The Guild Meets Again!!

A reminder that Central Virginia Watercolor Guild is found online at

In-Person Meeting This Monday, Feb 28

After reluctantly canceling last month’s meeting, your CVWG Board happily invites you to join your fellow guild members at our February 28 meeting. As communicated to guild members in a recent email:

Combining Camaraderie with Creativity. That is CVWG’s motto. Maybe we should add perseverance and resilience. The next CVWG meeting will be on Monday, February 28, 2022.

This is being planned as an in-person gathering at our usual time – 12:30 PM for social time followed by the business meeting at 1:00 PM and program at 1:30 PM.

Jane Skafte, originally scheduled for the January meeting, has graciously agreed to conduct an in-person demonstration of negative painting techniques. We will meet in the usual place, the Fellowship Hall behind Church of Our Savior on Rio Rd in Charlottesville.

Also, don’t forget there is still time to participate in the February’s Monthly Challenge, “Wind, Rain and Snow.” But let’s hope for good weather on February 28th.

Karen Schwenzer, CVWG’s Director of Programs

Our Meetings page provides the latest news and insights to our monthly meetings. Your Guild Board of Directors hopes to see you this Monday!

Member News

A full admission that I have a bad case of mid-winter doldrums. Evidently, I an not alone…

Member artist Chee Kludt Ricketts reports:

I have a serious case of “cabin fever” and am ready for warmer weather, but soon spring will be here and all of this messy snow will be forgotten.

I have just completed a Zoom watercolor class based on reflective objects with nine of my students, a number of whom are CVWG members. It has been fun to connect with them during this quiet period for CVWG. The painting at the top of this post, entitled “Jefferson Cup with Crystal Ball” is one of my demonstration paintings.

I will be teaching another class in May titled “The Language of Flowers”, which includes three 2-hour weekly sessions on Zoom and then a full day of painting here on my farm in Greene County at the end of May. If any members are interested, please contact me at

Member artist John Hancock sent in great news telling us he is keeping bus

My 2021 was quite busy in the studio with a February solo show at the Arts Council of the Valley in Harrisonburg, then a good deal of energy getting a few works sent off to group exhibitions around the country including shows in California, New Jersey, and Louisiana. I was especially honored and happy to be invited into the 2021 Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition!

This past year, I created a fully online watercolor master course (the Art of Watercolor). The ten independent segments are each four weeks long. Here is a downloadable description for our members’ use.

I have also slowly and tentatively returned to in-person teach–with distancing, masks, and fully vaccinated participants–but with very limited sized classes & workshop sizes. For many of these classes, I have also increased their outdoor components so as to be out in the fresh air rather than inside.   

Contact John by email at

Member artist Don Whitson reports in:

I’m happy to say that I just received notification that one of my paintings has been juried into the 45th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Southern Watercolor Society. Thanks to the juror Ken Call for selecting my painting. The Southern Watercolor Society is comprised of members across 19 states.

April 14 – May 13

Art Center Manatee
Bradenton, Florida
209th Street West

Member artist Susan Crave Rosen sent the following:

My friend Chris, with whom I am teaching this workshop, made the above promotional piece to share. We invite all CVWG members interested in mixed media to join us.

Email Susan if interested or visit the Beverly Street Studio online at

We’d Love to Hear From You!

Drop our CVWG Webmaster an email to let everyone know what you are doing and how your artist journey is progressing.

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