2022 Year End Guild Activities

A reminder that Central Virginia Watercolor Guild is found online at www.CVWG.art.

Last Member Meeting in 2022– November 28th Pot Luck Luncheon

Can you believe how quickly this year is rolling to a close? CVWG has only one more meeting in 2022.

Our Annual Pot Luck Luncheon will be held on Monday, 28 November. Members, please bring a guest and, yes, guests are most welcome! We meet at 12:00 noon and begin the luncheon by 12:30. We will send more information the week before.

This will be held at our usual location, the Fellowship Hall at the Church of Our Savior, 1165 Rio Road E., Charlottesville, VA. The Fellowship Hall is toward the rear of the property. Our Member Meetings page provides a map from which you can find driving directions, if needed.

The luncheon is our entire meeting; we will not have a Challenge! nor a organized Program.

A reminder that CVWG does not hold a member meeting in December. We will continue to publish this blog and send emails to members as we can. We will certainly be communicating news about 2023.

Overdue Credit to Member Artists Linda Bethke and Jane Matthews

Through the years, our CVWG member artists have created many beautiful pieces of art. Occasionally, I will tap into that history and feature a work of note that complements our themes. Unfortunately, in some cases, we lose track of the artist and title so we publish them seeking attribution.

Recently, we used the following two pieces in separate posts. The member artists have graciously acknowledged their work and, now, I want to acknowledge them appropriately:

Thank you, Linda and Jane, and all of our member artists for your incredible art!

Drawing Portraits at October’s Meeting

Our meeting last month on 24 October was well attended with more than 20 members and guests. Our Challenge! topic was “Children”. Member artist Linda Abbey led our program for “Drawing Portraits”. Some, not necessarily my own, were even recognizable but everyone enjoyed the activity!

Review of Beverly Street Studio’s Travel Workshop to Maine

Member artist and Director of CVWG’s 2022 Member Programs, Karen Schwenzer, reviews her experience on a recent travel workshop in Maine:

I recently traveled to Maine to participate in a travel workshop with Staunton’s Beverly Street Studio School. Our group of 9 painters was led by Peg Sheridan and Nancy Armstrong. We were based in Bar Harbor at the Acadia Inn, which was on the National Park bus route. Some days we carpooled to the “quiet” side of Desert Island. We had picture perfect weather everyday, almost too warm at times in the bright September sun.

Our days started early. Nancy invited all for yoga on the dock at sunrise. I have to admit I’m not an early bird. Then we were off to find beautiful vistas to sketch and paint. Peg was always willing to do demos on site and provide individual support throughout the week.

If you have wanted to try a travel workshop but hesitant about anything, feel free to contact Karen. Some of Karen’s art from the workshop is shown, below.

2023 Membership

CVWG recently sent out a Guild-wide email with guidance on renewing your membership for 2023:

  • 2023 Dues is $35 for renewals and new members.
  • Our website is now enabled to accept membership online. You can enroll and pay by credit or debit card entirely online avoiding postage costs and the hassle of mailing it to us. Look for the Join/Renew CVWG Online link at the top left of all of our webpages. We have prepared the detailed guide, below, if you should need it.
  • Or you can renew using USPS mail. Look for the Join/Renew CVWG by Mail link in the left menu area of all of our pages.

Feel free to contact CVWG’s Treasurer, Robin Kuzen, for joining or renewing your membership.

Member News

Ever vigilant member artist Bunny Creasy emailed us with news of another member, Juliette Swenson:

I have been very busy with shows and had one in Woodstock at VECCA, one at the Smith House in Harrisonburg and am now featured artist at my own gallery.

In November I have a show in UVA hospital in front of the cafeteria as well. My works will be up through January 8.

The featured painting at the top of this post is one of Juliette’s. Plan to swing by the UVA hospital and see Juliette’s art.

Long time member and artist Marcy Springett generously sent in several nice pieces of her art. Here are some while others are posted in our Member Gallery so take a look there, as well.

Member Gallery– Let’s Refresh It!

Speaking of our Member Gallery, we have all, jointly, allowed it to stagnate. Marcy’s paintings are the first we have added since early 2022. Calling All Members, please send me a painting to add to our Gallery and freshen up that feature!

Other News

I am tardy in posting news from Catherine Hillis, a friend of CVWG, about the following:

A class in Fredericksburg, VA: Nov. 7: First of four classes begins on Monday the 7th.  Now is the time to learn how to paint in the fluid medium.  All details are here

by Catherine Hillis

Catherine is quite active in the Fredricksburg area art scene so be sure to check her website to stay current with her offerings. My apologies for this late notice.

We’d Love to Hear From You!

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

6 thoughts on “2022 Year End Guild Activities”

  1. Thank you so much, Mark! You certainly are a treasure for the CVWG. Excellent Communication is the MOST important aspect of any organization! Thanks, again, Marcy



  2. Hi Mark,

    I will be teaching eight classes in drawing/watercolor at the Center on Tuesday mornings from 10am to 1pm beginning January 3rd . The January class is now full, and I may be teaching it again in April, if all goes well. Class size is limited to 12. I am excited to finally get back to teaching, and who knows, may even be able to encourage some people to join CVWG! Also, I have two small vineyard paintings in the Small Works Show at the Center, coming down December 20th. There’s a reception on Tuesday, November 8th , from4:00 to 6:00pm.

    Linda Abbey ________________________________


  3. I joined CVWG many years ago when I returned to Virginia. I have so enjoyed being a part of such a wonderful organization. So many talented people to talk with, paint with, learn with and grow with. I have moved to Ohio and will miss seeing all of you. I only hope whatever group I find here will be at least as great as CVWG. Keep it going!! Thank you all. Mary Ann Friedman


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