place to share ideas, friendship and camaraderie.  (I am still a total wreck when I prepare for and start a workshop.  After the first hour, I am blissful and in my element.





Celebrations and Giving Thanks November 30 2018, 0 Comments

The holiday season is full of joyous celebrations and thanksgiving, especially for us at the Bay School.

For the remainder of 2018, our Art Speaks Gallery is celebrating the work of our creative, gifted, inspiring adult students, in our An Artist's Journey exhibition. Please stop by and be as amazed as we are at the depth and breadth of talent here in and near our community.

On December 8, we will march, drum, and laugh our way through the Mathews Holiday Parade on the Island of Misfit Toys float. We'd love to have you join us, dressed as or carrying your own very favorite misfit toy.

Empty Bowls returns for its 5th year on December 9, where artists and the community come together to feed our hungry neighbors. Buy a hand-made bowl, fill it with soup, and give Hands Across Mathews the means to make a difference to those in need.

Our monthly Artisan Market on Main continues on the 3rd Saturday, December 15. Check out artisan booths in our gallery and at Southwind Pizza, and do all your not-quite-last-minute holiday shopping locally.

Be blessed, and know you are loved, for why else would the world be full of art, if not for universal love?