Challenge! Returns…Let’s Get Painting!

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


You are Challenge!‘d

With the leadership of longtime CVWG members and directors Bunny Creasy and Carolyn Belt, the Challenge! portion of our monthly meetings is returning in a safe, virtual manner! In short,

  • Artists are invited to paint an original work aligned to a different theme each month;
  • Simply take a photo of your painting and email it to our CVWG Webmaster;
  • Attend a Zoom video conference meeting to discuss your work and to see what your fellow artists have created.
  • Details– including specifics, monthly themes, and dates– are provided on our dedicated webpage at www.cvwg.art/challenge/.

We are planning to hold the Challenge! meetings by Zoom on the same day and time as our monthly meetings would normally fall, the 4th Monday of the month at 1:00 PM. We are asking that you submit your paintings by the Friday before so we can get the images loaded on the web page and get ready for the meeting.

  • In January, our meeting will be 1:00 PM on Monday, January 25
  • Photos of your work are due on Friday, January 22

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.

Good Riddance, 2020! Welcome 2021!

A reminder that Central Virginia Watercolor Guild is found on the web at CVWG.art.


A Message from Our 2021 Guild President

2020 has been a crazy difficult year that I am looking forward to putting behind us. But it does give us the opportunity to count our blessings and show appreciation to all those who helped make it happen.

Thanks to all of our members for hanging in there, to all our Board members for their work this year, for Mark for helping us with our meetings on Zoom, and I would also like to take this opportunity to thank President Linda Verhagen for the fantastic job she did leading us through the last 2 years.

So as we bid 2020 a farewell I wish everyone a safe and happy Holiday Season and here’s to a prosperous and healthy 2021!

Donna Koutrakos

Early Results of Our Survey

We have closed the Survey Monkey poll that we started just before Thanksgiving. In the four weeks it was open, we had 49 respondents sharing their views and perspectives. The full results are being reviewed by our Board of Directors to influence what programs and offerings we attempt this coming year. Some key findings that your responses are providing our Directors:

  • Only 12 responders would consider attending Guild meetings in a face-to-face environment;
  • Online exhibition(s) and monthly Challenge(s) are a popular idea supported by about 70% of respondents…read on!
  • Of various online meeting apps, our responders were familiar with more than 8 different ones with Zoom being the single most familiar tool.

Our Board will meet again in early January 2021 so look for more feedback as we enter the new year. Thanks, again, to all our responders as this really helps our Board understand your ideas, perspectives, and desires for our Guild!


Early Call for Artists– A 2021 CVWG Exhibit

Central Virginia Watercolor Guild has been accepted to provide an exhibition of our members’ art at The Center in Charlottesville. The exhibit will run for approximately two months starting May 3 until June 30. This exhibit is open to all members and there is room for 42-48 paintings depending on the size. Details and the submittal timeline for this exhibit will be forthcoming in early 2021 but matting, framing, and identification marking will be similar to our non-juried Courthouse shows. A new web page has been added to this site to share information and guidance at this link: https://cvwg.art/2021-exhibit-at-the-center/.


Our Monthly Challenge is Returning by Zoom!

Given your responses on our survey, a couple of Directors and Volunteers are in early planning to resume our monthly Challenge paintings. Look for details in January but here is an overview:

  • We will hold our Challenge “meetings” by Zoom at our regular monthly meeting day and time, the 4th Monday of every month at 1:00 PM.
  • We’ll post the monthly Challenge themes on our web site and via this blog;
  • Artists are free to paint anything remotely related to the monthly theme;
  • Artists will take a photo of their painting using their phone or tablet device and email it to our CVWG Webmaster, Mark Fitzpatrick (cvwgwebmaster@gmail.com) by each months’ deadline, generally the Friday before our Monday Zoom meeting;
  • All paintings will be posted on our web site;
  • All interested artists will be sent a Zoom meeting invitation;
  • Our host will convene the Zoom meeting then share each painting in full-screen color for all attendees to see. Each artist will be given 2-3 minutes to discuss their muse, their technique, or any other aspect of their painting.
  • Attendees will be able to ask questions and engage with each other after each painting is presented.

Let’s all shake off our COVID and mid-winter blues and get painting!


Member News

Only one member has shared any information with us since our last blog. As always, we are very interest in hearing about any news, reviews, interesting online tutorials, or other information we can share with each other. Send all input to our CVWG Webmaster.

Member Peg Sheridan sends the following updates:

  • I’m looking forward to offering a Zoom class through Beverley Street Studio School.
  • My painting “Late Evening on the Cowpasture River”, which won Best Watercolor in the August “Plein Air Salon” is in the December-January issue of Plein Air Magazine.
  • I had two featured artist shows in November, at CoArt Gallery in Staunton, and at 7 East Gallery in Woodstock.
  • I am keeping my mind and body active during this time. Painting certainly helps my outlook! I have taken a 2-hour online class in gouache from Manon Sander, which was really fun! I am also taking a 4-week online watercolor class from Vermont watercolorist Tony Conner.
  • More information is always available on her website and Facebook pages.

We Give Thanks!

Central Virginia Watercolor Guild is online at http://www.CVWG.art.



How often do we look at all of creation– the sky, sunrise and sunset, trees, flowers, rivers, oceans, birds, family, friends, art– and fail to see all the gifts and blessings given us?  How often do we stop and say “thank you”?  All too often, we take all these wonders for granted.

At this traditional time of the year for Thanksgiving, please take time to really look at, appreciate, and express gratitude for the glorious bounty in your life. 


Two Members Get Statewide Recognition!

Two Guild members are recent recipients of awards given by the Virginia Watercolor Society (VWS):

Member Trish Crowe’s painting “Where is Alice“, the feature photo at the top of this post, recently won the Award of Distinction. Says Trish,

I am pleased to receive the award. It is more significant, I think, to know that our CVWG members are producing art that gets recognized on the state level.

Trish serves us all as Vice President and Program Coordinator for our Guild. Trish’s website is www.trishcrowe.blogspot.com.


Member Don Whitson shares that he, too, has been recognized by the VWS:

I’m thrilled to announce that I have received an Award of Excellence for my painting currently juried into the 41st Annual Virginia Watercolor Society exhibition at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture in Richmond.

Take a look at Don’s website at www.donwhitson-art.com.


Last Chance to Share Your Thoughts on Our Survey

All our members and friends of this site should have received our email invitation on November 11 to share your thoughts and suggestions on our survey. We’ll be closing that survey next week so, if you have not yet responded, please take 2 minutes to help influence the future of our Guild. Please contact our CVWG Webmaster if you did not receive the invitation and still want to contribute.


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.


Member Survey Coming!

Central Virginia Watercolor Guild is online at http://www.CVWG.art.


Your Board Wants Your Opinions & Ideas for 2021

While our nightly news highlights successes and setbacks with the spread of COVID-19, its treatment, and possible vaccines, in fact, it may be many more weeks and months before it is safe enough for us to restart our monthly meetings and other programs. Your elected officers and the Board of Directors continue to meet and brainstorm ideas for what the Guild can offer our members. But, frankly, we’d like your help.

Your Board has designed a short 7-question survey using the online app Survey Monkey to gather your thoughts and ideas. We’ll be sending the survey to all members to your email address. Please keep an eye on your email inbox (and SPAM/JUNK folders in the event our survey gets routed there).

Please take 2 minutes to share your opinions, thoughts, and ideas with us so we can see how best to meet our members’ needs and desires in the coming months.

Donna Koutrakos and Linda Verhagen, Presidents

Member News

Our members continue to find ways to be creative and advance their art.

Chee Ricketts announces…

My watercolor, “Catching the Light” [above], has been selected for the ArtUnlocked show that opens soon at McGuffey Art Center.

Also, I will be teaching, “Watercolor Technique Tune-Up”  through UVA’s online OLLI program,  beginning on November 10. It was a treat to look at the roster and see some familiar CVWG members’ names. We’re going to have fun!


Peg Sheridan emailed us:

I hope everyone is doing well. I have two shows starting:

  • My show at CoArt Gallery in Staunton, “New Watercolors” features some new subject matter and techniques. It is open now, and runs through November.  
  • Starting this Thursday afternoon, I will be the Featured Artist at 7 East Gallery in Woodstock.  

 I miss painting with all of you and I hope you stay healthy.  Keep checking my website for classes; the next Saturday workshop is November 14. 


Reminder About 2021 Membership

A reminder that your Board has extended all membership through 2021 at no additional cost. We also welcome new members at a fee of $25 through that same time frame. Membership information, new member form, and password-protected member directory can be found here.


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.

New Officers, Zoom, & Member News

Central Virginia Watercolor Guild is online at http://www.CVWG.art.


New Guild Officers for 2021

With more than the required email votes from our membership, our Guild has a new slate of Officers for the coming 12 months:

A special “Thank You” to our past officers for all you have done on our behalf! Be sure to thank all our officers for their leadership and contribution to our Guild and help them to make a strong return from this pandemic.


Zoom Meetings are Now Available to Our Members

CVWG has enrolled in a subscription to the online video meeting/conferencing service, Zoom, for appropriate Guild use. If you would like to offer a workshop, a Challenge, hold a virtual painting session, an arts book club, or similar virtual get-together, send an email to our Webmaster and we’ll get it scheduled.


Member News

Our members continue to find ways to be creative and advance their art.

Linda Suomi Bethke announces…

Annie Gould Gallery, in Gordonsville,Va, is now representing my watercolors .

Annie Gould Gallery‘s online site can be found at this link. While looking over that site, I saw some other Guild members featured so check it out. The image at the top of this post is one of Linda’s recent works.


Susan Crave Rosen has a new look to her website at susancraverosenart.com. Says Susan,

I just launched my new website and want to share it with the CVWG gang.  My son built it for me and I couldn’t be more pleased!  He also launched his new business, Valley Creative Imaging so folks may want to check that out too.  Adamrosen.com


Pam Roland has also launched her new website at pamroland.com.

I am thrilled to invite you to see what I’ve been up to. View my paintings, learn about my life as an artist, and join in an ongoing conversation about art and invoking your inner artist!


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.

Early Fall Update

Central Virginia Watercolor Guild is online at http://www.CVWG.art.


Two Calls for Artists

Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital Wants Your Art!

Member Matalie Dean kindly forwarded the following Call for Artists:

Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital Art Committee is looking for artists to exhibit at the hospital’s gallery during 2021.  If you are interested in applying contact  smjhartcommittee@gmail.com for an application which will explain the simple process.    

They are very interested in our member artists participating.


Arts in the Middle Juried Fine Arts Festival 

Member (Janice) Bunny Creasy wants all of us to be aware of the next Arts in the Middle 7th annual arts festival. While the festival is not until early June 2021, they have issued a Save the Date/Call for Artists which you can view at this link: https://www.artsinthemiddle.com/. In the middle of that page, you should find an Info for Artists link to get all the details for entering your art.

With some luck and good public health stewardship, we might be emerging from the worst of the COVID-related restrictions so this could be a great venue for us all.


Read About Edith Arbaugh, a Member and Friend from Our Past

Our long time members should remember Edith Arbaugh, one of the founders of our Guild, a longtime member, and well known for her art throughout the Central Virginia area. Our ever-astute Guild President, Linda Verhagen, found the following link in a newsletter article about Edith from Juniper Village at Brookline in State College, PA where Edith now resides. Read about Edith at this link: https://junipercommunities.com/home-is-where-the-art-is/.


CVWG’s Small Works Exhibition Closes

CVWG’s Small Works Exhibit at the Crozet Artisan Depot closed at the end of September. It was well attended with members Rosemary Connelly and Chee Ricketts successfully selling their art. Thanks, again, to all CVWG artists who participated in this show.

As this show has closed, we have removed the earlier posts and web pages about it. If you want to view those, follow this link.

Member News

Member Don Whitson has great news to share:

I’m thrilled that I’ve been juried into the 41st Annual Virginia Watercolor Society Exhibition. October 31-December 31, to be held at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Richmond, VA. My thanks to the Juror– Frederick Graff AWS, NWS, TWSA– for selecting my painting.


Peg Sheridan Awarded “Best Watercolor”

 Plein Air magazine has awarded their “Best Watercolor” to CVWG member and professional artist, Peg Sheridan, in their August Salon competition. A larger view of her painting is show at the top of this post.

Says Peg”

I am so honored and excited to receive this award! This painting was purchased by Blue Ridge Community College, and is in their student union building. 

Be sure to check out Peg’s workshops and other events on her website at http://www.pegsheridan.com/.


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.

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