News as of June 11, 2015

Here are a number of items of interest this week:

1. New Events – We have new information from our colleagues “Up North” about opportunities for artists.    Central MN Watercolorists are invited to participate in any of these events.
On the link below is the information for 3 separate events:

Nisswa  – The Majestic Pines Arts & Fine Crafts Fair,           June 20 and 21, 2015,
Nisswa Freedom Days Arts & Crafts Show,                                July 3, 2015
Nisswa Fall Festival/Smokin Hot BBQ Arts & Crafts Fair, September 19, 2015.

Click on the following link for specific information about them:

2.  REMINDER:  At the Art Crawl this Friday evening (5-9PM), CMW will have 2 artists, Robyn York and Mary Buhl,  providing watercolor demonstrations in the Paramount studios.  Stop down to say “Hi” and see what they’re up to.
In addition John Carter will be participating in this Friday”s art crawl at the Capital One cafe. He will have his paintings there and will be doing a small demo.

3.  Congratulations to two CMW Members  Sandra Driscoll and Kerry Kupferschmidt for acceptance of their paintings into the Great River Arts juried show at Little Falls – address is 122 1st St. SE.   The opening reception will be July 16, 6 to 8pm.

> Sandra Driscoll’s painting, “Cabin with a View”

Cabin with a View

Cabin with a View

> Kerry Kupferschmidt’s painting  Hidden Falls  

Hidden Falls

Hidden Falls

4.  Have you ever considered entering a National Juried Show and taking your art to a new level?  Here are the things to consider as put forward by Kathy Braud, RRWS:

                 Thoughts on the description of the artist
                 who might decide to enter a National Show

Does this artist love to make art and to compete with others who love to make art?
Does this artist have knowledge that their art work  meets  the  principles of design  and  other standards  for a painting so they are ready to jump to new levels of competition.
Have they entered the Minnesota State Fair Juried Competition (which is free and is looking for entrants) and other Juried Shows in the state?  Jurying the work holds an element of surprise and possibility, while one waits acceptance or elimination, despite payment of entry fee.
Does this artist want to sell their art?
Are they willing to go beyond their home area?
Do they participate in art crawls, member shows and group shows?
Does this artist take workshops with a desire to grow in knowledge of the art disciplines with the guidance of regional and national artists?
Does this artist belong to a larger group of artists such as Transparent Watercolor Societies of America (TWSA)?  This is one of many national art groups found in the USA that are supported by a regional network of artist members and art instructor mentor members.  When TWSA hosts a show, it is located in Michigan.  If chosen, artists often travel that distance to participate in the TWSA reception and stay overnight.  To the artist out of the area, other expenses will include the cost of shipping to and from the show.  Press, Ribbons, award monies and merchandise awards are welcome prizes and remembrances too and offer visible personal growth.

Regarding North Star Watermedia’s creation of a new national art show:

NorthStar Watermedia Society is choosing to host the first NSWS National Watermedia Show here in Minnesota in 2015 at the Hopkins Center for the Arts  .This group, NorthStar Watermedia Society, currently offers great demo’s at every monthly member meeting, a library of taped demoes, opportunities for en plaine aire painting groups that meet frequently and Artist Market, held at the MN State Fairgrounds, Fine Arts Building.
A national board is made up of NWS members, volunteers who have already put in at least eight months of planning and consideration.
For the artists in Minnesota, travel to this exhibition event will be a comfortable distance measured in hours.  They also have greater opportunities to display while this national show is new with fewer out-of-state entrants.
Artists will be given NSWS signature status when a certain number of art points are obtained by accepted paintings and/or awards.
NSWS Membership, while not necessary, is encouraged as you must be a NorthStar Watermedia Society member for future possibilities of signature status.


News – June 4, 2015


1.Just another reminder that the deadline for the NSWS Juried National Watermedia Show is July 1, 2015 in Hopkins. This will be the first year of this Minnesota National Show and so many opportunities abound for artists in merchandize and monetary awards.All artists can apply, follow the directions on the prospectus found on not necessary, many artists choose to join the NorthStar Watermedia Society to also get in on perks with the membership. 

Digital art submission is so nice and easy.   Juried just means the judge carefully hand-picks the show from the online submission pieces.  Awards winners are selected after the show is hung at Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins, MN.   Watermedia is a big category.   Many of you are very proficient in your water based discipline.  You can do this!

Sincerely, Kathy BraudHopkins show front Fall 2015 Hopkins show back Fall 2015






2. Minnesota Wild & Free times Three

May 29 – July 11, 2015 at the Jaques Art Center, 121 2nd Street, Aitkin, MN 56431,
Open Tuesday – Saturday 11 am – 4 pm

This watermedia exhibit is by three artists who love to paint the nuances and spirit of the Minnesota’s landscapes, flowers and animals.

Dan, Kerry and Kathy

Dan, Kerry and Kathy

Kathy Braud, Kerry Kupferschmidt and Dan Mondloch all paint in watermedia (watercolor, gouache and acrylics), but they all have distinctly different styles and approaches.  All three are members of the Central Minnesota Watercolorists group in St. Cloud MN.   Hope you can come visit this beautiful display and see what brings these longtime painters together, what makes each of their work unique, and learn about what inspires them to paint.   Each artist has been able to display a large assortment of new works and the presentation is very nice.


Dan gave a wonderful landscape demo during the reception.
Dan's Demo May 2015







Our art work is very similar in colors and style but each artists’ work is very unique. Right now, the gallery is singing with color and the visitors have enjoyed it
ever smuch!                                                                                                       Submitted by Kathy BraudAitkin show - Kerry, Kathy and Dan June 2015

News Items – May 24, 2015

Art and Historic Homes  Exibits Lemon Twist, held in conjunction with the Lemonade Art Fair on Thursday, June 25th (10 AM – 4 PM), is the initial launch of an annual event partnership between the St. Cloud State University School of the Arts, South Side University Neighborhood Association and Visual Arts Minnesota.
Twenty artists will be selected to display and sell their work at 5 historic home locations. (around 2 pieces each depending on space in 5 historic homes, there will be around 4 artists at each location. Visual Arts Minnesota has portable walls and pedestals to be utilized for this event).
We ask that artists have all work for sale and that they be present for most of the time to meet with visitors and represent their work. -There is a fee of $10 to apply. -All mediums accepted. -All artwork must be ready to hang (wired if framed). Please visit (click here) for online submission form DEADLINE: Friday, May 29, 2015

Workshop on Watercolor Batik by Carol Spohn To be held on August 22, 2015 at Watab Hall.  Here’s an opportunity to expand your choices for creativity.   All materials provided; no prior experience necessary.  Invite your friends for a fun day learning this creative approach to painting.  Cost: $40 CMW members; $50 others.  Coffee and water provided.  Bring your own lunch.
Must signup and be paid by June 22nd.  Minimum number of participants is 16.  To sign up, contact Robyn York and click on this email address: .

Congratulations to Linda Addicott who sold 4 paintings at her show in Whitney.   In addition, CMW members to be congratulated are Linda Addicott, Elly Van Diest, and Cheryl Running who will be teaching watercolor to residents at area nursing homes/assisted living homes in the month of June.  This is being sponsored and coordinated by Jane Oxton, Art A LaCarte which is an effort to reach out and bring arts to the community.

Get to Know Our Artists:  Beginning in June, you will see a CMW artist featured here along with a sample of their art.  With so many talented people in our organization, it is fun to get to know and see more about them.