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We passed that summer lost in love, beneath the Lemon Tree
— Peter, Paul, and Mary

As lovers of art and beauty, we carefully curate our paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and gifts for the discerning buyer. Our mission is to connect you to the unique art that was meant for you all along.

Inspired by gallery owner Clelia Sheppard’s Italian heritage, our philosophy at Lemon Tree Gallery & Studio is that art helps you savor life. Whether you’re feeling that Chesapeake Bay breeze as you sip a limoncello on our patio, or you’re falling in love with a painting that makes your heart race, time spent at Lemon Tree is a guaranteed dose of Sorrento sunshine—right here in the historic town of Cape Charles.

Live artist studios

Watch the magic unfold as our artists create new works on the spot.

A fine art gallery

See the latest from our resident artists and experience works from across the globe.

A community space

Expand your mind and your creativity with neighbors and friends.

A unique gift shop

Find a treasure among our collection of artwork, home decor, gifts, and jewelry.

We’re bending the definition of a gallery. This is not a place where you go in silently and stare at the wall
– Clelia Sheppard


Artist and gallery owner 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, and dedicating much of that time to bringing the arts to the historic town of Cape Charles, she has developed another true love of land and culture.

Clelia is deepening her Eastern Shore roots with Lemon Tree Gallery and Studio, an interactive space that builds on Cape Charles’ new tradition of global and local arts and also celebrates Clelia’s Italian heritage.

Much of the art in Lemon Tree is inspired by the natural beauty of the Eastern Shore, a peninsula surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, a place rich in wildlife and rural farming, fishing, and Native American culture. On the southern tip of this peninsula, on a natural harbor, rests the small historic town of Cape Charles, and on a lovely corner on the main street of this town, next to the historic theatre, beams Lemon Tree Gallery & Studio.

We hope to see you soon.

Lemon Tree’s nonprofit partner is GEAR, Global Exchange Arts Roundtable, founded by Renata Sheppard to bring vibrant programming to the community.

A nomadic vehicle for collaboration, GEAR serves to connect small towns with large metropolitan areas and artists with audiences and opportunities to create. In addition to presenting Lemon Tree’s events such as Fridays at Lemon Tree, Conversation Cafes, and Open Studios, GEAR also hosts Experimental Film Virginia, a two-week festival now in its fourth year that provides artists with a much-needed getaway and platform for creative research, while offering the community opportunities to engage with high-quality art. Renata is working to connect Cape Charles to Hampton Roads, and Hampton Roads to metro areas like New York, DC, Richmond, and beyond.


At Lemon Tree Gallery & Studio, see the latest work by our four resident artists.


  • Clelia Cardano Sheppard

    Award-winning oil painter Clelia Sheppard. Clelia’s vivid painterly style exposes the beauty of light-filled dreamscapes and the elegance of the human form.

  • Thelma J. Peterson

    Renowned watercolorist Thelma Peterson’s iconic landscapes and restful still life watercolors honor the natural rhythms of life on the Eastern Shore.

  • Bethany Simpson

    Up-and-coming acrylic painter Bethany Simpson’s signature folk-art inspired paintings capture the joy and whimsy of simple coastal living.

  • David H. Turner

    David draws inspiration for his world-renowned bronze sculptures of wildlife from the…


The Lemon Tree Gallery and Studio Staff


  • Randy Stuart

    Randy Stuart incorporated the arts into her curricula throughout her career as a history teacher

  • Jean Flynn

    When she is not working at the Lemon Tree Gallery and Studio or performing, Jean manages a 10-acre organic homestead.

  • Sharon Whitman

    Sharon Whitman’s family has lived on the Eastern Shore of Virginia for over two hundred years

  • Mary Ann Roehm

    As Lemon Tree’s manager, Mary Ann Roehm brings an appreciation for life and art that is truly contagious

From The Blog

  • Live Entertainment

      Click here to see our Summer 2018 Events

  • Conversation Cafe

    Held on scheduled Sunday mornings. 11am-1pm Free and Open to the Public   Conversation Cafe is a casual discussion on diverse topics ranging from the History of the Eastern Shore, World Culture, Life Changing Events, Memoirs, Nature to Pearls of Wisdom. Authors, historians, naturalists, filmmakers and adventurers of life share their stories, wisdom and expertise …

  • Salotto Open Studios

    Inspired by Italian art salons, our Salotto Open Studios connect artists with their appreciators.

  • Pottery and Workshops

    Our philosophy:  the more interactive, the better.

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