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Remembering While Looking Forward

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In Memoriam of Marion Hansen

It is with heavy hearts that we learned of the passing of Marion Hansen, pictured at the top of this post, on August 2. Marion was one of the founders of Central Virginia Watercolor Guild as recalled by member-artist, Pam Roland,

The year was 1991 when three bold artists– Marion Hansen, Edith Arbaugh, and Patricia Travers– sitting in a little room at the McGuffey Art Center wanted to create a way for people living in central Virginia to study, learn and grow in the skills of watercolor. The new group wanted to support the Virginia Watercolor Society, established in 1979 as a state-wide organization, but to focus on education and growth of artists in the Charlottesville area. The Central Virginia Watercolor Guild (CVWG) was born. The group would operate as an educational non-profit, meet monthly, (except December). Six people signed up right away.

With our present membership count at 74, CVWG has enjoyed great success from such humble beginnings. Thank you, Marion– and Edith and Patricia– for your vision and leadership!

You can read Marion’s obituary at this link.

August 22 Program

Our meeting on Monday, August 22, returns to our usual time as posted on our Members, Meetings, & Programs page. Our Challenge! topic for the month is Surprise!— bring your art in any media– while our program will feature member-artist John Hancock focusing on Urban Sketching. So, bring your sketch books, sketching pencils and pens, and portable watercolors to learn from John. You can find John’s professional website and workshop offerings at

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. 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!

Call for Artists– Louisa Arts Center (LAC) Purcell Gallery

The Louisa Art Center Purcell Gallery invites us to participate in their upcoming open show.  LAC’s Show of Shows will be curated by the talented artist, Armand Cabrera. This is a wonderful opportunity to share your artwork in the gallery and meet other creatives in the community. All submissions are due on September 17th from 9am-11am. Please note the recent changes to our submission guidelines. We request that all art that is for sale, be photographed prior to submitting. For this show only- no floral work will be accepted.

Our contact at LAC’s Purcell Gallery is Heather Mechler-Fickes, Show Manager at email:

LAC’s application for submissions is provided, below, for you to download, complete, and submit


Member News

Member-artist Don Whitson emails us:

I’m honored to say that I’ve been juried into the Southwestern Watercolor Societies 2022 Exhibition to be held at Art Gallery Pure in Dallas, Texas. September 5 – October 1. Many thanks to juror Ted Nuttall for choosing my painting. They received 299 entries from 16 states with 82 selected.

Don’s website is

Other Art News and Announcements

CVWG friend and supporter, Catherine Hillis sent us breaking news involving her:

I’ve been working with some very nice folks out of Luray, VA on a spring 2023 workshop, Painting the Blue Ridge, a Field Guide to Plein Air Painting in collaboration with the Shenandoah Creates arts community. Says Catherine,

The workshop will be held at a beautiful ranch in the heart of the Shenandoah that serves as a wedding venue/ we’ll have our own private chef/ all rooms, food and tuition are included and the price is reasonable/ just 3 days of nothing but painting/ and getting into the hot tub every evening overlooking the mountains and the stars/learn how to paint mountains, rivers and broad landscapes/ there’s nothing out there but mountains, the farm, the animals and the Shenandoah River – I know I can’t wait!

Please check out the website and reserve your place. Again, space is limited.

Catherine is finally moving into her studio space at 1517 Princess Anne St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. You can check out Catherine’s paintings, classes, and workshops at her professional site at

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

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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

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.

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Here Comes Summer!!

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With Spring 2022– seemingly a cooler and wetter spring than normal?– mostly behind us, we can now prepare for the coming summer heat!

May’s Workshop was a Success!

Our May 23 member meeting featured a half-day workshop by artist Robin Poteet entitled “Preserving Whites and Demystifying Shadow“. The program was organized by member-artist Karen Schwenzer, our Vice President and Director of Programs.

Two of our member-artists sent in their personal observations and photos:

Having “white” in our art is extremely important when painting with watercolor but it can be difficult to achieve. Robin gave three methods: use the white of the paper, use masking fluid or frisket, or use white gouache. Robin demonstrated all three methods and gave us pointers as she painted using the reference photos.

After the demonstration we had a short lunch break and them we all painted. We could us the pictures Karen sent or any other picture we brought. Robin came around to all the tables and gave pointers to each of us.

The last part of the class was a critique. We spread all the paintings on her table and she critiqued each one, giving us individual pointers as to what we did right or wrong.

Thanks to Karen for organizing this marvelous workshop filled with creativity and camaraderie.

Member-artist Patty Richmond

We had a great workshop in May! Robin Poteet made a good presentation/demonstration on “Saving the Whites” and “Making Dark Darks”. Then she came around to each table, encouraging us to try the different techniques. She ended by reviewing a piece of art from each attendee and asking the questions “What did you learn?” and “What would you do differently next time?”

Member-Artist Rosemary Connelly

Our Next Guild Meeting is 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” and our Challenge! theme is “A Faraway Place“. 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.

CVWG’s Courthouse Exhibit is Changing on June 20

A reminder that our Courthouse Exhibit team is changing out the paintings on June 20. Drop off/pick up 10 am to 11am on the East Jefferson side of the courthouse. Linda Abbey is one of our Directors for these exhibits; contact her for information. Further guidance is provided on our Ongoing Courthouse Exhibits page.

Louisa Arts Center Exhibition

Nicole Copeland, of the Louisa Arts Center ( sent us notice of their current exhibit, “In Space and Time“.

Calendar of Events

June 10, 6-8 PM: Opening Reception

July 15: Show Closes

Soon-to-be-Member News

All of you must be busy painting as we have not heard from any member-artists these past few weeks! Please keep feeding us your news.

We have a new artist in our area. Catherine Hillis writes:

Greetings! I’m a nationally awarded watercolorist and recently moved to Locust Grove, VA. I’ve been working in the national plein air circuit for several years and have earned 8 national signatures throughout the country for my studio work.

I’m going to be teaching classes in the Fredericksburg area beginning this summer. I’m offering both online and in person. My website is and workshop information is at

We’d Love to Hear From You!

Drop our CVWG Webmaster an email to let everyone know what you are doing and how your artist journey is progressing.

A New Art Venue and Meetings in April & May

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A New Art Venue in Charlottesville

The proprietress of Atlas Coffee, Mimi Fitzpatrick (yes, there is a connection to CVWG’s webmaster!), tells us she has wall space for ~9 paintings for monthly shows featuring our member-artists. Mimi has many artists wanting to show in the shop but wanted to reach out to CVWG members.

Mimi is open to single or multi-artist shows. Mimi’s asks that you not have eyelet screws projecting from the rear of the frame that might mar the walls. But, otherwise, you are free to frame, glaze, and hang as you want. She will work with you along the way.

Atlas Coffee is located in Charlottesville’s southwestern Fontaine neighborhood near the intersection of Fontaine and Jefferson Park Avenues just south of the UVA football stadium; see the website for a map and driving directions. This area of Charlottesville is heavily travelled by UVA students and their families whom are frequent customers. Email Mimi if interested.

Guild Meetings

A reminder that we are back to our monthly in-person meetings. GVWG’s Vice President and Programs Director, Karen Schwenzer, says:

I am very excited about our upcoming CVWG programs at our monthly meeting at the Church of Our Savior. My enthusiasm is shared by the guest artists coming to CVWG.

You can find details for our entire 2022 lineup on our Meetings & Programs web page.

April 25 Meeting

We welcome back water media artist Karen K. Rosasco of Waynesboro, Virginia. Karen is a juried member of the American Watercolor Society, a generous art educator, and a successful, awarded, collected, and published artist. In her current series of work, Karen is using a variety of watermedia in layers to achieve a highly textural and dynamic presentation. But don’t let all of her accolades deter you from participating in April’s program. Please bring one unfinished watermedia painting for Karen to critique.

The Challenge! topic for April is “Memories”.

May 23 Half-Day Workshop (No Meeting!)

The May 23 Meeting is special in that there will NOT be a regular CVWG meeting. Instead, artist Robin Poteet, of Salem Virginia, will lead a half-day workshop. The workshop starts at 11:00 AM and requires pre-enrollment and a special fee to help cover the Guild’s costs. Robin will start with a demonstration then transition later to table-by-table guidance and discussions.

Space for this workshop is limited and there may not be any remaining openings. That said, if you are interested in attending just the demonstration, plan to arrive by 11:00 for Robin’s demonstration exploring darks, shadows, and whites in watercolor painting.

Note, again, that we will not hold the traditional CVWG meeting in May.

Strathmore Online Workshop 2 is Starting May 2

Strathmore continues to offer free online workshops for water media arts. Their next workshop in 2022 starts on May 2 and is entitled “Joyful Watercolor – Finding Your Style” by instructor Shayda Campbell. Disclaimer: Attending a Strathmore online workshop is free but requires you to register your name and email address and you may receive their email solicitations.

Member News

Member-artist Juliette Swenson let us know that she has paintings being shown at Jefferson/Madison Regional Library’s Northside Library. If you happen to find yourself on the north side of Charlottesville around the Rio Rd corridor, stop by and view her works.

Member-artist Don Whitson emails us:

I have recently been blessed in my artistic pursuits:

I have been juried into the Virginia Watercolor Society Exhibition to be held at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center in Waynesboro. Also, I’ve been juried into the Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibition. Plus, I received notification that I won an award at the Southern Watercolor Society Exhibition.

You can catch up with Don on his website at We continue to wish the best possible success for Don and for all our CVWG artists.

Member-artist Linda Suomi Bethke writes:

Artist Nance Stamper and I are having a three-month show at Cunningham Creek Winery. We hope you can come see the show and enjoy a wonderful Virginia spring day with good wine and art!

Note that the painting at the top of this blog is one of Linda’s original watercolors.

We’d Love to Hear From You!

Drop our CVWG Webmaster an email to let everyone know what you are doing and how your artist journey is progressing.

A Lesson in Journaling

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Rhonda Roebuck on Keeping a Journal

Guest artist Rhonda Roebuck

CVWG was very pleased to have hosted noted sketchbook artist and nature journalist Rhonda Roebuck at our March 28 meeting. Rhonda is a former photography and art teacher here in Albemarle County Schools. She has taught Nature Journaling workshops for Shenandoah National Park, Mary Baldwin University, and various local venues. Rhonda has kept journals/sketchbooks for over 25 years, and enjoys teaching and encourages others to do the same.

One of Rhonda’s main points is the importance of keeping simple notes about your day-to-day life. Says Rhonda,

Sometime in the future, you or someone you know may want to learn about your land, your home, your daily life, and you. Think of the stories you may have heard about “your place” and how you might record them. What grows at your place naturally, what have you planted, and what do you know about how the land was used in the past?

I ask workshops participants how they would feel if they found a journal with writing and illustrations recorded by their great grandmother or great grandfather. That is the reason for recording nature and our lives.

Rhonda led attendees in some simple exercises with guiding questions to help us get started in keeping a “place” journal. Rhonda graciously gave us permission to post her handouts:

If you have questions you may email Rhonda at or find her on Instagram at @rhondafroebuck.

We’re Back to In-Person Meetings

A reminder that CVWG has resumed our in-person meetings. Our Challenge! topic for March was “Buildings” with 8 member-artists sharing their work.

Our Meetings page provides the latest news and insights to our monthly meetings.

Hope to See You at Our Next Meeting on April 25

Our next meeting will feature a critique of members’ paintings by renowned artist Karen Rosasco ( Each member and guest may bring one (1!) unfinished, unframed painting soliciting Karen’s recommendations.

Says Karen,

I have provided art instruction for adults in both evening courses and workshops for nearly thirty years. As a retired high school art teacher and self-described shape maker, I emphasize design and composition as the foundation for the symbols placed on paper or canvas. I’m also an avid traveler, searching for new and unusual subjects as themes for my paintings. You can view my paintings at: Abend Gallery, Denver CO, the Departure Gift Shop, Albany International Airport, SVAC, CoArt Gallery, Flying Fox Vineyards, Reid Street Gallery. and by appointment at my home in VA.

The April Challenge! topic is “Memories” so bring a 2nd painting inspired by that topic. Again, our Meetings Page explains the Challenge! program and future topics.

Updated Information on Our Web Pages

Our Member Directory and Video Library pages have been updated with new information for your use. A reminder that the Member Directory is password protected so send an email to our Webmaster if you want to access our listing of members.

Member News

Member-artist Juliette Swenson reminds us that her next watercolor class starts on April 19. Email Juliette for more information and to enroll. Juliette’s website is

Member-artist Janice (Bunny) Creasy reports,

I recently drove to Lynchburg, Va for two classes with Purnell Pettyjohn.  Each day was five hours of class in watercolor/pouring.  Her home is set up perfectly….I have heard of her for years and enjoyed the company of five others learning this art. I have since bought a DVD on the watercolor/pouring so to really understand the steps.

I recently took another class from Eleanor Cox whom CVWG featured at our October 2021 meeting. As of March 30, I will have completed four of her sessions with the last one scheduled for the first week of May. The workshops are being held at Bon Air Community Center in Bon Air, Va. I love her “light touch” and I am learning a lot.

Member-artist Peg Sheridan writes:

I am offering more classes soon: Rocks and Water in Watercolor on April 13-14, Beginning Watercolors on April 30, and Plein Air Painting in Watercolor on June 6-7. Also, registration is open for Plein Air Painting in Coastal Maine from September 8-14 in Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. The class listing on my website ( is up to date or send me an email.

Lastly, I am also in a group show, “Rivers and Streams of Western Virginia” from May 6 through 27 at Smith House Galleries in Harrisonburg, VA.  The other artists in the show are: Debra Sheffer, Nan Mahone Wellborn, and Julie Farrell. There will be an opening on Friday May 6, from 5-7 pm., and all are invited. 

We’d Love to Hear From You!

Drop our CVWG Webmaster an email to let everyone know what you are doing and how your artist journey is progressing.

The Guild Meets Again!!

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In-Person Meeting This Monday, Feb 28

After reluctantly canceling last month’s meeting, your CVWG Board happily invites you to join your fellow guild members at our February 28 meeting. As communicated to guild members in a recent email:

Combining Camaraderie with Creativity. That is CVWG’s motto. Maybe we should add perseverance and resilience. The next CVWG meeting will be on Monday, February 28, 2022.

This is being planned as an in-person gathering at our usual time – 12:30 PM for social time followed by the business meeting at 1:00 PM and program at 1:30 PM.

Jane Skafte, originally scheduled for the January meeting, has graciously agreed to conduct an in-person demonstration of negative painting techniques. We will meet in the usual place, the Fellowship Hall behind Church of Our Savior on Rio Rd in Charlottesville.

Also, don’t forget there is still time to participate in the February’s Monthly Challenge, “Wind, Rain and Snow.” But let’s hope for good weather on February 28th.

Karen Schwenzer, CVWG’s Director of Programs

Our Meetings page provides the latest news and insights to our monthly meetings. Your Guild Board of Directors hopes to see you this Monday!

Member News

A full admission that I have a bad case of mid-winter doldrums. Evidently, I an not alone…

Member artist Chee Kludt Ricketts reports:

I have a serious case of “cabin fever” and am ready for warmer weather, but soon spring will be here and all of this messy snow will be forgotten.

I have just completed a Zoom watercolor class based on reflective objects with nine of my students, a number of whom are CVWG members. It has been fun to connect with them during this quiet period for CVWG. The painting at the top of this post, entitled “Jefferson Cup with Crystal Ball” is one of my demonstration paintings.

I will be teaching another class in May titled “The Language of Flowers”, which includes three 2-hour weekly sessions on Zoom and then a full day of painting here on my farm in Greene County at the end of May. If any members are interested, please contact me at

Member artist John Hancock sent in great news telling us he is keeping bus

My 2021 was quite busy in the studio with a February solo show at the Arts Council of the Valley in Harrisonburg, then a good deal of energy getting a few works sent off to group exhibitions around the country including shows in California, New Jersey, and Louisiana. I was especially honored and happy to be invited into the 2021 Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition!

This past year, I created a fully online watercolor master course (the Art of Watercolor). The ten independent segments are each four weeks long. Here is a downloadable description for our members’ use.

I have also slowly and tentatively returned to in-person teach–with distancing, masks, and fully vaccinated participants–but with very limited sized classes & workshop sizes. For many of these classes, I have also increased their outdoor components so as to be out in the fresh air rather than inside.   

Contact John by email at

Member artist Don Whitson reports in:

I’m happy to say that I just received notification that one of my paintings has been juried into the 45th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Southern Watercolor Society. Thanks to the juror Ken Call for selecting my painting. The Southern Watercolor Society is comprised of members across 19 states.

April 14 – May 13

Art Center Manatee
Bradenton, Florida
209th Street West

Member artist Susan Crave Rosen sent the following:

My friend Chris, with whom I am teaching this workshop, made the above promotional piece to share. We invite all CVWG members interested in mixed media to join us.

Email Susan if interested or visit the Beverly Street Studio online at

We’d Love to Hear From You!

Drop our CVWG Webmaster an email to let everyone know what you are doing and how your artist journey is progressing.