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BSSS Plein Air Classes

bsssBeverly Street Studio School is offering two Plein Air classes this fall….

1. Watercolor Essentials for Plein Air Painting    Stewart White
Beginner/Intermediate: Location: VanDerVeer Studio and TBA 
Saturday & Sunday September 24, 25; 9:30am-4pm (1/2 hr lunch break)
TUITION: Members: $180; Non-members: $210  (Register by September 14 to enjoy your Members’ Discount Rate!)

Baltimore watercolorist and Queen City Plein Air Festival invitee Stewart White’s experience as architectural illustrator and plein air painter shapes his approach to art and teaching. Topics covered include strengths and weaknesses of watercolor in plein air, an overview of materials, and demonstrations of various techniques for washes, wet-in-wet color mixing, glazing, edges, blending and experimentation. Students will “put it all together” while painting in nature. Printed handouts will include content information, bibliography and helpful resources. Stewart was featured in the August 2012 edition of Watercolor Artist magazine.

2. Simplicity then Complexity: Plein Air Painting    Matt Klos
Intermediate/Advanced: Location: VanDerVeer Studio and TBA
Saturday October 15; 9am-5pm, Sunday October 16; 9am-3pm (1/2 hr lunch break) 
TUITION: Members: $194; Non-members: $224 (Register by October 5 to enjoy your Members’ Discount Rate!)

This two day painting intensive will introduce students to various helpful approaches to painting the landscape. Students will experiment with palettes and exercises that demand a focus on the large components of a composition and a harmonious understanding of color and tone. Although there will be prescribed painting exercises each artist will be encouraged to continue to develop their own artistic voice. Between four and six paintings will be completed during the workshop. Instruction will include slide presentations, short demonstrations, and individual critiques. Participants need not be advanced but should have some previous exposure to oil or acrylic painting. and

For more information see Beverly Street Studio School.

And the Winners are…

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A clear, almost cool night was a perfect setting in Charlottesville on Friday night, September 2 for the 25th Annual Exhibition of the Central Watercolor Guild! Guests nibbled on cake and wine, enjoyed the music of local musician Greg Brown, and heard James Warwick Jones, general manager of the Charles H. Taylor Art Center in Hampton, VA critique the paintings and announce the winners.

Best in Show ($800 award): Holland (Holly) Wentz Etheridge, “Surviving”

Juror’s Choice ($500 award): Nancy Stark, Roanoke, “Rusting in Roanoke”

CVWG Memorial Award ($300 Award): David Eakin, Forest, “First, the Egg”

Eloise Gardiner Giles Honorary Award ($250 Award): Amy Snowden, Williamsburg, “Wisdom”

Awards of Excellence ($200 each)

Amy Arons, Burke, “Ophelia”
Sharon McKittrick Boyle, Dumfries, “Rose Peony”
Gwen Bragg, Alexandria, “By the Gate- January”
Dorothy Grebos, Williamsburg, “Dancing in My Head”
Elaine Nunnally, Leesburg, “Morning News on the Interstate”
Beverly Perdue, Midlothian, “Coffee Break”
Susan Crave Rosen, Staunton, “Haze”
Brenda Hounshell, Harrisonburg, “Limeade”
Gari Stephenson, Roanoke, “Tulip”




SVWS workshop June 18

the Shenandoah Valley Watercolor Society

Art Workshop with Christopher Wynn

painter of contemporary realism

Saturday, June 18

10:00 – 4:00

Westside Baptist Church

715 West Wolfe St.

Harrisonburg, VA 22830

Wynn’s theme will be: Ten Most Requested Techniques (among them: rust, foliage, skies…) The goal of this one day workshop will not be a completed painting; it will be to learn and practice a number of techniques that frequently challenge artists.

No special supplies necessary. Just bring your usual painting supplies and equipment.

Most people will prefer to bring a brown bag lunch.

Christopher Wynn’s first workshop with SVWS last summer was such a success, he is back by popular demand. Recently recognized by his hometown news paper, Richmond’s Times Dispatch, as a local treasure, he has also won numerous awards from The Virginia Watercolor Society, the Baltimore Watercolor Society and many others. His work has been featured in “Watercolor Artist,” and “Splash.”

Please check out his gallery of work at:

$45 for SVWS members; $55 for non-SVWS members

to sign up give or mail a check made out to “SVWS” to

Janet Lee Wright

13105 Camp Hollow Lane

Fulks Run VA 22830

for more information contact Janet Lee Wright: tel: 540-896-5759, or cell: 540-333-5837


Judi Ely News

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“The Cross”

Dear Friends and Family,

I’m busy working hard at some new ideas for painting but wanted to take a moment just to let you know what I’ve been showing recently.
At the Martha Jefferson Hospital Outpatient Care Center Show – now through June has 9 paintings.
   “The Cross”
   “Three Vases”
At the Louisa Arts Center – May 27July 27.
    “Blue Irises”
    “Five Swans”
    “Red Hillside
Cville Coffee Aug 1Aug 31  Paintings to be hung as yet unknown.
At Virginia Mennonite Retirement Juried Show in Harrisonburg my painting “Just the Two of Us” was accepted. The show runs from May 29June 30.  The opening reception is June 5 2:00-4:00.  You are invited.

Annual Show Update

Hello Artists,

Please be happy with us that you have more time to enter our 25th annual exhibition. We’re extending the deadline a week, from June 3 to June 11.


And if you need the prospectus again, click HERE.

For any questions, please don’t hesitate to write or call me for help.


Thank you for helping to make this show “over the top” in great art!

Pam Roland            434-831-1864