Category Archives: Classes/Workshops

New Officers, Zoom, & Member News

Central Virginia Watercolor Guild is online at

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 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.

Pam Roland has also launched her new website at

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

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! 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,

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

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,, 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.

An Open Letter of Thanks to Bill Snow

Dear Bill,

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Thank you for spending two days with 23 Guild members and helping them grow into more disciplined, creative artists.

Thank you for making us all feel welcome and at home by having each of us introduce ourselves and describe where we were in our journey as artists.

Thank you for being patient with each of us as you went from table to table guiding us in our individual work. Yes, there are many different levels of skill in the class. You had a daunting job trying to reach each of us as individual artists who are trying to improve and master this difficult and sometimes unforgiving medium.

Thank you for teaching us to “plan.” You told us that before we pick up a brush we need to do a small sketch with a black pencil, decide on the colors we will use, write them on the sketch, and then transfer this sketch to our larger expensive paper. We watched you do this when you began your painting the first day and we saw the light pencil lines you drew the second day on another painting.

Thank you for giving us lots of time to do this so we have an appreciation of how important drawing is.

It was an intense two days. I have often heard the quote, “Imitate the Masters.” Bill, in my book you are one of the Master’s alongside Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth and John Pike.

Thank you, again,

—Patty Richmond

To read more about the workshop, click here to visit the Workshops page.

Remembering Troy Weidenheimer

It is with sadness to tell you that Troy Weidenheimer passed away in September after a long battle with cancer.  Troy was kind enough to do a workshop for us last fall despite his failing health.  Not only did we learn a lot about art from him, but much about his life as a modern Renaissance man who studied science, was a speech writer, and played and taught music professionally, even becoming friends with the famed Jerry Garcia.

He was a kind, intelligent and talented man that will be missed by many.

Two Summer Workshops

Screen Shot 2019-05-30 at 9.52.41 AM1) Lou Haney of Second Street Gallery writes: Join Molly Herman, one of the exhibiting artists in the forthcoming Second Street Gallery exhibition, “Lady Painters: Inspired by Joan Mitchell,” for an Abstract Watercolor Painting Workshop. This hands-on workshop will take place at Common House on June 6 from 7-9 pm. (Note: this is a 21+ event)

Participants will learn about Joan Mitchell, a leading Second Generation Abstract Expressionist painter, as well as explore their own creative ideas in this class. Attendees will mine their own remembered and special landscapes and express them abstractly in a watercolor painting. You will be encouraged to experiment with new materials and ways of mark making.

$10 materials fee, FREE for members of Common House. Ages 21+ only please.

You can RSVP by emailing

Tom Lynch2) Donna Brune writes: Two Rivers Art Workshops is sponsoring two workshops with Tom Lynch in late June.  They will be in Fredericksburg at the Clarion Hotel on Rte. 17, just before the I 95 exits.  The first workshop is a 4 day studio workshop, June 24-27 and the cost is $500.  I plan to go with a friend but will arrive the 23rd.  I don’t want to deal with Mon. morning traffic or any morning traffic in that area.  The second is a 3 day plein air workshop from June 29-July 1.  The cost for that workshop is $300.  Rates at the Clarion Hotel are reasonable especially if you are old enough for the senior rate and/or have a Choice Hotel membership (easy to get).

Anyone who signs up for the studio workshop only and uses my name as a buddy will get 5 sheets of Gemini 300 lb. watercolor paper.  You can even sign up without my name but bring a friend and you both will get the 5 free watercolor sheets.  What a deal!  That paper is worth $100 and is more than you will need for the studio workshop.  I have attached a flyer–Tom Lynch Flyer–about the workshop from the workshop coordinator Janice Jones.

Donna Brune

Other workshops offered by our members can be found under the “Workshops – Other” menu.