Category Archives: Monthly Meetings

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.

April & May Activities Postponed

Our Guild Board of Directors, continuing to prioritize the health and wellness of all our members, have voted to cancel all scheduled Guild activities through May 2020.

This is due to the ongoing and increasing threat of the coronavirus. As many of our members are over age 65, the board felt that this was the responsible decision to make at this time. There will be no change over of paintings at the Courthouse in April in order to keep members safe from any contaminated surfaces or group gatherings. This was to be the special judged Courthouse Show, however, the committee has decided to reschedule this event at the October 26 turnover date. In addition, the Peg Sherman Workshop originally scheduled for May 11 will be postponed to a date in the future.

You are all in my thoughts and prayers as we travel through a most difficult time. As artists, we constantly seek to find ourselves, understand the world we live in and to express what is important to us through the visual world of art. On a positive note, we have been given time to think or perhaps rethink what is truly important and how we as individual artists want to express this to others.

Linda Verhagen, CVWG President

Member News

“Going in Circles” by Susan Rosen

Susan Rosen reports that she has art accepted into two juried exhibitions:

Her painting “Going in Circles” has been accepted into the 2020 Academy of the Arts Annual National Juried Art Exhibition at the
Lynchburg Academy of the Arts. Susan reports that, to her knowledge, the art will still be hung and the Juror will still make awards despite the current state of closures and cancellations.

Susan’s art at the top of this page, titled “Harvest”, has been accepted into the 2020 Art Speaks Juried Exhibition for Virginia artists at The Bay School Community Arts Center in Mathews, Va now (re)scheduled for July 25.


Help Us Out

Please share with the Guild what activities and art you are working on during these challenging days. Send an email to our webmaster with images of your art, a link to an interesting web page, an online tutorial, etc. and we will get it on our web.

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

October Program With Linda Bethke

On Monday, October 28th, CVWG member Linda Bethke presented a slide show and demonstration titled “In Search of Texture”.

Linda also allowed four of our members to participate, guiding them on how to use her techniques. Carolyn Belt, Patricia Travers, Brenda Grant and Jennifer Jarrett were selected to have the opportunity to practice Linda’s demonstration techniques.

Our thanks go to Linda for an excellent program for our members!

September Program– Artist Nancy Stark’s “The Long and Winding Road”

Our September program was an autobiographical talk and slide show by Nancy Stark of Roanoke, Va relating her personal journey from mathematician to professional artist.

Photo and notes by Brenda Hounshell

Nancy was CVWG’s Juror for our annual exhibition at McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville (see this post for a view of the winning artworks).

Here are two more of Nancy’s art:

July Program with Peg Sheridan

On Monday, July 22nd CVWG members were treated to a slide show and painting demonstration by our fellow member, Peg Sheridan. Her slide show used master and contemporary painters to illustrate the value of using neutrals and grays in our paintings. Some of the artists recommended for inspiration include Wyeth, Sargent, Whistler, Turner as well as Castagnet and Dobie.

Peg also demonstrated a variety of techniques to apply paint to create neutrals and grays. She shared some of her favorite color combinations of Bright Orange/Prussian Blue, Cobalt Green/Quinacridone Magenta and Bismuth Yellow/Mineral Violet emphasizing how contrasting colors can create beautiful neutral colors much like she uses in her own work.

Brenda Hounshell