Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Meeting of the Central Virginia Arts Board of Trustees 

October 7, 2019
Riverside Café 

Present: Ursula Burgess, Betty Fanelli, Paul Hoffman, Deborah McClintock, Richard McClintock, Robin Sedgwick, Cynthia Wood

President Cynthia Wood called the meeting to order around 9:05 a.m.

Treasurer’s Report. Paul Hoffman presented the treasurer’s report, including the balance sheet as of 10/1/2019 and the income/expense report for the period 1/1/2019–9/30/2019.The latter report, Paul commented, is a snapshot in time; he is not concerned that total income fell short of total expenses—particularly, as Deborah McClintock pointed out, many members have not yet paid their dues for the coming year. Current balance is $4,820.32.

Paul has informed the IRS of our revised fiscal year. He will send with membership emails a reminder that dues are payable October 1–January 31. No board member has heard negative comments about the increase in dues and workshop fees.

Paul will secure an informal audit of the books before the new year.

Programming for Upcoming Year. Deborah McClintock reviewed the line-up of upcoming VMFA lectures and workshops. Attendance was low at the first lecture. It was suggested that the next lecture (on the origins of American comics, scheduled for 10/27), being of possible interest to a different audience from usual, could be more widely advertised. Paul will contact Longwood’s art department; Angie Way already does a good job of getting notices out to the Hampden-Sydney community. The first workshop, on layered portraiture, had seven participants, and seven have signed up for this weekend’s photography workshop. Details about the remaining VMFA lecture and workshops will be announced at the annual meeting on January 12 at the Inn on the Avenues.

Ursula Burgess has twelve participants signed up for her October painting workshop at LCVA.

There was consensus that we should develop more lectures, drawing on local expertise. Tours suggested included
  • a visit to the exhibition Edward Hopper and the American Hotel, which will be showing at VMFA October 26, 2019 – February 23, 2020 (might Susan Harwood lead this? Cynthia will ask her)
  • a tour of the American Civil War Museum in Appomattox on March 18 (?), possibly including a discussion about its design by Carlton Sturges Abbott and its environmentally sensitive landscaping
  • a garden week tour (April 18-25)
A Crewe studio tour was proposed for Saturday, April 18, 1-5 p.m. Potential participating artists will be contacted. All these activities will be firmed up by the time of the January annual meeting, and details will be made public.

Exhibition Opportunity for Members. The photography exhibition that was initially scheduled to follow the paintings exhibition at the Hotel Weyanoke but had to be postponed is now back on: The Weyanoke has proposed to Cynthia a juried exhibition for January through March of 2020. The Weyanoke suggests the added draw of a photo-op on site on Valentine’s Day. Cynthia will follow up with Emily Pilk at the Weyanoke, making sure we understand and agree to exactly what the hotel is looking for with this show.

Nominating Committee. A nominating committee consisting of Paul Hoffman, Richard McClintock, and Robin Sedgwick was charged with coming up with a slate of board members and officers for the 2020 year. Several current members expressed a willingness to continue in their positions if needed. Robin Sedgwick urged that we not close off the opportunity for interested members to join the board. At Betty Fanelli’s suggestion, Paul will put out in coming emails to the membership a request for expressions of interest in serving.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:15.

Minutes prepared by Robin Sedgwick, Secretary

Next meeting of the board: Monday, January 6, 9 a.m., Riverside Café

Meeting schedule for 2020: January 6, April 6, July 6, October 5


Minutes of the Meeting of the Central Virginia Arts Board of Trustees 

July 8, 2019
Riverside Café 

Present: Ursula Burgess, Betty Fanelli, Susan Harwood, Paul Hoffman, Deborah McClintock, Richard McClintock, Robin Sedgwick, Cynthia Wood

President Cynthia Wood called the meeting to order around 9:10 a.m.

Second Exhibition at Hotel Weyanoke. The photography exhibition that was initially scheduled to follow the paintings exhibition at the Hotel Weyanoke has been postponed indefinitely, Cynthia reported.

Programming for Upcoming Year. The board was polled as to their preferences for VMFA lectures and workshops to offer this year. Deborah McClintock will check availability of the selected museum presenters and local venues, as well as potential conflicts with other local events, to set up a schedule. This will be available at the end-of-summer picnic. Cynthia will check with the Weyanoke to see if holding a lecture or workshop there might still be an option.

Ursula Burgess will verify with the LCVA that she will be permitted to offer a painting workshop there this fall, as she has done for the past several years.

End-of-Summer and January Socials. Venues are needed for CVA’s two main regular social events. The McClintocks agreed to serve as a backup for the January party if no other site proves available. Susan Harwood will ask if the reception hall at College Church might be available and how much the church would charge. Deborah McClintock will also make inquiries. CVA continues to maintain its liability insurance, as required for any events held at Longwood or Hampden-Sydney.

Treasurer’s Report. Paul Hoffman distributed copies of the income and expense report for the period 1/1/19–6/30/19 and also a report of the balance as of 7/8/19. Balance is $4,275.63. The reports were approved.

CVA Dues. In response to Paul’s observation that the balance has been declining gradually, Betty Fanelli wondered if CVA should consider raising dues. Ursula commented that as a non-profit, CVA needs to continue to provide value to the community; if we take in more in dues, we should provide more offerings. However, because dues have not changed for many years, a slight increase was deemed justifiable: Deborah McClintock moved that the dues in each category be raised by $5; Betty Fanelli seconded the motion; motion passed.

[NOTE: Because workshop fees have traditionally been linked to dues, the workshop fee for non-members being the member fee plus the cost of an individual membership, this increase in dues means that the workshop fees approved in January (see the January 2019 Meeting Minutes) will similarly increase from $25 for members and $40 for non-members to $25 for members and $45 for non-members.]

Field Trips. Brief discussion about a possible CVA-sponsored trip to the VMFA (Susan Harwood recommended touring the permanent galleries as a valuable alternative to viewing temporary exhibitions) or the Pompeii exhibition running through September 3 at the Science Museum of Virginia. No resolution.

The meeting was adjourned.

Minutes prepared by Robin Sedgwick, Secretary

Next meeting of the board: Monday, October 7, 9 a.m., Riverside Café

Minutes from meeting of the Central Virginia Arts Board of Directors 

April 1, 2019
Riverside Café 

Board members: Ursula Burgess, Betty Fanelli, Paul Hoffman, Deborah McClintock, Richard McClintock, Phyllis McKinney, Robin Sedgwick, Cynthia Wood (President)

Guest: Marge Swayne

Cynthia Wood opened the meeting at about 9:10 a.m. This proved to be an informal meeting. No votes were taken but consensus was arrived at on several initiatives presented by Cynthia.

Pricing of Members’ Work at CVA-Sponsored Exhibitions. Responding to concerns that have been raised about inconsistency in prices set by exhibiting artists at CVA-sponsored exhibitions, with some participants pricing their works notably lower than others, the board agreed that it is up to artists to set their prices as they see fit. Debbie McClintock mentioned that it’s important that artists understand when they set their prices for Riverside Café shows in particular that a commission of 30 percent of the sale price will be taken, 25 percent going to Riverside and 5 percent to CVA.

Open Studio Tour, Saturday, April 6. Paul Hoffman has sent a press release about the upcoming open studio event to the Herald. Participants Lisa Hoffman and Debbie and Richard McClintock plan to open their homes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to present and talk about their work. Light refreshments will be available at both venues.

Request for CVA Sponsorship from Jackie Paterson. CVA member Jackie Paterson has approached Cynthia with a request that the group sponsor a musicale, with Jim Kidd at the piano, that she is planning for 1 p.m. on June 8 at her home. The board approved this proposal, agreeing that CVA would provide publicity and refreshments, with members bringing the finger foods they excel at and the board providing beverages. Debbie McClintock will ask Jackie to convey information to Paul Hoffman for publicity. The board felt we could depend on Leslie Dennison to organize food. Cynthia will confirm.

Upcoming Publicity for CVA. Cynthia introduced guest Marge Swayne, who has written the cover story for the next issue of Farmville the Magazine. Marge’s subject is CVA, from its beginnings at Col Alto, the Buckingham home of artists Dr. Margaret Pennington and Dr. Bill Pennington, up to the present day. Farmville the Magazine is available both online and in paper format at various places around town.

Exhibition Opportunity at Hotel Weyanoke. Cynthia reported that Hotel Weyanoke employee Emily Pilk has brought up with her the possibility of a six-week exhibition of works by CVA members in the lobby of the Hotel Weyanoke and Effingham’s restaurant, to coincide with the Heart of Virginia Festival and Longwood’s graduation this year. Prospectus: About 25-30 2-d works of various sizes, for sale or not; members to submit up to five works apiece from which the Weyanoke will select pieces to exhibit. The board being supportive of this proposal, Cynthia agreed to work out details with Emily Pilk and send information on to Paul for transmission to the membership. Perks for CVA would include a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception May 3, the Friday evening before the Heart of Virginia Festival, at the Weyanoke’s Campagna bar and possible use of rooms at the hotel for workshops and lectures. CVA in turn may be called on to help the Weyanoke with a program having to do with FACES food bank sometime in June or July.

CVA Participation at Heart of Virginia Festival. Cynthia requested an opinion form the board as to whether CVA should have an information booth at the Heart of Virginia Festival. Consensus: No, this has not been of much interest to festival -goers in the past or of great benefit to CVA. It may be more beneficial if CVA member artists who elect to exhibit at the festival agree to stock CVA brochures at their booths.

All-Member Summer Exhibition at Atkinson Museum. Richard McClintock reported that, in order to accommodate the Atkinson Museum’s schedule for other planned exhibitions, CVA’s all-member summer show may start slightly later and run slightly longer than in the past. Richard wondered if CVA might consider having just two all-member shows annually, the summer one at Hampden-Sydney and the holiday one at Riverside Café. Details to be worked out in consultation with exhibits coordinator Rick Thomas.

Financial Report. Treasurer Paul Hoffman distributed copies of the income/expense report for the period 1/1/19–3/31/19 and the balance sheet as of 3/22/19. Current balance is $5,174.10.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned around 10:20. The board thanked Cynthia for hosting breakfast.

Next meeting: Monday, July 8 (note change from usual schedule)

Minutes prepared by Robin Sedgwick

Minutes of the Meeting of the Central Virginia Arts Board of Trustees

January 7, 2019

Riverside Café

Present: Betty Fanelli, Susan Harwood, Paul Hoffman, Deborah McClintock, Richard McClintock, Phyllis McKinney, Donna McRae-Jones, Robin Sedgwick, Donna Taylor, and Cynthia Wood. President Cynthia Wood called the meeting to order.

Treasurer’s Report. Paul distributed copies of the financial report including income and expenses from 7/1 to 12/31. He explained the banking fees and office supplies expenditures. The rest was routine. Then, Paul reported that he visited with Trent Nicholas of the VMFA by email, and that the VMFA considers the CVA to be current on lecture and workshop fees. The VMFA will invoice the CVA for future fees, and Paul just sent a check for the fall 2018 lectures (2) and workshop (1).

Membership Report. Paul shared the current membership roster with notes about the few previous members who had not yet paid their dues and a few that dropped their memberships. Currently, there are 79 members, and dues collected to date for this year are $1,115.00. After a motion by Donna Taylor, seconded by Susan Harwood, the Board agreed to make Angie Way an Honorary Member of the CVA.

Bylaws Revision. Cynthia reported that we are on track for the proposed revised Bylaws to be approved at the New Beginnings Party. Paul suggested that we have a handout with the list of officers and Board members who are to be re-elected at the New Beginnings Party with the staggered terms of the Board Members listed. Robin will produce the list and Cynthia offered to make copies for distribution. Susan suggested, and it was agreed that adding the terms of the Board Members to the website would save us research time in the future.

Exhibition Opportunities for CVA Artists.

  • Third Street Brewery Show. Susan reported that she visited with Audry Sullivan about the CVA doing a show at the brewery. The commission rate would be 35%. There is an agreement that needs to be signed for an all-member show from July 12 to September 30, 2019. The number of pieces will depend on the size of the artworks. Susan will be the contact for this show, and we will try to get artists to sign up through our emails.
  • MacCallum More Shows. The MacCallum More Juried Show is open to all artists, and last year Ursula coordinated a CVA All Members Show at the Chase City museum. The Board thought we should promote both shows to the members, and ask Ursula to coordinate the All Members Show again this year.
Farmville Magazine. Cynthia said she talked to Marge Swayne about a CVA story in the Farmville Magazine, and Marge agreed to write a story.

New Member Recruitment. Cynthia asked how we could recruit new members, especially younger members. It was suggested we contact the art departments at Longwood, Hampden-Sydney, and Southside to see if we could engage the art students. It was also suggested that we make the next December-January show at Riverside a college art student show. Someone noted that we offer a discounted membership of $10.00 per year for students. It was hoped that either Marianne Dennison or Mary Peca could coordinate this activity for the CVA.

Studio Tours. It was agreed to do two studio tours this year. The first would be April 6, and would include Lisa Hoffman, the McClintocks, and hopefully, Marianne Dennison. A second studio tour would be this fall and include Cynthia Wood, Ursula Burgess, and Donna Taylor.

Workshop Fees. Cynthia asked if we should consider raising the fees for workshops since we pay VMFA $150 for workshop presenters. It was agreed that an increase from the current fee of $15 was long overdue. After some discussion, Donna McRae-Jones made a motion, seconded by Susan Harwood, to raise the fee for workshops next season to $25 for members and $40 for non-members (which includes a one-year individual membership), and the Board agreed.

10-1-18 Meeting Minutes. Paul made a motion, seconded by Betty Fanelli, to approve the October 1, 2018, meeting minutes, and the Board agreed.

Preparation of Minutes. Minutes prepared by Paul Hoffman.

Next Meeting of the Board: Monday, April 1, 9:00 am, at Riverside Café. The Board also agreed to continue the quarterly meeting schedule on the first Monday of each quarter, 9:00 am, at Riverside Café.

Minutes of the Meeting of the 
Central Virginia Arts Board of Trustees

October 1, 2018 

Riverside Café 

Present: Ursula Burgess, Betty Fanelli, Paul Hoffman, Deborah McClintock, Richard McClintock, Robin Sedgwick, Donna Taylor, and Cynthia Wood; with a cameo appearance by Outings Coordinator Donna McRae-Jones (all coordinators were invited to attend)

President Cynthia Wood called the meeting to order around 9:15 a.m. She thanked the Hoffmans for hosting the festive September picnic.

Paul Hoffman distributed copies of the membership roster and his treasurer’s report. Current account balance is $5,461.62. So far this year only 50 members have paid dues (out of a membership of 96 last year). Board members might contact former members who haven’t yet rejoined.

Bylaws Revision: Before presenting detailed recommendations for bylaws changes made to bring the bylaws into correspondence with current CVA practice, Paul highlighted the most significant revisions he’s proposing:

  • Fiscal year to correspond with calendar year 
  • Annual membership meeting to occur on a “date established by the Board of Trustees in each year,” most likely at the New Beginnings event that has been taking place each January 
  • Positions of Treasurer and Membership Chair to be combined 
  • Term limits for officers abolished 
After discussion involving additional revisions and, in at least one case, reinstatement of an old procedure (Programs and Workshops coordinators still to report to the Vice-President), Deborah McClintock moved that the board accept the changes to the bylaws proposed by Paul and additionally made and approved at the meeting and that the revised bylaws proposal be circulated to the membership prior to a vote at the annual membership meeting. The motion was seconded and approved by unanimous vote.

Paul will circulate the updated bylaws document to the board for approval. He will send the proposed revised bylaws to the full membership sometime in December with the suggestion that they contact a board member with any comments and be ready for a vote in January.

Donna Taylor thanked Paul for his thoughtful and thorough work on the bylaws.

Unpaid Balance with VMFA: Ursula Burgess reported that she has not yet been able to get an answer from VMFA personnel about our unpaid balance for lectures and workshops. She cautioned that we need to keep a cushion in the treasury in case VMFA does not forgive the arrears. Having been alerted to the fact that payments weren’t made because apparently no invoices were sent, VMFA will in the future be sending bills for services, Ursula believes. Paul pointed out that a treasurer cannot make a payment without receiving an invoice.

Exhibition Opportunities for CVA Artists: Cynthia reported that Audrey Sullivan has endorsed the idea of a CVA show at The Brewery. Suggestion: approximately 28 works for an all-members exhibit to be installed by CVA and shown July 12 – September 3. Paul asked that we get clarification about costs involved with such a CVA-sponsored show. Richard McClintock pointed out that any member interested in an individual Brewery show should work through Audrey.


  • Richard McClintock will set up a members tour of the folk art exhibition now at the LCVA. Details to come via the newsletter. 
  • Cynthia talked up Fine Arts & Flowers, scheduled for October 25–28 at VMFA, with proceeds this year going to the inaugural tour of the new VMFA artmobile. Deborah’s garden club is going to VMFA for a tour of this exhibition and lunch on October 25. She will investigate and let Paul know if CVA members might be invited to tag along on this outing, and any opportunity to do so will be publicized through the newsletter. 
  • Cynthia brought up the possibility of CVA’s sponsoring a similar exhibition at LCVA, with CVA selecting works from the LCVA’s collection to serve as inspiration for flower arrangements by local volunteers. Possibly in summer? Possibly in the Main Street window gallery? 
Studio Tour: Cynthia is interested in reviving the artists’ studio tours that CVA last organized around 1992/93. A tentative date of Saturday, April 6, 2019, was set for a tour of possibly three studios in fairly close proximity. Featured artists would be available to talk with visitors, and hours each studio would be open would be scheduled. Paul will ask for artist volunteers in the newsletter.

Historian Position: Cynthia reported that the position is still not filled. Deborah will ask Angie Way if she’d be interested. To help whoever assumes the position, Deborah and Paul agreed to alert the historian when they’ve submitted press releases to the Herald.

Printed Invitations: Ursula asked whether CVA will continue to mail out printed invitations to exhibitions and events. Answer: Yes.

Minutes: Per a suggestion made by Paul, once minutes have been approved by the president and the board, they will be posted on the CVA website.

Minutes prepared by Robin Sedgwick, Secretary

Next meeting of the board: Monday, January 7, 9 a.m., Riverside Café