Meet the Artists!

These 16 talented artists will be featured at our Boardwalk HeArt Show on Saturday, August 4 from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on the Boardwalk at Smithfield Station in downtown Smithfield. Featured image by Holly Groder

Join us the night before, Friday, August 3 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. for our Crush Friday Boardwalk Party at Smithfield Station for live music by the Billy Joe Triocarnival games, plein air artists, caricature portraits, a cash bar, and specialty tastings from Blue Sky Distillery.

The Boardwalk HeArt Show will present the work of artists from throughout Virginia. This is a juried “boutique” style show featuring artists working with various art mediums. Enjoy the classical guitar of Lillemor Eng, a cash bar and wine tastings by Pagan River Wine Merchants during the show.

No cover or admission fee. 

Meet the Artists:

Jill Beard, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Jill Beard 3All of Jill’s work is created in glass – mainly fused glass and inspired by nature. Jill grew up at the beach so the water and it’s environment have influenced her work significantly. She studied photography at Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth. Her work has been featured in many shows including, most recently, the Art Festival at Brookgreen Gardens, in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, The Steel Pier Surf Art Expo, in Virginia Beach, Art on the Square in Williamsburg, and the Sensational Spring Art Festival in Norfolk.


Penny “Topaz” Duke, Carrsville, Virginia
Penny Duke DECOY WITH OYSTERS TOPAZArtist, Penny Duke (aka “Topaz”), a native  of Isle of Wight County, Virginia grew up exploring the lush Virginia countryside and the beaches of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This environment, along with her love of music and books, fostered her love of art. She lives a non-scripted life and seeks to surround herself with people, places and objects that stimulate her interest and creativity.
Painting under the pseudonym, Topaz, since 2003, she has continued to evolve and grow as a painter. Inspired by the richness of the work of the old masters, Topaz’ work has a timeless quality enhanced by contemporary taste and color. Her painterly approach seems to capture scenes that seem hauntingly familiar – traces of memory. Topaz loves to interact with her audiences and delights in spreading her enthusiasm to others. She donates much of her work in support of humanitarian and cultural endeavors.

Bruce EasleySeaford, Virginia
Bruce Easley Mallard's Escape 6x3in.jpgBruce is a partner in Enfield Studios, LLC, which produces works in scrimshaw, stained glass, and wood/stone combinations. He is a Marine Biologist who has produced oil and watercolor painting and has chosen scrimshaw as his medium to translate subjects from the natural world and to honor the watermen of the Chesapeake Bay. His scrims are all hand-engraved and hand-rubbed with inks in the ancient tradition of seafaring scrimshaw, and the engraving is performed on modern, synthetic materials.

Laurie Elder, Yorktown, Virginia
Laurie Elder Pelican WEBLaurie earned her BFA in studio art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since her husband was in the Air Force for 22 years, the family moved frequently, which was wonderful for the experiences and exposure to art and history of many different places. Laurie had the opportunity to teach various art courses, and to be the Head of the Commercial Art Department at a business college in Omaha, Nebraska. When the family lived in England Laurie created pen-and-ink drawings of many of the picturesque churches, marketplaces, and cottages of the English countryside, and showed them at the annual bazaars in their village of Mildenhall. In the years following, Laurie has worked mostly for commission, but has recently returned to concentrating on her own expression in art. She works in color pencil and watercolor, and delights in creating detailed perspectives of ordinary subjects that speak to her.

Holly GroderCarrollton, Virginia
Holly Groder 1Holly Vonderhaar Groder is an award-winning photographer who is specializes in contemporary portraiture and fine art landscapes. She explores the vastness of landscapes through the photographic medium, often employing alternative techniques to heighten the emotion of her images. She uses the wide-open vista as visual rhetoric and an analogy of self-imposed solitude and searching.
Holly has worked in many mediums in her life, including ceramic, mixed media, fiber, and glass. Her sculpture has shown in the Anderson Gallery, The Fine Arts Building Gallery at VCU, The Visual Arts Center of Richmond, and the Shockoe Bottom Arts Center. Recently, Holly’s photography has shown in the Artist’s Gallery in Virginia Beach, the Suffolk Arts Gallery, the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, The Point at Phoebus, and the ArtInspired Center in Port Warwick. She has received degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and Old Dominion University.

Earl Harrison, Suffolk, Virginia
Earl Harrison 2Earl is a woodturner. Each piece of work he creates is a one-of-a-kind creation. He has enjoyed working with wood most of his life. He started out making cabinets, furniture and hand carved waterfowl. He focuses today on decorative bowls, as well as cooking utensils, cutting boards, rolling pins, etc. Earl has featured his work at the Smithfield Farmers Market for four years.



Nancy HussPortsmouth, Virginia
nancy huss 3With over 30 years painting landscapes, florals and other subjects, Nancy is inspired by her travels and heartfelt appreciation for nature by capturing the essence of a setting through watercolors. Nancy has lived from coast-to-coast throughout the U.S. and has been fortunate to have studied with many well-known artists. Predominantly self-taught, she has learned a multitude of techniques and has developed a style of her own that sets her work apart.

Katherine Hildebrant, Windsor, Virginia
SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESKatherine has been working with one media or another since she was five years old. She’s always had a vision of what she wanted to portray, whether in charcoal, pastels, water colors, oil, acrylics or wire. She’s instructed in wire art, utilizing, silver, fused glass and crystal for several years, and enjoy this medium a great deal. She became certified with silver fabrication in the ensuing years and this gives her a great deal of pleasure – to create one-of-a kind pieces for her clientele.


Al Latorre, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Al Latorre Colorful EveningAl Latorre works in oils, covering a broad range of subject matter. His art represents his past, present, and merely subjects that he is drawn to. Landscapes and seascapes from Virginia and other places he has resided are dear to him. Although by trade, he was a Graphic Designer and had formal training in Visual Communications from Northeastern University, Al is self taught in oil painting, and has been blessed with an eye to paint pleasing peaceful scenes, we can all relate to. Al has been painting for over 20 years primarily in oils and watercolors.
Al Latorre was born and raised in the Panama Canal Zone, and served in the US Navy in 1976 serving his country as a Cryptologic Technician. Upon his discharge he focused his studies and career as a Graphic Designer in support of the US Government. For the last four years Al has been displaying his artwork throughout Virginia at different venues and events, He currently displays his artwork at Ocean Art Gallery.
Al has received an Honorable Mention from the Ocean View art show (2016) and Second Place from the Yorktown Art on the River show.


Juliette MarShallHampton, Virginia
Juliette MarshallJuliette  is Hampton’s Eco Artist. She developed her respect for the environment and learned the importance of making good use of our resources growing up in Hampton. As an Eco Artist, Juliette specializes in re-purposing objects destined for landfills, and produces colorful, textured fine art pieces which can be enjoyed for many years. She enjoys creating a therapeutic release on diverse surfaces by means of mediums such as textile/fiber, wax manipulation, charcoal drawing, oil, acrylic, metal embossing, just to name a few. Her sincere objective is to inspire creative expression and awareness of personal consumption. Her humble endeavor is that we may all have a full share in making a conscious decision in: “Saving the Earth by Means of the Arts.”

Christopher MizeMaidens, Virginia
Christopher Mize 3Christopher is a self-taught artist who has been painting primarily in oils since childhood. He brings to his career as an artist an education and background in business having earned a Bachelors Degree in Economics from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and an MBA from August State University in Georgia. Mize developed analytical skills which he used in composing his painting. He never put down his brushes during all those years in business. Although he was able to focus on his professional career in management, he continued to paint. Christopher focuses on images depicting beauty and quiet moments, friends enjoying a glass of wine in a café, a musician taking a break, or figures lost in their own thoughts: these are subjects which he chooses to capture in oils as he builds timeless, soothing images.

Mike MacDonald, Virginia Beach, Virginia
mike macdonald 2Mike has served in the US Navy for over twenty five years, and during that time has traveled the world with camera in hand. He has always been very passionate about photography and capturing images that inspire.




Meagan Pugh, Smithfield, Virginia
Meagan Pugh 1Meagan has lived in Smithfield for over 20 years. Meagan has worked at the Smithfield Inn and the Arts Center @ 319 and now manages at Wharf Hill Brewing Company. Her family and she also own Summer Wind Vineyard which will be opening a tasting room in October of 2018. Over the years Meagan has continued to create and sell her artwork, including anything from beautiful Virginia landscapes and pet portraits to hand made fresh Christmas Wreaths.  For her two-dimensional pieces she often works in mixed media, including acrylic paints, chalk pastels and ink. She enjoys a great appreciation for the beauty and nature that surrounds her community and when creating enjoys mixing that realism with pops of color, whimsical brush strokes and the edgy stokes that only a decadent ink pen can provide.


John Tobin, Chesapeake, Virginia
John Tobin 3John studied education at Michigan State University and earned a BFA from Old Dominion University in Norfolk. He also earned an AA Degree from Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California.
He was an adjunct art instructor at Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth after retiring from DODDS and living overseas for 24 years. He has also worked as an elementary art school teacher with the Norfolk Public Schools and as an artist in residence through the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts and Humanities for Norfolk Public Schools.
His work has been presented at many shows and has won numerous awards including most recently at the Hampton Arts League Member Show, Tall Tales at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach, and at the Virginia Beach Art Show.

Don WilliamsWindsor, Virginia
Don Williams 1Don has been painting for 24 years, starting with classes at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. He began by painting in oils then switched to Chinese Watercolor- then back to oils. When he joined the Elizabeth River Arts League, he also began working in acrylics and watercolor, painting abstract realism pieces. Don is also a member of the Isle of Wight Arts League and the Suffolk Art League. He has been a resident of Isle of Wight for 22 years. When not painting or gardening, he spends his time volunteering with Meals on Wheels, and at Sentara Obici Hospital in Suffolk.


Tammy Burgett, Smithfield, Virginia

tammy burgett 3Tammy’s mother was an artist who worked in charcoal, pastels, oil, and acrylic, with oils being her preferred medium. Tammy remembers watching her paint and being mesmerized as she brought her vision to life on the canvas. Tammy started painting six years ago as a way of coping with the “unexpected and unpleasant things” life threw her way. Painting was a way for her to escape and focus on something happy for a while. Tammy took some classes and experimented on her own before deciding to focus on using alcohol ink after attending a class in North Carolina and falling in love with the color and unexpected nature of the inks.