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We're Gearing Up for a Busy 2020

NEW WEB ADDRESS: CVWG.ART

A reminder that our Guild’s web site can be reached at cvwg.art 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– www.CVWG.art

Our CVWG website can now be found at www.CVWG.art. 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 http://www.gallery3va.com. 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:

Awards Given at Our 2019 Annual Exhibition

Check out the art and artists that were recognized with major awards at CVWG’s 2019 annual exhibition at McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville. These winners were announced at the juror’s Gallery Talk at the September 6 opening.

Thanks to all artists who entered this year’s exhibition for your work and helping to promote the arts in our communities.

Congratulations to all our award winners and a special call out to artist Christie Jones for her Best in Show award, above, entitled “Soup’s Good Today”.

Creative Portraiture

creative portraiture
We enjoyed a very interesting process for creating unique and interesting portraits in our January Program.

Deborah Conn shared her expertise with us and had these tidbits of information to help us with our portrait painting using her techniques:

1) Start with a slick, textured surface
2) Try working with a black and white photo or drawing to allow for inventive color choices
3) Create a colorful under painting
4) Follow your drawing to lift and add to reach the desired result of values
5) Notice that since the color is not absorbing into the paper, the colors remain brighter
6) Treat each part of the face as a separate little painting

Here is Deborah’s message to our Guild members:

“Many thanks for a lovely reception by your group – I so enjoyed doing the demo and hope it was helpful.

Here are a couple of links to things I talked about.

This is the palette I have, or close enough. This is a LONG link, but if people “Google Heritage Arts palette removable cups”, it will come up.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Heritage-Arts-Heavy-Duty-Plastic-Palette-with-Removable-Cups/50688553?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=1148&adid=22222222227038252039&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=85403398490&wl4=aud-534311367960:pla-193405427570&wl5=9008138&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=112562587&wl11=online&wl12=50688553&wl13=&veh=sem&gclid=Cj0KCQiAkMDiBRDNARIsACKP1FGiMdUII8FnfNedB-x04QBsKflsK2S9SNE0_63wgksCOxrEHMskvP0aAuZ2EALw_wcB

And this is the poster software you can buy – it’s about $30, but you can do a free trial first. www.ronyasoft.com

Sue Rosen exhibits

Hotel MadisonUPDATE! Sue Rosen writes: The hotel Madison is a solo show in Harrisonburg, December 7 – January 25, 2019.

Divided #6
Divided #6

I have two paintings in the juried exhibit “Contemporary Women Artists” at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center in Waynesboro. This will hang from December 1-January 19, 2019.  Opening reception is on Saturday December 8 from 5-7 p.m.

I am also a part of the exhibit at the OxEye Tasting room in Staunton, November 14 -December 11, as described below:

Sue Rosen

Ox-eye