Category Archives: Local Events

Update May 16

A reminder that Central Virginia Watercolor Guild can now be found on the web at www.CVWG.art.


Club News

Cancellation of June Guild Activities

Due to the continuing spread of the coronavirus, its threat to our members who fall into the at-risk demographic, and out of an abundance of caution by our elected Board of Directors, all Guild activities for the month of June 2020 are cancelled. Our Board will continue to assess the situation through the future and we’ll update you as warranted.

Updated Guidance and Entry Criteria for Our Small Works Exhibit in September

Guild President, Linda Verhagen, has been working with the Crozet Artisan Depot gallery to adapt our Small Works Exhibit to the changed and changing business climate. Our Call for Entries page at this link has all the latest guidance. At present, we still have “room” for more artists’ works so email Linda to add yourself to this exhibit.


Our Next Featured Member Artist, Patty Richmond

A few days ago, I posted a new Featured Member Artist page celebrating the art and short biography of member Patty Richmond, Director for the Guild’s Workshops. One of Patty’s pieces is featured above. Take a few minutes to check out her page and appreciate Patty’s fine work.


I invite any member to be featured in a future page or to share any news with our members and followers. Please send an email to me if you are interested. I promise to make it as painless as possible for you.

Mark Fitzpatrick, CVWG Webmaster

Member News

Member Mary Spear sent a photo of one of her latest paintings. Check it out in our Member Gallery. As you work on your art during these unusual times, snap a photo and email it to me for posting into our Gallery.


Member Rosemary Connelly continues to bless our Guild with ideas for connecting to water media artists through their online web-based demonstrations. Professional artist Tom Lynch has another online demonstration you can view at this link. This was aired live on May 9 and should be viewable for several more weeks.

If, like Rosemary, you know about online workshops, demonstrations, museum walk-throughs, or other art-related “content”, send me an email and I’ll try to publish it so all our Guild might benefit.


Member Harold Hallock has a new email address. Our Member Directory has been updated to reflect his contact information. I apologize to those member who have joined since March as I am behind in updating our directory but will get it published “soon”.


Other News

Guild President Linda Verhagen recently sent out an email to all members regarding online classes from local Charlottesville artist Jane Skafte. Jane has two online classes– Watercolor starting May 26 and Sketching starting May 27– being offered by The Center. Registration is required and limited in number. Go to this link to read about the classes and to register.

A reminder to our members that Strathmore Artists Papers sponsors online workshops every year and have been featured in prior blog posts. Their most recent workshop on How to Draw Portraits started on May 4 but is still available to you.

Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff continues to be one of the larger online and mail order provider of water media art supplies with a diverse inventory of paints, brushes, papers, and almost anything else you might want for your art. Just today, Cheap Joe’s posted and announced an online watercolor demonstration by professional artist David R. Smith. Check out his demo at this link and while you are there, subscribe to David’s YouTube channel and bookmark the Cheap Joe’s site.

Welcome, April!

A reminder that Central Virginia Watercolor Guild can now be found on the web at www.CVWG.art.


“Blue Over You” by Deb Prum

Featuring Member Artist Deb Prum

Member Deb Prum generously shares her art, a bit of her biography, and her fascination with water media in our latest installment of our Featured Member Artist series. Find our page using our site’s left hand menu bar or click here. Also, check out Deb’s personal website at http://www.deborahprum.com/.


Call for Entries to CVWG’s Small Works Exhibit

Our Guild President, Linda Verhagen, has issued our Call for Entries to the Guild’s Small Works Exhibit being hosted by the Crozet Artisans Depot in Crozet, VA this September. Read the Call for Entries at this link or the left-side menu button on this site. The first 28 members who email Linda will be entered so we urge you to contact her now.


Resources From Our Members

Member Chee Ricketts sent us this to be shared:

 HOW TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN COLORED PENCILS AND WATERCOLOR PENCILS

 It is important to know their composition, just as in making the distinction between media, such as watercolor vs. oil. All of these media are composed of pigment/binder/solvent.

 Oils: pigment/ binder is Linseed Oil/ solvent is turpentine or Gamsol
 Watercolor: pigment/ binder is Gum Arabic/ solvent is water Therefore, the distinction between colored pencils and watercolor pencils is in the binder and solvent

 Colored pencils: pigment/ binder is wax or vegetable oil and the solvent is can be alcohol or turpentine (I used wax based colored pencils with my high school students and we used alcohol as the solvent) (safer than turps)

 Watercolor pencils: the binder can be Gum Arabic or water-soluble oils and the solvent is water.

 When purchasing supplies, members should then look for the TYPE of pencil that is selected. Colored pencils will say something like “rich, creamy texture” and “moisture proof” and Watercolor pencils must say “water soluble” or “Create a wide range of effects when coloring with water and brush”.

 If a member uses watercolor pencils in a watercolor painting, that is appropriate and it is still considered a watercolor. If a member uses regular colored pencils in a watercolor, then the designation is a “Mixed Media” painting rather than a watercolor.


Past member Donna Brune emailed us to share news that professional artist and past CVWG workshop instructor Tom Lynch will be hosting a ‘FREE’ LIVE Demo next Saturday, April 11, at 2:00 PM CDT (3:00 PM EDT).

I have taken several workshops with Tom over the years and I thought members might be interested in watching Tom Lynch’s video next Sat., April 11.  Several years ago Tom did a workshop for the guild that was well attended and quite lively. 

Donna Brune

Instead of replicating his full announcement, you can view Tom’s notification by visiting his website or by clicking on this link.

Please contact Donna to thank her for the suggestion and to reconnect with her.


This past Thursday, April 2, I received a notice from Strathmore Artist Papers of a same-day Instagram Live Art Night. The workshop featured artist Shelley Kim painting a wreath. You can read Strathmore’s announcement by clicking on this link. Strathmore also posted a full tutorial and video of Shelley’s work you can view at this link.

I have featured Strathmore Artist Papers before for an online workshop. They are generous as a resource but, of course, they are selling products. Still, please consider signing up for their free newsletters and to get immediate notice for such sessions.


I send you my blessings and best wishes for continued health. I hope you are taking better advantage of the “stay indoors” mandates to work on your art than myself.

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

Judi Ely Showing at Westminster Canterbury

Member Judi Ely sent an email:

Dear Friends and Family,
I want to let you know about some of my recent paintings being shown in an exhibit entitled “The Pleasure of Your Company”  this December 2-31 at Westminster Canterbury Gallery at 250 Pantops Mountain Rd, Charlottesville, VA .  

Here’s a map to help orient you and get you to this showing:

Judi’s email continues:

There will be an artist talk and reception 2:30-3:30 PM on opening day, December 2 in the gallery. The show is open for visitors from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM every day throughout the month.  Enter by Westminster’s front entrance and ask for directions to the WMBR Gallery.I hope to see you at 2:30 on Dec 2 for my talk.

Sharing with love, Judi

A Showing with Peg Sheridan

Peg Sheridan is showing paintings at Newtown Baking (www.newtownbaking.com) through January 6, 2020. She invites all members to an opening reception this coming Sunday, November 17, from 3 to 5 pm. Refreshments will be served.

In addition to the painting, above, Peg shares the following images as a preview to the show:

Newtown Baking is located at 960 West Beverley St., Staunton, Va.

The phone number for Newtown Baking is 540 885-3799. Check their website for hours.

Also, see Peg’s website (www.pegsheridan.com) for her many class and workshop offerings. New ones will be posted in December.

Member’s Artwork is Showing at UVA Medical Center

The University of Virginia’s Medical Center is hosting a solo exhibition of member Diana Scott-Auger’s acrylic paintings in the hospital gallery. The show runs from October 31 to January 9. Diana’s painting, “Going With the Flow”, is shown above.

Please consider joining Diana at the opening reception on Friday, November 1, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. A map is provided below to assist you in getting there.

Parking is available nearby in the 11th Street Garage and parking tickets will be validated at the reception. Valet parking is also available and parking is free with handicap placard.