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CVWG Exhibition at The Center Opens Next Week!

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


CVWG Exhibit at The Center June 1 – July31

CVWG is pleased that 21 member-artists will exhibit their paintings on the upstairs gallery of the beautiful new The Center, 540 Belvedere Blvd., Charlottesville starting next week. Due to COVID, The Center is not having receptions at this time but feel free to visit The Center on 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.

Exhibiting artists include: Linda Abbey, Vivian Attermeyer, Carolyn Belt, Janice Creasy, Joy Cross, Anne Deane, Judi Ely, Mary Ann Friedman, Adella Langham, Phyllis Koch-Sheras, Donna Koutrakos, Robin Adair Kuzen, Jane Matthews, Deborah Prum, Carolyn Ratcliffe, Patricia Richmond, Chee Kludt Ricketts, Susan Crave Rosen, Dianna Scott-Auger, Julliette Swenson, and Linda Verhagen.


News from Your Board of Directors

Twelve of your Guild Directors met on Tuesday, May 25, to discuss a number of topics of interest to our Guild and our members. Some highlights:

  • In-person Meetings– The location where CVWG normally holds our in-person meetings, the Church of Our Savior on Rio Rd, remains closed due to COVID. We have no insight as to when it may reopen. Our President, Donna Koutrakos, is looking for other venues at which we might safely start meeting once again. Stay tuned for more information.
  • Painting Critique Session– A member-artist has specifically requested that we hold a painting critique where member-artists can get professional guidance and feedback. Donna is looking at The Center to see if enough members could safely meet there and will see what we might be able to arrange. Again, stay tuned.
  • Donations– The Directors approved separate donations on behalf of our members to The Virginia Watercolor Society and to the 2021 Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s Schools (SRGS) for Visual Arts being hosted at Radford University.

More Workshop Resources for You

In her ongoing series to share insights and valuable knowledge of external workshops with the Guild, member-artist Karen Schwenzer has three new ideas. As we all wait for the Guild to be able to offer local workshops, click here to check out Karen’s suggestions on our Workshops page of our website.


Member-artist Linda Verhagen sent this resource for a local plein air workshop in early July:

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. The public is invited to walk the grounds an interact with artists. Grace Church will provide a refrigerator, restrooms, water and views! Please RSVP to www.gracekeswick.org by June 18 if you intend to participate.

Grace Episcopal Church is located at 5607 Gordonsville Rd,, Keswick, VA 22947. Here is a link to their registration page.


CVWG’s Challenge! Show for May

Our May Challenge! featured the following 12 paintings from 10 member-artists at our Zoom show on Monday, May 24 all based on the chosen theme of “Raindrops“. The painting at the top of this post is “Fairy Floating in Rainbow Drops” by Phyllis Koch-Sheras and her granddaughter.

A reminder and preview that 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.


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.





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.


** Attention: New Dates for April Challenge! **

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


CVWG’s Challenge! Show

So that we can continue our monthly Challenge! Art Show, we have to pull our April Challenge! ahead by a few days to work around some conflicts. April’s Challenge! has different deadlines:

  • Images of paintings must be submitted by Monday, April 19
  • Challenge! Art Show by Zoom will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, April 22

These changes are noted, below, as well as on our Challenge! web page.

Our March Challenge! again, drew an enthusiastic response by our artist-members. We had an all-time high of 22 paintings by 20 artists depicting the theme of “Hint of Spring”. On Monday, March 22, we held our Art Show by Zoom to enjoy the paintings, hear from the artists, and engage with questions and feedback. Take a look at their creations:

The image at the top of this page was also part of our Challenge! titled “After the Shower” by member Marcy Springett.

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

  • The theme for April is “Color Mix“;
    • Get creative with all those great colors in your palette
    • Base your painting on a color you rarely use
    • Loosen up, relax, open your creative mind, and “go with it!”
  • Send a photo of your creation along with title to CVWG’s Webmaster by the entry deadline of 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 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 Exhibit at The Center– June-July

We continue to remind you that CVWG ‘s exhibition at The Center in Charlottesville 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.



Member News

It has been a slow month for receiving news from our members but we did get this one item:

 I haven’t had time to participate in the challenge because I’m in the midst of completing some new work for a show I’ll be staging in early May. I hope everyone has a good time and I look forward to in-person CVWG meetings in the not too distant future.

Bill Snow

We’ll be sure to send out news when we hear of Bill’s next project.



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.