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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.

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.

Mid-Summer Update

A reminder that CVWG can be found online at http://www.CVWG.art.


A Letter from Our President and Board of Directors

The Guild’s President, Linda Verhagen, recently sent a letter to all members with key updates on our 2020 operations, exhibitions, and other business given the ongoing impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The letter begins…

After a Zoom meeting on July 27 where some difficult decisions had to be made, the CVWG Board and I are sorry to let you know that with the exception of the Small Works Show in Crozet, all other planned activities of the guild have had to be cancelled for the remainder of 2020 due the Covid-19.

You can read the entire letter at this link.

The Board hopes all our members and followers the best of health and we look forward to resuming our usual Guild activities as soon as possible.


Member News

A special callout to member Dianne Phillips for sharing her painting “The Black Pearl” featured above and in our Member Directory. Dianne has been particularly patient with getting this added to our site.


Member Linda Abbey tells us that several of her flower paintings and drawings are being shown in Fellini’s Italian Restaurant on West Market St in Charlottesville since their “soft opening” last month.  Fellini’s just opened for inside dining every Thursday, Friday and Saturday– reservations, social distancing , and masks are required– from 5pm to 9pm. Fellini’s continues to offer take-out and delivery to select areas of Cville. You can view more of Linda’s work on her web site.


Member Janice (Bunny) Creasy reminds us that good advice and mentoring in our water media never goes out of style. She sent in the following three newspapers clippings from 2018 from the Fluvanna Review. Those of you with sharp eyes will notice another of our members, Bill Snow, as one of the leaders in these workshops. CVWG continues to be blessed with great members and mentors!


As always, we are interested in featuring your art in our member gallery, highlighting your activities during these “interesting times”, featuring you and your art in our Member Gallery, news, an online resource you have found, or any other item of interest. We need more members willing to show for one of our Featured Member Artist series. Simply email our Webmaster to begin a collaboration.

The Heat is On!

A reminder that CVWG can be found on the web at www.CVWG.art.


Our Guild Needs Your Help

As we start the 2nd half of 2020, your Guild leadership is starting to look at filling officer roles for next year. We usually need 1 or 2 new officers every year to replace any Director who may choose not to continue. With hopeful news appearing almost nightly about having a COVID vaccine ready in coming months, we will all want some focus to restart our Guild activities. If you would consider joining the leadership, please email our President, Linda Verhagen, send an email to any of our current leadership, or send a note to our webmaster.


Member News

Member Don Whitson reports that his painting “8 Ball”, the image at the top of this page, was juried into the Southwestern Watercolor Societies 57th Annual Members Exhibition to be held September 2 – October 3 in Dallas, Texas.  Some of Don’s other art can be viewed on his website at www.donwhitson-art.com.

Thanks to Juror Steve Rogers, NWS, AWS for selecting my painting. With 369 entries and 82 being accepted, it is an honor and I am thrilled.

…Don Whitson

Member Julie Read reports that her watercolor, “Tied Up In Knots”, above, was selected by Aqueous 2020 Juror Brienne Brown, NWS, for this year’s West Virginia Watercolor Society National Juried Exhibition, August 6-31. The online exhibition can be viewed at www.wvwatercolorsociety.org after August 5, 2020. To achieve the texture, Julie gessoed 300# watercolor paper for her painting ground. For more information, please contact Julie Read by email or at 540-539-6125. Julie’s website can be viewed at www.julieread.net.


Member Peg Sheridan says that her Featured Artist Show at Cabell Gallery in Lexington has been extended through July.  She also reports that …

…In both my studio work and my plein air work, I am giving myself a new challenge to work on in each of my paintings.  In the painting, “A favorite Spot”, I challenged myself to leave white spaces woven throughout the piece and to focus only on what drew me to the scene, a red chair beneath some pine trees.  Another day, I painted the Cowpasture River.  My goal was to paint the trees in a single shape in my first wash, then add details later.

Some of Peg’s other art and her offering of classes and other services can be viewed on her website at http://www.pegsheridan.com/.

Another Online Resource

Member Judith Ely wants all Guild members to know that one of CVWG’s workshop leaders, Linda Baker, NWS, AWS-df, now has her own website, www.lindabakerartmentor.com/, offering art mentoring and critique.

This offer is great for online support for watercolorists.

…Judith Ely

As always, please send our Webmaster any news about yourself, your art, interesting online resources, or any other news you want to share.

Summer Has Arrived!

A reminder that Central Virginia Watercolor Guild’s (CVWG) webite is now http://www.cvwg.art! Check out all our information.


The featured art, above, is titled “Reaching the Summit” by member Chee Ricketts and was originally posted in 2018.


Member News

Congratulations to member and Guild President Linda Verhagen on receiving the Philadelphia Watercolor Society Award in the recently juried 2020 MidAtlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition. You can read more about Linda’s achievement, view some of her other artwork, and read her artist’s biography on the latest in the series in our Featured Member Artist pages on our site. Follow this link to see that page.

Member and professional artist Peg Sheridan reports that she has been productive during the pandemic enjoying extra time both painting in her studio and en plein air.

I have completed several new paintings, finished many incomplete paintings, and also painted several silk scarves.  You can see all of these on my website, www.pegsheridan.com.

Peg Sheridan

She also reports being very busy:

  • Peg is the Featured Artist show at Cabell Gallery in Lexington. The show has been extended through July (call 540-461-8488 for hours and directions).
  • She has three paintings in the Beverley Street Studio School Faculty Show, in Staunton.  Go visit the gallery to see the show and enjoy the festive atmosphere on Beverley Street.  During the weekends, the street is blocked and restaurants have outdoor seating.
  • Peg has a class coming up that still has openings. Check it out on her website at http://www.pegsheridan.com/upcoming-classes.html.

Finally, congratulations to Peg for an Honorable Mention award at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center juried members show.


Reminder: It is Not Too Late to Enter CVWG’s Small Works Exhibit in Crozet

We are approaching the cut off date to enter CVWG’s Small Works exhibit at the Crozet Artisan Depot for showing in September. Up to  two (2) paintings no larger than a framed size of 14” can be entered. Contact Linda Verhagen for entry forms and information.


Online Resources for Your Art

Artist Phil Davies, author of The Art Tutor website, artutor.com, has just released the fourth in a series of blog tutorials on pen and watercolor techniques. This latest episode features the Greek island of Santorini.


You are invited to share your art, any news, any online art resources you find helpful, or just about anything else on our next post. Email CVWG Webmaster, Mark Fitzpatrick, with any item of interest.