News as of February 6, 2018

February already and nearly one week gone.   Just a reminder to get your painting ready for the February President’s challenge, “It Caught My Eye“.  And you can bring at any stage of completion, or in a mat or not, or framed or not.  It doesn’t matter.  We all learn and grow from each other.

Just a quick note — the Board has decided to extend the timeframe from January 31st to March 1st for renewal without the $5 penalty. Fill out your membership form (in the Feb Newsletter), enclose your $25 payment or check and bring it to the Membership meeting or mail it to Yvonne Schrank, 200 Glenview Loop, St. Cloud MN 56303.

First Sign of Spring:  The St. Cloud downtown art crawls will begin on March 23rd.  We need demo artists for this art crawl to demo at the Paramount which goes from 5 – 9 PM.  It’s great fun — You can paint,  you can show your art for sale, you can show your cards for sale, you can work on techniques and you can meet new people –who are mostly intimidated by your talent and curious about  your knowledge.  It’s a great way to promote the creative spirit in St. Cloud.  Signup at a meeting or give your name to one of the board members.

CMW Meetings:

February 12, 20186 PM Member Meeting– Easel night at the Paramount starts at 6 PM with registrations and networking. President Gordon Schrank will have a report for the members and the painting viewing will be conducted after that. Bring your painting in response to the President’s Challenge, “It Caught My Eye” and/or any other paintings you would like to show to your colleagues. This night is not a critique but rather you may ask for input if you wish. It’s a very friendly and supportive process.

March 12, 2018Member Meeting at the Paramount at 6 PM – There will be registrations for upcoming art shows available and a short meeting. There will be a demo by Kathy Braud, CMW Member focusing on how to make a variety of skies with clouds that will add interest to landscapes.

April 9, 2018 – Member Meeting at the Paramount at 6 PM. Demo artist will be Georgia Kandiko, a current instructor at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts, the South Shore Community Center and the U of M Landscape Arboretum.

May 14, 2018 – Member Meeting at the Paramount at 6 PM. Demo artist will be Catherine Hearding from Lake Elmo. She is a well known instructor of art organizations in the Cities and was a Juror for Selection and Awards for watercolor at the 2017 State Fair.

Upcoming CMW Shows:

Waite Park Library Show – February 1-28, 2018
Important dates
 takedown is Feb. 28 from 4-5 pm
See the Waite Park Library Show tab for the art on display.

Good Shepherd Show – April 2 – May, 31 2018
Important dates:
– jpeg of your painting by March 16 to Mary Buhl at
– Hang time is April 2 from 4-5 pm
– Down time is May 31 from 4-5 pm
Contact Yvonne Schrank to sign up.

Art in the Garden – CMW Show on Thursday, July 19, 2018 10AM – 7 PM.  Start planning for your “small” artwork and/or cards for this sales event.  Pat Spence is your contact for any questions.  You may contact her at

Upcoming Workshops:

May 7-10, 2018 – A Paint in will be held at Linden Hills in Little Falls, MN. Includes 1 day Workshop with David Smith. titled “Soft Floral” There are openings for the day Workshop with David Smith. Contact Yvonne Schrank to see if there is any availability for the entire retreat event or be put on a waiting list. See details in CMW February Newsletter or go under the Newsletter tab on this website.

This is the Material List of the David Smith Workshop Day:

“Folks will need a painting board that paper will stick to when wet, such as Plexi Glass or the Shiny Slick Coated/Surfaced Masonite. The board dimensions should be larger than the sheet of paper, which will be 11×15. They will also need to be able to prop their board up at an angle. They might be able to get away with propping their board on a large Kleenex box, but a easel of some sort would work better.”

Materials List
Usual Supplies: palette, water container, masking tape, towels, Kleenex, large spray bottle, hair dryer, pencil/eraser, etc.
IF you have an iPad/tablet, I recommend bringing it to take demo photos for reference.

  • Paper: One quarter (11”x15”) sheet of Arches Cold Press 140lb paper will be provided with the sketch already on the paper. Please bring at least 2 more sheets of paper to practice on.
  • Paint Boards. For this painting process, one will completely wet the paper (front & back). You will need a board that the paper will Stick to, such as Plexi Glass or the Shiny Slick Coated/Surfaced Masonite. The board dimensions should be larger than the sheet of paper, which will be 11×15.
  • Tools for lifting/softening highlights: Stiff Bristle Brush or Fritch Scrubber. My favorites are the #4 & #16 Fritch Scrubber (Cheap Joe) and the #2 Artisan Short Flat/Bright long handled (Winsor & Newton)
  • We will be working at a slant. Therefore, a table easel may come in handy. However, I’ll most likely simply prop one end of the painting board up on a Kleenex box or something.
  • Paint: I recommend the primaries: Yellow, Red, Blue, and a dark such as Paynes Gray, Indigo, or Neutral Tint. I’ll incorporate a number of colors, including: Yellow Ochre, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Sap Green, and Payne’s Gray.
  • Brushes: A variety of rounds and flats will work fine. I use synthetics (Escoda, Robert Simmons, Loew-Cornell). Brushes I presently use are: Escoda Rounds (Perla) size 8, 10, 12 (the Joseph Zbukvic set). And Escoda Mops (Ultimo Tendo Synthetic) size 14 & 18. If interested, these all can be found on the internet, like Amazon and some online art stores.

MonaLisa Graphite Paper or Loew Cornell Gray Transfer Paper (can buy at Michaels art & craft store, JoAnn Fabric, or online/Amazon) and a colored ball-point pen (red works well). These leave a transfer that is hard to erase, BUT are Dark, so you can see the lines through layers of paint, and will not wash away when wet. If you choose another transfer paper, test it to make sure it will be dark enough to see after a couple washes of color and will not disappear or get too light when wet.

Andy Evenson Workshop, Fall 2018:  October 25th – 27th beginning at 9AM each day. You will be notified as to when the registration process opens.

**Keeping your paints and brushes wet – Paint with your Colleagues

Monday mornings 8:30-11:30 at Whitney center — Silver Brushes

Thursday afternoons 12:30 – 4 at Watab Hall – informal group gathering to paint whatever it is that you want to work on.

Member Events:

Kathy Braud has a large watercolor show at M-State College at:

Charles Beck Gallery
1414 College Way,
Fergus Falls, MN
from Jan 8 – Feb 28, 2018.
Reception will be 2 – 4 ,Wed. Feb 7, 2018






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.