Town Hall 10

Work from Diane Joy Laird, like this painting of The Bayard House, will be on display as part of the upcoming Town Hall 10 exhibit.

CHESAPEAKE CITY — From paintings to fiber art, glass to graphics and photography to jewelry, it’s almost time for the summer art season in Chesapeake City.

On Saturday, May 3, Chesapeake City’s Town Hall will open its doors to the Town Hall Ten Gallery, featuring work from 10 local artists from May through October. Then next Friday, May 9, all artists showing at the gallery will be in Chesapeake City for an opening celebration open to the public, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Town Hall, on the corner of Bohemia Avenue and Second Street, will transform into a working art gallery every Saturday and on select Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each weekend will be hosted by a different artist. The exhibit will change as work is sold.

A new addition this year is artist Diane Joy Laird of Middletown, Delaware, who is among the group of new and returning artists. Laird will launch the new season of the gallery on Saturday, May 3, by periodically demonstrating her watercolor and pen/ink style technique from 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

But Laird isn’t totally new in town. Her work includes paintings of the Canal Creamery, the Tap Room and The Bayard House.

“It’s beautiful,” Laird said of Chesapeake City, which she visits often to create. “A lot of historic homes, businesses. They’re unique and they are landmarks for Chesapeake City.”

Laird’s style combines watercolor with pen and ink to create paintings with rich color. She favors painting outdoors and has participated in regional plein air festivals.

Laird has a background in architectural detailing and perspective drawing. She is currently involved in downtown revitalization with the Delaware Economic Development.

Laird’s original paintings, prints and note cards will be available for purchase through Town Hall 10. More information about her work can also be found through her gallery, Simple Joys LLC, or by visiting

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