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Back to In-Person Meetings, Calls for Artists, and More!

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


Guild Member Meetings

Our Guild resumed our monthly meetings on Monday, September 27 with a full program of refreshments, social time, a short business meeting, the Challenge! show, and a program. The photo at the top of this post shows many of the members in attendance.

Twenty-nine (29) of our members and guests attended. Here are a few photos of the meeting, the 7 member-artists who met the monthly painting Challenge! interpreting the theme of “Quiet Valley“, and the program by Patricia WIlliams entitled “Stop Hating Critique and Learn to Love Your Failures“.

The next CVWG meeting is October 25:

  • President Donna Koutrakos has called a meeting of the Board of Directors for 10:45 AM;
  • Members and guests should arrive at 12:30 PM for refreshments and social time;
  • The business meeting will begin promptly at 1:00 PM and is expected to end by 3:00 PM.

The Challenge! theme for October is “Favorite Book” and our featured program artist is Eleanor Cox who will demonstrate her painting of Virginia landscapes. Our Meetings and Programs web page has been updated and provides a map to aid you in finding us.

Featured Artist Eleanor Cox

Eleanor Cox is our special guest-artist leading our program at our meeting on October 25 (se above).

Eleanor specializes in watercolors that feature color and light in the landscape and garden. Her work focuses on Virginia but she has traveled abroad annually for 30 years to paint en plein air in England, Ireland, France, and Italy. Holding a BFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she has won many local and regional awards including honors from the Southern Watercolor Society, the Baltimore Watercolor Society, the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, and the Virginia Watercolor Society, all of which she is an artist member. Her work is in many private and corporate collections, including Forbes Magazine, Wachovia Bank, Philip Morris Corporation, CSX, Capital One, First Union Bank, and James River Corporation.

Says Eleanor,

I paint for the joy of painting. It is a natural way to express my ideas, impressions and reactions to nature, color and mood. Using landscape, the garden and still life, I am able to paint my responses in a way that expresses my sheer excitement of putting the brush to paper with watercolor paint, making marks, creating edges, washes and using brilliant color. Local regional scenes as well as traveling abroad give me endless opportunity to paint en plein air and in my studio. Gardening, cooking and teaching are passions I share with my brush.

Eleanor can be contacted through her email, eleanorscox@gmail.com. Her website is www.eleanorcox.com.


Call for Artists– A CVWG Exhibition at Westminster Canterbury in Charlottesville

Member and Past President, Linda Verhagen, is leading the Guild’s exhibition at the Westminster Canterbury village. Linda, in a recent email to all members, says:

CVWG will be having an exhibit at Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge Dec. 1 -31 this year. There are still spaces available for a painting from you. Please open the attachment to read all the needed rules to follow in order to enter. If you have any questions, please contact me at linda@cyrusfirst.com .

Open and download Linda’s information at the following link.


The Guild’s Courthouse Exhibit is Changing…A Call for Artists

CVWG’s current exhibit at the Albemarle County Courthouse has been on continuous display since January 2020 as COVID and courthouse protocols have prevented our committee from making changes. But that is changing!

A new set of paintings will be put on exhibition on November 15. All members are encouranged to enter a water media painting in this exhibit. Our Activities page has been updated with the details so be certain to look there for guidance including framing, hanging, labeling, and drop off. Please contact Carolyn Ratcliffe if needed.


Member News

Member-artist John Hancock emails great news:

My Fall has already been busier than usual, especially with classes and sending out pieces of my work to several exhibitions around the country. I was especially pleased to be invited to be in a group exhibition at the Alexandria Art Museum (Louisiana) and in the 2021 Rocky Mountain National Watermedia show. Here is a link to the catalog of the RMNW exhibition. Aside from my solo exhibition back in February, those two were certainly among the most exciting of my several exhibitions around the country so far this year.


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.



Guild Opportunities and Programs are Expanding!

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


With our communities having better success at managing around the COVID challenges, Central Virginia Water Color Guild (CVWG) members have an expanding set of opportunities to engage with your art!


A Final Reminder– Guild Meeting on September 27

As Donna Koutrakos, our Guild President said in a recent email to all members,

I am so excited to tell you that we will hold our first in-person meeting in over a year on Monday September 27th at The Church of Our Savior, 1165 Rio Road East, Charlottesville, VA with refreshments at 12:30 pm and Meeting at 1:00 pm. Due to Covid 19 variant status, masks will be required and must be worn at the meeting.

Set the date on your calendars and plan to join your fellow member-artists then. As a reminder, here’s a map to help guide you there.



After a break last month, our Challenge! paintings show resumes this coming Monday at our in-person meeting. The theme is “Quiet Valley…Real or Imaginary“.

As you should recall, our monthly meeting always includes a “program” related to water media. This month’s program is a member-painting Critique by Patricia Williams entitled “Stop Hating Critique and Learn to Love Your Failures”. Members who wish to participate should bring no more than 2 unframed original paintings. Patricia will offer an independent eye and provide verbal feedback.  Yes, you can use one of your monthly Challenge! paintings as long as it is not in a frame. Since we will not know how many members or paintings will be entered, please do not bring more than 2


Call for Artists– “Paint the Towne Greene” Plein Air Event in Stanardsville, VA on Oct 2

Member Chee Kludt Ricketts let us know of the Call for Artists and Visitors for the 2021 “Paint the Towne Greene” Plein Air event in Stanardsville, VA on October 2. The deadline for registering is this Saturday, September 25. You can read about it by clicking on that link or clicking here to view, download, and/or print the detailed instructions and form.


The Guild’s Courthouse Exhibit is Changing…A Call for Artists

CVWG’s current exhibit at the Albemarle County Courthouse has been on continuous display since January 2020 as COVID and courthouse protocols have prevented our committee from making changes. But that is changing!

A new set of paintings will be put on exhibition on November 15. All members are encouranged to enter a water media painting in this exhibit. Our Activities page has been updated with the details so be certain to look there for guidance including framing, hanging, labeling, and drop off. The Committee will provide guidance at our meeting on September 27 and you can contact Carolyn Ratcliffe if needed.


Abstract Watercolor & Design– A Class by Jane Skafte

Member and professional artist Jane Skafte is offering a new class in abstract watercolor painting. Says Jane,

I am offering a 4-week in person class in abstract watercolor design and painting. This class will help you loosen-up your painting style to be more expressive. I will teach you how to do work with abstract design principles, realizing there should be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is primarily for those who use watercolor, but gouache, water-based color pencils, and mixed media are welcome. Age of students: Teen to adult.

The painting at the top of this post is by Jane as an example of what she will be teaching.

Dates & Time: Wednesdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27 from 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Cost: $160 to Register
Location: McGuffey Art Center Starnes Classroom 201 2nd Street NW, Charlottesville, VA
More Information: Jane Skafte (janeellen.skafte@gmail.com)

Website: https://www.janeskafte.com/product-page/abstract-watercolor-and-design-workshop

BozART Collective Exhibition at The Center at Belvedere

Member Juliette Swenson sent us notice of an exhibition by the BozART Fine Art Collective at The Center at Belvedere in Charlottesville. The exhibition, entitled “A New Rhythm” will run from October 1 through the end of 2021. The Center is located at 540 Belvedere Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22901. You can read all about it in the following announcement.


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 Special Offer for the First 3 CVWG Respondents!

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A Special Offer from Member John Hancock

CVWG member and professional artist, John Hancock, is announcing a new set of online watercolor lessons and has a special offer for fellow CVWG members. Says John,

This summer I’ve been working a lot in the studio, sketching a good bit, and even getting into several exhibitions around the country. But perhaps of real interest to CVWG members, I have been working on some new live online Watercolor classes. I’m gotten some post beginner classes ready to start this fall and I wanted to introduce them by giving away a free registration to three CVWG members.

Read about John’s classes, the special offer, and how to respond in the following announcement prepared by John. These “slots” will fill up fast so do not delay!


Another Reminder: In-Person Guild Meetings are Restarting on September 27

As Donna Koutrakos, our Guild President said in a recent email to all members,

I am so excited to tell you that we will hold our first in-person meeting in over a year on Monday September 27th at The Church of Our Savior, 1165 Rio Road East, Charlottesville, VA with refreshments at 12:30 pm and Meeting at 1:00 pm. Due to Covid 19 variant status, masks will be required and must be worn at the meeting.

Set the date on your calendars and plan to join your fellow member-artists then. As a reminder, here’s a map to help guide you there.



The September Painting Challenge! Will Resume at Monthly Meeting

Our Challenge! paintings will resume at our in-person meeting in September (see above). The September Challenge!:

  • The theme is “Quiet Valley…Real or Imaginary“;
  • Bring your creation to the meeting on Monday, September 27;
  • Your CVWG Directors for the Challenge! program, Janice Creasy and Carolyn Belt, will be your hosts;
  • Guild members, friends, followers, and guests are welcome to attend and show your painting(s).

September Meeting Program

As you should recall, our monthly meeting always includes a “program” related to water media. This month’s program is a member-painting Critique by Patricia Williams entitled “Stop Hating Critique and Learn to Love Your Failures”.

Members who wish to participate should bring no more than 2 unframed original paintings. Patricia will offer an independent eye and provide verbal feedback.  Yes, you can use one of your monthly Challenge! paintings as long as it is not in a frame. Since we will not know how many members or paintings will be entered, please do not bring more than 2. 

So, go through those in-progress paintings and bring them along so you can benefit from Patricia’s expertise. It will depend on the number of paintings submitted but we expect Patricia to be able to give 3-5 minutes to each.


Call for Artists– “Paint the Towne Greene” Plein Air Event in Stanardsville, VA on Oct 2

Member Chee Kludt Ricketts let us know of the Call for Artists and Visitors for the 2021 “Paint the Towne Greene” Plein Air event in Stanardsville, VA on October 2. You can read about it by clicking on that link or clicking here to view, download, and/or print the detailed instructions and form.


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.


Set The Date: September 27 for CVWG Restarting Meetings

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


Your Central Virginia Watercolor Guild Board of Directors have decided to resume our monthly in-person meetings starting on September 27 at 1:00 PM. Set the date on your calendars and plan to join your fellow member-artists then. As a reminder, we meet in the Fellowship Hall toward the rear of the Church of Our Savior at 1165 Rio Rd E, Charlottesville, VA 22901. Here’s a map to help guide and remind you.



CVWG’s Final Challenge! Show by Zoom

CVWG concluded our art shows by Zoom with our July Challenge! Despite all the conflicting activities, members resuming travels, and other conflicts, CGWG received 6 paintings from 5 member-artists. The theme for July was “Sun Shine“. The painting at the top of this post, “Sunlight Reflections on My Piano” by Paula Eliasek, and the following paintings were shown.

Challenge! Paintings Will Resume at Monthly Meeting

A reminder that we will not hold a Challenge! in August and will feature our Challenge! paintings at our in-person meetings in September. The September Challenge! is:

  • The theme is “Quiet Valley…Real or Imaginary“;
  • Bring your creation to the meeting at 1:00 PM on Monday, September 27;
  • Your CVWG Directors for the Challenge! program, Janice Creasy and Carolyn Belt, will be your hosts;
  • Guild members, friends, followers, and guests are welcome to attend and show your painting(s).

Call for Artists– Louisa Arts Center’s “Dream a Little Dream” Exhibition

The Louisa Arts Center Gallery Committee sent the following:

The Gallery committee at the Louisa Arts Center is excited to announce that in September 2021 we will have our first show since 2019.  The Theme is Dream a Little Dream

Details of the show and an entry form are provided in the following pamphlet.

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 Exhibition Ending Soon!

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


Guild Meetings are Resuming in September 2021

After careful consideration, your Central Virginia Watercolor Guild Board of Directors have decided to resume our monthly in-person meetings starting on September 27 at 1:00 PM. Set the date on your calendars and plan to join your fellow member-artists then.


CVWG Exhibit at The Center Ends on July30

Our exhibition at The Center continues until July 30.  Congratulations to Patty Richmond who sold a painting in June.  Please come and bring a friend to see our member show on the second floor and also to view the paintings of nationally acclaimed artist, Fred Nichols, on the first floor.  The Center hours are M-F 8:30 to 4:00.   You can also plan to enjoy refreshments and lunch at Greenberry’s until 2:00 each day.


CVWG’s Challenge! Show in June

Our June Challenge! featured the following 14 paintings from 13 member-artists at our “show”. June’s theme was “Birds of a Feather“. The painting at the top of this post, “Harbinger of Winter” by Adella Langham, was also a painting in the show.

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

  • The theme is “Sun Shine“;
  • Send a photo of your creation along with title to CVWG’s Webmaster by the entry deadline of Friday, July 23;
  • Join the “Challenge! by Zoom” meeting at 1:00 PM on Monday, July 26 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.

Challenge! Shows are Changing!

Our CVWG Challenge! shows are adapting to our changing lives:

  • As indicated above, the July show will be by Zoom at 1:00 PM on Monday, July 26. This will be the final Challenge! by Zoom.
  • There will not be a Challenge! in August due to conflicts with schedules and availability of key people to host.
  • Our Challenge! shows will resume at our monthly in-person Guild meetings starting September 27. Your Challenge! committee leaders, Bunny Creasy and Carolyn Belt, will host.

Matting and Framing Your Art for Exhibitions

Member-artist Linda Verhagen has written some useful guidelines for preparing your art to hang in exhibitions. You can read her guidelines or download them for future reference by clicking on this link.


Call for Entries– Art Guild of Greene

The Art Guild of Greene (County) has issued a Call for Entries to its annual Paint the Towne Green Plein Air Event scheduled for this October 2. The deadline for entry is September 25 following the guidelines set on the website linked above.

Member News

Member Chee Ricketts sent in the following news about another Guild member:

Member-artist Brenda Hounshell recently received the BEST IN SHOW award at the Virginia Watercolor Society’s Annual Juried Exhibition that is currently on display at the Arts and Culture Center in Portsmouth, VA.  This prestigious award comes with a $1500 check, but more importantly it signifies the exceptional quality of Brenda’s work. 

Nationally acclaimed juror Linda Baker selected 89 paintings by Virginia artists from nearly 500 submitted.   Other CVWG members whose paintings were accepted into the show are VWS Signature members Karen Anderson Schwartz, Trish CroweDon Whitson, and Chee Ricketts.  The show will be on display until mid- September, although all selected images are posted on line and can be accessed by going to the VWS website: www.virginiawatercolorsociety.org and selecting the 2021 Exhibition. 

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.


Quick Action Needed: Women in Watercolor Juried Show

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Women In Watercolor Juried Exhibition

Member-artist Juliette Swenson sent in a notice about the Call for Entries for this exhibition. Your urgent action is needed as the call expires next week, June 8. Here’s link to their website and to get more information and another link to download the Prospectus. Juliette has entered and is certain to be willing to help any other CVWG member if you need assistance.

CVWG Exhibit at The Center is Open for Visits

Member-artist Carol Greene sent a report about the opening of CVWG’s two month exhibition at Charlottesville’s The Center.

It was a good day at The Center and all member-artists, but one, who signed up to display dropped off their paintings. Linda Abbey, Linda Verhagan, and Carolyn Ratcliffe were the Guild’s team for hanging the paintings while Windy Payne and I were there to accept and check over each painting to be sure that all the requirements were met. I stayed for the duration to take photos and assist where I could.

The hanging system that The Center has is great but it was somewhat temperamental on some of the paintings, especially the ones that they double hung, and one small, light weight painting just refused to hang straight. In the end, we all just had to laugh and shake our heads over it. Carolyn went behind each hung painting to coil up the ends of the wires and carefully tape them to the backs of the paintings, as well as, helping with getting the labels attached. It was quite a major process and very time consuming.

This was my first time seeing this so I was very impressed and learned a great deal. Kudos to all these ladies for their professionalism, skills and dedication to the CVWG. But we also kept our sense of humor and enjoyed working together.

Carol Greene

The Center is located at 540 Belvedere Blvd. in Charlottesville. Due to COVID, The Center is not having a reception is time but feel free to visit weekdays, 8:30-4:00 during June and July.

Exhibiting in the downstairs gallery at the same time is the well – known Virginia artist, Fred Nichols. Bring a friend to see the art and have lunch or refreshments at the Greenberry’s inside the lobby. Masks are only required for those who have not been vaccinated.


Fluvanna Arts Assn Show at Louisa Arts Center

Member-artist Janice Creasy sent notice that the Louisa Arts Center’s Purcell Art Gallery is hosting a show by the Fluvanna Art Association. At least two of CVWG’s member-artists, Bill Snow and Windy Payne, have works in this exhibition.

The Louisa Arts Center is located at 212 Fredericksburg Avenue in Louisa, VA. The Purcell Gallery is open on Tuesdays through Fridays from 12pm – 2pm and admission is free to the public.


Reminders

Plein Air Arts Day at Grace Episcopal Church in Keswick

Grace Episcopal Church in Keswick will have a morning of plein air painting, sketching and photography on July 3 from 9am-1pm. Artists of all level are invited to come and bring whatever you need including a picnic lunch. Here is a link to their registration page. The public is invited to walk the grounds an interact with artists. Grace Church will provide a refrigerator, restrooms, water and views! Please RSVP using the registration link, above, by June 18 if you intend to participate.

Grace Episcopal Church is located at 5607 Gordonsville Rd,, Keswick, VA 22947.


CVWG’s Challenge! Show for June

Our June Challenge! is scheduled:

  • The theme is “Birds of a Feather“;
  • Send a photo of your creation along with title to CVWG’s Webmaster by the entry deadline of Friday, June 25;
  • Join the “Challenge! by Zoom” meeting at 1:00 PM on Monday, June 28 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.