YAF News

Photo album courtesy of Oksana Davis

2017 Art stroll

Yorktown Arts Foundation invites you to 5X5@5:55 SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER

Called “5x5@5:55,” the event begins at 5:55 p.m. Saturday, October 28 at On the Hill Gallery, 402 Main Street in Historic Yorktown and features more than 70 5”x5” works of art, most on 5x5-inch canvases donated by local artists to help us promote visual arts in our York County community. The Yorktown Arts Foundation offers free children's classes in the summer, adult and children's classes throughout the year. During the winter months, we dedicate our rear gallery space to three separate exhibits for Elementary, Middle, and High School students' artwork. This fundraiser will support these and other worthy events along with general expenses of our gallery operation.

5x5 small works auction

This year we are featuring six “select” influential artists: Holland Wentz Etheridge, Katherine Maloney, Joe Miller (aka Cheap Joe), Jon Moneymaker, Melanie Chambers Hartman and John Tobin. The 5x5 works will be on display for previews at Riverwalk Restaurant, 323 Water Street, from September 24 to October 9, and at On the Hill Gallery October 10 through the event. During the event, visitors may bid on works through a silent auction and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, desserts from The Carrot Tree and wine from Williamsburg Winery. Other generous sponsors are Triangle Arts and Culture League, Riverwalk Restaurant, Water Street Grill, Viccellio’s Goldsmith, Auntie M’s American Cottage, and Towne Bank of York.

In The Gallery


Our Abandoned Art project is ongoing. YAF members continue "abandoning" small works of art around historic Yorktown for residents and visitors to find and keep. Each piece includes a tag asking the finder to take a photo and share their find with the world and us. More details


A solo exhibition of the art of Lew Thatcher

Photodocumentary by Michael Kravchak

Lew Thatcher paints in the realist genre. His art is detailed, focused and believable. Over 40 years of sailing and exploring the waters, marshes and harbors of Chesapeake Bay have provided him with a vast wealth of maritime subjects. A solo exhibition of Lew’s extraordinary works will be on display in the Gallery October 7 -31. Please join us for a reception to celebrate the opening of the show 6pm - 8pm Saturday, October 7. Meet Lew and enjoy libations and hors d’oeuvres.


Our Holiday Open House is 11 am - 5 pm Saturday, November 4.

Members are encouraged to make ornaments, holiday decorations, gifts and other holiday-themed items to sell in the Gallery. For the first time, we will also accept works from non-members. Items may be dropped off October 31 - November 2 during regular Gallery hours. Pick-up dates are December 21 - 22.


Deadline to drop off work is November 1.


Classes & Events

  • 23 Oct
    Beginner mosaic class

    10:00 am @ Learn mosaic techniques while creating an elegant ceramic and tile tray from On The Hill Gallery artist Tina Crawford. Participants will learn the proper techniques to break, glue and grout their masterpiece. One day workshop, approximately 5 hours.

  • 26 Oct
    Beginner Decorative Painting, with Kathy Wahl

    9:00 am @ In this class, you will learn the basics of decorative painting with a step-by-step method. These classes will provide you the basics of brush care and handling, blending techniques, prepping and more.

  • 28 Oct
    5×5 small works auction

    5:55 pm @ Second annual small works silent auction fundraiser

  • 4 Nov
    Holiday open house

    11:00 am @ Our Holiday Open House is 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.

  • 11 Nov
    Veteran’s Art Show

    6:00 pm @ “The Spirit of American Military Art: The Never Ending Story,” - exhibition dedicated to American veterans, will take place November 11 - 26, with an opening reception 6 - 8 pm on Veterans Day.

  • 12 Nov
    Mosaic Address Sign

    10:00 am @ Create a custom address sign for your home while learning mosaic techniques from On The Hill Gallery artist Tina Crawford. The wood canvas sign will include ceramic tiles and choice of a decorative item. Participants will learn to properly break, glue and grout their artwork. This workshop is approximately 4 hours.

  • 19 Nov
    Third Sundays Children’s Art, With Kathy Wahl

    1:00 pm @ Children will enjoy drawing, painting and other media in classes for children. Call or e-mail the Gallery to register.

  • 3 Dec
    Furniture Facelift, with Kathy Wahl

    10:00 am @ Come learn how to update and breathe new life into a piece that needs love — and make it look like it came from a home decor magazine!

Registration form


We will also be offering classes in the new year for children and adults. Please visit our website in the upcoming months for more information on future classes in watercolors, oils, photography, jewelry, upcycling and clay.