Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Dear Volunteer,

The Yorktown Arts Foundation and On the Hill Gallery want to let you know how much you are appreciated. We want to invite you to a luncheon to thank you. Even though the Yorktown Arts Foundation has been around since 1976, On the Hill Gallery opened in our current building in May 2014 and is still in its infancy. We have grown from a group of 6 volunteers to over 40 people working in various capacities to run the gallery and foundation. We want you to know that we don’t take you for granted, please let us show you how we appreciate you!


Attached is an invitation, please read it and let one of our committee members know that you are coming. We are working hard for you to show you how much we appreciate you working hard for us. PLEASE let us know if you will be able to attend!

See you there!
Kathleen Wahl

5×5 Auction Fundraiser photo album

Photographs by Seth Fisher

2017 Art Stroll photo album

Photographs by Oksana Davis

Veteran’s Art Show

On The Hill Gallery will host “The Spirit of American Military Art: The Never Ending Story,” our first-ever exhibition dedicated to American veterans, will take place November 11 – 26, with an opening reception 6 – 8 pm on Veterans Day.


  • The show is open to any veteran from any service branch.
  • Up to two pieces of work will be accepted.
  • The artwork must be framed and wired and ready to hang/display.
  • The paper label aprox. 4 x 4 inches must be attached to the back with artist’s name, medium, price and title.
  • Additional Eligibility and Guidelines

The show will be judged with ribbons and prizes awarded in the following areas:

  • Photography and digital art
  • Painting – all mediums are welcome
  • 3D art – pottery and anything that is not hung on the wall). We want to encourage 3D artists especially.

The first place person in each area will receive a ribbon and a prize. There will be second, third and honorable mentions handed out as well. The cost to participate is free. You do not have to be a member of the Yorktown Arts Foundation.

Drop off of work will be November 1 & 2 between the hours of 11am – 5pm at “On the Hill Gallery”, 402 Main Street in Historic Yorktown.

The work will be hung on Friday and judged either that evening or early Saturday morning.

All participants and their families are invited to show opening with refreshments and drinks on Saturday November 11 from 6 to 8 pm. The reception is free.

All artwork can be picked up at the end of the show on November 28th.

5X5@5:55 small works auction fundraiser

Join Us at 5:55 pm Saturday, October 28 at On the Hill Gallery, 402 Main Street, Historic Yorktown

5x5 2017 small works auction

More than 70 5”x5” works of art have been donated by various 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.

The small works were created and donated by YAF members and a six “select” influential artists: Holland Wentz Etheridge, Katherine Maloney, Joe Miller (aka Cheap Joe), Jon Moneymaker, Melanie Chambers Hartman and John Tobin.

The 5×5 art 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.

Art Stroll is Here!

The Sixth annual Art Stroll promises to be the best yet. Join us from 11 am – 6 pm Sunday, Sept. 24 on the Yorktown Waterfront. Stroll through the Freight Shed and along the Riverwalk, and peruse the paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, glass, fiber art, jewelry and more. The Art Stroll is free and open to the public.
Artstroll_2017, original Harry Hart

Here are the participating artists:

Freight Shed
Magdalena Benko, oils; Lisa Mosser, jewelry; Harry Hart, marine art; Peter Stipe, author and photographer; Gail Eldred, jewelry; Maureen Cassada, watercolors; Noreen Dobratz, jackets; Petty Arnett, acrylics; Diana Haynie, acrylics and watercolors; Lydia Kinsey, author and paintings; Wayne West, sea glass jewelry; Tricia Armstrong, quilts.

Freight Shed Tent
Seckman Wilson, oils; Shelley Davis, jewelry; Arthur Menoche, pottery; Tina Crawford; mosaics and acrylics; Ellen DeMaria, acrylics, watercolor and jewelry; Constance Svindland, jewelry; Kenya Finley and Becky Crossett, handmade items; David McIntyre, woodturner; Lisa Wiertel, acrylic and mixed media; Shirley Whitenack, photography; Mike Kravchak, watercolors; Ann Lee, fabric artist

Outside of Freight Shed-Water Street
Lisa Triechel-Beavers, pottery; Cathy Donovan, pottery; Prunell Hopson, photography; Meredith and James Hill, screen prints; Richard Hogge, photography; Al LaTorre, oils; Darlene Mundy, acrylics; Barbara Lively Mastaglio, acrylic and oils; Robert Brown, watercolors and folk art; Kathy Wahl, decorative painting; Susan Copenhaver, watercolors and oils; Annette Thompson, encaustics.

Holiday Open House

The Open House for the Holidays will be held November 4.

Please join us for a reception at 1 p.m. on Saturday to celebrate the beginning of the season. Our tree will be decorated and we will have a make and take craft for children. Main Street, Yorktown will be glistening this weekend as vendors sell their wares and music fills the air.

On the Hill Gallery, will be open from 9 am to 6 pm on Saturday and noon to 5 on Sunday.

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Lew Thatcher – A Chesapeake Bay Retrospective

Lew Thatcher in work Reasoning that art is a medium of graphic communication, Lew Thatcher paints in the realist genre. His work is detailed, focused, and believable. Over 40 years of sailing and exploring the waters, marshes, and harbors of a Chesapeake Bay have provided him a vast wealth of maritime subjects.

Please join us for the libations, horse d’oeuvres, and to view Lew’s extraordinary work on Sunday, October 7 from 6 to 8 pm at On the Hill Gallery, 402 Main Street, Yorktown, Va

“Abandoned Art” Project

The primary mission of our Foundation is to promote art and art education in and around York County. Recently, the Celebrate Yorktown Committee awarded a grant to Yorktown Arts Foundation to help us fulfill this mission through a new project – the Art Abandonment Project. Art Abandonment is a grass roots art movement, which has been happening across the country.

YAF members have started “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.

We ask that the finders post a selfie with their find on Instagram or Twitter with the #FoundInYorktown hashtag, tagging @OnTheHillGallery in Instagram or emailing a photo to foundinyorktown@onthehillgallery.com.

We hope everyone enjoys these random acts of art (kindness) for the sake of art.

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Michael Kravchak – Surrounding the Chesapeake Bay area