Resident Artists, Artisans, Musicians, Clubs and a Waterman's Museum
Above photos - Scenes from the Waterman's Heritage Foundation Museum Room # 108 Open Saturdays & by Appointment
Step under the stately portico, up the foyer stairs and into the halls of the 1921 Onancock School to find a hive of artistic endeavors behind the doors of old classrooms of yesteryear. Our resident tenants include uber-talented artists, painting in many mediums, several potters and carvers, a table tennis club, jewelry designers, a landscape architect, writers, the community band and a watermans museum.
Laura McGowan is an oil painter living and working on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. She has been interested in various artistic pursuits since her childhood in New Jersey, when she began experimenting with watercolors and pastels. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute, and her first career was in interior and graphic design, in New York and London. In 1994, Laura moved to Onancock, VA . Following a career as an
art teacher, Laura is now a full-time artist and resident at HOS in studio # 114.
Billy Crockett, Master Carver. has a studio located at HOS. Billy has been an avid nature lover all of his life and brings that love and respect to life from a simple block of wood. His studio is a wonder of birds and wildlife of every size & description.
Drop in his studio, where he can be found most every day - except when he is out on the water or beach gathering new ideas and artifacts for his next creations!
Call 757-710-6669, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment or convince him to start up a new class.
April attended the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan, where she majored in Package Design and Illustration, and the Rhode Island School of Design where she earned a BFA in Textile Design. She has had a long career as a designer of textiles, china and jewelry, including twenty years as a staff designer at Tiffany & Co. After so many years designing objects commercially, she has just started to explore the more hands-on processes of making pottery and printing fabric. April has always used watercolor to paint outdoors during her travels, and more recently she has been working in oils. The gouache style she developed as a product designer strongly influences her plein air painting, lending it a distinctly decorative and graphic point of view. She now lives in Onancock, Virginia with her husband, sculptor Bruce Ricci.