Second Friday-All Weekend, Open Door Studio Tour in Onancock Virginia!


Second Friday-All Weekend, Open Door Studio Tour in Onancock Virginia!

June 10 from 12 to 8pm
June 11 from 10am to 5pm
June 12 from 10am to 2pm (unless indicated otherwise)

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This, our Inaugural Open Door Studio Tour, will showcase Virginia’s Eastern Shore Artisan Trail participants who live and work in the charming town of Onancock. For the past ten years Onancock has been celebrating Second Fridays with galleries and shops staying open until 8pm. With that in mind, we are kicking off the June event by inviting you to explore studios which are normally open by appointment as well as many of our local shops and cultural sites who have agreed to be open all three days for your weekend enjoyment.

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On the west coast of Virginias’ Eastern Shore, Onancock was founded in 1680 and explored by Capt. John Smith, who called it the “Gem of the Chesapeake”. A short run down Onancock Creek takes you out into the Chesapeake Bay, and beyond that to wherever you live in the world.

Now a modern hive of artistic creativity, you will be astonished at the diversity and talent that has collected here in zip code 23417! Of special artistic note, the Virginia’s Eastern Shore Artisan Trail features 8 Juried Virginia Artisan members of the Artisans Center of Virginia, of which 6 live and work in Onancock and are featured on our Open Door Studio Tour.

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The Virginia Eastern Shore Artisan Trail was recently established by the Artisans Center of Virginia, covering both Northampton and Accomack Counties, with 117 participating trail sites of cultural interest. The town of Onanock is turning out in festive-fare as 22 trail sites in their community kick-off the first “Open Door Studio Tour” of the artisan trail.

Although other trail sites in Onancock and on Virginia’s Eastern Shore Artisan Trail at-large may be open during the weekend you will definitely want to check out the following who are offering special activities during our focused Second Friday Open Door Studio Tour event:


Click each business name below for full contact information, descriptions and google maps to each site:

Map # 4. Brenda Llewellyn, ACV Juried Artisan | 10 Marshall St.
Fri 5 – 8pm, Sun. 10 – 3pm
Brenda will be presenting potting demonstrations and discussing her philosophy of pottery decoration. Her work, functional wood & gas fired stoneware & porcelain pottery, celebrate the interplay of flame & ash creating unique, organic pieces. Located in Onancock’s historic residential area, her studio is an easy walk from the town center.

Map # 6, exhibiting at site #100 The Carver and His Wife | 6 College Ave, Rm 118 Fri 5-8pm, Sat 12-5pm, Sun 12-3pm
Original Shore inspired designs. Carved birds, walking sticks, stained glass, paintings & jewelry. Commissions accepted. Brad will be demonstrating carving and finishing techniques on his decorative birds. Marge will be working on a new  stained glass piece from design concept through completion.  The couple are inspired by their surroundings, the beautiful shores, farmland and small towns of the Eastern Shore.

Map # 10, exhibiting at site #100 Elizabeth Hunt Pottery, ACV Juried Artisan |  6 College Ave, Rm 116, Fri 11-8pm, Sat 10 – 5pm, Sun 10 -3pm
Elizabeth creates functional stoneware, raku and pit fired pottery of classical forms and fanciful carving and sculpture, all wheel thrown and hand-built with love.

Map # 17. Karen Tweedie, ACV Juried Artisan |1 Turner St
Karen has her studio next to her house on Onancock Creek a short walk from town center. Handcrafted silver jewelry. One-of-a-kind pieces. Come see a bench jeweler at work. She will be working on her jewelry and sharing her love of the craft. ( Also at this stop see stop #29, Karyn Belknap & #25, Mark Belknap)

Map # 25 exhibiting at #17. Red Dog Decoys, Mark Belknap, ACV Juried Artisan | 1 Turner St, Fri 5:00-8:00pm, Sat 8:00 – 4:00pm
Mark is a wildlife biologist & livelong Eastern Shoreman, creating hand carved & hand painted working waterfowl decoys & artistic shorebirds. He will be demonstrating decoy carving and painting, as well as discussing the science behind successful wildfowl rigs in the wild.

Map # 26. Richardson Gallery |  24 King St., Fri 10 – 8pm, Sat 10 – 5pm, Sun 12 – 4pm
Studio of the painter Jack Richardson, as well as a gallery showing his work along with others. Jack will be demonstrating the process of preparing linen canvas for painting. The process uses ancient materials like hide glue and loomstate linen. It is a tricky process and an understanding of the inherent qualities of all the materials used is necessary to achieve the desired results. Bring a piece of loomstate (raw) linen and appropriate stretcher bars up to 16 x 20” if you would like to participate in the process. Glue and staples will be provided.

Map # 29 exhibiting at # 17. Ten Good Sheep, Karyn Belknap, ACV Juried Artisan | 1 Turner St., Fri 5:00-8:00pm, Sat 8:00 – 4:00pm
Karyn is also an ACV Juried Artisan and features Handspun/hand dyed yarns & natural fibers for knitters, spinners, weavers & felters. Heirloom quality wearables & home goods. She will be demonstrating spinning on spinning wheels and hand spindles.

Map # 30. Useful Pots, Russell Jones, ACV Juried Artisan and Annie Jones | 88 Market St., back of house, Fri 5 – 8pm, Sat. 10 – 5pm, Sun 10 -3pm
One-of-a-kind pottery for everyday use. Russ and Annie will be in their “mud room” proudly showing their wares and spinning tales of their new found love of “mud and tales of their….. “latest courses at Penland School of Crafts.”

Map # 31. Vesna Zidovec | 30 Kerr St., Fri 5 – 8pm, Sat. 10 – 5pm, Sun 10 -3pm
Vesna builds functional hand built earthenware which is food safe & decorated with sea creatures, fruits, flowers and vegetable, birds, insects & landscapes.

Map # 35. Eastern Shore Art League Gallery | 59 Market St., Fri 10 – 8pm, Sat 10 – 5pm, Sun 12 – 4pm
A showcase for 20 Art League members and their creations, including jewelry, fiber art, paintings, photography, prints, ceramics, woodwork, books, cards & whimsies. Eastern Shore Art League Gallery is the home of 17 local artisans and artists. The artful creations reflect the essence of the bay, ocean, wildlife, farms, watermen, beautiful sunsets, eagles and ponies that are unique to the Eastern Shore of Virginia. A unique celebration of Trail Members Gallery members who will be demonstrating their craft and refreshments will be provided.

Map # 40. Red Queen Gallery | 57 Market St., Fri 10:00 – 8, Sat 10:00 – 5, Sun noon – 3pm
Featuring fine art, pottery, sculpture, textiles, hand turned wood bowls, artisan soaps and whimsies. Fine artists Danny Doughty, Diana M Davis and Lisa Harlow and Laura McGowan will be giving painting demonstrations during the Tour. D’Zigns Jewelry will explain Pearls, and sculptor Bruce Ricci will be debuting his newest artistic endeavor: pottery.

Map # 51. Onancock Market | Market & Ames St., Sat only 8am -noon
Featuring only the freshest vegetables, seafood and meats, all locally grown. Also the marketplace has a diverse showing of more local art, soaps, jewelry, scents and more. Also you can enjoy homegrown music here.

Map # 59. Blarneystone Pub | 10 North St., Fri/Sat 11am to 11pm, Sun 11 am to 8pm
The Eastern Shore’s only original Irish Pub, a family friendly restaurant where friends and neighbors gather in the heart of Onancock.

Map # 61. Charlotte Hotel & Gallery Restaurant |  7 North St., Dining available Fri/Sat 5pm-9p, Sun 4pm-8pm
This award-winning restaurant emphasizes the use of local seafood & produce and also offers meat, fowl and vegetarian selections. Also featuring the botanical artwork of Charlotte Heath.

Map # 74. 1882 Colonial Manor Inn Bed & Breakfast | 84 Market St.
Open year round, call 757-787-3521

Map # 78. Charlotte Hotel |  7 North St., Fri/Sat 5pm-9pm, Sun 4pm-8pm
This boutique hotel was reconstructed to include 8 guest rooms and also serves as the gallery for the resident artist, Charlotte Heath.

Map # 82. The Inn at Onancock | 30 North St., Fri/Sat/Sun: 4-6pm. Check out 11am
The Inn offers luxury lines, spa in-suites, 5 star gourmet breakfasts & WineDown Hour and a stroll to galleries, boutiques & restaurants.

Map # 91. Burnham Guides at the Onancock Wharf | 2 Market St., By appointment call 305-240-0650
Onancock Wharf by appt. at the Wharf. Enjoy a paddling adventure over the tour weekend with the Burnhams. The Shore’s natural beauty inspires our jully-outfitted kayak adventures on Onancock Creed and Chesapeake Bay & Seaside Water Trail. Island camping & B&B options.

Map # 95. Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society/Ker Place Museum | 69 Market St., Fri/Sat 11 – 3 Closed Sunday
Ker Place Museum, a Federal style mansion, restored to its 1799 glory – displays intriguing special & permanent exhibitions from the Society’s collection.

Map # 100. Historic Onancock School |  6 College Ave., Fri 10 – 8pm, Sat 10 – 5pm, Sun 12 – 4pm
Filled with artists, ceramicists, sculptors, bird carvers. The school building and grounds were given over to the community and as always, artists have found a use for it. There are band rooms, robotic classes meet here, soccer fields, plus a Waterman’s Heritage Museum, a genuine gem for our community.

Map # 113. Tangier Onancock Ferry at The Wharf | 2 Market St., Fri/Sat & Sun:

Departs Tangier for Onancock at 7:30 AM
Departs Onancock for Tangier at 10:00 AM
Departs Tangier for Onancock at 3:30 PM
Departs Onancock for Tangier at 5:00 PM
The Tangier Ferry will be operating and this will be a good chance to make reservations and explore the oldest inhabited island in the bay. Call for Reservation.

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