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 January 2020

Betty SuttonPainter

Betty Sutton

CBAA Painter

This month, we spotlight CBAA member, Betty Sutton, who was born in Hawaii to a U.S. Navy family and in 1968, her family moved to the Hampton Roads area. Her love and passion for painting sparked 20 years ago at a Norfolk Parks and Recreation Oil Painting class, though her creative journey really began in elementary school in the doodles made in the margins of my notebooks. As a college student in the 1970’s, she studied art under Barclay Sheaks at Virginia Wesleyan University. In 1978, Betty graduated Cum Laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Recreational Therapy while emphasizing Art Education.

Betty Sutton Painter

Betty Sutton

During the past three years, she has continued to hone her art skills while auditing studio art classes at Old Dominion University. As an artist, her work is an ongoing journey of connecting to the world through the expression of painting. Working primarily with oils on canvas, her subjects vary but with one purpose. If the viewer connects for even just a moment with her painting, then she consider herself successful in her endeavor.

Betty is a professional artist and has been in many Art Festival and Shows throughout the Hampton Roads area since 2003. She has won several 1st P l a c e awards, a 3rd Place award, a Merit award, several People’s Choice awards and a Purchase Award. She has painted Murals and Commissions, especially a mural at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Indoor Pool and a Commissioned paintings at Christ the King Church.

Betty Sutton Painter

Betty Sutton

Betty is a retired Fitness Director for the U.S. Navy and now she works part time as a Library Assistant at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story. She still finds time to help Chesapeake Bay Art Association (CBAA). She has been the Treasurer of CBAA, the CBAA Member’s Tent Coordinator during the annual Ocean View Art Show for the past two years and also the Secretary of CBAA.

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.