Category Archives: Resources for Members

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.


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.


We Welcome a New Director to Our Board

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


(Re-)Introducing Karen Schwenzer, Our Newest Board Member

Central Virginia Watercolor Guild President, Donna Koutrakos, recently announced that member Karen Schwenzer will be joining our Board to help bring awareness and visibility to a wider range of water media workshops.

Karen Schwenzer

Karen writes:

Dear CVWG Members,

I have volunteered to be the workshop coordinator for the guild.  I will not be organizing de novo workshops, but providing information about workshop opportunities elsewhere.  My intention is not to keep a list of all possible workshops, but to share my and other’s experience. If you have had a particularly rewarding experience (or a particularly bad one) with a workshop company or workshop artist, please share the details with me.

Many members have experience with workshops, attending and teaching. But even the most experienced artist may benefit from new venues and new techniques. I love attending workshops, whether near or far.

My last in-person workshop was to Maine [see photo at the top of this post] in September 2019 (pre-pandemic). It was organized by Beverly Street Studio School in Staunton. The leaders were our very own Peg Sheridan and eco-historian/artist Betty Gatewood.  A great small group of artists, generous and knowledgeable leaders, and a dramatic venue made this a wonderful workshop.  BSSS had been running workshops, even international ones, over the years. For the Winter of 2021 BSSS is advertising two workshops, one in person and one virtual, as well as classes. Check out their website www.bssschool.org for details.

So, as we get this pandemic behind us and more people get vaccinated, many of you will want to travel and work on your art. So, feel free to contact Karen for ideas!


Reminder: Only 1 Week Until Challenge! Paintings are Due

A reminder that our February Challenge! Art Show by Zoom is coming up on Monday, February 22 at 1:00 PM. All entries must be submitted to our CVWG Webmaster by next Friday, February 19. Our theme this month is “Faith…what does it look like?“.

In January, we had a great restart of our Challenge! program with 18 member-artists showing 19 paintings and 30 members joining in on our Art Show by Zoom. As of this posting, fewer paintings have been submitted than last month so let’s get busy, finish those paintings, and get them submitted.

All members will be sent an email by 11:00 AM the morning of each month’s show (February 22) providing the web link to join our Zoom Art Show. Friends and Followers of CVWG, please feel free to join in as well— contribute a painting or just join the show, up to you– but you need to send a specific request to our CVWG Webmaster to be included and be sent the invitation and Zoom link.

If you need a refresher about our Challenge! program, please visit our dedicated page at https://cvwg.art/challenge/.


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 did not receive a single piece of member news since our last posting. I know that mid-winter is depressing and, between the weather and this COVID nonsense, we are not able to to as much. Still, I know that many of you are working on your art.

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.


January Challenge Was a Huge Success!!

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


A Great First Challenge! of 2021!

CVWG had a fantastic (re)start of our Challenge! program. Nineteen (19) paintings from 18 member-artists were submitted on subjects ranging from figure studies, landscapes, still life studies, and fantasy related to our theme, “A New Year for All”. The image at the top of this page was also part of our Challenge! titled “Celebration” by member Jane Matthews.

Please spend a few minutes to step through a slide show, below, to see what your fellow Guild members accomplished!

On Monday, January 25, at least 29 Guild members joined in on a virtual “CVWG Art Show on Zoom” of these paintings. Each artist was allowed 1-3 minutes to talk about their painting, their muse(s), their approach, the paints and media they used, and any other topic of their choosing.

Thank you all for the great meeting yesterday. The art work was creative and fun to see. Glad we were able to see some of the members and know we are doing well. Look forward to the next one!

Mary Ann Friedman

The Zoom online video conferencing app somewhat hampered a free discussion but we are working to improve for February. Please plan to join us for the February Challenge! Art Show by Zoom:

  • February’s theme is “Faith“;
    • What does it mean to you?
    • Not (necessarily) religion or religious;
    • Think about all the ways you have faith…families, loved ones, etc.
  • Send a photo of your creation along with title to CVWG’s Webmaster by the entry deadline of Friday, February 19;
  • Join the “Challenge! by Zoom” meeting on Monday, February 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 Monday 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.

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


Do You Need Help Using Zoom?

Some of our Guild members had difficulties in joining our Zoom meeting, issues with audio, and other matters that (we hope) should be easy to fix. Our CVWG Webmaster (and resident techno-geek) is planning one (or maybe more depending on number of interested members) a “CVWG Test Meeting by Zoom” where you can join, get some pointers, ask your questions, and get any tutoring you might want. This meeting will be set up for early February. You have to take the action to send an email to our CVWG Webmaster 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

Member Susan Rosen sends the following information about a free workshop:

There is a free workshop with an artist I have studied with for three years.  He is generous and a great teacher and people who study with him advance so much in their art practice.  I have taken his extended 12-week course twice and will take it again this year. The free workshop begins on February 15.  The link below will get you there!
https://share.tellafrienda2l.com/a/a2lworkshop2021/Secbud821


Member Chee Ricketts emailed the following news:

After a long absence from teaching, I began working with adults again last fall through OLLI. Due to concerns about the virus, the class was taught online on Zoom. I hauled all of my equipment from my Greene County studio to the OLLI conference room in Charlottesville and taught there with the technical support  of the two amazing OLLI staff members, Tay Strauss and Steve Bevins.

When the class concluded, several of my students asked me to continue with online teaching. As a result, I have set up a space in my home studio and it seems to be working well. My eight watercolor students are incredibly good-natured and patient with me as I navigate between PowerPoint, screen sharing, and my webcam.  I’ve attached a photograph of my space, complete with my faithful studio cat, Harvey, who insists that my chair is HIS


Strathmore Online Workshops Return for 2021

Strathmore, known for their artists papers, is again offering a series of 4 free online workshops this year. The workshops cover a range of topics– watercolor and gouache, mixed media, drawing, and oil painting– so we hope you might find one or two of interest. Follow this web link to their workshops page: https://www.strathmoreartiststudio.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.

Less Than 1 Week Until Challenge! Returns!

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


Challenge! Deadline Is This Friday, Jan 22

One final reminder that your Guild is (re)starting our monthly Challenge! and there is less than a week to get your painting entered. You can read about this activity on our Challenge!2021 webpage including the monthly themes, entry deadlines, and Zoom Meeting dates. Again, a special Thank You to two longtime CVWG members and directors Bunny Creasy and Carolyn Belt, the Challenge! for leading this.

We remind you:

  • January’s theme is “New Year for All“;
  • Send a photo of your creation along with title to CVWG’s Webmaster by the entry deadline this Friday, January 22;
  • We will hold a “Challenge! by Zoom” meeting next Monday, January 25 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 Monday 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.

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

Member Karen Schwenzer emails:

For many years I’ve been doing travel journals   And I did one for the only trip I took in 2020 -February in Zanzibar and the Seychelles. I then started a series of sketch books and watercolor journals for the entire year. I always had one or both with me. I attach a selection of what I’ve been doing in my isolation. 

The image at the top of this post is also Karen’s.


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.