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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.

It is April!

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


April’s Challenge! Show Deadline is This Monday, April 19

A recent email was sent to all members but we remind you that our April Challenge! is earlier than normal:

  • The theme for April is “Color Mix“;
  • Send a photo of your creation along with title to CVWG’s Webmaster by the entry deadline Monday, April 19;
  • Join the “Challenge! by Zoom” meeting at 1:00 PM on Thursday , April 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 that morning.

This earlier set of dates is only for April; we’ll return next month to our normal schedule of holding the Challenge! show at 1:00 PM on the 4th Monday of the month. CVWG’s Challenge! program is discussed further on our Challenge! web page.


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

A recent email was also sent to remind you that CVWG’s exhibit at The Center in Charlottesville is 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.


Calls for Entries

JABA Art Show

A reminder that JABA’s show entry is coming up in less than 2 weeks. Their deadline is April 23. More information, including a link on submitting your art, can be found at https://www.jabacares.org/jaba-events-calendar/2021/2/24/jabas-art-submission-volunteerism-creating-communities-of-strength.


Taubman Museum of Art Sidewalk Art Show Has Been Delayed; There is Still Time to Enter!

Sidewalk Art Show 2021

Nathan Anderson, from the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, emailed the following revised Call for Entries:

Our dates for the Sidewalk Art Show hosted by the Taubman Museum of Art has been postponed to August 21-22, 2021. The new deadline for Artist to apply is May 14, 2021

You can find out more information by visiting their site at https://www.taubmanmuseum.org/happenings/sidewalk-art-show.

Bath County Art Show

Member Janice Creasey writes that the Bath County Arts Association has announced their 2021 art show and included the following information.

The Association invites painters, photographers, sculptors and mixed media artists to participate in its 56th annual Art Show, July 17 – 25, 2021 in Hot Springs, VA. This is the largest non-juried art show in the Alleghany Highlands. Artists (18 years and older) may enter up to three works. Entry fee: $15 per item.

To register for this year’s show, and for information about commission fees, categories and entry forms, visit the BCAA website. Contact  artshow.bathcountyarts@gmail.com  with questions.

Bath County Arts Association

Member News

Member Peg Sheridan writes:

 I invite you to see this show, which opened yesterday and includes 27 of my recent paintings. The Shenandoah Valley Art Center is located at 122 S. Wayne Avenue, Waynesboro.  Their regular hours are: Tuesday through Saturday 10-4, Thursdays 10-7. For more information, see www.svacart.com.

Peg continues to offer workshops so check out her web page at www.pegsheridan.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.


Some Reminders…Some News

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

This post is (almost) all about reminders for your awareness!


March’s Challenge! Show Deadline is This Friday

A reminder 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 this Friday, March 19;
  • Join the “Challenge! by Zoom” meeting next 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 that 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.

As of this post, we only have 2 entries! Let’s get those paintings finished and submitted.

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


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

We’re also taking this opportunity to remind you that CVWG’s exhibit at The Center in Charlottesville is now (re)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.


Call for Entries: JABA Art Show

Our ever astute member Rosemary Connelly saw the notice at the top of this post from the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) about an upcoming virtual art show they are hosting. JABA’s show has an entry deadline of April 23. More information, including a link on submitting your art, can be found at https://www.jabacares.org/jaba-events-calendar/2021/2/24/jabas-art-submission-volunteerism-creating-communities-of-strength.


Member News

Member Don Whitson writes:

I  am honored to receive an Award of Merit in the 2021 Philadelphia Watercolor Society Members Exhibition. Because of Covid-19 it will be online April 1 – June 30. My thanks to Juror Carol Carter for selecting my painting.


Member Peg Sheridan writes:

I just finished teaching a Zoom watercolor class for Beverley Street Studio School. It went really well, and was fun to teach! I had students from as far away as Fairfax County and Richmond. I also taught a workshop on March 6, about using white space in watercolors, for Beverley Street Studio School. On February 3, I taught “Small Splashy Watercolors” at Shenandoah Valley Art Center in Waynesboro.

I will be Featured Artist at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center (http://www.svacart.com) in Waynesboro for the month of April. The title of the show is “Ebb and Flow”, and will feature plein air landscapes, studio pieces, and some new abstracted landscapes. We hope to have an opening, on April 10.

Peg continues to offer workshops so check out her web page at www.pegsheridan.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.

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.

A New Look for Our Guild

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


Check Out Our New Look!

Many of you might recall that the Guild formed a Publicity Committee last year to review our logo, branding, and other matters and update how our Guild presents itself to our communities. That Publicity Committee was completing its work for our printed media just as COVID-19 took over and forced restrictions.

At the end of 2020, several Directors– representing our Publicity Committee, Website, Membership, and Leadership– restarted the work to modernize our web presence. In the past few weeks, we have built a temporary test website and tested different logos, backdrops, color schemes, etc. In addition, a new streamlined use of menus on our website makes it easier to navigate, especially with mobile devices which are quickly dominating our society.

The resulting header image is shown above and is now “live” on our website. Check it our on http://www.cvwg.art.

A special Thank You! to members Bill Snow for his original art for our logo, Mary Spear for her leadership on the Publicity Committee, Linda Verhagen for her original art used as our backdrop, Rosemary Connelly for her help with redesign of the menus, Donna Koutrakos for her current leadership of the Guild, and our Board and all our members who helped in many ways!


Last Call if You Need Help Using Zoom

This is the last notice that our CVWG Webmaster, Mark Fitzpatrick, is planning to host a “CVWG Test Meeting by Zoom” where you can join, get some pointers, ask your questions, and get any tutoring you might want in using this increasingly popular “app”. This meeting will be set up in coming few days. You have to take the action to send an email to Mark 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

We are glad to see that member-artist Bill Snow is getting recognition beyond our Guild and within the neighboring communities. The Fluvanna Review newspaper published, back in mid-autumn time frame, a very nice article about Bill. You can read the article at this link. A special Thank You! to our ever-alert member Bunny Creasy for seeing this and sending us the notice.


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.