News as of Friday, November 24, 2017

I hope you have all recovered from your turkey coma and are doing something fun.  Maybe you’re putting up Christmas decorations, going Black Friday shopping or just taking it easy after a full Thanksgiving Day of family and/or friends or ~~~~painting your original watercolor card to bring to our December meeting?    It’s all good!!

Here’s the latest news!

Meetings

November 2017 Meeting at Paramount

  1.  The biggest announcement made by Yvonne Schrank, CMW Treasurer was to give out the 2017 Members’ Choice Award of $50.    Paintings by CMW members are viewed and then a vote is made for their favorite work.  There was a tie so this year’s winners were Kerry Kupferschmidt  for “Afternoon Light”and Sandra Driscoll for “Sartell Barn”.  Congratulations to you both!

Yvonne Schrank with Members’ Choice Award Winners – Sandra Driscoll & Kerry Kupferschmidt

 

2.  Our Demo was provided by Karen Knutson who showed members wire painting and other tips in acrylic which can be applied to watercolor.  Below are some pictures about her demonstration.  Click on  photos to enlarge

3.  Gordon Schrank, our incoming 2018 President, announced the February meeting – Easel Night’s Theme for President’s Choice:  “It Caught My Eye”

 

December Meeting – December 11th Christmas Party at Watab Hall 

For your calendar  -note this date which is our annual Christmas meeting where the priority is socializing with friends plus meeting, greeting and making new friends.  Members are invited to paint an original watercolor card for a Christmas card exchange and to bring a treat/goodie to share.  Wine and coffee will be served. This  year members are welcome to bring and share a painting they’ve accomplished as a result  of a workshop or demo done anytime in 2017.   Please come around 6 PM to Watab Hall.

Directions:  Get to highway 15 (north) merging with 10 (west)  and from that merge go about 4 miles to an intersection of County 4 and 79 (it is marked with signage).  Turn left onto Cty 79 and go about the distance of 1 city block – the Watab Hall is on the left.  There is an ample size parking lot.

Shows

Paramount ShowScheduled for takedown 10AM – 12 Noon on Monday, June 4, 2017.  Be sure to arrange someone to pick up your art if you can’t make this extraordinary time.

Waite Park Library Show in February, 2108 This is a smaller venue so spaces are limited.  Be sure to sign up soon.  One painting per artist.  Setup is Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 4-5  PM.  Contact Yvonne Schrank with your interest at schrank@prodigy.netDeadline for registration and jpeg submission to Mary Buhl at mnlady949@gmail.com is January 22, 2018.

Events

More exciting news – the CMW Board had been working hard to plan a fun spring watercolor painting retreat to be held at Linden Hills Center in Little Falls, MN  for Monday – Thursday, May 7-10, 2018.  Depending on the number of attendees the entire room cost would be somewhere in the range of $150-$200 total for 3 days and nights at this beautiful venue.  Food and drink are at your own expense.

Even more exciting is that David Smith would come for one whole day of instruction on Tuesday, May 8th and includes a lunch.   This is at no added expense to 3 day attendees.  Other CMW members may come for the day, depending on space, for a fee of $100 with a sandwich lunch included.

Please visit the Linden Hills website to see all the amenities and the lovely historical housing.  Their website is linden-hill.org – just click on this link to view.

A non-refundable deposit for registration will be needed soon and will be addressed at the December CMW meeting.  This is needed to secure the dates.

Workshops

A 2018 Fall Workshop with Andy Evenson is in the planning stages.  More to come~~~

Painting Opportunities

Silver Brushes paint from 8:30 – 11:30 on Monday mornings at Whitney Senior Centre. Feel free to join the group

There is a group that paints from 12:30 – 4 PM on Thursday afternoons at Watab Hall.   An artist of any medium is welcome to come.

 

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CMW Meeting – Monday, November 13, 2017

The November CMW Meeting will be held at the Paramount Visual Art Studios this coming Monday, November 13, 2017 beginning with networking/registration at 6 PM, at 6:20 President Kerry Kupferschmidt will provide an update on upcoming CMW activities and the Member’s Choice Award will be announced.  Then about 6:30 we will also see this demo.

(For those of you viewers who are not CMW Members, please feel free to come and join us FREE for one meeting.  If you wish to come to other demos, the fee is  $5/meeting.)

Painting with Wild Abandon with Karen Knutson!

On Monday, November 13th, Karen Knutson will be our demo artist!  She teaches workshops across the United States, traveling to a different state every month!  She holds signature status in many National Watercolor Societies and has won many awards, both locally and nationally.  In December of 2016, Karen was named one of 10 Artists to Watch by the Watercolor Artist Magazine!  Her paintings have been featured in many books.

Karen is excited to demonstrate lots of fun tricks, using acrylicsFor those of you who are watercolorists, please come and see some new tricks.  You may be able to use them in your watercolors as well, OR Karen may sway you over to trying acrylic after all!  She loves the brightness of the colors and the fact that one can layer and build such depth, using acrylics.  You become a bit of an archaeologist as you remove layers later on and make discoveries underneath!  Karen calls this demonstration process, “Painting like Gustav Klimt” because it results in tiny colorful shapes of exciting colors like he did in his paintings.  She will also be sharing many gold special effects like Gustav used also.  Her demonstration will include dropping liquid acrylic on the paper and then scraping it, using a credit card.  The students always LOVE this process!  We will touch on the subject of wire drawing, one of Karen’s favorite things EVER!   Karen states about her use of acrylics, “Don’t get me wrong.  I still enjoy using watercolor too, but I’m a painter first.  I will use whatever media works to produce the effects that I want.  If you struggle with design and composition, I have some tricks up my sleeve for that too!”  To see more of Karen Knutson’s paintings, go to her website, www.karenknutson.com or her blog,
www.karenknutson.blogspot.com.

 

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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, dsmithfineart.com 

 

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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 karenknutson.com.

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.”

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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.

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 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. 

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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                                                                                                                  Communityoutreach@goodearthfoodcoop.coop 

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

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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.

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

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* 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.

 

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