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CVWG’s Small Works Exhibition is “Up”!

Central Virginia Watercolor Guild is online at

Our Small Works Exhibition is Underway

Due to the impacts from the COVID-19 virus, our CVWG activities have been significantly curtailed this year. But, even an unseen agent cannot prevent our members from creating great art. Our host gallery is Crozet Artisan Depot and you can view them online at this link.

The Depot’s hours for the month of September have been extended so they are now open:

  • Monday– 10-5
  • Tuesday– Closed
  • Wednesday thru Saturday –10-5
  • Sunday– 12-5

The Depot is serious about the safety of its customers and exhibitors. So, wear your mask and come see the CVWG Small Works Exhibit during the month of September.

A special Thank You to member, workshop leader, and professional artist Peg Sheridan for her help in hanging our exhibit.

The gallery is located at 5791 Three Notch’d Rd. , Crozet, VA 22932. You can find them using this map.

Member News

Member and CVWG Treasurer, Brenda Hounshell reports she has several paintings featured in a dual show along with a fellow watercolorist whose works have inspired Brenda, Kristen Colebank. The exhibit is hosted by the Smith House Galleries of the Arts Council of the Valley. Says Brenda,

When I first began painting using watercolor, one of the first artists I admired locally was Kristen and I have followed her work since around 2012. 

Follow the links above to find Brenda’s Facebook album and artist talk video (be sure your speakers are not muted and volume is turned up) about the show and what it is like for her to be featured with one of her mentors and friends. While this is a virtual gallery viewable from the comfort of you home, the gallery is located at 311 South Main St in Harrisonburg, VA 22801, phone 540-801-8779,

Member Chee Ricketts tells us that she will be teaching for OLLI UVA this fall and that “…getting ready to teach a watercolor class on Zoom has been a challenge, but I’m having lots of fun preparing.” Good luck, Chee!

Email Us Your News

We are always looking for our member artists to send information about your art, your muses, mentors who inspire you, any travel painting you may be fortunate to enjoy in these strange times, etc. We are always looking for anyone who might be willing to be profiled in the next installment of our Featured Member Artist series. Email our webmaster with photos of your art.

A Note from Our President

A reminder that Central Virginia Watercolor Guild can be found on the web at our new address,

Cancellation of March Guild Meeting

I am so sorry to tell you that the CVWG Board has decided to cancel both the general meeting and the Board meeting on March 23 due to the impending threat from the coronavirus.  As you know, our membership has a large segment of older artists which puts them in the high risk category.  I also just learned that our presenter, Lyn Bolen Warren, who was to do individual critiques has developed some health issues which would have prevented her from coming on March 23.  The Church of Our Saviour where we meet has been most understanding of our situation.  The sextant has been working overtime trying to do as much sanitizing as possible for the church, but it becomes an overwhelming task to do every chair, table and surface that any of us may come in contact with.

This was a difficult decision for the Board to make, but we all feel that it is the responsible one for the health and safety of our membership.  You may find information about future events on our website and on “The Bulletin Board”, which I will send to all members this weekend.

Thank you for your understanding and stay healthy.

Linda Verhagen, CVWG President

More Offerings By and For Our Guild

We hope you remember that our new address on the web is Bookmark us and visit us often!

Something New for You…a Podcast!

Guild Member and Membership Director Rosemary Connelly found this great 21 minute podcast about finding creative ways to prioritize your art and find time during your day to paint more. This is from National Public Radio (NPR) so you can be sure of its quality. Be sure to turn up the volume on your computer/pad/phone and give it a listen!

Member News

Member Helen Gregory will be joining our team to help publish this website and to continue to introduce new online services and content. Thanks, Helen!

Members Brenda Hounshell and Chee Ricketts have been selected for participation in the 2020 Rockingham Fine Arts 6x6x30 Exhibition.

“This juried exhibition asks the accepted artists to create a 6″x 6″ piece of art each day for 30 days. The 30 finished pieces are then mounted onto a display board. The entries consist of a large range of types of art including sculpture, fabric, collage, tile work, watercolor, glass, pottery, painting and many other media.”

Rockingham Fine Arts
One of Chee RIcket’s “Central Virginia Cloudscapes” collection
One of Brenda Hounshell’s “Out on a Limb” collection.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held this Friday, March 6, from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM at VMRC, 1491 Virginia Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA. The exhibit will be on display during the month of March. Below is a map for your use.

You can view more of Brenda’ and Chee’s art on their web sites at and, respectively.

Member Peg Sheridan is staying busy by…

  • taking a week long workshop with Sterling Edwards in Florida in December;
  • working with children in Staunton’s homeless shelter, doing art projects, once or twice a month;
  • being nominated for an Award of Artisitic Merit through the Louisa Arts Center …stay tuned for results;  
  • recently teaching watercolor painting to a high school gifted and talented/Art III group;

Most recently, Peg has been juried into the Queen City Plein Air Festival, in Staunton, April 14-19. Keep an eye on that event and we’ll try to update you as it gets closer.

Peg has updated her workshop offerings through May 2020. You can find her latest offerings on her website at A reminder that Peg is the leader for our May 11 Guild Workshop, The Value of Value Sketches.

This Month’s Guild Meeting

A reminder that this month’s meeting is on March 23 when:

  • Your monthly painting “challenge” is “Wedding or Winter Wonderland”: Create art of a scene dominated by whites and shadows, the topic of this month’s CVWG one-day workshop led by Robin Poteet.
  • The program will be a critique of members’ art by Lyn Bolen Warren. With a little over 2 weeks to go, all members’ have plenty of time to get started on a new painting!

Quite a Few Guild Updates and Apologies!

Apologies to everyone for the delay in making recent updates to our website and publishing posts. I have had several family matters to attend (thank you to all my Guild friends for your kind words!). I am gradually getting “back in the saddle” so send me your latest paintings to post in our Member Gallery, volunteer to be a Featured Artist, suggest a topic, send me a link to a website tutorial that you have found helpful, or other!

Member News

While I am on the subject of apologies, we inadvertently failed to include member Joy Levick Cross from our January recognition of artists who paid tribute to Eloise Gardiner Giles. Be sure to recognize her generosity when you see her next.

Member Marcy Springett is having a showing of her art from March 6 through mid April at the In Vino Veritas Wine and Gourmet Shop.

Grape Expectations by Marcy Springett

The shop is located at

3015 Louisa Rd.
Keswick, VA 22947

A wine tasting and reception will be held at the shop on the opening day, Friday March 6, from 4:30 PM – 7:00PM . Parking is available behind building.

Member Linda Suomi Bethke is pleased to announce that several of her students have a showing of their watercolor art:

Member Adella Langham has a new painting in our Member Gallery.

Two Web Workshops by Strathmore

Strathmore Artists Papers continues its promotion of water media in 2020 with 2 new free workshops presented across the web. I, personally, have taken several of these workshop and found them to be quite helpful. You can read about the 2 workshops scheduled for 2020, how the workshops operate, how to enroll, etc. at this site.

Workshop 1, How to Draw Portraits by Justin Mass is set to start on May 4. While this is maybe a bit outside our main focus of water media, drawing is a key part of our art. Our CVWG held our own workshop in 2019 with member Bill Snow also focused on drawing.

Workshop 2, is Creative Watercoloring by Leslie Tieu is set to start on September 8. This looks to be a very good workshop that most of our members and guests should consider.

Shows and Exhibits of Interest

Firnew Farms Artist’s Circle has announced several new shows by their artists in our area.

Our January and February Programs

Hopefully, you attended one or both of our monthly meetings and enjoyed our programs. Our Meetings and Programs page has been updated with photos and short notes on those programs. We hope you can join us on March 23 for our next meeting when our program will be Member Painting Critique with Lyn Bolen Warren.

We’re Gearing Up for a Busy 2020


A reminder that our Guild’s web site can be reached at in addition to our traditional site address. Be sure to share that new address with friends, family, and colleagues and “follow” us.

An Art Tribute to Member Eloise Gardiner Giles

Marcy Springett

Members Harold Hallock, Karen Perkins, Nancy Ford, Sharon Walker, Mary Ann Wirth, and Marcy Springett with Ginny Adams, Mary Anne Steele, Linda Blake, and Fran Feigert have a tribute art show in honor of Eloise Gardiner Giles at the New Dominion Bookstore during the months of February and March. Read about the tribute art show by clicking on this link.

Member News

Member Trish Crowe was recently recognized by the Firnew Farm Artist’s Circle for helping to establish a permanent art installation for the Museum of Culpeper History. You can read about Trish’s contributions by clicking on this link.

Member Susan Crave Rosen with Karen Rosasco have a show of their art at the Louisa Arts Center. Read the gallery’s description of this show by clicking this link.

New Art by Our Members!

Take a fresh look at our Member Gallery to see images of new art by members Janie Prete and Jane Matthews.

As always, we want to see your work and it is easy to share your art by snapping a photo with your phone and sending it to our CVWG Webmaster for posting.

Upcoming Show: 2020 VMRC Juried Art Exhibition

We received notice for this year’s VMRC Juried Art Exhibition in Harrisonburg:

It is a snowy morning here in Harrisonburg but whatever the weather in your area I hope you are thinking about your entry for our 2020 exhibition. The entry deadline is March 16 and we hope to hear from you before that date. For your convenience I am attaching a copy of the prospectus and entry form!

Anne Pauley, Director

The VCRM exhibition prospectus for entering your art can be downloaded by clicking on this link. Due to the proximity to our area and importance of this exhibition to the arts scene in central Virginia, additional reminders will be communicated in coming days and weeks.

Website Updates

The following updates have been made to our website since last post:

  • The program for our May 18 meeting ha been finalized. Mary Margaret Pipkin will be our guest speaker.
  • Our 2020 Directory is now linked to our Membership page. You can download and print any portion of it as you need.
  • We continue to get members joining and/or rejoining. Our membership listing is up to date.

Happy 2020!!

It is a new year and your Guild leadership has been busy planning ahead:

A New Web Address–

Our CVWG website can now be found at We were able to take advantage of a new generation of web addresses to secure this 2nd web address that should be easier to recall and to share with others. Bookmark us and check back often!

A New Member-Artist Page Featuring Marcy Springett

Member Marcy Springett has graciously agreed to be featured as one of our Member-Artists. Her page can be found in the menu on the left side of our website or at this link.

Coming Soon– A Link to Sterling Edward’s Newsletters

We have received agreement by renowned watercolor artist Sterling Edwards to link to his newsletters. Now that year-beginning changes are settling down, we’ll soon be posting that to you.

Web Has Been Updated with New Guild Details

Our website is now updated with all the latest details for the coming 12 months with meetings, events, exhibits, programs, membership, calendar, and other details as up to date as we know. As in past years,s we’ll be keeping this site updated more frequently than we were able to do with the printed directory. Check it out and refer to it frequently.

Invitation to Follow Our Posts

As President Linda Verhagen announced in a recent email, we’ll be inviting all members to follow our posts. If you are not already a follower, look for an email from our webmaster to join us.