Central Virginia Watercolor Guild

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Annual Juried Exhibition at McGuffey

2019 Exhibition

Juror:   Nancy Stark, Roanoke

Best in Show – Christie Jones (Richmond)  “Soup’s Good Today”

Juror’s Choice – Trish Crowe (Hood)   “Ground Central”

CVWG Memorial $300 award – Susan Crave Rosen  (Staunton)  “Divided #2”

Eloise Giles Honorary $250 award – Chris Duke  (Winchester)  “Secret Garden Rose”

Awards of Excellence for $200 each:

Sharon Boyle (Dumfries)  “Gold and Silver”
Brenda Hounshell (Harrisonburg)  “String Theory”
James Warwick Jones  (Hampton)  “Oysterman’s Deadrise”
Ruth Lefko (Christiansburg)  “Mother of Pearl”
Randy Meeks (Alexandria)  “Sunflowers”
Juliette Swenson (Staunton)   “Close Call”

CVWG’s 28th Annual Exhibition, held at the McGuffey Art Center on 2nd Street, NW, Charlottesville, opened on Friday, September 6, 2019 with the juror’s Gallery Talk at 4:30, followed by a reception and is open to the public.

This month-long juried show is open to Virginia resident artists, 18 years and older. Each artist may submit two original paintings in watercolor or other water media but they must be on a paper or synthetic paper substrate and only one painting is eligible to be selected by the juror to be included in the show. The prospectus and entry forms will be available in March and the deadline for electronic entries is May 4, 2019.

Click the image to download the prospectus for the 2019 show.

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Our Juror for the 2019 CVWG Annual Exhibition is Roanoke artist Nancy Stark. She is best known for her vibrantly colored, large-scale paintings of railroad cars. Early paintings in this series were representative in nature and done in transparent watercolor on paper. More recent work has been done on gessoed wooden panels with fluid acrylics and found objects. Nancy’s railroad artwork was featured in “Getting Down the Essentials” Watercolor Magazine, Winter 2007 and in “La Passion du rail” Practique des Arts, No. 114, 2014. Traveling around Roanoke, you may see one of her train paintings on a Valley Metro bus.

Nancy says, “My artwork is a response to the pattern, shape, texture and line observed in the world around me.” She continues, “I am a collector and saver of all sorts of things”. Today she holds signature status in American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society and several other watercolor societies. Nancy has served as juror for art exhibitions on the local, regional and state level.

Regardless of artistic style, subject matter, size, or choice of medium, Nancy feels good paintings should speak to the viewer. The artwork may cause a reaction, evoke a memory, or stir up a feeling. Some questions that she asks herself when juroring artwork are:

  • Does it reach out to me as the viewer?
  • Does it make me notice and STAY WITH it?
  • Does it keep me coming back for another look?
  • Does it show a different approach?
  • Does it show a fresh and exciting use of content?
  • Does it convey a feeling?
  • Does it have an interesting composition?
  • Does the artwork reflect a technical mastery of the medium?
  • Can I see “the hand” of the artist?

For more information or to volunteer to help with this event, please contact Annual Exhibition Chair Pam Roland (434-831-1864) pamroland@gmail.com

Dates Related to the 2019 Annual Exhibition

Entry Deadline                                    Saturday, May 4
Notice of Juror’s choices                  Saturday, June 29
Shipped paintings due                     Friday, August 23
Paintings arrive at McGuffey         Saturday, August 31 & Sunday, September 1
Opening, Juror Talk, Reception     Friday, September 6
Show comes down                             Sunday, September 29
Shipped paintings returned          Tuesday, October 1

2018 Exhibition

Best in Show
Holly Etheridge, “At My Drawing Table”

Juror’s Choice
Sally Mook , “Flying Trapeze”

CVWG Memorial Award
Linda Verhagan, “Ocean Fingers”

Eloise Gardiner Giles Honorary Award
John Hancock , “Late Summer Pasture – Augusta County”

Award of Excellence
Byron Dickson – “Captain Gull”
Trish Crowe – “Cucci, Munchen”
Janet H. Martinet – “On the Trail to Mary’s Rock”
Susan C. Rosen – “Etude # 19”
Nancy Wallace – “View from a Balloon”
Robin Poteet – “We Are Stardust”

The CVWG Annual Exhibition juror for 2018 will be M. Stephen Doherty, a Virginia resident. Stephen earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Cornell University; taught art in public schools, colleges, and workshops; worked for an art-materials manufacturer; served as editor-in-chief of American Artist magazine for 31 years; and is now editor of PleinAir magazine (www.outdoorpainter.com).  He exhibited his paintings in solo and group exhibitions, served on the advisory boards of art schools and artists’ organizations, judged art exhibitions for museums and art societies, and has written a dozen art books and hundreds of magazine articles. He recently published a book about plein air painting with Monicelli Press titled The Art of Plein Air Painting: An Essential Guide to Materials, Concepts, and Techniques for Painting Outdoors. He and his wife, Sara, moved to Waynesboro in December 2012, and both have been thoroughly enjoying the local community of artists and art enthusiasts. His website is www.stevedohertyart.com and his blog is http://pleinairstories.wordpress.com.

The 27th Annual Exhibition will open on Friday, September 7, 2018 with a Gallery Talk by Stephen prior to a Reception at the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville.

For your information and planning, this month-long juried show is open to Virginia resident artists, 18 years and older. Each artist may submit two original paintings in watercolor or other water media but they must be on a paper or synthetic paper substrate and only one painting is eligible to be selected by the juror to be included in the show. The prospectus and entry forms can be downloaded by clicking PROSPECTUS. The deadline for electronic entries has been updated to May 12.

To download a Word file with helpful hints on taking photos of your art work, click HERE.

For more information or to volunteer to help with this event, please contact Pam Roland (434-831-1864) pamroland@gmail.com

2017 Exhibition

Awards of Excellence ($200)

Jennifer Duncan   “Acadia”
*Eloise Giles   “Rebirth”
Bev Purdue   “Midnight”
*Susan Crave Rosen   “Journey”
*Teresa Shepherd   “Bathing Beauties”
Geri Stephenson  “Sally”
*Christine Watts   “Waterway”

CVWG Memorial Award ($300)

*Trish Crow “Naschmarkt, Vienna”

Eloise Gardiner Giles Honorary Award ($250)

Janet Martinet  “Dogwood Bough”

Juror’s Choice ($500)

*Marcy Springett  “Bovine Fashion”

Best in Show ($800)

*William Snow   “Prairie Pumper”

*members of CVWG

The Artists:

66 artists have been chosen by our juror Steve Fleming–27 of whom are CVWG members! Click HERE to see the full list of artists. Congratulations to all of you!

Paintings will be arriving on Saturday and Sunday, August 26 and 27. The show opens Friday, September 1 with the Gallery Talk at 4:30 p.m. (on the second floor) followed by the reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the main halls of McGufffey Art Center.


The CVWG 26th Annual Exhibition juror for September 2017 is Steve Fleming, long time instructor at the Art League in Alexandria, Virginia. Steve recently taught a 3-day workshop for the guild, held in October 2016. Steve describes himself and his work this way.

“Good art is the result of hard work and dedication. It only happens when the artist finds his or her own story to tell and then learns to do so with his or her own unique language.

“I am an artist who works in watercolor oil and acrylic.  For 20 years, I taught at The Art League in Alexandria, Virginia; now I teach private classes and workshops across the country and abroad.  My goal as an artist is to be creative; my goal as a teacher is to help my students learn to interpret the world around them, not to promote the belief the goal of art is the perfect rendering of a subject. One of my core messages: art is a creative process and is not just the sum total of the work we sell. In this era of digital cameras, I caution artists to look — really look both inside and outside — for the subject matter that lights our artistic fires.  Otherwise, our work will be lacking everything but technique.

“As a judge I look for work that has a strong creative aesthetic whether representational or abstract and presents the artists vision and their unique interpretation of both the inner world and the world around them. “

You can see Steve’s work at http://www.steveflemingartist.com.

The 26th Annual Exhibition will begin with an Opening Reception at the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville on Friday, September 1, 2017 and includes a Gallery Talk by Steve prior to the opening. This month-long juried show is open to Virginia resident artists, 18 years old and older. Each artist may submit two original paintings in watercolor or other water media but they must be on a paper or synthetic paper substrate and only one painting is eligible to be selected by the juror to be included in the show. The prospectus and entry forms will be available on the CVWG website by March 15 and the deadline for entries is early this year, May 6. For more information or to volunteer to help with this event, please contact Pam Roland (434-831-1864) or pamroland@gmail.com.

2016 Exhibition

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”

Here is a slide show documenting the September 2 Opening:

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Our juror for our 2016 show was James Warwick Jones who currently lives in Hampton. James Warwick Jones studied painting at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in the late sixties and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Old Dominion University with a BS degree in Secondary Art Education in 1971. After teaching in the public schools and working 25 years at art centers and museums, he is currently Gallery Manager at the Charles H. Taylor Arts Center in Hampton, Virginia.  As a realist painter, over the past 50 years, he has exhibited in more than 250 exhibitions and won over 150 awards. His work is in public and private collections including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  As a museum professional, he has curated or co-curated over 350 exhibitions during his career. He also enjoys teaching adult painting classes in oils, acrylics and watercolors.

2015 Exhibition

Congratulations to the following winners of CVWG’s 2015 exhibition:

Best in Show $800
Holland Etheridge from Hampton (“Sunset Prism”)

Juror’s Choice $500
Brenda Hounshell

CVWG Memorial $300
Elaine Nunnally

Crutchfield Award of Excellence: $200
Danny Mulvena

Awards of Excellence– $200
Apryl Altman, Carol Barber, Deliece Blanchard, Jim Dees, Michael Farrar, Sue Linthicum, Jane Matthews, Patrice Reese, and Tracy Verkerke.

Juror:  Julie May

2014 Exhibition

September 5 – 28, 2014

And the winners are:

Best in Show $800 – Gari Stephenson – Hanging On to Time

Juror’s Choice  $500 –  Nancy Stark – Track Workhorse

CVWG Memorial Award $300 – Virginia Adams* – Why?

Awards of Excellence  $200 each

Amy Arons – Turkish Delight
Sharon Boyle – Jesus Loves Me!
Pat Cook – Conversation XCI
Dorothy Grebos – Gavotte
John Hancock* – Abundance
Fred Kahler – Elements
Sally Mook – Quietude
Rosanne Moon* – Lady in Waiting Williamsburg
Elaine Nunnally* – Orange You Glad You’re on This Road?
Chee Kludt Ricketts* – Under the Dome of Heaven
Susan Crave Rosen* – Black Box
Janice Sayles – Cherry Coke

Juror: Susan M. Stuller

2013 Exhibition

September 6 – 29, 2013

And the winners are…

Memorial Award
Doug Mock- “Counting Seagulls”

Awards of Merit
Pat Cook – “Conversations LXXXII”
Vera M. Dickerson –“Learning a New Step”
David Eakin –“San Miguel Shadows II”
Holland  Wentz Etheridge – “Ice on Lake Maury”
Dorothy Grebos – “And Then We Danced”
Sally Mook- “Suffering Takes Place”
Patricia Reese – “Fantasia”
Gari D. Stephenson – “Two Women”

Juror’s Choice 
Theresa Shepherd – “Badger Hound”

Best in Show
Nancy M. Stark – “Yard Work”

Juror: Jan Ledbetter

Congratulations to all the winners! See their pictures at Annual Show Winners, 2013.

177 paintings from 99 artists were submitted for our 2013 Annual Show. Our juror, Jan Ledbetter, chose 70 of those paintings, by 56 artists, to hang at the McGuffey Art Center.

All the pictures in the show, can be seen in this PowerPoint presentation (36MB).

2012 Exhibition

Annual Show Winners, 2012

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