Central Virginia Watercolor Guild

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Courthouse Exhibits


The Albemarle County Courthouse exhibit at 501 Jefferson Street not only provides continuous exhibit space for CVWG members but also promotes education about a variety of mediums. The exhibit changes quarterly. In 2017 the changeover dates are January 23, April 24, July 24, and October 23.

The April show will be judged by Dr. Julie May, a faculty member at the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Virginia. Julie holds a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University.All participants will receive written comments about their paintings. Four $50 Merit prizes will be given as well as one First Time Courthouse Entrant award. In addition three Honorable Mentions will be chosen with no cash award.

General guidelines: 

  • Only original works are permitted, no prints
  • All media may be exhibited, with the exception of the April Show which is watercolor only.
  • All work must be framed or finished appropriately and wired for hanging. Museum wrapped is permitted.
  • No glass allowed. Only Plexiglas.
  • 2-dimensional work only, no larger than 44” in either direction, not to exceed 10 lbs. in weight.
  • Each work to have a completed label attached to the back and front. (See Labels for Courthouse Show)
  • There are no fees, with the exception of the April show.
  • Works hang for the duration of the exhibit, usually three months
  • The artist will handle all sales
  • Neither CVWG nor Albemarle County Courthouse will be responsible for theft, damage or vandalism of artwork.

In addition, only for the April Show:

  • Only watermedia works are eligible, including watercolor, gauche, acrylic, watercolor crayons, and water-based ink.
  • $20.00 for one or two paintings

Delivering and Picking up work:

All work must be delivered to and picked up from the courthouse on the changeover date. No exceptions.
Concierge and Walk in delivery: 9:30 – 11:15 a.m. at High Street entrance (see map). Remember to bring two completed labels, and sign in/sign out your work.

Courthouse map

Receiving and Hanging:

If you can help receive or assist with hanging paintings, contact Jean Botts (434) 973-9465, or Carolyn Ratcliffe, (434) 823-5695.

April 2016 Show Results

MERIT AWARDS (in no specific order)
First Timer Merit: Brenda Hounshell for “Evening Light”
Jean Botts for “Reflections”
Carolyn Ratcliffe for “Sanctuary”
William Snow for “Sweet Sensations”
Joy Cross for “Maine Buoys”
HONORABLE MENTION AWARDS: (in no specific order)
Joy E.  Tartter for “Market Meeting”
Mary Anne Steele for “Happy Day”
Harold Hallock for “Free Wheelin”

April 2015 Show Results

“Battered But Still Good” by Sylvia F. Gibbs
“Silent City” by Eloise Gardiner Giles
“Rooflines” by Julia Kindred
“Colorscope #12” by Etta Harman Levin
“Spring Effervescent” by Jane Matthews
“Robert’s Mountain Road, Nelson County, Virginia” by Mary Ann Steele
“Sunset Over the Outer Banks” by Anne de la Tour Hopper
“Roadside Market” by Marcy Springett
“Magnolias” by Susan Stover

There was a tie for the People’s Choice Award:
#17 Harold Hallock    “Ffwrd Aur”
#25 Sue Linthicum.   “White Pitcher”

April 2014 Show Results

Mark Collins judged 33 entries making comments and selecting those who earned an award. Thank you Mark!  CONGRATULATIONS to the Winners!

Merit Awards ($50)

Eloise Gardiner Giles,  Woodshed
Adella Langham, Vanishing Grandeur
Etta Harmon Levin, Blue Ridge
Windy Payne, Man in the Middle
Carolyn Ratcliffe, Crab Tree Falls

Honorable Mentions

Jean Botts, Looking Out/ Grand Tetons
Liz Bruns, Underground
Mary Ann Friedman, Bejeweled II

Juror’s Award for First Time Entrant

Victoria Dibbern, Bird Nest


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