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2020 Officers

At our last Guild meeting on October 28th, the Board presented the slate of officers for the 2020 term. A vote of the Guild membership was taken and the slate of officers unanimously passed. ( No surprise there).

From left to right are our 2020 Officers:

Brenda Hounshell ~ Treasurer
Donna Koutrakos ~ Secretary
Sharon Walker ~ Past President
Linda Verhagen ~ President
Susan Stover ~ Vice President/Programs
Trish Crowe ~ Vice President/Programs ……….(Not pictured)

Congratulations to our Officers with our profound “Thank you for serving”.

By Carolyn Ratcliffe


Welcome to the new website for the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild (CVWG)! As you can see by browsing the site, I am continuing many of the same features and information from our previous site. So, this should not be much of a change for most of you.

I want to extend my personal thanks to Rosemary Connelly, CVWG’s original webmaster, for her leadership and guidance in this transition.

Happy painting, Rosemary!

Allow me to introduce myself…

I am Mark Fitzpatrick, the new webmaster. I am an engineer by education and through my career, I worked for IBM and Lockheed Martin corporations in a variety of technical, leadership, and management roles and positions. I retired in 2014 as Director of Engineering and Chief Engineer for Lockheed Martin’s submarine programs in Manassas, Va.

After retiring, my wife and I started a not-for-profit corporation that same year providing volunteer driving services to allow Fairfax County (Va) seniors to get to medical and food pantry appointments. In 2018, realizing our two sons were not moving back to northern Virginia, we moved to Charlottesville area.

While learning to paint with watercolor has been a personal goal for some time, I did not start my watercolor painting until 2016. I have taken classes with Smithsonian Associates, Marni Maree, and George Mason University’s OLLI program. I packed my painting supplies in preparation for our move to central Va and have to get back to my painting to the level I want. I joined CVWG earlier this year to help return to my art.

Here are a few of my personal favorites from our travels.

I look forward to deepening my ties to central Va, the Guild, and exploring this fascinating media! Comment to this post or drop me an email with any ideas you have for the website or our club.

Seasons Greetings!

2016 BoardIncoming President, Sharon Walker, held a breakfast business meeting this week to start planning activities for the New Year. Committee chairs and members of several committees attended.

Pictured from l. to r., Front row: Sharon Walker, Pam Roland, Adella Langham, Vicki Dibbern, and Mary Ann Steele. Middle row: Karen Schwenzer, Sue Stover, Marcy Springett, Jane Williamson, Patty Richmond, and Caroll Mallin. Back row: Julia Kindred, Patricia Travers, Rosemary Connelly, Jeanne Ann Williams, Jean Botts, Judi Ely, Karen Perkins and Carolyn Ratcliffe.

Information on CVWG 2016 programs, shows, and workshops can now be found under the relevant menu items (at left).

2016–our 25th Anniversary Year–promises to be especially exciting and creative!

Welcome to CVWG’s New Website!

You are logged onto the new version of the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild’s website.  The old site used “Adobe Flash” technology, and could not be viewed on newer devices such the iPad.

This site contains the same information as the old. The menu of pages on the old site used to run along the top of the screen. Here, you will find the menu of pages running down the left-hand side, below our logo. (<<<<–Look left)

The main difference between the two sites is the HOME page which is now a Blog!

WordPress HOME
New website

You can always return to the HOME page by clicking on our logo or name at the top of the screen. The HOME page features two large blog entries, and five smaller ones below. You will probably have to scroll down to see the full page.

The two large blogs are “featured” items that don’t change often. The five smaller blogs below will automatically be replaced as new blogs are added. Old blogs are archived–but they’re easy to retrieve (see “Navigation”, very bottom left). If the blogs are too small to read , click on the picture, title or “Continue reading–>” and the blog will open in a full page.

All the blog entries are indexed by category. The Blog Index is in the right-hand column. (Look right–>>>>) If you want to see all the blog entries for “Shows”, for example, just click on “Shows”.

All the blog entries invite reader comments. The first time you comment you will be asked for your e-mail address and name. The webmaster will OK you and the comment will be posted. All your subsequent comments will appear immediately.

As with all new technology, we may encounter some problems, and we welcome reaction from our readers. For example, the pop-up advertisements may be annoying; blog text may be too small; not enough pictures, etc..

You can enter a comment about the website below, or send a private message to the webmaster by clicking on the “Contact” menu and filling out the contact form. Either way, let us have your feedback!