Central Virginia Watercolor Guild — Getting Into the Swing of 2023!

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

The painting, above at the top of this post is by member artist Matalie Deane entitled, “Family Love“. ..a perfect topic for this February post! This image only is visible when this post is viewed from our website. So, check out Matalie’s creation!

Member Directory is Updated

A reminder that we publish our Member Directory on this site to allow you, our members, to reach out to others in our Guild. The Directory can be found on this page but, for our mutual safety and security, is locked behind a password. All members should receive the password in a dedicated email from our Webmaster. It will also be announced at our February member meeting. Finally, if forgotten, you can email our Guild Webmaster, Mark Fitzpatrick, at cvwgwebmaster@gmail.com.

Have Yet to Renew or Join?

Please contact CVWG’s Treasurer, Robin Kuzen, for joining or renewing your membership.

February 27 Member Meeting with a Program by Chee Ricketts

CVWG’s next member meeting is set for Monday, February 27. Member artist Chee Kludt Rickets will lead our program, “Interactive YUPO“, an exploration and demonstration of creating water media using the slippery and elusive “plastic paper”. Chee’s programs for us are always interesting so be sure to join us.

CVWG will supply the Yupo, spritz water bottles, and plastic table covers.

Members should bring:

  • Watercolor paint in a small palette
  • Small water container
  • A few brushes
  • A clipboard or other mount to put the paper on
  • Q-tips
  • Paper toweling
  • Imagination and Creativity

While Chee will bring along samples of her own works, she invites all attendees to please bring along any finished Yupo paintings and plan to share your experiences. In Chee’s words,, “This seems like a good opportunity for sharing!”

See the Member News section, below, for insight to Chee’s next workshop offering.

The Challenge! theme for the meeting is “All You Need is Love”.

Meeting Agenda

We meet at 12:30 for social time, start the Member Meeting to review Guild business at 1:00 PM, and start the Program by 1:30 PM. See our Member Meetings & Programs page for details. Contact our Vice President and Director of Programs, Linda Abbey, for questions or comments.

CVWG Exhibition at The Center in May and June

A reminder that CVWG is holding a member art exhibition at The Center in Charlottesville during May and June. Our Guild Exhibits page has been updated with information including entry form and labels to be placed on front and back of all submitted art. Donna Koutrakos is leading our efforts.

January Meeting with Bill Snow

Here are some photos from our January meeting featuring Bill Snow discussing how to prepare your art for showing.


  • CVWG’s brass hanging system that was used in our Courthouse exhibits is up for grabs. We have a non-CVWG member interested, but if you want it instead, see Karen Schwenzer at the end of the meeting.
  • Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge is still seeking an in-house watercolor art teacher. This is a paid, independent-contractor position. Contact Sherrie Sykes, (434) 972-3248
  • Sentara Martha Jefferson Art Committee is seeking artists to exhibit in one of the three spaces in the hospital for 2 months at a time. Contact Matalie Deane, (434) 981-4232.

Updating Our Member Gallery…A 2023 Focus

Thank you to a number of CVWG members for sending in paintings to refresh our Member Gallery. Due to my personal travel for most of January and February, I am delinquent in getting your images posted. But I will be getting those uploaded in the coming days and will comment in a future post.

In addition to Matalie Deane’s art at the top of this post, here are just 2 of several I have received:

by Jane Matthews
by Patty Richmond

Regardless of whether you already have art displayed there, please send a recent piece so your artist friends can see how you/ve progressed. Send all art to CVWG Webmaster, Mark Fitzpatrick.

Member News

Member artist Chee Kludt Ricketts, in addition to leading our February program, has announced her next workshop(s) on Creating Effective and Exciting Compositions in Watercolor”. See her announcement, below.

Member artist Peg Sheridan, in addition to leading our March program, has announced a workshop “Plein Air Watercolor Painting Workshop” in western Virginia at the Fort Lewis Lodge. The workshop is June 5-8 but, as I am tardy in getting this announcement out to you, signup is now. To register for the workshop, you must first call Beverley Street Studio School will then make your own reservation at the Fort Lewis Lodge.

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.

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