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! Library meetings are on hold at this 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

Vivian Davis

Vivian Davis


Vivian Davis is the 2020 President of CBAA, and a resident artist at the d’Art Center in Norfolk. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and recently relocated from Maryland, she has worked in a variety of creative roles for many years; as a Graphic Artist, Scenic Painter, and even dabbled in the early stages of video animation. In 1993, she won a Southern Regional Emmy Award for the computer animation title of a documentary entitled, Southern Bases. Thereafter, taking a sidestep she entered the hectic world of financial sales and marketing, where working as a trainer/instructor she discovered her passion for teaching. After 15 years in finance, Vivian decided to devote more time to family and returned to work as a professional artist. She started a local recreational arts program which offered art, music and theatre classes, and founded the Sykesville Painting Club which continues to provide local budding and professional artists the ability to network, conduct and/or attend workshops, plein air painting and group studio art sessions in Carroll County, Maryland. As a teaching artist, she continues to work in a variety of mediums including acrylics, wine & watercolor, clay hand building, pyrography on live edge wood, and the creation of large marshmallow peep sculptures, having received awards in a few of those. Vivian also teaches private and group art lessons.

Email: Tutoringart@gmail.com
Website: www.Tutoringart.com

Instagram: Instagram.com/Tutoringart

Peter Lampell

Peter Lampell

Vice President

Peter Lampell is the Vice President of CBAA and is a painter. He has been into art all of his life and drew as a teen. He took classes at The Art Students League in New York. Peter became an graphic artist and afterward entered college where he received his degree. He worked for the State of Maryland as a Graphic Artist. Upon retirement in 2012, he and his supportive wife of 40 years, Kate, moved to Virginia Beach. He relays he needed an outlet for his creative juices and started painting which became his bliss. He joined CBAA in 2017 and enjoys association with such a talented, kind and supportive group of people. Peter displays his art at the Stravitz Sculpture & Fine Art Gallery.

Email: plampellpainter@gmail.com
Website: Facebook.com/plampellpainter

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.

Alan “Rick” Rickman


Rich is the Treasurer of CBAA and he is a painter of many mediums. He grew up in a small town In Oklahoma and now reside in Virginia with my wife of 38 years. He joined the U.S. Navy where served for 23 years. While serving our country on active duty, he was fortunate to travel the world and visit a significant number of museums containing art that spans centuries. While looking for something to help relieve stress, he stumbled across a beginner’s art program at a local art store (Jerry's Artarama). This is where he met Miss Nancy Lucks, an art teacher who pushed him in the right direction, as she always stressed the importance of developing his own style and to pay attention to the details. Rick believes he can help his community through his art and therefore, he donates 100% of the proceeds received for his artworks to charity.

Email: mit12300@verizon.net

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.

Rita Chandler

Rita Chandler

Membership Chair

Rita joined CBAA and immediately took on the responsibility of Membership Chair. She works full time at the Norfolk Police Department and has grown children and three grandchildren, whom she likes to spend time. About two years ago, she attended a paint party with a friend and discovered that she loved painting! She says her first painting was awful, but she was sure she could do better. She has been practicing ever since and getting better. She is self-taught, however, she will take classes when she can find a class that fits in with her full time work schedule. She mostly used acrylics, however, she has tried watercolors. Painting carries her to her peaceful place. She looks forward to practicing every chance she get.

Email: cbaamembership757@gmail.com
Email: Rita.Chandler@norfolk.gov

Sam Hundley

Sam Hundley

Newsletter Chair

Sam Hundley is a scrap artist, illustrator and designer who had a successful career in newspapers. He retired from The Virginian-Pilot in 2017, and now lives in Ocean View where he creates children’s books and folk art using found objects.

Email: americanscrapartist@gmail.com
Website: www.samhundley.com

Elle Thacker

Ocean View Art Show Chair

I work with acrylic paint, pens, markers, glitter, fluid medium and various found objects to create mixed media collage and poured paintings. I move aside and let my inner child create through inspiration.

Email: elctart@gmail.com
Website: www.elctart.wixsite.com/ellesart

Christian Williams

Student Scholarship

Christian is a Child Nutrition Assistant for Norfolk Public Schools and an Early Childhood Art Institutor for The Academy of Learning in Norfolk. He studied at Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, NC. Christian has been painting since childhood but started professionally in 2011. His work is in many private and permanent collections and won awards in Hampton Roads and Central Virginia. Christian is looking to further is education to teach art in the public schools. He recently did a series of paintings for Norfolk Public Schools for heathy eating.

Email: clwchef@gmail.com