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A New Art Venue and Meetings in April & May

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


A New Art Venue in Charlottesville

The proprietress of Atlas Coffee, Mimi Fitzpatrick (yes, there is a connection to CVWG’s webmaster!), tells us she has wall space for ~9 paintings for monthly shows featuring our member-artists. Mimi has many artists wanting to show in the shop but wanted to reach out to CVWG members.

Mimi is open to single or multi-artist shows. Mimi’s asks that you not have eyelet screws projecting from the rear of the frame that might mar the walls. But, otherwise, you are free to frame, glaze, and hang as you want. She will work with you along the way.

Atlas Coffee is located in Charlottesville’s southwestern Fontaine neighborhood near the intersection of Fontaine and Jefferson Park Avenues just south of the UVA football stadium; see the website for a map and driving directions. This area of Charlottesville is heavily travelled by UVA students and their families whom are frequent customers. Email Mimi if interested.


Guild Meetings

A reminder that we are back to our monthly in-person meetings. GVWG’s Vice President and Programs Director, Karen Schwenzer, says:

I am very excited about our upcoming CVWG programs at our monthly meeting at the Church of Our Savior. My enthusiasm is shared by the guest artists coming to CVWG.

You can find details for our entire 2022 lineup on our Meetings & Programs web page.

April 25 Meeting

We welcome back water media artist Karen K. Rosasco of Waynesboro, Virginia. Karen is a juried member of the American Watercolor Society, a generous art educator, and a successful, awarded, collected, and published artist. In her current series of work, Karen is using a variety of watermedia in layers to achieve a highly textural and dynamic presentation. But don’t let all of her accolades deter you from participating in April’s program. Please bring one unfinished watermedia painting for Karen to critique.

The Challenge! topic for April is “Memories”.

May 23 Half-Day Workshop (No Meeting!)

The May 23 Meeting is special in that there will NOT be a regular CVWG meeting. Instead, artist Robin Poteet, of Salem Virginia, will lead a half-day workshop. The workshop starts at 11:00 AM and requires pre-enrollment and a special fee to help cover the Guild’s costs. Robin will start with a demonstration then transition later to table-by-table guidance and discussions.

Space for this workshop is limited and there may not be any remaining openings. That said, if you are interested in attending just the demonstration, plan to arrive by 11:00 for Robin’s demonstration exploring darks, shadows, and whites in watercolor painting.

Note, again, that we will not hold the traditional CVWG meeting in May.


Strathmore Online Workshop 2 is Starting May 2

Strathmore continues to offer free online workshops for water media arts. Their next workshop in 2022 starts on May 2 and is entitled “Joyful Watercolor – Finding Your Style” by instructor Shayda Campbell. Disclaimer: Attending a Strathmore online workshop is free but requires you to register your name and email address and you may receive their email solicitations.

Member News

Member-artist Juliette Swenson let us know that she has paintings being shown at Jefferson/Madison Regional Library’s Northside Library. If you happen to find yourself on the north side of Charlottesville around the Rio Rd corridor, stop by and view her works.


Member-artist Don Whitson emails us:

I have recently been blessed in my artistic pursuits:

I have been juried into the Virginia Watercolor Society Exhibition to be held at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center in Waynesboro. Also, I’ve been juried into the Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibition. Plus, I received notification that I won an award at the Southern Watercolor Society Exhibition.

You can catch up with Don on his website at www.donwhitson-art.com. We continue to wish the best possible success for Don and for all our CVWG artists.



Member-artist Linda Suomi Bethke writes:

Artist Nance Stamper and I are having a three-month show at Cunningham Creek Winery. We hope you can come see the show and enjoy a wonderful Virginia spring day with good wine and art!

Note that the painting at the top of this blog is one of Linda’s original watercolors.


We’d Love to Hear From You!

Drop our CVWG Webmaster an email to let everyone know what you are doing and how your artist journey is progressing.


CVWG is Sorry to Cancel Jan 24 Member Meeting

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


Cancelled– CVWG Member Meeting on January 24

As previewed in our last posting, the COVID-19 virus and its variants continue to exhibit high infection rates. Our CVWG Board of Directors, out of an abundance of caution, have decided to cancel the January 24 CVWG member meeting. CVWG President, Donna Koutrakos, notified our members in an email earlier this week.


Next Member Meeting on February 28 at 12:30 PM

The nexct member meeting will be on February 28. This is still being planned for in-person at our usual time– 12:30 pm gathering and social time followed by the meeting at 1:00 pm– and place– the Fellowship Hall behind Church of Our Savior on Rio Rd in Charlottesville. See our Meetings page for more information.

The monthly Challenge! theme is “Wind, rain, snow…all are one”. We have been fortunate to be able to reschedule member-artist Jane Skaftke, Jane will be addressing a common problem area for so many of us, Negative Painting Techniques. You can view the full year of meetings, programs, and Challenge! topics on our Meetings page.


ArtTutor.com Site May Be Shutting Down

Member and Membership Chair, Rosemary Connelly, writes:

I just got an email saying the online UK art site, Art Tutor.com, has to shut down at the end of March. That’s too bad!

A quick visit to the site doesn’t give any insight or outlook. Having visited and been a student of the site many times, I agree with Rosemary, they will be missed!


Member News

We received wonderful news from a long time friend and member, Donna Brune:

I have rejoined CVWG. I have enjoyed the newsletters and decided I missed being a member. Living in Northern Va, I won’t be able to attend many meetings but I hope to come to a few when the days get longer.

If anyone cares to see what I have been doing in the past few years, here is a link to my page on the Rappahannock fall art tour. https://fallarttour.org/studios/donna-brune/. This tour is held each year on the first weekend in Nov., usually. Each artist submits a dozen images of their work to go on their page of the website. All of the paintings shown on my page were completed in 2021.

The tour in 2021 was very successful for most artists. Quite a lot of art was sold throughout the 2 days of the tour. People were so happy to get out in the country and we had a large attendance both days.

Given our recent heavy snows and cold weather, Donna’s painting on her website, entitled “Afternoon Delight“, shown at the top of this post, seemed like a good omen to share.


Apologies to member-artist Jane Matthews for getting the following news out later than we’d hoped:

Several of my paintings will be hanging in the Northside Library for the month of January.

We still have the final week of January to swing by that branch, located on Rio Rd just to the west of US Rt2 29 north of Charlottesville.


It has been awhile since we heard from member-artist Susan Crave Rosen but she seems to have kept busy and sends the following:

I am teaching a two day workshop at Beverley Street Studio School in March on the 26th and 27th. It will be an introduction to Gel Plate Printing, which I use to make collage papers for my mixed media work. I am team teaching with Chris Watts who is a painter and printmaker and uses the gel plate to work towards finished monoprints. Go to the website www.bssschool.org to see a full description of the workshop.


We’d Love to Hear From You!

Drop our CVWG Webmaster an email to let everyone know what you are doing and how your artist journey is progressing.


CVWG Ramping Up in 2022!

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


As we enter mid-January, the Omicron variant of COVID is spreading fast and furious. Your CVWG Board is continuing to monitor Department of Health advisories. At the moment, we intend to offer our monthly meetings and programs at in-person meetings. We will advise our members by email if we need to re-plan any event.


A Correction– Revised Dates for Workshops by Juliette Swenson

Back in a post in November, we cited an incorrect date for the next workshop by member-artist Juliette Swenson. That post should have read:

I am pleased to offer watercolor painting classes lasting a few weeks. These will specialize in animals and flowers. I have taught for some years now and have a large open room in which to teach in Staunton. My next series of classes starts on February 17 and run until March 10 on Thursday evenings from 5-7pm. Take just one class or all.

See Juliette’s website at www.julietteswenson.com for information about her classes. You can email her at artbyjuliette950@gmail.com.


Member Meeting on January 24 at 12:30 PM

Our first member meeting of the year will be on January 24. This is still being planned for in-person at our usual time– 12:30 pm gathering and social time followed by the meeting at 1:00 pm– and place– the Fellowship Hall behind Church of Our Savior on Rio Rd in Charlottesville. See our Meetings page for more information.

The monthly Challenge! theme is A Portrait and the program will feature member-artist Jane Skaftke addressing a common problem area for so many of us, Negative Painting Techniques. You can view the full year of meetings, programs, and Challenge! topics on our Meetings page.


“Let’s Get Back Painting!” with Peg Sheridan

Professional artist and CVWG member, Peg Sheridan, has let us know that it is time to break out of the deep winter blues and re-discover our muse.

Let’s start the new year by getting back into watercolor painting! I am offering new classes. Details are on my website for opportunities to learn more about watercolor painting.

Peg Sheridan

Our Web Pages Have Been Updated

Our webmaster has been busy updating our various pages. Please take a few minutes and “surf” our pages to see what you might find. Of special note:

Let us know if you don’t see something you want and our webmaster will see what he can do to bring it to the benefit of our Guild.


We’d Love to Hear From You!

Drop our CVWG Webmaster an email to let everyone know what you are doing and how your artist journey is progressing.


With Thanks!

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


Westminster Canterbury Exhibit Until Dec 31

The CVWG water media exhibit at Westminster Canterbury will be hung on December 1 through 31. CVWG is represented by thirty member-artist paintings. Due to COVID protocols in place at this care facility, opportunities to view our show are limited. Your one and only opportunity to view our show will be on December 2 when member-artist Chee Ricketts is set to give a live demonstration.

Chee Rickett’s Demonstration at Westminster Canterbury

Fortunately for CVWG, member-artist Chee Ricketts has been chosen to present a live demonstration at Westminster Canterbury toward the beginning of our exhibit on December 2 at 2:30 PM. CVWG members will be allowed to attend. You must wear a mask when on the property. Drive up to the gatehouse where the guard will take your temperature, ask the usual COVID-19 questions, provide directions to get to the Gallery Walk and the Rotunda Room. The map, below, might help guide you.

I encourage you to come, not only because Chee is a wonderful teacher, but also it may be the only time you will be able to view the entire show. For those of you who are new to the guild, Chee is a past president, past annual show chair, past newsletter chair, and has given workshops to CVWG. We are very grateful and proud to have her volunteer to represent us at WCBR. Hope you can make it on Dec. 2.

Linda Verhagen, CVWG’s Exhibit Chair

Beverley Street Studio’s “30 Artists x 30 Days”

Member-Artist Susan Rosen sends in a timely notice about the “30 Artist x 30 Days” fundraiser for the Beverley Street Studio School in Staunton. Says Susan,

For a $30 donation you will receive an email each day for 30 days with an essay from an artist about a piece of art that has inspired them. An image of that art and an image of their own work will be included. I am happy to be one of the 30 artists this year! I will be writing about Richard Diebenkorn, a 20th century painter from the California Figurative School. These subscriptions are a great gift idea for your friends and family who appreciate art…… buy one for yourself too!

Go to Beverley Street Studio’s website (www.bssschool.org) to purchase and donate.


Courthouse Exhibit Through June 2022

Many thanks to our Courthouse Team for facilitating the installation of our new and long awaited exhibit at the Albemarle County Courthouse! CVWG’s exhibit will be available for the public to view thru June 2022. We’re very grateful to the twelve artists who participated in the show exhibiting16 beautiful paintings.

So, come down to the Albemarle County Courthouse at 501 Jefferson St in Charlottesville and check out our lovely exhibit. Each painting is labeled and sales may be made by contacting the artist direct.

Carolyn Ratcliffe, CVWG’s Courthouse Committee Chair

Membership for 2022

Our Membership Chair, Rosemary Connelly emails:

The 2022 annual dues will be $25.00 for a single membership and $30 for a family of two, minimum age 18. Make checks payable to CVWG and send with our membership form at this link to:

Robin Kuzen, CVWG Treasurer, 848 St. Charles Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22902

If your contact information changes during the year, please notify Rosemary Connelly. Changes in email addresses are particularly important as emails are the principal way for officers and other members to contact you.


Let Us Hear From You!

Drop our CVWG Webmaster an email to let everyone know what you are doing and how your artist journey is progressing.

Giving Thanks While Hoping for a Brighter Future!

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


As we enter late autumn of 2021, we give thanks for all the blessings and grace in our lives. We rejoice that our Guild has adapted to the year’s special challenges and recognize our leaders for their works on our behalf.


Final Member Meeting of 2021– Oct 25

Our Guild held its final member meeting of 2021 on Monday, October 25 with a full program of refreshments, social time, a short business meeting, the Challenge! show, and a program. Our guest artist leading our program was Eleanor Cox. You can read about Eleanor in our last post and see her art on her website, https://eleanorcox.com/.

While, in “normal” years, we would enjoy a pot luck luncheon, the CVWG Board decided that posed too much of a health risk for our members so that event is not planned. Our next in-person meeting will be January 24, 2022. Look for more details in the coming weeks.


Membership for 2022

Our Membership Chair, Rosemary Connelly emails:

Starting in 2022, annual dues will be $25.00 for a single membership and $30 for a family of two, minimum age 18. Make checks payable to CVWG and send with our membership form at this link to:

Robin Kuzen, CVWG Treasurer, 848 St. Charles Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22902

If your contact information changes during the year, please notify Rosemary Connelly. Changes in email addresses are particularly important as emails are the principal way for officers and other members to contact you.


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.



Member News

Member-Artist, Susan Rosen, emailed the following announcement:



Member-Artist Juliette Swenson emails:

I am pleased to offer watercolor painting classes lasting 2-5 weeks. These will specialize in animals and flowers. I have taught for some years now and have a large open room in which to teach in Staunton. My next series of classes starts in April 2022 on Thursday evenings from 4.30-7pm.

See Juliette’s website at www.julietteswenson.com for information about her classes.


We’d Love to Hear From You!

Drop our CVWG Webmaster an email to let everyone know what you are doing and how your artist journey is progressing.

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.