Chesapeake Bay Art Association - CBAA

Ocean View Art Show

The Ocean View Art Show is getting ready to turn the corner on its 57th annual fall show, making it Virginia's oldest and largest artist run, art show! Overlooking the beautiful Chesapeake Bay the OV Art Show is one of the main events for Visual Arts Month in Norfolk!

Monthly Meetings

Each month CBAA holds instructive meetings for the community at large. Space is limited! Reserve your spot at CBAA for hands on art instruction and projects.

VA Flower & Garden Expo

CBAA will be hosting the Artists Alley at the Virginia Flower and Garden Expo January 24-26, 2020 with the theme Symphony of Gardens.

Spotlight Artist October 2019

Tonya Hopson Painter

Tonya Hopson

CBAA Painter

This month, we spotlight CBAA member, Tonya Hopson, who is originally from Grand Haven, Michigan. Tonya started sketching around the age of 12 when she was inspired by the abundance of nature on their farm. She took art classes in her junior and senior high school years; however, she didn’t continue in art until after completing her enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corps, marriage and her son’s graduation from high school and college.

Tonya Hopson Painter

Tonya Hopson

The U.S. Marine Corps brought her to the Tidewater area where she has remained for over 25 years. After taking several local art classes, especially from invaluable instructors at (MOCA) The Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach and from instructors of Norfolk (RPOS) Recreation, Parks and Open Spaces Program at the Titustown Recreation and Visual Arts Center, Tonya’s passion and creativity for Art were revived and she jumped into art shows and festivals while showing her art all over the Tidewater area.

Tonya Hopson Painter

Tonya Hopson

She currently has her art retail location at the Artists Gallery in Virginia Beach, VA. She was a previous Secretary of (CBAA) Chesapeake Bay Art Association and she has been involved with the Student Art display and show during the annual Ocean View Art Show for several years. She’s also involved with the: Chesapeake Bay Watercolorists; the Tidewater Art Alliance; and the Suffolk Art League. She loves to paint, and her favorite mediums are watercolor and acrylic. Not only does Tonya paint, but she also does Cross Stitch which she also sells at Indoor Holiday Shows/Events. Art has always come naturally for Tonya, so having this opportunity to share her passion with others is a dream come true not only for her, but for collectors of her art as well!

Join the CBAA today!

Please email the application and three examples of your work to You will be notified of the committee’s decision within two weeks of receiving the application. Upon acceptance into CBAA, the membership chair will email you information on the next meeting and where to send/bring your membership dues. The January annual membership fee is $20.00; after March $30.00. Checks should be made out to CBAA.