Bruce Davenport

Bruce DavenportLong-time CVWG member and treasurer, Bruce Davenport, died Feb 4, aged 85.

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:

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