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.



News as of Monday, June 24, 2017

Such a busy summer.  Hope you’re enjoying all that it offers.  I know these “Loons on the Loose” are!!

By Mary Buhl

Here’s what’s going on~~~~

Donna Jarve is offering a one day Workshop on Boho (Bohemian) Art  and Watercolor on Saturday, July 29, 2017.    Sounds so intriguing. Click here for details: Jarve – Boho WS July 17


East Bank Gallery Show in Sioux Falls, SD 
The Art Reception was held Friday, July 7th.  Mary Buhl attended this reception to give an update on the art and to speak to attendees.  This was accomplished at 6:30 PM.  Here is the report that Mary sent to the CMW Board:

 “I wanted to report on the reception.  First if all our show looked terrific.  Ruthmary seemed very pleased with it.  She took me around to every painting and wanted to know about the paintings and the artists plus a little about the various  techniques.  The staff raved about the show and the wonderful color and variety of paintings as did some of the visitors.   I spoke to a watercolor teacher who was very interested in our organizational activities and our different types of gatherings.  I also talked to a beginning artist, a woman who has retired,  a young man who was so excited about the show and how to get to paint as well as those paintings in the show;  another was an art promoter and more people who came to my talk.  They wanted to know about our organization and how we came to be and develop –  I couldn’t believe how fast the time went. 
My observation is that the individual artists are hungering for education from recognized and/or nationally known artists for development and for connection and support from others.  They were very surprised at how developed we are with our activities and collaboration with the Paramount.  One of the ladies is going to get in touch with me and may join our group.  I gave out a few pamphlets also.  
I’m glad I went and was proud of our organization.  Ruthmary was thrilled with our portion of the show.  There were about 8-10 other artists showing and only one other speaker.”  
Mark your calendars
              * Returned East Bank Gallery art will be brought to the St. Cloud Library Parking Lot-              Northwest corner by 6:45 to 7:45 pm.
               *  Please wait for them to arrive. Library will NOT be open.     

Munsinger Park  Annual ” Art Fair in The Garden” – held July 20, 2017

 Pat Spence did a great job of coordinating this event.  There were sales of card and paintings.  



St Cloud Library Exhibit, Takedown date is July 31st, 4-5 PM


Great River Arts CMW “Watercolor Magic” Show– Little Falls, MN   October, 2017; hang date is September 30th.  – CMW Members are encouraged to sign up for this show and up to 4 paintings can be shown. There will be a Members’ Choice Award of $50 with voting by CMW members on the CMW Website.

 Please submit your images to Mary Buhl at  There will be a special tab and page of images on this website for members to view and vote. 

The Reception will be held October 28th which is also the takedown date.


Paramount Lobby ShowOctober 30- December 4, 2017 – The Paramount is putting this event into their Fall brochure.


Northstar Watermedia SocietyCall for Entry – Entry Deadline August 1st.  Kathy Braud says “ This is great opportunity to work toward the challenge of stretching your reach…. beyond your current art goals.  You can submit 3 paintings for the judge to view – only one can be used.”  See details below.


Coming in October this Fall:  David Smith workshopDates will be October 19-21st.  Registration is being coordinated by Derick Segerstrom at the Paramount Visual Arts Center.   Contact him at (320) 257-5928 or .  This workshop will be open to the public in mid-July.  There is 1 opening remaining and others who want to attend will be put on a waiting list.  Topics to be covered are: “Master the Mist”, “Stunning Sculptures”, and “Pour the Glow”.  One day will be spent on each topic.  See this summary by David:

 His website is


Art Crawls:  CMW Artists needed – Please sign up by notifying Kerry Kupferschmidt or any board member.

June 9, 2017   -St. Cloud Down Town Association Spring Art Crawl at the Paramount.   Marilyn Clement and Pat Spence painted at this art crawl.

 Aug. 11, 2017 from 3-9 pm – Again CMW assists the Paramount in bringing the arts to
 the public.   It is really a pleasant way  to spend some hours painting.  Kerry Kupferschmidt, Barb Rogan, Margaret Werlinger and Mary Buhl will be painting.  

Nov. 3, 2017 –  Two artists from the club to represent CMW in Studio B from 5-9 are needed. They can paint, show works for sale, visit with the crowd, whatever  they feel comfortable doing.     


 There are no CMW meetings this summer so keep up to date on this website and  the newsletter!!

** 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.)  Anyone who wants to, is invited.

 SAVE THE DATE:  CMW Annual Meeting and Silent Auction – Monday, Sept.  11, 2017 at Watab Hall.     Plan to arrive from 5-5:30 PM to register, network and bring your silent auction items for display.  There will be a dinner at 6 PM followed by our President Kerry Kupferschmidt going through the annual agenda. Your presence and input are needed so  please plan to attend.  The Silent Auction will follow.