According to his obituary, “Bruce spent his career as an Electrical Engineer at Sperry in Charlottesville. His true interests were many, including bird-watching, art (watercolor and pastels), classical music, botany of Virginia, and continually renovating the old farmhouse in Ivy”.
Chris Rich took this photo of Bruce at a CVWG meeting. She writes: “I looked up some records and found out that Bruce was CVWG’s Treasurer in 1997 and 1998. He had been a member from the very beginning of the Guild. He was such a sweet and gentle soul and will be missed a lot.”
Dick Carpenter remembers Bruce as “one of the water colorists in the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild who became interested in chalk pastels. In 2001 the group formed a separate organization–Piedmont Pastelists–and met, at first, in the classroom of Michael’s store. Bruce soon began creating attractive pastel landscapes and still-lifes. He was always available to help arrange reference subjects, hang exhibits and explain his current work-in-progress, and the techniques and problems he was encountering. His pleasant personality was a factor in the growth and enjoyment of this new art group that still continues today.”
A memorial celebration will be held at The Colonnades at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2013. The Daily Progress obituary can be read at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailyprogress/obituary.aspx?n=arthur-bruce-davenport&pid=162891440#fbLoggedOut