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Lemon Tree Gallery and Studio   --   Cape Charles
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Clelia Sheppard still feels nostalgia for her native Italy—the art, the landscape, the savoring of life’s pleasures. But after 25 years of living on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, she has developed another true love of land and culture. Artist, non-profit maven, and now entrepreneur, Sheppard is deepening her roots in Cape Charles with Lemon Tree Gallery and Studio, an interactive space that will build on the town’s new tradition of global and local arts.

Sheppard is not alone. Since 2011 her daughter Renata has gathered international artists to create films and interactive art pieces in the historic small town by the Chesapeake Bay. A choreographer and artist, Renata is now spearheading her creative placemaking initiatives under a new organization: GEAR— Global Exchange Arts Roundtable.

“We’re reimagining the non-profit model,” says Renata, who envisions GEAR as a channel to nurture interaction between people and places through the arts, science, and technology. “Sharing space allows us to maximize efficiency and impact for both the community and the artists.” GEAR will produce Experimental Film Virginia as well as Friday Nights at Lemon Tree, when the gallery’s stage will come alive with interactive experiences for both children and adults. “We’re bending the definition of a gallery,” says Clelia. “This is not a place where you go in silently and stare at the wall. Friday nights there will be discussions, classes, readings, dancing, theatre, comedy, music. Any day you might find one of our artists working in their studio, or you might want to sit down yourself at our community table or at our pottery station and create something of your own.”

Lemon Tree, which occupies the space formerly known as the Stage Door Gallery, is Sheppard’s new venture after directing Arts Enter Cape Charles for nearly two decades. “Now I can concentrate on evolving as an artist while being an active participant in the lives of other creative people, which inspires me,” says Clelia, who will manage the gallery with former co-director of Arts Enter, Mary Ann Roehm.

Renowned water colorist Thelma Peterson and emerging painter Bethany Simpson join Clelia as Lemon Tree’s permanent artists-in-residence. Rebecca Daryl Smith, a fiber artist from Brooklyn, is the featured visiting artist for the inaugural exhibition, which runs from April 9-June 19. The Lemon Tree Collective will include works by both local and regional artists from an eclectic range of genres, including plein air, realism, abstract, and modern art. Friday Nights at Lemon Tree will include flatfooting with live Appalachian music and occasional Salottos, inspired by the Italian version of art salons.

“The goal is to have a conversation built on respect and curiosity,” says Renata, who is working to connect Cape Charles to Hampton Roads, and Hampton Roads to metro areas like New York. DC, Richmond, and beyond.

301 Mason Avenue
Cape Charles , VA  23310

Website:  www.LemonTree.Gallery

Phone 1:  757-331-4327  

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Great Machipongo Clam Shack   --   Nassawadox
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Try the Shore's Great Crabcakes!

6468 Lankford Highway
Nassawadox, VA  23413

The Clam Shack is open 9 am to 9 pm daily

Eat in, Picnic outside or Drive-through

Fresh, local seafood dishes - select steaks, ribs, BBQ for landlubbers

Clams, crabs, oysters and shrimp -
served in a casual, welcoming setting

Large selection of local goods, cookbooks and wines
Home of the "Ship of Wine" - many $5 and $6 bottles

Large retail seafood selection and we pack to travel


Local musicians often play during the dinner hours

No cover charge



Come play, teach, learn, watch and enjoy a game of chess! 
Bring your own chess set or use one that's set up and available for play Refreshments served
It's your move!



Call 442-3800 for more details!

A beautiful way to while away an evening with good music and good food!


6468 Lankford Highway
Nassawadox , VA  23413


Phone 1:  757-442-3800  

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Gidden's Do Drop Inn   --   Weirwood
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Occasional Music Venue

Local bands and music, sometimes with food.

8204 Bayford Road
Weirwood , VA  23416

Phone 1:  757-442-2139  

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