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CVWG’s Exhibit at The Center, February’s Challenge!, and More!

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


CVWG’s Exhibit at The Center– New Timing June-July

CVWG has been notified that, due to recent closure of The Center facility in Charlottesville due to health protocols, our exhibit there has been delayed and is now scheduled for June through July 2021. Member and Past President, Linda Verhagen is leading CVWG’s efforts for this exhibition. Entry for this show is open so contact Linda to enter your work. Our webpage for that exhibit has been updated so please check out that page for latest details.


February’s Challenge! Show is Another Success

We again had a great response to the second of our monthly Challenge! programs. Eighteen (18) artists submitted paintings depicting the theme of “Faith…what does it look like?”. On Monday, February 22, over 30 member-artists joined our Art Show by Zoom to enjoy the paintings, hear from the artists, and engage with questions and feedback.

Please take a few minutes to page through the slide show, below, to view the paintings and to see what your fellow Guild members accomplished! The image at the top of this page was also part of our Challenge! titled “The Handshake” by member Rosemary Connelly.

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

  • The theme for March is “Hint of Spring“;
    • What is popping up?
    • What is budding out?
  • Send a photo of your creation along with title to CVWG’s Webmaster by the entry deadline of Friday, March 19;
  • Join the “Challenge! by Zoom” meeting on Monday, March 22 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.

CVWG’s Challenge! program is discussed further on our Challenge! web page.


Call for Entries– Taubman Museum of Art Sidewalk Art Show in Roanoke

Member Chee Ricketts has alerted us to this Call for Entries:

The Taubman Museum of Art is pleased to announce the 63rd ANNUAL SIDEWALK ART SHOW in Roanoke, VA – on June 5 & 6, 2021. This show provides an excellent opportunity to show and sell your works: Firstly, the show is a premier destination for fine art shopping that attracts thousands of art patrons to the streets of historic downtown Roanoke. Secondly, at our Online Art Sale, a newly added feature offering digital marketing efforts through the months of May – June 2021. 

Artists can select to exhibit in the physical show and/or the Online Art Sale.  Both involve a jurying process.  Mediums presented may include: fine craft, sculpture, original paintings, prints, watercolors, etchings, mixed media, jewelry and photography.

The application deadline is Friday, March 5, 2021 and the application can be found at this link: https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=9066.


Reasons to Attend Workshops by Karen Schwenzer

In the second of our ongoing series, CVWG’s Director for Workshops writes:

My number one criteria when choosing a workshop is to travel to a place I want to visit. But, some of the best workshops I’ve taken have been local ones, including with CVWG.  CVWG has previously sponsored well-known artists for a couple dozen students in bright, airy spaces. More recently, CVWG was sponsoring two and three day workshops with more local talent.

The McGuffey Art Center is a local treasure located in downtown Charlottesville. The McGuffey Association consists of 150 artists, of which 46 have studio space at McGuffey. This winter and spring, McGuffey is sponsoring a variety of workshops and classes, online and virtual. The in-person classes are held at McGuffey, usually in the artist’s studio, or at a private studio off-site. Studio space tends to be tight, though there are a few larger classrooms at McGuffey. Regardless, class size is usually small which allows a fair amount of one-on-one attention from the instructor. There are also open, live, figure drawing sessions without instruction. I have attended a few of these sessions, getting into charcoal for a while. The studio back then was a windowless, dark, cluttered, basement room that I swear had an old coal chute. Now, live figure drawing sessions are being held in one of the upstairs classrooms and seating is limited. Check McGuffey’s website for more details on all of McGuffey offerings. You are going to recognize some CVWG members amongst the artists. www.mcguffeyartcenter.com

Karen Schwenzer

Member News

Member Dianne Phillips writes:

I have been notified by The Nelson Fine Art Gallery that I have been accepted to show my art from the 7th through all of April. A reception is being planned for the 9th from 5-7pm. I hope my CVWG friends and fellow artists can attend.


Member Peg Sheridan writes:

I am hoping we are all able to get out more in the coming months!  I am finishing up teaching a 6 week Zoom class, “Loosening Up in Watercolors”, through Beverley Street Studio School, in Staunton. It went really well! I had students from our area, Richmond, and northern Virginia. I also taught an in-person workshop, ” Small Splashy Paintings in Watercolor”, through the Shenandoah Valley Art Center, in Waynesboro. We kept the class size small, and followed CDC guidelines, and it went well. 

Peg continues to offer workshops– one of her next ones is titled “Make Your Watercolors Sparkle by Using the White of the Paper“– so check out her web page at www.pegsheridan.com/.


Peg Sheridan also sent in information about this year’s Highland County Maple Festival by way of a friend:

It’s that Sweet Season Again! While it is true that the Chamber of Commerce cancelled the (official) Highland County Maple Festival, there will still be LOTS to do in Highland County on Maple Weekends! All of the sugar houses will be open, and Back Creek Farms will be open for the first time! (Our hours will be 10 – 5 on Saturdays, 11 – 4 on Sundays.)

Since we normally have a booth on the Courthouse lawn, we are planning to bring that same festive atmosphere to Back Creek! We will have pottery, jewelry, lavender products, woodworking, baskets, chocolate confections and food including hand pies and streusel – yum!

We are planning to follow the current COVID safety guidelines, so please bring your masks for a tour of our sugar house and see where the “magic” happens! Vendors, food, etc. will be outdoors, with some shelters available. We do have handicapped accessible parking.

Some other sugar houses will also be hosting vendors, and Highland County businesses will be OPEN!

Please support Highland County!Plan to visit March 13 – 14 or March 20 – 21 – we’re looking forward to seeing you!

Valerie & Pat Lowry of Back Creek Farms

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.

We Welcome a New Director to Our Board

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


(Re-)Introducing Karen Schwenzer, Our Newest Board Member

Central Virginia Watercolor Guild President, Donna Koutrakos, recently announced that member Karen Schwenzer will be joining our Board to help bring awareness and visibility to a wider range of water media workshops.

Karen Schwenzer

Karen writes:

Dear CVWG Members,

I have volunteered to be the workshop coordinator for the guild.  I will not be organizing de novo workshops, but providing information about workshop opportunities elsewhere.  My intention is not to keep a list of all possible workshops, but to share my and other’s experience. If you have had a particularly rewarding experience (or a particularly bad one) with a workshop company or workshop artist, please share the details with me.

Many members have experience with workshops, attending and teaching. But even the most experienced artist may benefit from new venues and new techniques. I love attending workshops, whether near or far.

My last in-person workshop was to Maine [see photo at the top of this post] in September 2019 (pre-pandemic). It was organized by Beverly Street Studio School in Staunton. The leaders were our very own Peg Sheridan and eco-historian/artist Betty Gatewood.  A great small group of artists, generous and knowledgeable leaders, and a dramatic venue made this a wonderful workshop.  BSSS had been running workshops, even international ones, over the years. For the Winter of 2021 BSSS is advertising two workshops, one in person and one virtual, as well as classes. Check out their website www.bssschool.org for details.

So, as we get this pandemic behind us and more people get vaccinated, many of you will want to travel and work on your art. So, feel free to contact Karen for ideas!


Reminder: Only 1 Week Until Challenge! Paintings are Due

A reminder that our February Challenge! Art Show by Zoom is coming up on Monday, February 22 at 1:00 PM. All entries must be submitted to our CVWG Webmaster by next Friday, February 19. Our theme this month is “Faith…what does it look like?“.

In January, we had a great restart of our Challenge! program with 18 member-artists showing 19 paintings and 30 members joining in on our Art Show by Zoom. As of this posting, fewer paintings have been submitted than last month so let’s get busy, finish those paintings, and get them submitted.

All members will be sent an email by 11:00 AM the morning of each month’s show (February 22) providing the web link to join our Zoom Art Show. Friends and Followers of CVWG, please feel free to join in as well— contribute a painting or just join the show, up to you– but you need to send a specific request to our CVWG Webmaster to be included and be sent the invitation and Zoom link.

If you need a refresher about our Challenge! program, please visit our dedicated page at https://cvwg.art/challenge/.


Reminder: Call for Artists– CVWG’s Exhibit at The Center

Member and Past President, Linda Verhagen, is leading our efforts to show members’ artworks at The Center in Charlottesville in May through end of June, 2021. Entry for this show is open so contact Linda to enter your work. Our webpage for that exhibit has been updated so please check out that page for latest details.


Member News

We did not receive a single piece of member news since our last posting. I know that mid-winter is depressing and, between the weather and this COVID nonsense, we are not able to to as much. Still, I know that many of you are working on your art.

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.


January Challenge Was a Huge Success!!

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


A Great First Challenge! of 2021!

CVWG had a fantastic (re)start of our Challenge! program. Nineteen (19) paintings from 18 member-artists were submitted on subjects ranging from figure studies, landscapes, still life studies, and fantasy related to our theme, “A New Year for All”. The image at the top of this page was also part of our Challenge! titled “Celebration” by member Jane Matthews.

Please spend a few minutes to step through a slide show, below, to see what your fellow Guild members accomplished!

On Monday, January 25, at least 29 Guild members joined in on a virtual “CVWG Art Show on Zoom” of these paintings. Each artist was allowed 1-3 minutes to talk about their painting, their muse(s), their approach, the paints and media they used, and any other topic of their choosing.

Thank you all for the great meeting yesterday. The art work was creative and fun to see. Glad we were able to see some of the members and know we are doing well. Look forward to the next one!

Mary Ann Friedman

The Zoom online video conferencing app somewhat hampered a free discussion but we are working to improve for February. Please plan to join us for the February Challenge! Art Show by Zoom:

  • February’s theme is “Faith“;
    • What does it mean to you?
    • Not (necessarily) religion or religious;
    • Think about all the ways you have faith…families, loved ones, etc.
  • Send a photo of your creation along with title to CVWG’s Webmaster by the entry deadline of Friday, February 19;
  • Join the “Challenge! by Zoom” meeting on Monday, February 22 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 Monday morning. 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.

CVWG’s Challenge! program is discussed further on our Challenge! web page.


Do You Need Help Using Zoom?

Some of our Guild members had difficulties in joining our Zoom meeting, issues with audio, and other matters that (we hope) should be easy to fix. Our CVWG Webmaster (and resident techno-geek) is planning one (or maybe more depending on number of interested members) a “CVWG Test Meeting by Zoom” where you can join, get some pointers, ask your questions, and get any tutoring you might want. This meeting will be set up for early February. You have to take the action to send an email to our CVWG Webmaster to be included in this special session.

Reminder: Call for Artists– CVWG’s Exhibit at The Center

Member and Past President, Linda Verhagen, is leading our efforts to show members’ artworks at The Center in Charlottesville in May through end of June, 2021. Entry for this show is open so contact Linda to enter your work. Our webpage for that exhibit has been updated so please check out that page for latest details.


Member News

Member Susan Rosen sends the following information about a free workshop:

There is a free workshop with an artist I have studied with for three years.  He is generous and a great teacher and people who study with him advance so much in their art practice.  I have taken his extended 12-week course twice and will take it again this year. The free workshop begins on February 15.  The link below will get you there!
https://share.tellafrienda2l.com/a/a2lworkshop2021/Secbud821


Member Chee Ricketts emailed the following news:

After a long absence from teaching, I began working with adults again last fall through OLLI. Due to concerns about the virus, the class was taught online on Zoom. I hauled all of my equipment from my Greene County studio to the OLLI conference room in Charlottesville and taught there with the technical support  of the two amazing OLLI staff members, Tay Strauss and Steve Bevins.

When the class concluded, several of my students asked me to continue with online teaching. As a result, I have set up a space in my home studio and it seems to be working well. My eight watercolor students are incredibly good-natured and patient with me as I navigate between PowerPoint, screen sharing, and my webcam.  I’ve attached a photograph of my space, complete with my faithful studio cat, Harvey, who insists that my chair is HIS


Strathmore Online Workshops Return for 2021

Strathmore, known for their artists papers, is again offering a series of 4 free online workshops this year. The workshops cover a range of topics– watercolor and gouache, mixed media, drawing, and oil painting– so we hope you might find one or two of interest. Follow this web link to their workshops page: https://www.strathmoreartiststudio.com/.


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.

New Officers, Zoom, & Member News

Central Virginia Watercolor Guild is online at http://www.CVWG.art.


New Guild Officers for 2021

With more than the required email votes from our membership, our Guild has a new slate of Officers for the coming 12 months:

A special “Thank You” to our past officers for all you have done on our behalf! Be sure to thank all our officers for their leadership and contribution to our Guild and help them to make a strong return from this pandemic.


Zoom Meetings are Now Available to Our Members

CVWG has enrolled in a subscription to the online video meeting/conferencing service, Zoom, for appropriate Guild use. If you would like to offer a workshop, a Challenge, hold a virtual painting session, an arts book club, or similar virtual get-together, send an email to our Webmaster and we’ll get it scheduled.


Member News

Our members continue to find ways to be creative and advance their art.

Linda Suomi Bethke announces…

Annie Gould Gallery, in Gordonsville,Va, is now representing my watercolors .

Annie Gould Gallery‘s online site can be found at this link. While looking over that site, I saw some other Guild members featured so check it out. The image at the top of this post is one of Linda’s recent works.


Susan Crave Rosen has a new look to her website at susancraverosenart.com. Says Susan,

I just launched my new website and want to share it with the CVWG gang.  My son built it for me and I couldn’t be more pleased!  He also launched his new business, Valley Creative Imaging so folks may want to check that out too.  Adamrosen.com


Pam Roland has also launched her new website at pamroland.com.

I am thrilled to invite you to see what I’ve been up to. View my paintings, learn about my life as an artist, and join in an ongoing conversation about art and invoking your inner artist!


Email Us Your News

We are always looking for our member artists to send information about your art, your muses, mentors who inspire you, any travel painting you may be fortunate to enjoy in these strange times, etc. We are always looking for anyone who might be willing to be profiled in the next installment of our Featured Member Artist series. Email our webmaster with photos of your art.

Mid-Summer Update

A reminder that CVWG can be found online at http://www.CVWG.art.


A Letter from Our President and Board of Directors

The Guild’s President, Linda Verhagen, recently sent a letter to all members with key updates on our 2020 operations, exhibitions, and other business given the ongoing impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The letter begins…

After a Zoom meeting on July 27 where some difficult decisions had to be made, the CVWG Board and I are sorry to let you know that with the exception of the Small Works Show in Crozet, all other planned activities of the guild have had to be cancelled for the remainder of 2020 due the Covid-19.

You can read the entire letter at this link.

The Board hopes all our members and followers the best of health and we look forward to resuming our usual Guild activities as soon as possible.


Member News

A special callout to member Dianne Phillips for sharing her painting “The Black Pearl” featured above and in our Member Directory. Dianne has been particularly patient with getting this added to our site.


Member Linda Abbey tells us that several of her flower paintings and drawings are being shown in Fellini’s Italian Restaurant on West Market St in Charlottesville since their “soft opening” last month.  Fellini’s just opened for inside dining every Thursday, Friday and Saturday– reservations, social distancing , and masks are required– from 5pm to 9pm. Fellini’s continues to offer take-out and delivery to select areas of Cville. You can view more of Linda’s work on her web site.


Member Janice (Bunny) Creasy reminds us that good advice and mentoring in our water media never goes out of style. She sent in the following three newspapers clippings from 2018 from the Fluvanna Review. Those of you with sharp eyes will notice another of our members, Bill Snow, as one of the leaders in these workshops. CVWG continues to be blessed with great members and mentors!


As always, we are interested in featuring your art in our member gallery, highlighting your activities during these “interesting times”, featuring you and your art in our Member Gallery, news, an online resource you have found, or any other item of interest. We need more members willing to show for one of our Featured Member Artist series. Simply email our Webmaster to begin a collaboration.

Summer Has Arrived!

A reminder that Central Virginia Watercolor Guild’s (CVWG) webite is now http://www.cvwg.art! Check out all our information.


The featured art, above, is titled “Reaching the Summit” by member Chee Ricketts and was originally posted in 2018.


Member News

Congratulations to member and Guild President Linda Verhagen on receiving the Philadelphia Watercolor Society Award in the recently juried 2020 MidAtlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition. You can read more about Linda’s achievement, view some of her other artwork, and read her artist’s biography on the latest in the series in our Featured Member Artist pages on our site. Follow this link to see that page.

Member and professional artist Peg Sheridan reports that she has been productive during the pandemic enjoying extra time both painting in her studio and en plein air.

I have completed several new paintings, finished many incomplete paintings, and also painted several silk scarves.  You can see all of these on my website, www.pegsheridan.com.

Peg Sheridan

She also reports being very busy:

  • Peg is the Featured Artist show at Cabell Gallery in Lexington. The show has been extended through July (call 540-461-8488 for hours and directions).
  • She has three paintings in the Beverley Street Studio School Faculty Show, in Staunton.  Go visit the gallery to see the show and enjoy the festive atmosphere on Beverley Street.  During the weekends, the street is blocked and restaurants have outdoor seating.
  • Peg has a class coming up that still has openings. Check it out on her website at http://www.pegsheridan.com/upcoming-classes.html.

Finally, congratulations to Peg for an Honorable Mention award at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center juried members show.


Reminder: It is Not Too Late to Enter CVWG’s Small Works Exhibit in Crozet

We are approaching the cut off date to enter CVWG’s Small Works exhibit at the Crozet Artisan Depot for showing in September. Up to  two (2) paintings no larger than a framed size of 14” can be entered. Contact Linda Verhagen for entry forms and information.


Online Resources for Your Art

Artist Phil Davies, author of The Art Tutor website, artutor.com, has just released the fourth in a series of blog tutorials on pen and watercolor techniques. This latest episode features the Greek island of Santorini.


You are invited to share your art, any news, any online art resources you find helpful, or just about anything else on our next post. Email CVWG Webmaster, Mark Fitzpatrick, with any item of interest.