About Chesapeake Bay Art Association

Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library

CBAA History

The Chesapeake Bay Art Association was founded in Ocean View on August 8, 1961, when fifteen local artists were invited to a meeting to discuss forming an Art Guild for the area. Since then CBAA has encouraged growth and knowledge of art throughout the region, while proudly bringing artists together. We host two shows that are held annually – the Spring Members Show and the Ocean View Art Show in the Fall. Other shows are held as opportunities present themselves.

Join us at our monthly meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library, 111 W. Ocean View Avenue, Norfolk, VA.

Space is limited! Please reserve a seat at our tables ahead of time!


To bring together in close cooperation local artists who are interested in furthering their own studies in art and art appreciation; to promote exhibit opportunities at designated times; have instructional speakers at our meeting and hold workshops that benefit all our members and expand their knowledge.

Class room instruction

Brittany Johnson

Brittany Johnson


I am Brittany Johnson, President of the CBAA and owner of Made by Bee Jay Art. I fell in love with creating art my Junior year of high school. I graduated from VCU in 2008 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education. For the past 10 years my artwork has evolved from Abstract painting, to vibrant paintings relating to nature and the life around us and now with a focus on scratchboard animal portraits. I love being able to capture the spirit of an animal in a portrait as well as memorialize peoples beloved pets. I love the precision for details that scratchboard provides as well as the fact that it is a medium you do not see often. I am constantly working to improve my work and I believe my portraits get better with each I create.

Email: madebybeejay@gmail.com
Website: www.etsy.com/shop/madebybeejayart


Ashley M Smith

Ashley M Smith

Vice President

Ashley M Smith is a 31-year-old artist, born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA. She has studied fine arts and photography throughout her grade school and college years. In the realm of mediums, there isn’t one Ashley hasn’t at least attempted. From painting and drawing, to Polaroid Photography, to Block Carving, Ashley is consistently exploring new ways to visually express herself, and takes full advantage of all the possibilities the arts has to offer. Specializing in acrylic paints and inks, Ashley creates vibrant paintings depicting imaginative sea creatures, interesting animals, and inspiring images of nature both realistic and abstract. In addition to painting and drawing, Ashley enjoys experimenting with alternative processes such as; Polaroid image transfers, Cyanotypes, digital and film photography. Ashley is an active member of The Chesapeake Bay Art Association, and is currently serving as the Vice President of the board. Ashley also serves as the Art Market Manager for the Old Beach Art Market on 19th st at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Ashley works out of her personal studio, The Artery Studio Store, located in Virginia Beach, VA. Now offering classes!

Email: Hello@AshleyMSmith.com
Website: www.ashleymsmith.com

Betty Sutton


Betty's love of oil painting sparked fifteen years ago in Norfolk parks and recreation classes. Through the creative journey began many years ago as a student doodling in the margins of her school notebook! Working primarily with oils on canvas, painting serves as both a creative outlet and an oppurtunity to bring pleasure to others.

Art Woltz


Art has ben carving, sculpturing, and painting wood for over thirty years. As a self taught carver, he has polished his skills by taking classes with Dan Williams and Rosalyn Leach Daisey.

He tries to convey a message in each creation. As an eduacated Zoologist, a past zoologist director, and a recently retired United Methodist Minister, he enjoys teaching people this art and loves to compete and win awards. In addition, he takes numerous photographs for references for his 'Creations by Art'.

Kathy Bruce

Hospitality Chair

I love to paint using all different mediums. The more glitter etc. the better. I prefer abstract expressionism but lately have been dabbling with a bit more realism. My favorite "paint brush" at the moment is a super soaker. All my work is signed or should I say printed KATHLEEN and yes there is a story behind it, just like everything I paint.

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Website: www.#.com

Kathy Bruce

Sheila Nash

Membership Chair

Sheila Nash is an Ocean View resident of Norfolk, Virginia. She taught art in private school and went on to teach English in Norfolk City Schools. After retiring from teaching, she has once again returned to art as her mainstay. She is a member of Tidewater Artists Alliance, Chesapeake Bay Watercolor Society, and as a member of Chesapeake Bay Art Association, served as past chairman of the student scholarship fund, student tent chair, Ocean View Art Show director, Vice President and President.

She has a double major in Fine Art and English with a minor degree in Secondary Education from Old Dominion University.

Her work has been in the Riverview Gallery in Portsmouth, LIN-LIN Gallery, the Gallery at The Chapman in Hampton Town Center, The American Cottage Gallery in Yorktown, and the East Beach Gallery. She has won many awards over the years and some prestigious awards such as Best In Show and First Place ribbons. She has also won the Outstanding Member's Award in the Ocean View Arts Festival two years in a row.

Email: s-nash-@cox.net
Website: www.sheilanashart.shutterfly.com

Loren Hoffman

Newsletter/Media Chair

I love to inspire & be inspired! As a photographer, I find it to be a privilege being able to capture moments, feelings, people & places no matter who or what they are; how monumental or small… There's a story to be shared. As a designer, I am OCD about my work, always wanting to put out the best as I strive to create projects that capture your attention while leaving you wanting more. As an artist, I’m forever wanting to try new styles, techniques & mediums that can help me express my own feelings or thoughts in different perspectives. All in all, art is everywhere and so am I.

Email: hoffmeister.designs@gmail.com
Website: www.hoffmeisterdesigns.com

Jasmine Fountain

Student Scholarship

Artist and Art Teacher working in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Specialize in ceramic sculpture and pottery but also loves fibers, painting, & printmaking