Category Archives: Monthly Meetings

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

Masking Alternatives


Julie Read DemoThank you to CVWG member, Julie Read for sharing her techniques for using alternate materials for masking on paintings. Included with this posting are Julie’s recipe for “Jungle Juice”, information on other masking techniques as well as Julie’s upcoming workshops to learn more about what she shared in May’s demonstration to our group.

Creating Masks

Julie’s Jungle Juice

Julie’s Upcoming Workshops

Brenda Hounshell