Gary Chapman

On Display: July 7 – August 26, 2023

Gary Chapman, Professor of Painting and Drawing, University of Alabama at Birmingham (MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art; BA and BS, Berea College)

Chapman has had over 80 solo exhibitions with institutions such as The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, The Arts Center of St. Petersburg, FL; University of Cincinnati, University of Georgia, and the Indianapolis Art Center. He has also participated in numerous group and invitational exhibitions with regional, national and international venues.

Chapman was awarded and named a Joan Mitchell CALL Legacy Artist in 2013 and has received numerous grants and fellowships, including a 1996 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Painting from the Southern Arts Federation and a 2002 and 1994 Individual Artist Fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. His work has been reviewed extensively and is published in over 20 catalogs and books including the 4 Editions of New American Paintings.

13 Paintings by Chapman have been purchased for the collections of ten museums in the southeast region as well as by many corporate and private collections throughout the country.

Maria Spies

On Display: July 7 – August 26, 2023

Award-winning ceramic artist and nationally recognized instructor Maria Spies is beloved by ESAC students and collectors. An independent studio potter since 1973, Spies has been an instructor at ESAC since 2008, and has taught and managed ceramics programs in Dallas, Texas; Seattle, Washington; and Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. Her work is represented in many galleries throughout the country, as well as in private collections and corporate offices.


On Display: June 2 – August 26, 2023

This exhibit is a retrospective of moving sculptures by local artist Kevin Switzer. Thank you to Kevin’s family for installing this lively exhibit and allowing us host his body of work.


Online Art Auction & Exhibit on Display: August 4 – September 1, 2023

All proceeds benefit the Eastern Shore Art Center! Thank you to our exhibit and auction sponsor, M&M Bank!!

M&M Bank


Lucy Hunnicutt
Jo Patton
Jason Braly
Pinky Bass
Judy Oxford
Stacey Howell
Adrienne Clow
Bryant Whelan
Fran Gentile
Hannah Legg
Margaret River Lee
Bertagnolli Creative
Faith Kaiser
Ann Robinson
Caleb Tyndall
Susan Knowlton
Lindsey Lawrence
Brian Tan
Mary Ann Brechun
Kim McCormick
Anna Juery
Kayla Dean
Marlee Carpenter
Janet Hinton



Watercolor Society of Alabama began in 1939 with an exciting vision to promote, create and inspire painters in the art of watercolor media.

“We embrace that vision by holding juried watercolor competitions each year: WSA Annual National Exhibition , Statewide Alabama Members Showcase and Online Showcase. We offer workshops taught by nationally and internationally known artists. Vibrant Newsletters, published quarterly, keep members informed and connected.”

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Members’ Juried Show // On Display: March 3-April 29, 2023

This annual exhibit showcases various work from the Artist Level Members and above of the Eastern Shore Art Association. 107 works were selected from over 200 entries by our esteemed judge David Houston, Director of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art.

The show features pieces of all media, including painting, photography, pottery and more. 

2023 Juror & Judge: David Houston

David Houston is an art historian and museum professional. He is currently the Director of the Ohr O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, Mississippi.

2023 Award Winners:

Merit Awards:

Brian Tudor “Tom Waits for No Man”

Dan Sowards “Botanical Specimens”

Karen Roloson “Evasive Half Tones and Ice Cream”

Second Place:

Susan Robbert “Let’s Go this Way”

First Place:

Faith Kaiser “Heron in ink”

Best in Show:

Cathy Saddoris “The Circus”


3 Generations // On Display: April 7 – 29, 2023

“What a gift it is to share a love of art, architecture, design and art history in our family.”

Albert E Sigal “Tito” (1925-2010) was an architect, artist, author and musician. Tito drew, cartooned and painted in watercolor. He received his architecture degrees from Stanford University.

Lorene L Sigal, a scientific illustrator, research ecologist/botanist, and artist paints in watercolor, acrylics on tissue paper and pan pastel. Lorene and Tito met at Stanford. She received her art degree from Stanford University and received her PHD from Arizona State University in ecology. Lorene continues to paint with her daughter Susan Perrine and take classes at ESAC at the age of 93.

Susan S Perrine has drawn and painted most of her life encouraged by her parents. She studied painting, drawing, art history, printmaking and received her art degree from University of Washington. She has taught art to school children and adults. Susan paints in pastel, watercolor, oil, and enjoys “plein air” painting with friends and her daughter Katie. She also takes classes and workshops at ESAC.

As a result, the beautiful and talented granddaughters and cousins have studied art, architecture and design.

Katherine L Perrine (daughter of Thomas and Susan Perrine) studied architecture, interior design, painting and received her degree from the School of Art Institute Chicago. Since college, Katherine has pursued a career in interior design, painting, and recently set design.

Mary Bennett Sigal (daughter of Peter Sigal and Mary Charles Davis) studied art and design and received her degree from Southern Methodist University. She has pursued a career in interior design and painting. In her own words, “Right brained and left-handed, I am blessed and beyond fortunate that these characteristics trickled down the family line and found a home inside of me. I attribute my love and talent for art, architecture and design to my grandparents Lorene and Tito.”

“We are proud to share our love of art with you…”


Southern Folk Art

Recent Acquisitions // On display: January 6 – March 31, 2023

The Southern Folk Art exhibit of recent ESAC acquisitions features several artworks donated to the Art Center by folk art collector Gail Ellerbrake. The collection features a variety or works by Southern folk artists including renowned Alabama artist Mose Tolliver and Georgia potter Lanier Meadors. Collected over many years beginning in 1982, many pieces were acquired directly from the artists. The collection was generously donated to the Eastern Shore Art Center in 2022 by Ellerbrake in memory of her twin sister, Anne Christy Briggs.

The exhibit also includes notable pieces from the Nall Collection of Alabama Art.


Flora, Fauna, and Figures

Paintings by Patt Odom

On display: January 6 – February 25, 2023

“I’ve been an educator of Fine Art for over 50 years, yet I am still both learning and teaching! I learn by closely studying the Old Masters, as well as accessing the work of current national and international artists.

It is a continuous adventure for me to explore new ideas, brushwork, media and tools. I still teach by visually sharing the energy and life of the act of creating a painting, regardless of the subject matter.

The subjects in my work are always secondary to the intergrity of the painting as an object that expresses my humanity and life experiences.

I hope the Flora, Fauna, and Figures of this exhibition will communicate the excitement I feel is the true goal of all my work.”

“A Painting, is a Painting, is a Painting”!


4th Annual Plein Air Fairhope

On display: November 4 – December 30, 2022

Join us for a community celebration of painting in the great outdoors! 60 painters will be taking it to the streets – and the bay front pier!!

From sunrise to sunset, artists will set up throughout the city with portable easels, chairs, and umbrellas. Work created during the “paint out” will be on exhibit and available for purchase at ESAC. Wet Room paintings on display and available for purchase during the event week. Reception First Friday Art Walk November 4th. Exhibit November 4 – December 30, 2022.


Annual Members’ Open Show

On display: November 4 – December 30, 2022

This annual exhibit showcases various work from Artist Level members and above of the Eastern Shore Art Association. Artists are encouraged to enter ONE original work done in any media. Works should not exceed 40 inches in any direction including frame. No theme. 




Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA)

Regional Works submitted for jurying by SAQA-member artists in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas

On display: September 2 – October 29, 2022

The exhibition premise is that creating a work of art begins with a question. The artist might ask: What idea is important for me to communicate? What concept do I want to explore? What emotions do I want to experience and evoke in the viewer?

Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt: “a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure.” The vision of SAQA is that the art quilt is universally respected as a fine art medium.



On display: September 2 – October 29, 2022

Providing members, from beginners to professionals, with educational and skill building opportunities in the art of photography. Membership in the Eastern Shore Camera Club is open to anyone with an interest in photography and all skill levels are welcome.

2022 Award Winners

Best of Show 1st:    Rodney Kilgore “Pelicans on Turquoise Pier”

Best of Show 2nd:    Debi Parnell “Last Cast”

Best of Show 3rd:    Craig Macdonald “Gulf Shores Storm Clouds”

Color & Composition

  1. Pam Hill “Glimpse of Life”
  2. Georgia Sims “Sally Lightfoot Crab – Galapagos”
  3. Barry Baskin “Nuclear Sunset”


  1. Barry Baskin “Nuclear Sunset”
  2. Debi Parnell “Last Cast”
  3. Craig Macdonald “Gulf Shores Storm Clouds”

Wildlife & Nature

  1. Elmo Priest “Save Some For Me”
  2. Jeff Hosterman “Board Buddies”
  3. Georgia Sims “Night Eyes – Swallow-tailed Gull Galapagos”

“A NATURALIST’S SOJOURN IN ALABAMA” Made possible by Alabama Audubon

On display: August 5 – October 29, 2022

Take a journey back in time to 1830s Alabama with English naturalist Philip Henry Gosse, and imagine a world before field guides or widespread knowledge of our state’s beautiful flora and fauna. In his intricate, hand-painted illustrations of moths, butterflies, and various other insects, Gosse captured the essence of many of our most beloved native plants and insects.

About Alabama Audubon
Founded in 1946, Alabama Audubon (originally Birmingham Audubon) is Alabama’s leading nonprofit organization promoting conservation and a greater knowledge of birds, their habitats, and the natural world. With your support, we provide opportunities for people to explore recreational birding, extend their horizons through educational programming, and engage in conservation actions like planting trees, counting birds, or working with local, state, and national policy makers.

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On display: August 5 – September 2, 2022

Twenty-four 12”x12” works by regional artists on display and up for bidding starting August 5th. All proceeds go towards ESAC programming. Auction closing September 2, 2022 at 7pm.



On display: July 1 – August 27, 2022

“We offer visual interpretations of individual experiences, and we are connected as women because of them. We, women, know our stories,” explains Bass. “It is through this exhibition that we hope to offer a glimmer of the universal collective unconscious.”  


On display: July 1 – August 27, 2022

A multimedia exhibit featuring colorful mannequins, guitars and other “off-the-wall” items. 


Artworks by Ameri’ca Tickle
On display: June 3 – 25, 2022

Fairhope artist Tickle brings nine large mixed media works to our Whiting Gallery. 

“This body of work is the beginning, a resurgence, of looking at the processes and things that have been lifelong for me in a new way. The use of technology paired with my hard work is a dynamic I enjoy and use to tell a story. A balance of two things. This new work takes a deeper dive into purpose of work, intent, and ultimately how to use my work to create change.”


On display: May 6 – June 25, 2022

“The Common Thread” theme explores the ways we are connected to one another, digs into the landscapes in which we live, and celebrates the power of home.