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A left-brained technologist by nature, education, and training, I am now retired and experimenting with the "other half" of whatever brain I still possess. I am looking to meet interesting people, engage in variety of group activities, travel, and enjoy my grandchildren.

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.

CVWG’s Small Works Exhibition is “Up”!

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


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.

As Summer Draws to a Close…

A reminder, Central Virginia Watercolor Guild can be found on the web at www.cvwg.art.


CVWG’s Small Paintings Show

A reminder that eighteen (18) of CVWG’s member artists are showing their work in a curated Small Works exhibit at Crozet Artisan Depot from September 1-30. A sampling of the art being exhibited can be seen in the flyer, above.


News from Members & Close Friends

Member Susan Rosen reports that her painting, Puzzle, shown at the top of this post, recently received an honorable mention award in the Annual Judged Member’s Show at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center in Waynesboro.


Jane Skafte continues to teach online art classes at Charlottesville’s The Center. Her “Landscapes in Watercolor” class will be held on Mondays starting on September 21; details can be found here. Her second class, “Drawing from Nature”, starts September 23 and details for this class can be found at this link. Jane is a past member of CVWG, was scheduled to be one of our program leaders this year, and created our colorful CVWG logo.


Prior member and long time friend of CVWG Christine Rich reports that several pieces of her art has been accepted into a showing at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News, Va as part of a “Generations of Wyeth” exhibition running through November 8. if your travels take you near Newport News, consider stopping by and admiring Christine’s art along with the Wyeth’s.


Online Resources

One of my personal favorite artist-mentors continues to be The Mind of Watercolor by artist/designer Steve Mitchell. Since 2014, Steve has used the web and YouTube videos to spread his particular, offbeat approach to producing great art and helping some of us would-be dabblers. You can view his introductory YouTube “issue” at this link, visit his website, follow him on Facebook, or connect by any of the other methods he publishes on each of those sites. I know that at least one other CVWG member also follows Steve’s work as well.

Strathmore Artists’ Papers is out with their summer newsletter and they have a free online “Creative Watercoloring” class starting on September 8. You can view their news at this link.


As always, you are invited to contribute images of your art to our Gallery, become our next Featured Member Artist, contribute and article, share a link you find of interest, etc. It is simple…just send our Webmaster an email.