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A left-brained technologist by nature, education, and training, I am now retired and experimenting with the "other half" of whatever brain I still possess. I am looking to meet interesting people, engage in variety of group activities, travel, and enjoy my grandchildren.

Don Whitson Solo Show

Let Us Entertain You–The Art of Music and Movies
February 28- May 26, 2019
Wayne Theatre, Ross Performing Arts Center, Waynesboro
Reception: March 7, 5-7 p.m.

Don Whitson 
Exhibit gallery open Tue-Fri, 10:00am-2:00pm, also one hour before and during all performances.

Whitson’s career has spanned well over four decades, first as an illustrator in the U.S. Air Force, then, a long career in corporate aerospace art departments. In 2010, after 25 years as Chief of visual Services for the Department of the Army, he decided to leave his position that he could pursue his lifelong dream of painting full time.


Brenda Hounshell Exhibits

Spitzer Flyer 2019_03 6x6x30

Sunny Path (2)
Sunny Path

Solo Show “Nature’s Gifts
University of Virginia Health System Arts Program, Main Hospital Lobby
March 7th through May 2nd

Opening Reception: Friday, March 8th, 3:30pm – 5:00pm in the Hospital Dining Conference Rooms
Parking available in the 11th Street Parking Deck



Peared Up
Peared Up

Solo Show “Glassed In”
Wilson Downtown Gallery @ The Harrisonburg Homes Team

83 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA  22801

April 5th through May 28th

Monday through Friday
10:00am – 5:00pm

***First Fridays: April 5th and May 3rd – 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Brenda Hounshell



Art Talk by Judi Ely and Chee Ricketts

Annie Gould Gallery
presents an
Art Talk

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28 at 11:00  am

As part of this month’s exhibit, we are delighted that Chee Kludt Ricketts and Judith Ely will be at Annie Gould Gallery on Thursday, February 28th at 11 am to present a lively and informative discussion of their painting techniques.

Admission is free and spaces are limited.
Please RSVP to
or call the gallery:

Morning Mist, October

transparent watercolor on canvas

Chee Ricketts will explain the relatively new and exciting process of painting with transparent watercolor on canvases or panels, including information on necessary supplies and equipment required.


Judith Ely will describe her innovative process of creating depth by using layers of acrylic paint. As each layer takes shape, Judith builds thought-provoking compositions.

Creative Portraiture

creative portraiture
We enjoyed a very interesting process for creating unique and interesting portraits in our January Program.

Deborah Conn shared her expertise with us and had these tidbits of information to help us with our portrait painting using her techniques:

1) Start with a slick, textured surface
2) Try working with a black and white photo or drawing to allow for inventive color choices
3) Create a colorful under painting
4) Follow your drawing to lift and add to reach the desired result of values
5) Notice that since the color is not absorbing into the paper, the colors remain brighter
6) Treat each part of the face as a separate little painting

Here is Deborah’s message to our Guild members:

“Many thanks for a lovely reception by your group – I so enjoyed doing the demo and hope it was helpful.

Here are a couple of links to things I talked about.

This is the palette I have, or close enough. This is a LONG link, but if people “Google Heritage Arts palette removable cups”, it will come up.

And this is the poster software you can buy – it’s about $30, but you can do a free trial first.