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CVWG Exhibition Ending Soon!

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


Guild Meetings are Resuming in September 2021

After careful consideration, your Central Virginia Watercolor Guild Board of Directors have decided to resume our monthly in-person meetings starting on September 27 at 1:00 PM. Set the date on your calendars and plan to join your fellow member-artists then.


CVWG Exhibit at The Center Ends on July30

Our exhibition at The Center continues until July 30.  Congratulations to Patty Richmond who sold a painting in June.  Please come and bring a friend to see our member show on the second floor and also to view the paintings of nationally acclaimed artist, Fred Nichols, on the first floor.  The Center hours are M-F 8:30 to 4:00.   You can also plan to enjoy refreshments and lunch at Greenberry’s until 2:00 each day.


CVWG’s Challenge! Show in June

Our June Challenge! featured the following 14 paintings from 13 member-artists at our “show”. June’s theme was “Birds of a Feather“. The painting at the top of this post, “Harbinger of Winter” by Adella Langham, was also a painting in the show.

A reminder and preview that our July Challenge! is scheduled:

  • The theme is “Sun Shine“;
  • Send a photo of your creation along with title to CVWG’s Webmaster by the entry deadline of Friday, July 23;
  • Join the “Challenge! by Zoom” meeting at 1:00 PM on Monday, July 26 where the works will be shared in full-screen and the artists will share their “stories”.
  • All Guild members will get an invitation to the Challenge! by Zoom” meeting on the morning of the Zoom call. Friends and Followers of our Guild are welcome to show your painting and/or attend our Zoom meeting but you must send an email to our CVWG Webmaster to be included.

Challenge! Shows are Changing!

Our CVWG Challenge! shows are adapting to our changing lives:

  • As indicated above, the July show will be by Zoom at 1:00 PM on Monday, July 26. This will be the final Challenge! by Zoom.
  • There will not be a Challenge! in August due to conflicts with schedules and availability of key people to host.
  • Our Challenge! shows will resume at our monthly in-person Guild meetings starting September 27. Your Challenge! committee leaders, Bunny Creasy and Carolyn Belt, will host.

Matting and Framing Your Art for Exhibitions

Member-artist Linda Verhagen has written some useful guidelines for preparing your art to hang in exhibitions. You can read her guidelines or download them for future reference by clicking on this link.


Call for Entries– Art Guild of Greene

The Art Guild of Greene (County) has issued a Call for Entries to its annual Paint the Towne Green Plein Air Event scheduled for this October 2. The deadline for entry is September 25 following the guidelines set on the website linked above.

Member News

Member Chee Ricketts sent in the following news about another Guild member:

Member-artist Brenda Hounshell recently received the BEST IN SHOW award at the Virginia Watercolor Society’s Annual Juried Exhibition that is currently on display at the Arts and Culture Center in Portsmouth, VA.  This prestigious award comes with a $1500 check, but more importantly it signifies the exceptional quality of Brenda’s work. 

Nationally acclaimed juror Linda Baker selected 89 paintings by Virginia artists from nearly 500 submitted.   Other CVWG members whose paintings were accepted into the show are VWS Signature members Karen Anderson Schwartz, Trish CroweDon Whitson, and Chee Ricketts.  The show will be on display until mid- September, although all selected images are posted on line and can be accessed by going to the VWS website: www.virginiawatercolorsociety.org and selecting the 2021 Exhibition. 

Please Share Your Activities!

We invite you to share any aspect of the artistic “you” with us…activities, muses, workshops, travel, etc. We are also always looking for ways to feature our member artists’ work and invite you to be featured in one of our periodic Featured Member Artist profiles. Simply contact the CVWG Webmaster.


Quick Action Needed: Women in Watercolor Juried Show

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Women In Watercolor Juried Exhibition

Member-artist Juliette Swenson sent in a notice about the Call for Entries for this exhibition. Your urgent action is needed as the call expires next week, June 8. Here’s link to their website and to get more information and another link to download the Prospectus. Juliette has entered and is certain to be willing to help any other CVWG member if you need assistance.

CVWG Exhibit at The Center is Open for Visits

Member-artist Carol Greene sent a report about the opening of CVWG’s two month exhibition at Charlottesville’s The Center.

It was a good day at The Center and all member-artists, but one, who signed up to display dropped off their paintings. Linda Abbey, Linda Verhagan, and Carolyn Ratcliffe were the Guild’s team for hanging the paintings while Windy Payne and I were there to accept and check over each painting to be sure that all the requirements were met. I stayed for the duration to take photos and assist where I could.

The hanging system that The Center has is great but it was somewhat temperamental on some of the paintings, especially the ones that they double hung, and one small, light weight painting just refused to hang straight. In the end, we all just had to laugh and shake our heads over it. Carolyn went behind each hung painting to coil up the ends of the wires and carefully tape them to the backs of the paintings, as well as, helping with getting the labels attached. It was quite a major process and very time consuming.

This was my first time seeing this so I was very impressed and learned a great deal. Kudos to all these ladies for their professionalism, skills and dedication to the CVWG. But we also kept our sense of humor and enjoyed working together.

Carol Greene

The Center is located at 540 Belvedere Blvd. in Charlottesville. Due to COVID, The Center is not having a reception is time but feel free to visit weekdays, 8:30-4:00 during June and July.

Exhibiting in the downstairs gallery at the same time is the well – known Virginia artist, Fred Nichols. Bring a friend to see the art and have lunch or refreshments at the Greenberry’s inside the lobby. Masks are only required for those who have not been vaccinated.


Fluvanna Arts Assn Show at Louisa Arts Center

Member-artist Janice Creasy sent notice that the Louisa Arts Center’s Purcell Art Gallery is hosting a show by the Fluvanna Art Association. At least two of CVWG’s member-artists, Bill Snow and Windy Payne, have works in this exhibition.

The Louisa Arts Center is located at 212 Fredericksburg Avenue in Louisa, VA. The Purcell Gallery is open on Tuesdays through Fridays from 12pm – 2pm and admission is free to the public.


Reminders

Plein Air Arts Day at Grace Episcopal Church in Keswick

Grace Episcopal Church in Keswick will have a morning of plein air painting, sketching and photography on July 3 from 9am-1pm. Artists of all level are invited to come and bring whatever you need including a picnic lunch. Here is a link to their registration page. The public is invited to walk the grounds an interact with artists. Grace Church will provide a refrigerator, restrooms, water and views! Please RSVP using the registration link, above, by June 18 if you intend to participate.

Grace Episcopal Church is located at 5607 Gordonsville Rd,, Keswick, VA 22947.


CVWG’s Challenge! Show for June

Our June Challenge! is scheduled:

  • The theme is “Birds of a Feather“;
  • Send a photo of your creation along with title to CVWG’s Webmaster by the entry deadline of Friday, June 25;
  • Join the “Challenge! by Zoom” meeting at 1:00 PM on Monday, June 28 where the works will be shared in full-screen and the artists will share their “stories”.
  • All Guild members will get an invitation to the Challenge! by Zoom” meeting on the morning of the Zoom call. Friends and Followers of our Guild are welcome to show your painting and/or attend our Zoom meeting but you must send an email to our CVWG Webmaster to be included.

Please Share Your Activities!

We invite you to share any aspect of the artistic “you” with us…activities, muses, workshops, travel, etc. We are also always looking for ways to feature our member artists’ work and invite you to be featured in one of our periodic Featured Member Artist profiles. Simply contact the CVWG Webmaster.


CVWG Exhibition at The Center Opens Next Week!

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


CVWG Exhibit at The Center June 1 – July31

CVWG is pleased that 21 member-artists will exhibit their paintings on the upstairs gallery of the beautiful new The Center, 540 Belvedere Blvd., Charlottesville starting next week. Due to COVID, The Center is not having receptions at this time but feel free to visit The Center on weekdays, 8:30-4:00 during June and July.

Exhibiting in the downstairs gallery at the same time is the well – known Virginia artist, Fred Nichols. Bring a friend to see the art and have lunch or refreshments at the Greenberry’s inside the lobby. Masks are only required for those who have not been vaccinated.

Exhibiting artists include: Linda Abbey, Vivian Attermeyer, Carolyn Belt, Janice Creasy, Joy Cross, Anne Deane, Judi Ely, Mary Ann Friedman, Adella Langham, Phyllis Koch-Sheras, Donna Koutrakos, Robin Adair Kuzen, Jane Matthews, Deborah Prum, Carolyn Ratcliffe, Patricia Richmond, Chee Kludt Ricketts, Susan Crave Rosen, Dianna Scott-Auger, Julliette Swenson, and Linda Verhagen.


News from Your Board of Directors

Twelve of your Guild Directors met on Tuesday, May 25, to discuss a number of topics of interest to our Guild and our members. Some highlights:

  • In-person Meetings– The location where CVWG normally holds our in-person meetings, the Church of Our Savior on Rio Rd, remains closed due to COVID. We have no insight as to when it may reopen. Our President, Donna Koutrakos, is looking for other venues at which we might safely start meeting once again. Stay tuned for more information.
  • Painting Critique Session– A member-artist has specifically requested that we hold a painting critique where member-artists can get professional guidance and feedback. Donna is looking at The Center to see if enough members could safely meet there and will see what we might be able to arrange. Again, stay tuned.
  • Donations– The Directors approved separate donations on behalf of our members to The Virginia Watercolor Society and to the 2021 Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s Schools (SRGS) for Visual Arts being hosted at Radford University.

More Workshop Resources for You

In her ongoing series to share insights and valuable knowledge of external workshops with the Guild, member-artist Karen Schwenzer has three new ideas. As we all wait for the Guild to be able to offer local workshops, click here to check out Karen’s suggestions on our Workshops page of our website.


Member-artist Linda Verhagen sent this resource for a local plein air workshop in early July:

Grace Episcopal Church in Keswick will have a morning of plein air painting, sketching and photography on July 3 from 9am-1pm. Artists of all level are invited to come and bring whatever you need including a picnic lunch. The public is invited to walk the grounds an interact with artists. Grace Church will provide a refrigerator, restrooms, water and views! Please RSVP to www.gracekeswick.org by June 18 if you intend to participate.

Grace Episcopal Church is located at 5607 Gordonsville Rd,, Keswick, VA 22947. Here is a link to their registration page.


CVWG’s Challenge! Show for May

Our May Challenge! featured the following 12 paintings from 10 member-artists at our Zoom show on Monday, May 24 all based on the chosen theme of “Raindrops“. The painting at the top of this post is “Fairy Floating in Rainbow Drops” by Phyllis Koch-Sheras and her granddaughter.

A reminder and preview that our June Challenge! is scheduled:

  • The theme is “Birds of a Feather“;
  • Send a photo of your creation along with title to CVWG’s Webmaster by the entry deadline of Friday, June 25;
  • Join the “Challenge! by Zoom” meeting at 1:00 PM on Monday, June 28 where the works will be shared in full-screen and the artists will share their “stories”.
  • All Guild members will get an invitation to the Challenge! by Zoom” meeting on the morning of the Zoom call. Friends and Followers of our Guild are welcome to show your painting and/or attend our Zoom meeting but you must send an email to our CVWG Webmaster to be included.

Please Share Your Activities!

We invite you to share any aspect of the artistic “you” with us…activities, muses, workshops, travel, etc. We are also always looking for ways to feature our member artists’ work and invite you to be featured in one of our periodic Featured Member Artist profiles. Simply contact the CVWG Webmaster.


Member News and April Challenge! Paintings

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


Member News

Member Don Whitson seems to be keeping quite busy. He sent in the following notices:

I’m thrilled to have been notified that my painting, “The Apprentice“, has been juried into the 42nd Annual Virginia Watercolor Society Exhibition. To be held at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, Portsmouth, VA – June 12 – September 12.

Also, I just received notification that two of my paintings, “Hangin Out in the Reeds” and “Hedge of Heron” have both been juried into the show “Bird is the Word” at the Flagler County Art League in Palm Coast, Florida. Because of COVID-19, the gallery is closed so the show will be on-line May 23 through July 24.

You can keep abreast of Don’s paintings and successes on his website at www.donwhitson-art.com.


Member Chee Ricketts, likewise, has two big announcements:

I will be the guest speaker in a virtual Zoom program sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UVA. My topic is “From Cats to Clouds: A Circuitous Creative Journey” and it details my life-long journey as an artist and teacher. I will be showing images of my work and sharing the often surprising circumstances that have influenced my years as a painter. The talk will be presented on Zoom in the monthly OLLI Virtual Happy Hour format at 5 pm on May 18. Registration is free, but needs to occur through OLLI. It would be fun to see some familiar faces on my computer screen! Hope you will be able to join me.

Also, I am beginning another class session of teaching watercolor on Zoom. Classes begin on May 25/26 and conclude at the end of June. If interested, please feel free to contact me: chee@cheekludtricketts.com or on my cell 434-825-8654.


Gloucester Arts Festival in June

Ever-alert member Janice Creasey sent in news of the upcoming Gloucester Arts Festival in a few weeks. You can read all about it on their website.

CVWG’s Challenge! Shows for April & May

Our April Challenge! featured the following 18 paintings from 17 member-artists at our Zoom show on Thursday, April 22.

The image at the top of this page, titled “Daffodils at Easter” by member Linda Abbey, was also part of our Challenge!

A reminder and preview that our May Challenge! is scheduled:

  • The theme is “Rain Drops“…how do they fall on flowers or other surfaces
  • Send a photo of your creation along with title to CVWG’s Webmaster by the entry deadline of Friday, May 21;
  • Join the “Challenge! by Zoom” meeting at 1:00 PM on Monday, May 24 where the works will be shared in full-screen and the artists will share their “stories”.
  • All Guild members will get an invitation to the Challenge! by Zoom” meeting on the morning of the Zoom call. Friends and Followers of our Guild are welcome to show your painting and/or attend our Zoom meeting but you must send an email to our CVWG Webmaster to be included.


Please Share Your Activities!

We invite you to share any aspect of the artistic “you” with us…activities, muses, workshops, travel, etc. We are also always looking for ways to feature our member artists’ work and invite you to be featured in one of our periodic Featured Member Artist profiles. Simply contact the CVWG Webmaster.





Two Upcoming Shows

Central Virginia Watercolor Guild’s website is http://www.cvwg.art.


Bill Snow’s Exhibiting Starting Next Week

Beginning May 4th, member Bill Snow will have a single-artist exhibition at the Montgomery Museum of Art and History in Christiansburg, VA. The show continues through June 29th and will feature 19 of Bill’s paintings. Proceeds from any sales will go to benefit The Community Foundation of the New River Valley.

An outdoor meet-the-artist reception will be held at the museum on Thursday, June 3rd from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Those interested in attending this event should RSVP online at cfnrv.org/events by May 21st. You may also respond via email to jessicawirgau@cfnrv.org

Due to Covid-related restrictions, masks will be required in the museum.

The Gallery is located at 300 Pepper St SE, Christiansburg, VA 24073. Use the following map to help guide you there.


Hold the Date: “Paint the Town Greene” Plein Air Event on October 2

The Art Guild of Greene sent us notice that their annual Plein Air Event will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021. Their Call for Artists will be issued in June and we’ll try to remind you in a future post. Our own member-artist Chee RIcketts is co-chair of this event. You can read the full announcement on their website at this link.


April’s Challenge! Art Show

CVWG, again, had a nice set of paintings entered into our April Challenge! Art Show by Zoom held on April 22. The paintings will be added to a future posting for you to enjoy. The painting at the top of this post was one of our entries from member Jane Williamson. Keep an eye out for our next post with all the paintings.

We remind you that our May Challenge! theme of the month is “Rain Drops. Images are due to CVWG’s Webmaster by Friday, May 21 and our Art Show by Zoom will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, May 24. More details on our Challenge! Art Show can be found on our dedicated web page at https://cvwg.art/challenge/,


Send Us Your News

We continue to look for any insights, updates, or other news from any of our member-artists or from any follower of this blog. Send your news in an email to our Webmaster.

As Summer Draws to a Close…

A reminder, Central Virginia Watercolor Guild can be found on the web at www.cvwg.art.


CVWG’s Small Paintings Show

A reminder that eighteen (18) of CVWG’s member artists are showing their work in a curated Small Works exhibit at Crozet Artisan Depot from September 1-30. A sampling of the art being exhibited can be seen in the flyer, above.


News from Members & Close Friends

Member Susan Rosen reports that her painting, Puzzle, shown at the top of this post, recently received an honorable mention award in the Annual Judged Member’s Show at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center in Waynesboro.


Jane Skafte continues to teach online art classes at Charlottesville’s The Center. Her “Landscapes in Watercolor” class will be held on Mondays starting on September 21; details can be found here. Her second class, “Drawing from Nature”, starts September 23 and details for this class can be found at this link. Jane is a past member of CVWG, was scheduled to be one of our program leaders this year, and created our colorful CVWG logo.


Prior member and long time friend of CVWG Christine Rich reports that several pieces of her art has been accepted into a showing at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News, Va as part of a “Generations of Wyeth” exhibition running through November 8. if your travels take you near Newport News, consider stopping by and admiring Christine’s art along with the Wyeth’s.


Online Resources

One of my personal favorite artist-mentors continues to be The Mind of Watercolor by artist/designer Steve Mitchell. Since 2014, Steve has used the web and YouTube videos to spread his particular, offbeat approach to producing great art and helping some of us would-be dabblers. You can view his introductory YouTube “issue” at this link, visit his website, follow him on Facebook, or connect by any of the other methods he publishes on each of those sites. I know that at least one other CVWG member also follows Steve’s work as well.

Strathmore Artists’ Papers is out with their summer newsletter and they have a free online “Creative Watercoloring” class starting on September 8. You can view their news at this link.


As always, you are invited to contribute images of your art to our Gallery, become our next Featured Member Artist, contribute and article, share a link you find of interest, etc. It is simple…just send our Webmaster an email.