News as of Friday November 3, 2017

Update about upcoming events

The CMW show is on display from November 1 – December, 4 2017 at the Paramount Community Arts Center in the main lobby.  The opening reception is from 5-9 Friday, November 3rd.  As part of the St. Cloud Art Crawl, demo artists, Margaret Werlinger and Linda Addicott will be there to show their approach to watermedia art. 


Kerry Kupferschmidt & Kathy Braud “Seasons in the Sun” Art Show at Great River Arts in Little Falls:  The show starts Nov. 8th but continues through December until Dec. 30th. The Reception is Dec. 2nd at Noon- 2 pm. “We’ll be sending cards out soon.”


Invitations from Diane Runberg:
The Brainerd Area Arts Club will hold a holiday show and sale at the Franklin Art Center in Brainerd on November 11th. The show will feature art and other gift items by member artists.

The Crossing Arts Alliance will hold a “Kringle Market” that same day at 711 Laurel St. in downtown Brainerd. This willhighlight handmade items by its artist members at reasonable prices.


Member Meeting:  Monday, November 13th – 6 PM at the Paramount– come and see Karen Knutson demonstrations

Monday, December 11th – 6 PM at Watab HallChristmas party. Bring an original painted Christmas  Card, a treat to share and a joyful Christmas spirit!!
















News as of Sunday, October 29, 2017

—Goodbye Fall (almost) – Hello Winter-just around the corner!!   We begin to to notice that, as the ground, trees and scenery eventually turn white and gray, our need for color   (wherever we can find it) increases even more.   How lucky are we who create and appreciate color and art!

Here are some special items of interest in this update.

David Smith gave a great 3 day workshop October  19-21 at the Paramount Visual Arts Center .  He was fun, energetic  and a  lively free spirit which was passed on to the participants.  Here’s how our 3 days were spent – one day focusing on creating mist in our paintings,

another day on an approach to painting statues


and the last day on washes and painting his version of a barn photo using push and pull of the paint to create this effect

Award winning Art

 We wish David good luck on his journey to becoming a recognized, national artist.  In our opinion, he surely  has a good start!  To view more of his paintings,  go to his website, 



CMW Meeting- November 13, 2017 at the Paramount Art Studios – registration at 6 PM; meeting begins at 6:20 pm with an update from Kerry Kupferschmidt and an announcement of the winner of the CMW Members’ Choice Award.  This will be followed by a demo by Karen Knutson. Karen is known for her unique contemporary semi-abstract paintings. Here are some examples of her work. Her website is

Here’s some information from Karen’s website:

“I paint watercolors because I love its free and wild qualities, forcing the artist to adjust to its many moods. For the past few years, I’ve added collage and acrylic, which produces wonderful textures and color discoveries. My paintings are sometimes totally abstract, and sometimes there is something recognizable in the painting. I like my paintings to be different than “normal paintings” – anything that will make the viewer take a second look and be drawn into the painting! I used to be attracted to paintings with unusual colors, but now I’m drawn to paintings with dynamic design. First and foremost, I like to have fun while I paint, and I’m constantly trying out new things, so that I will grow as an artist. I feel like the luckiest person alive to be able to do something that I love so much!
My paintings are featured in Splash 6, Watercolor, Fun and Free, and Searching for the Artist Within , Watercolor- The Spirit of Spontaneity, Watercolor without Boundaries, The Artistic Touch 4, Watercolor- Making your Mark, and the magazine, Watercolor Magic (Aug.’04). I am a signature member of Transparent Watercolor Society of America,(formerly known as Midwest Watercolor Society), San Diego Watercolor Society, Red River Watercolor Society, the Montana Watercolor Society, and the Northern Plains Watercolor Society, the Minnesota Watercolor Society, NorthStar Watermedia Society, and Missouri Watercolor Society.”


CMW Meeting:   Monday, December, 11 2017  at Watab  Hall.  This is our annual Christmas gathering where we exchange original, painted Christmas cards and a dish of food/treats.  We will plan to gather at 6 pm -more details to follow.  Note the change in location — Watab Hall is where this meeting will be held.


 The last CMW Art Show for 2017 is:

The Paramount Lobby Show – October 30- December 4, 2017 
HANG Date: Monday Oct 30 , 4-5pm.   The Paramount Gallery charges 40% commission.

TAKEDOWN Date: Monday Dec 4 10am-noon. Art must be gone by noon to allow new show hanging that afternoon. 


Invitation:  Tammy Vorachit from the Good Earth Food Coop is inviting artists to signup for  a 9-10 piece display in their deli area.  The display would be up for one month at a time.  It can be one artist or a couple of artists who want to show their work.  The months for signup are made on a first come, first serve basis and Tammy is taking names now for 2018.  She welcomes questions and her contact information is: 

Tammy Vorachit
Community Outreach Coordinator – email her at                                                                                                         

Or  you can stop in at 2010 Veterans Drive, St. Cloud MN 56303


CMW Retreat (or Treat) Weekend – The CMW Board is assessing interest for a member retreat at the Linden Hill Retreat Center in Little Falls.  It is a beautiful site with excellent accommodations for various types of groups i.e. scrapbooking, painting, quilting .  This activity will be discussed further at the November CMW meeting.



 2017 Art Crawl: Nov. 3, 2017 – Thank you to Linda Addicott and Margaret Werlinger for volunteering to demo at the Paramount Visual Art Center.


* Paint with your colleagues:

Monday mornings “Silver Brushes” participants paint at the Whitney Center; see Whitney Website for details
Thursday afternoons – 12:30 – 4 – Paint to your heart’s content on your own agenda; held at Watab Hall (where CMW annual meetings
have been held.) There is an open invitation for anyone ( even if you’re not a CMW member; even if you use other art mediums) to attend.



Special Reminder – CMW Reception Oct 28, 2017 and VOTE :)

The CMW show “Watercolor Magic” is currently being exhibited at Great River Arts Gallery in Little Falls, MN.  This is a special reminder about 2 things:

1.  This gallery show is the basis for
CMW members to vote for the Members’ Choice Award.  You may view the paintings on this website under the Great River Arts tab and vote online or you may vote at the reception this coming Saturday in Little Falls, MN.  The Members’ Choice award is the only time once/year that colleagues can recognize and show their support for outstanding art work.

2.  You are invited and encouraged to attend the GRA reception for CMW to be held on this coming Saturday, October 28 from 12N – 2 PM.  You can view the paintings framed and matted for maximum artistic effect