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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.

Quite a Few Guild Updates and Apologies!

Apologies to everyone for the delay in making recent updates to our website and publishing posts. I have had several family matters to attend (thank you to all my Guild friends for your kind words!). I am gradually getting “back in the saddle” so send me your latest paintings to post in our Member Gallery, volunteer to be a Featured Artist, suggest a topic, send me a link to a website tutorial that you have found helpful, or other!

Member News

While I am on the subject of apologies, we inadvertently failed to include member Joy Levick Cross from our January recognition of artists who paid tribute to Eloise Gardiner Giles. Be sure to recognize her generosity when you see her next.

Member Marcy Springett is having a showing of her art from March 6 through mid April at the In Vino Veritas Wine and Gourmet Shop.

Grape Expectations by Marcy Springett

The shop is located at

3015 Louisa Rd.
Keswick, VA 22947

A wine tasting and reception will be held at the shop on the opening day, Friday March 6, from 4:30 PM – 7:00PM . Parking is available behind building.

Member Linda Suomi Bethke is pleased to announce that several of her students have a showing of their watercolor art:

Member Adella Langham has a new painting in our Member Gallery.

Two Web Workshops by Strathmore

Strathmore Artists Papers continues its promotion of water media in 2020 with 2 new free workshops presented across the web. I, personally, have taken several of these workshop and found them to be quite helpful. You can read about the 2 workshops scheduled for 2020, how the workshops operate, how to enroll, etc. at this site.

Workshop 1, How to Draw Portraits by Justin Mass is set to start on May 4. While this is maybe a bit outside our main focus of water media, drawing is a key part of our art. Our CVWG held our own workshop in 2019 with member Bill Snow also focused on drawing.

Workshop 2, is Creative Watercoloring by Leslie Tieu is set to start on September 8. This looks to be a very good workshop that most of our members and guests should consider.

Shows and Exhibits of Interest

Firnew Farms Artist’s Circle has announced several new shows by their artists in our area.

Our January and February Programs

Hopefully, you attended one or both of our monthly meetings and enjoyed our programs. Our Meetings and Programs page has been updated with photos and short notes on those programs. We hope you can join us on March 23 for our next meeting when our program will be Member Painting Critique with Lyn Bolen Warren.

We’re Gearing Up for a Busy 2020


A reminder that our Guild’s web site can be reached at in addition to our traditional site address. Be sure to share that new address with friends, family, and colleagues and “follow” us.

An Art Tribute to Member Eloise Gardiner Giles

Marcy Springett

Members Harold Hallock, Karen Perkins, Nancy Ford, Sharon Walker, Mary Ann Wirth, and Marcy Springett with Ginny Adams, Mary Anne Steele, Linda Blake, and Fran Feigert have a tribute art show in honor of Eloise Gardiner Giles at the New Dominion Bookstore during the months of February and March. Read about the tribute art show by clicking on this link.

Member News

Member Trish Crowe was recently recognized by the Firnew Farm Artist’s Circle for helping to establish a permanent art installation for the Museum of Culpeper History. You can read about Trish’s contributions by clicking on this link.

Member Susan Crave Rosen with Karen Rosasco have a show of their art at the Louisa Arts Center. Read the gallery’s description of this show by clicking this link.

New Art by Our Members!

Take a fresh look at our Member Gallery to see images of new art by members Janie Prete and Jane Matthews.

As always, we want to see your work and it is easy to share your art by snapping a photo with your phone and sending it to our CVWG Webmaster for posting.

Upcoming Show: 2020 VMRC Juried Art Exhibition

We received notice for this year’s VMRC Juried Art Exhibition in Harrisonburg:

It is a snowy morning here in Harrisonburg but whatever the weather in your area I hope you are thinking about your entry for our 2020 exhibition. The entry deadline is March 16 and we hope to hear from you before that date. For your convenience I am attaching a copy of the prospectus and entry form!

Anne Pauley, Director

The VCRM exhibition prospectus for entering your art can be downloaded by clicking on this link. Due to the proximity to our area and importance of this exhibition to the arts scene in central Virginia, additional reminders will be communicated in coming days and weeks.

Website Updates

The following updates have been made to our website since last post:

  • The program for our May 18 meeting ha been finalized. Mary Margaret Pipkin will be our guest speaker.
  • Our 2020 Directory is now linked to our Membership page. You can download and print any portion of it as you need.
  • We continue to get members joining and/or rejoining. Our membership listing is up to date.

Happy 2020!!

It is a new year and your Guild leadership has been busy planning ahead:

A New Web Address–

Our CVWG website can now be found at We were able to take advantage of a new generation of web addresses to secure this 2nd web address that should be easier to recall and to share with others. Bookmark us and check back often!

A New Member-Artist Page Featuring Marcy Springett

Member Marcy Springett has graciously agreed to be featured as one of our Member-Artists. Her page can be found in the menu on the left side of our website or at this link.

Coming Soon– A Link to Sterling Edward’s Newsletters

We have received agreement by renowned watercolor artist Sterling Edwards to link to his newsletters. Now that year-beginning changes are settling down, we’ll soon be posting that to you.

Web Has Been Updated with New Guild Details

Our website is now updated with all the latest details for the coming 12 months with meetings, events, exhibits, programs, membership, calendar, and other details as up to date as we know. As in past years,s we’ll be keeping this site updated more frequently than we were able to do with the printed directory. Check it out and refer to it frequently.

Invitation to Follow Our Posts

As President Linda Verhagen announced in a recent email, we’ll be inviting all members to follow our posts. If you are not already a follower, look for an email from our webmaster to join us.

Changes to Gallery 3 in 2020

CVWG member Carole Pivarnik and colleague Mary Allen are teaming up to lead the Gallery 3 art gallery in 2020. Carole and Mary are planing an official “relaunch date” of Feb 1. Gallery 3 is located in the Sperryville Schoolhouse complex adjacent to Cottage Curator.

Mary will manage the gallery side of things showcasing her watercolors and the work of selected other artists. Carole will manage the teaching studio with plans to host several resident instructors offering a variety of drawing, painting, and other classes, workshops, and private lessons.

The new web site is Check it out to join their mailing list, see instructor profiles, read their blog, connect on social media, see the event schedule, and register for events. There are already five events listed for February with more to come.

Gallery 3 location and phone:

12018 Lee Hwy
Sperryville, VA 22740
(540) 987-5078

Here is a map to aid you in visiting their gallery:

Louisa Arts Center Invitation

Our friends at the Louisa Arts Center have sent us information relating to their next open arts show, The Show of Shows:

Please see the attached entry form for our next open show.  Please read the directions carefully.  There is now a limit of 3 entries per artist.  Please note on your entry blank when dropping off which category you are interested in. 

The Louisa Arts Center’s Gallery Committee

You can download their Entry Form from this link and follow their guidance to submit your entries.

The Louisa Arts Center is located at 212 Fredericksburg Ave in Louisa, VA. Use this map to visit them:

Their Mission:

ENRICH, ENCOURAGE and INSPIRE! The mission of the Louisa Arts Center is to stimulate awareness and appreciation of the arts for both youth and adults.  Our aim is to broaden involvement and access to the arts through diversity, interpretive ability and interactive creativity.

Louisa Arts Center