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Good Riddance, 2020! Welcome 2021!

A reminder that Central Virginia Watercolor Guild is found on the web at CVWG.art.


A Message from Our 2021 Guild President

2020 has been a crazy difficult year that I am looking forward to putting behind us. But it does give us the opportunity to count our blessings and show appreciation to all those who helped make it happen.

Thanks to all of our members for hanging in there, to all our Board members for their work this year, for Mark for helping us with our meetings on Zoom, and I would also like to take this opportunity to thank President Linda Verhagen for the fantastic job she did leading us through the last 2 years.

So as we bid 2020 a farewell I wish everyone a safe and happy Holiday Season and here’s to a prosperous and healthy 2021!

Donna Koutrakos

Early Results of Our Survey

We have closed the Survey Monkey poll that we started just before Thanksgiving. In the four weeks it was open, we had 49 respondents sharing their views and perspectives. The full results are being reviewed by our Board of Directors to influence what programs and offerings we attempt this coming year. Some key findings that your responses are providing our Directors:

  • Only 12 responders would consider attending Guild meetings in a face-to-face environment;
  • Online exhibition(s) and monthly Challenge(s) are a popular idea supported by about 70% of respondents…read on!
  • Of various online meeting apps, our responders were familiar with more than 8 different ones with Zoom being the single most familiar tool.

Our Board will meet again in early January 2021 so look for more feedback as we enter the new year. Thanks, again, to all our responders as this really helps our Board understand your ideas, perspectives, and desires for our Guild!


Early Call for Artists– A 2021 CVWG Exhibit

Central Virginia Watercolor Guild has been accepted to provide an exhibition of our members’ art at The Center in Charlottesville. The exhibit will run for approximately two months starting May 3 until June 30. This exhibit is open to all members and there is room for 42-48 paintings depending on the size. Details and the submittal timeline for this exhibit will be forthcoming in early 2021 but matting, framing, and identification marking will be similar to our non-juried Courthouse shows. A new web page has been added to this site to share information and guidance at this link: https://cvwg.art/2021-exhibit-at-the-center/.


Our Monthly Challenge is Returning by Zoom!

Given your responses on our survey, a couple of Directors and Volunteers are in early planning to resume our monthly Challenge paintings. Look for details in January but here is an overview:

  • We will hold our Challenge “meetings” by Zoom at our regular monthly meeting day and time, the 4th Monday of every month at 1:00 PM.
  • We’ll post the monthly Challenge themes on our web site and via this blog;
  • Artists are free to paint anything remotely related to the monthly theme;
  • Artists will take a photo of their painting using their phone or tablet device and email it to our CVWG Webmaster, Mark Fitzpatrick (cvwgwebmaster@gmail.com) by each months’ deadline, generally the Friday before our Monday Zoom meeting;
  • All paintings will be posted on our web site;
  • All interested artists will be sent a Zoom meeting invitation;
  • Our host will convene the Zoom meeting then share each painting in full-screen color for all attendees to see. Each artist will be given 2-3 minutes to discuss their muse, their technique, or any other aspect of their painting.
  • Attendees will be able to ask questions and engage with each other after each painting is presented.

Let’s all shake off our COVID and mid-winter blues and get painting!


Member News

Only one member has shared any information with us since our last blog. As always, we are very interest in hearing about any news, reviews, interesting online tutorials, or other information we can share with each other. Send all input to our CVWG Webmaster.

Member Peg Sheridan sends the following updates:

  • I’m looking forward to offering a Zoom class through Beverley Street Studio School.
  • My painting “Late Evening on the Cowpasture River”, which won Best Watercolor in the August “Plein Air Salon” is in the December-January issue of Plein Air Magazine.
  • I had two featured artist shows in November, at CoArt Gallery in Staunton, and at 7 East Gallery in Woodstock.
  • I am keeping my mind and body active during this time. Painting certainly helps my outlook! I have taken a 2-hour online class in gouache from Manon Sander, which was really fun! I am also taking a 4-week online watercolor class from Vermont watercolorist Tony Conner.
  • More information is always available on her website and Facebook pages.

Early Fall Update

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


Two Calls for Artists

Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital Wants Your Art!

Member Matalie Dean kindly forwarded the following Call for Artists:

Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital Art Committee is looking for artists to exhibit at the hospital’s gallery during 2021.  If you are interested in applying contact  smjhartcommittee@gmail.com for an application which will explain the simple process.    

They are very interested in our member artists participating.


Arts in the Middle Juried Fine Arts Festival 

Member (Janice) Bunny Creasy wants all of us to be aware of the next Arts in the Middle 7th annual arts festival. While the festival is not until early June 2021, they have issued a Save the Date/Call for Artists which you can view at this link: https://www.artsinthemiddle.com/. In the middle of that page, you should find an Info for Artists link to get all the details for entering your art.

With some luck and good public health stewardship, we might be emerging from the worst of the COVID-related restrictions so this could be a great venue for us all.


Read About Edith Arbaugh, a Member and Friend from Our Past

Our long time members should remember Edith Arbaugh, one of the founders of our Guild, a longtime member, and well known for her art throughout the Central Virginia area. Our ever-astute Guild President, Linda Verhagen, found the following link in a newsletter article about Edith from Juniper Village at Brookline in State College, PA where Edith now resides. Read about Edith at this link: https://junipercommunities.com/home-is-where-the-art-is/.


CVWG’s Small Works Exhibition Closes

CVWG’s Small Works Exhibit at the Crozet Artisan Depot closed at the end of September. It was well attended with members Rosemary Connelly and Chee Ricketts successfully selling their art. Thanks, again, to all CVWG artists who participated in this show.

As this show has closed, we have removed the earlier posts and web pages about it. If you want to view those, follow this link.

Member News

Member Don Whitson has great news to share:

I’m thrilled that I’ve been juried into the 41st Annual Virginia Watercolor Society Exhibition. October 31-December 31, to be held at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Richmond, VA. My thanks to the Juror– Frederick Graff AWS, NWS, TWSA– for selecting my painting.


Peg Sheridan Awarded “Best Watercolor”

 Plein Air magazine has awarded their “Best Watercolor” to CVWG member and professional artist, Peg Sheridan, in their August Salon competition. A larger view of her painting is show at the top of this post.

Says Peg”

I am so honored and excited to receive this award! This painting was purchased by Blue Ridge Community College, and is in their student union building. 

Be sure to check out Peg’s workshops and other events on her website at http://www.pegsheridan.com/.


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.

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.

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.

Update May 16

A reminder that Central Virginia Watercolor Guild can now be found on the web at www.CVWG.art.


Club News

Cancellation of June Guild Activities

Due to the continuing spread of the coronavirus, its threat to our members who fall into the at-risk demographic, and out of an abundance of caution by our elected Board of Directors, all Guild activities for the month of June 2020 are cancelled. Our Board will continue to assess the situation through the future and we’ll update you as warranted.

Updated Guidance and Entry Criteria for Our Small Works Exhibit in September

Guild President, Linda Verhagen, has been working with the Crozet Artisan Depot gallery to adapt our Small Works Exhibit to the changed and changing business climate. Our Call for Entries page at this link has all the latest guidance. At present, we still have “room” for more artists’ works so email Linda to add yourself to this exhibit.


Our Next Featured Member Artist, Patty Richmond

A few days ago, I posted a new Featured Member Artist page celebrating the art and short biography of member Patty Richmond, Director for the Guild’s Workshops. One of Patty’s pieces is featured above. Take a few minutes to check out her page and appreciate Patty’s fine work.


I invite any member to be featured in a future page or to share any news with our members and followers. Please send an email to me if you are interested. I promise to make it as painless as possible for you.

Mark Fitzpatrick, CVWG Webmaster

Member News

Member Mary Spear sent a photo of one of her latest paintings. Check it out in our Member Gallery. As you work on your art during these unusual times, snap a photo and email it to me for posting into our Gallery.


Member Rosemary Connelly continues to bless our Guild with ideas for connecting to water media artists through their online web-based demonstrations. Professional artist Tom Lynch has another online demonstration you can view at this link. This was aired live on May 9 and should be viewable for several more weeks.

If, like Rosemary, you know about online workshops, demonstrations, museum walk-throughs, or other art-related “content”, send me an email and I’ll try to publish it so all our Guild might benefit.


Member Harold Hallock has a new email address. Our Member Directory has been updated to reflect his contact information. I apologize to those member who have joined since March as I am behind in updating our directory but will get it published “soon”.


Other News

Guild President Linda Verhagen recently sent out an email to all members regarding online classes from local Charlottesville artist Jane Skafte. Jane has two online classes– Watercolor starting May 26 and Sketching starting May 27– being offered by The Center. Registration is required and limited in number. Go to this link to read about the classes and to register.

A reminder to our members that Strathmore Artists Papers sponsors online workshops every year and have been featured in prior blog posts. Their most recent workshop on How to Draw Portraits started on May 4 but is still available to you.

Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff continues to be one of the larger online and mail order provider of water media art supplies with a diverse inventory of paints, brushes, papers, and almost anything else you might want for your art. Just today, Cheap Joe’s posted and announced an online watercolor demonstration by professional artist David R. Smith. Check out his demo at this link and while you are there, subscribe to David’s YouTube channel and bookmark the Cheap Joe’s site.