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Happy New Year 2023!

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


Activities and Programs for 2023

Despite the Guild having ended 2022 in November with our final meeting and potluck luncheon– see more about this, below– your 2023 Guild Leaders have been busy preparing for the new year. Our website (www.CVWG.art) has been updated with the set of Meetings & Programs, the monthly Challenge! paintings, some early information about a Half-Day Workshop and a Guild Exhibition, an update on our Video Library, and other information for you to bookmark and refer back to throughout the year. As is our practice, we will post updates to those pages as new information is available or changes happen, send out a blog posting such as this at least monthly, send targeted emails to all members, etc.

As always, you can email our Guild Webmaster, Mark Fitzpatrick, at cvwgwebmaster@gmail.com or any of our Guild leaders using their email on our 2023 Leaders page.


January 23 Meeting and Program

CVWG’s next member meeting, the first for 2023, is set for Monday, January 23. Member artist William (Bill) Snow will share his experience and recommendations for “Presenting and Marketing Your Art”. The Challenge! theme for the meeting is “Winter Wonderland“. See our Member Meetings & Programs page for details.


Reminder: Renew Your Guild Membership or Join

With the new year, it is time to renew your annual membership to CVWG. Or, if you are a guest and interested in joining, now is the best time to take advantage of our 2023 offerings. 2023 membership:

  • Our annual 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.


November’s Potluck Luncheon

Our final meeting for 2022 was our annal Potluck Luncheon. Says member artist Patty Richmond,

CVWG’s last meeting was a huge success with about 40 members sharing delicious food and friendly conversation. (camaraderie.) Our outgoing President, Dona Koutrakos, brought many old photo albums so members had a chance to view pictures from the previous 25 years of our the Guild.

Christine Rich will store them in her home and promises to bring them out each year for the luncheon for all to reminisce about.

Our president gave gifts to all the 2022 officers and announced the speaker for our next meeting. One of our member William Snow will explain ways to from our paintings.


Updating Our Member Gallery…A 2023 Focus

Continuing the initiative started in October, your Webmaster is asking you to contribute art to our Member Gallery. Since COVID struck in 2020, we have all been a bit remiss in updating that page.

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.

The nice painting at the top of this post is by Robin Kuzen. A drawing of her’s is also shown, below.


Member News

My time in December got away from me and I am late in getting news out from member artist Chee Kludt Rickets:

I have a class coming in January titled “Creating Exciting and Effective Compositions in Watercolor”. Registration is limited so, if interested, get in touch with me ASAP. Both classes are on Zoom. (A nice benefit is that Mary Ann Friedman, who has recently moved, will be joining us, so CVWG members can “visit” with her through the class.)

Chee has agreed to be CVWG’s Program Leader for our February 2023 Program, “Painting on Yupo“.

Upon Reflection II by Chee Kludt Rickets

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.


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.


Urban Sketching & Planning for Autumn

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



Urban Sketching Program by John Hancock

Examples of John Hancock’s sketches.

We had 31 members and 4 visitors attend our most recent member meeting– a nice turnout for a summer month– on Monday, August 22. We featured a program by member-artist John Hancock on the discipline and art of Urban Sketching.

The painting featured at the top of this post is by member-artist Patricia Travers.

We received several comments from attending members.

Per John, Urban sketching is not like plein air, it’s where the people live and is closely aligned to journalism. John uses a variety of palettes in his sketching…a plein air palette and a much smaller palette which he uses for quick and spontaneous sketches. He’s NEVER without a pencil, pen or a small sketchbook.

Member Carolyn Ratcliffe
Member-Artist John Hancock Demonstrating his Portable Palette for Urban Sketching

And another:

John entertained us with lots of stories about his childhood. He loved cursive writing which he was taught in second grade. Maybe this led to sketching. He wanted to paint in oil like the Masters he was studying but in Art school moved on to watercolor and sketching which he loves.

John has been teaching art for years as a college professor and in his own studio.

He had many of his sketch books displayed for us to look at. He demonstrated many of his techniques and then gave us each two black pens and a bookmark which had a lIst of classes he taught at McGuffey and at the Crozet Art Center. Earlier in the week we were asked to bring some watercolor paints which we used with the black pens to do a painting. He walked around the room making suggestions and critiquing what we were doing. His style made us all feel comfortable, (lots of camaraderie.)

Member Patty Richmond

You can find John’s professional website and workshop offerings at johnahancock.com.


Our Next Meeting is September 26

A reminder that our next member meeting is Monday, September 26. We meet for a social time at 12:30 PM with the meeting starting by 1:00, our program by 1:30, and, usually, ending by 3:00 PM.

Program

For our program this month, CVWG welcomes award-winning, Staunton artist Robert Stuart to provide a friendly, non-threatening critique of members’ artwork. Says Robert of his art:

In paintings I strive for “new beauty,” for opening pathways to emotional and intuitive responses. Three “encounters,” have been particularly inspiring to me as an abstract painter.

The first was walking unawares into an exhibit of eight sequential grid paintings by Agnes Martin and seeing that contemporary painting could be about the infinite.

Another was standing on brilliant crevices of light in the loft of our large, old barn as early morning sunlight filled the bay below transforming slits between the floorboards into lines of light. It
was what I wanted in painting.

And thirdly, directly after a trip to Japan which included a tour of Zen gardens, a vivid dream of a large red abstract painting with white lines that compelled me to start on this path.

Please bring up to two pieces of unframed personal art for Robert to provide unbiased praise and criticism. Robert Stuart’s professional webpage is robertstuart.net.

If you participated in last months meeting with John Hancock, please bring your ink/watercolor sketches to display on the sharing table throughout the meeting.

Challenge!

We continue with having our monthly Challenge! The theme for this month is “Our Pet Companions”. Please display your paintings on the sharing table.


You can find more detailed information for all our 2022 meetings on our Member Meetings & Programs page including a detailed map, program description, and our Challenge! topics:


Upcoming Activities

Here are some of the upcoming activities for your awareness:

  • Member Survey— Long time member and past Director Pam Roland is leading our efforts to solicit your opinions, thoughts, and interests. Look for more details in an email.
  • Volunteers Still Needed— Your Board of Directors continues seeking members to step forward and help lead this Guild into 2023. Please contact Donna Koutrakos if willing to help.
  • Meetings Through 2022— CVWG, in a typical year, holds our final member meeting in October, hosts a luncheon in November, and then goes on hiatus until January in the new year. Stay tuned to these posts and emails from our leadership for more information on these activities.

Member News

Our members have been unusually quiet these past few weeks. Hopefully, the old adage “No News is Good News” applies.


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.


Join Us at Our July 25 Evening Open House

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


Our July 25 Meeting is an Evening Open House

A reminder that CVWG’s July 25 meeting is an Evening Open House. Instead of our regular meeting time that afternoon, we are gathering between 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Please invite your friends, spouse, sibling, family, colleagues or anyone who you think might enjoy our program.

As always, we meet in the Fellowship Hall behind the Church of Our Saviour on Rio Rd in Charlottesville. Our Meetings, Programs, and Challenge! web page has the address and a map to help guide you.

The schedule for our meeting is

  • 5:00 -5:30 PM Set Up
  • 5:30 -6:00 PM Social Time
  • 6:00 – 6:30 PM Business meeting
  • 6:30-7:30 PM Amy Shawley Paquette Watercolor Demonstration
  • 7:30-8:00 PM Q & A
  • 8:00-8:30 PM Break down

July 25 Program

Our program for our July 25 Evening Open House is “A Watercolor Demonstration” by guest artist Amy Shawley Paquette. Amy is an award-winning visual artist whose painting, illustration, and jewelry is inspired by the natural world. Her work incorporates fauna, flora, landscapes, and textures she has experienced during her travels and daily adventures in the countryside. At our Evening Open House, she will demonstrate an avian watercolor. Amy’s professional website can be found at amyshawleypaquette.com.


Looking for Volunteers!

CVWG, YOUR Guild, still needs a few members to get involved for our 2023 program year. There are a number of opportunities for you to apply your talents. There are a few long termers that can help you transition into a role. Says CVWG’s Vice President and Director of Programs Karen Schwenzer:

I love doing Program, but I just can’t do Program and take over as President in Jan 2023, as I have promised Donna Koutrakos. If someone else is interested in being President, than I can stay on for Program. The President runs 10 monthly meetings (Jan-Oct), interacts with the wonderful people at COOS, calls and runs Board meetings 3-4 times a year. Most other CVWG work is done by the Board in committees. These are people you see every month at our meetings. I want to see your name on this list next year.

Our 2022 Guild Leaders page lists our CVWG Board positions and our Directors for the current year. Several of these leaders cannot continue into 2023. Please consider what you can do and reach out to one of our current Directors!


June 27 Program was “Moving water” by Peg Sheridan

The program at our June 27 Member Meeting was “Moving Water” by member artist Peg Sheridan. Peg shared tips on how to paint reflections in a lake and riffles in a river. Her first tip was was to plan your colors and your composition before you paint. Do thumb nail sketches and you will have better results.

Peg will teach a class in August at the Shenandoah Art Center and will take a group to Maine in the fall. Check out her webpage for more detail as well as a listing of her workshops.


CVWG Members in Virginia Watercolor Society at Shenandoah Arts Center

Several CVWG members’ work are on display in the Virginia Watercolor Society (VWS) show currently running at the Shenandoah Valley Arts Center (SVAC) in Waynesboro. From top to bottom, they are by Bill Snow, Chee Ricketts, Marcy Springett, and Peg Sheridan.

In addition, the following members have pictures on display: Chris Rich, Joy Tartter, Don Whitson, Linda Verhagen, Jane Skafte, and Karen Schwartz. A sharp eye also noticed paintings by former CVWG members and friends Trish Crowe, Brenda Hounshell, and Robin Poteet.

Says Rosemary Connelly,

It’s a wonderful show! If you haven’t visited SVAC before, it’s a great introduction to this art space. The VWS exhibit covers two floors and spills over into corridors, staircases and the gift shop. In addition, doors to resident artist studios are open, so you can enjoy those areas as well.

On a personal note, we enjoyed an excellent lunch at Heritage on Main. Also on Main Street there’s the delightful Stella, Bella and Lucy’s fine cafe. You have until September 23 to get over to Waynesboro and see the show. Why not make a day of it?


Annual “Paint the Towne Greene” Event & Show

The Art Guild of Greene is having their annual Plein Air event on Saturday, October 1st. The invitation can be viewed, downloaded, and printed using the link, below.

We hope you can join us or even register to participate. Feel free to share the invitation with your friends.

Our Featured Painting

The painting at the top of this posting is from August 2015. Unfortunately, we have lost the details as to its artist or title. If you know anything about this painting, we’d like to hear from you.


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.


A Correction to the 2 Challenge! Themes for June 27 Meeting

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


The Correct Challenge! Themes for June Meeting

Please forgive the errant guidance in our earlier post. The two Challenge! paintings will be May and June’s themes. Member and guests should bring 2 paintings inspired by our themes:

MonthTheme
May Challenge!Shoes
June Challenge!A Faraway Place

We will still have our Challenge! on the theme of “Flowers” at our July evening meeting. Again, our apologies!


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.


A Last Minute Change for Monday’s Meeting!!

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


Two Challenge! Paintings This Month

We apologize for putting this on you at the last minute but we are advancing July’s Challenge! paintings into June. This means that members and guests should plan to bring 2 paintings inspired by our themes:

MonthTheme
June Challenge!A Faraway Place
July Challenge!Favorite Flowers…in a vase

Our July meeting is going to be a bit different (see below) and we feel it is best to bring the Challenge! into this month.


Speaking of Our Meeting on June 27…

A reminder that we are back to our monthly in-person meetings. Our next meeting is on June 27 with a program by member-artist Peg Sheridan entitled “Creating Water Features In Your Paintings” .

We meet at 12:30 PM for social time, start our business meeting by 1:00 PM, begin the program by 1:30 PM, and end around 3:00 PM. Members and guests are welcome!!

You can find details for our entire 2022 lineup along with location details and a map on our Meetings & Programs web page.


… and July 25

A reminder that our July 25 member meeting is going to be something out of the ordinary for our guild. This special event is going to be an evening meeting with artist Amy Shawley Paquette entitled “Summer Evening Soiree“.

Note the special time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM. The venue is our usual; we will still meet in the Fellowship Hall at the Church of Our Saviour on Rio Road in Charlottesville. Address and a map to aid you are located on our Meetings and Programs web page.

This event is planned in the evening in hopes that non-member guests and artists might attend. Please invite a guest to meet the Guild.

Member News

Member-artist Susan Crave Rosen sent us her latest news:

I am overjoyed as I just learned I won a Purchase Award for my painting “Puzzle” at the VMRC Annual Art Exhibition. The show will be there for the month at the Park Gables Main Street Gallery, VMRC, 1491 Virginia Avenue, Harrisonburg.

Be sure to congratulate Susan when you have the opportunity.


Our Featured Painting

Apologies to the artist as we have lost the title and credit for the wonderful painting shown at the top of this post. The guild has a number of paintings by our member-artists in our media collection that we like to feature from time to time. If you are the artist who created this, please send an email to our webmaster and we’ll provide credit in a future post.


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.