Call for Entries

Call for Entries
Click to download 2019 Prospectus

The Annual Exhibition had been “produced” for Virginia artists, age 18 and older, since the guild began in 1991. And because this is my last year with this project, I thought I’d explain a bit more about what goes into this activity in hopes of inspiring someone to step up, develop their team, and continue this classic event that supports one of the key goals of the organization: to promote the highest level of excellence in the use of water-media.

The process basically involves three phases or steps and we are beginning that first stage now: Call for Artists. This year’s prospectus (or “rules”) has been reviewed, refreshed, re-evaluated by the team, Bill Snow, Adella Langham, Mary Ann Friedman and me. We’ve updated the gmail account where you send your electronic entry and added information on our juror as well as a few other small changes. The deadline for electronic entries with your paper copy and check for $35 is due Saturday, May 4. This year’s work must be on paper or synthetic paper (aka ‘yupo’) and completed since January 1, 2016.  You will receive results by June 29 and our show opens at McGuffey Art Center on Friday, September 6.

Entering can be a bit difficult for those of us not as savvy as others with electronics, computers and cell phone pictures. To help you, our team will have a HELP table before the next two meetings.Come early with your questions and concerns. We can even help you submit your entry. Nothing will be printed this year as we have in the past, but I will bring paper copies over the next two months for those of you without printers.

After the electronic entries are received, we prepare a thumbdrive to send our juror who decides who will be in the show. That’s why it’s critical you follow our guidance for good imagery to submit. Stay tuned. Next time, I’ll tell you more about phase two when we receive the paintings and what happens next.

Save the date: Friday, September 6. If someone steps up to manage the reception, we will have that in the lobby of McGuffey after the Juror’s Talk at 4:30 that day.

–Pam Roland

Lara Call Gastinger

Lara Gastinger PresentationThank you to our February program presenter, Lara Call Gastinger. Lara shared her wealth of information on the art of botanical documentation.

To quote Mary Oliver:

“Tell me what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

Lara recommends we spend as much of it as possible enjoying our natural surroundings.

–Brenda Hounshell

A City of Many Colors

A City of Many ColorsJudi Ely writes: I worked very hard on this 31″x22″ painting and an essay, both titled “A City of Many Colors” for the Bushman-Dreyfus Architect firm’s INVISIBLE C’VILLE competition. If you have time to come to the reception for the competition, (Friday, March 1, at Charlottesville’s Jefferson School City Center, 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville), I’d be very appreciative. All competition entries will be exhibited there from February 26 through May 4, 2019.
Jeff Bushman, a partner at BDA, says, “We were looking for imaginative, beautiful, and provocative entries expressing individual truths about Charlottesville. The exhibit as a whole will create a kaleidoscopic view of our community and contribute to dialogue about its present and possible futures.”

Judi Ely

Peg Sheridan Classes

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Are you ready to learn new skills in watercolor?  Join me in a class or workshop.  Attached is the registration form for “Night Scenes in Watercolor”, which will take place near you, in Waynesboro, on March 13.  If you can’t make that, I have also attached my other class offerings between now and May.  Don’t wait too long to register, as my classes often sell out, with a waiting list.


Click below for:

Night Scenes in Watercolor Flyer and Registration form

Watercolor Classes Late February through May, 2019

Don Whitson Solo Show

Let Us Entertain You–The Art of Music and Movies
February 28- May 26, 2019
Wayne Theatre, Ross Performing Arts Center, Waynesboro
Reception: March 7, 5-7 p.m.

Don Whitson 
Exhibit gallery open Tue-Fri, 10:00am-2:00pm, also one hour before and during all performances.

Whitson’s career has spanned well over four decades, first as an illustrator in the U.S. Air Force, then, a long career in corporate aerospace art departments. In 2010, after 25 years as Chief of visual Services for the Department of the Army, he decided to leave his position that he could pursue his lifelong dream of painting full time.


Brenda Hounshell Exhibits

Spitzer Flyer 2019_03 6x6x30

Sunny Path (2)
Sunny Path

Solo Show “Nature’s Gifts
University of Virginia Health System Arts Program, Main Hospital Lobby
March 7th through May 2nd

Opening Reception: Friday, March 8th, 3:30pm – 5:00pm in the Hospital Dining Conference Rooms
Parking available in the 11th Street Parking Deck



Peared Up
Peared Up

Solo Show “Glassed In”
Wilson Downtown Gallery @ The Harrisonburg Homes Team

83 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA  22801

April 5th through May 28th

Monday through Friday
10:00am – 5:00pm

***First Fridays: April 5th and May 3rd – 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Brenda Hounshell



Combining Camaraderie with Creativity