News Items – May 16, 2015

It was all about the fun over the past week.  See topics below.

1.  Paint In held May 9th at Watab Hall – The day was beautiful, the venue wonderful.
See the enthusiastic artists who attended this event.  May'15 Paint In bunch and wine

Go to the Meetings/Educ tab and Paint ins subtab for more pictures of these artists at work.




2.  May 11th, CMW Meeting – An update from Stephanie Young, President was given with lots of new opportunities for CMW artists to show their work.   In addition, a demo by  Bonnie Schwichtenberg on the topic of gilding was given.Schwicht - May 15 - Bonnie at table

Go to the Meetings/Educ tab and the meetings subtab for further detail of her work.






3.Art Market May 2015 Note this event coming up soon!!






4.  Postcards – 2015 National Art Show  at Hopkins Center for the ArtsHopkins show back Fall 2015 Hopkins show front Fall 2015– September, 2015





New Opportunity for Artists – Art Call

Lemon Twist Tour: Fine Art and Historic Homes Thursday, June 25th (10 AM – 4 PM) St. Cloud State University Campus and Historic South Side Neighborhood

Have you always wondered what the interiors looked like in some of the historic homes in the campus neighborhood of St. Cloud State University? Please join us for an art crawl through some of these homes featuring a fine art sale by Visual Arts Minnesota artists. Stop by the base tent at Barden Park to pick up your tour map and see live art demonstrations by four artists working on 1 collaborative piece. Visitors will be invited to get their maps stamped at all 5 locations to be entered in a drawing to win the 4 person collaborative artwork.

Visual Arts Minnesota will also be printing a set of note cards for sale during the event with an assortment of images by the artists represented. This event will run during the annual Lemonade Art Fair on the St. Cloud State University Campus. Lemon Twist 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 for online submission form Application Deadline: Friday, May 29th Artists will be notified by Friday, June 5th.
Artists will be notified on drop off location time and date at a later date. Please email or call (320) 230-8000 or with any questions. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Central MN Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Dan Mondloch at Dillman’s in June, 2015 – Sign up now


Registrations needed – You or a friend  
Please Contact Dan at or  320.250.0073
Click on the Dillman’s website below for much more detailed information about Dan’s workshop.

June 7-12, 2015 (Four Teaching Days) – In this workshop you will learn how to use three water-media in one painting; watercolor, gouache, and acrylic. If you’ve ever felt trapped or limited with transparent watercolor, you will enjoy the freedom this process offers. The freedom comes in having that second and third chance at getting your subject right. After adding acrylics and gouache to your watercolors, you will feel like a weight had been lifted off your shoulders, the pressure is off! The challenge is in knowing how and when to mix the various media. The secret is that each medium has its own unique visual qualities and physical characteristics. Through demos and plenty of painting time, you will learn how to combine them in a natural and effective way. Undercoating and this mixed media process can relight your fire for painting. Undercoatings with bold color have been used for centuries for their aesthetic beauty, but they are relatively new to water-media. It has had a huge impact on me because I was able to look at the same subjects I’ve always painted, but in a new way. I will show you how to pick the right colors for your undercoating, and demonstrate how that color can magically unify your entire painting. Then, you will learn how to balance the various media within one painting so that your mixed media attempt doesn’t look like an afterthought. I like to use bold color and high contrast for a dramatic effect, and sharing this water-media process is so much fun because students make a lot of progress and they get excited about painting again. They feel like going back and trying all those old failed paintings again, but with the new things they’ve learned. Join me for this workshop and re-light your firefor painting!
In this workshop the goal will be to combine fluid acrylics, watercolor, and gouache in what might feel like a reverse painting approach. Any subject matter will work for this process, and you will want to bring many reference photos or sketches to work from. My suggestion is to bring subject matter that is Simple,Easy and Familiar to paint from. This is important – and will allow you to focus on this new painting process versus focusing on trying to figure out how to paint something new.
Bring whatever size paper you prefer to work on; I would recommend a quarter sheet minimum as the goal of this workshop is to explore the new materials and loosen up a little. I will bring a variety of subject matter to demonstrate with, with my primary focus being watercolor. It would be helpful if a few participants brought hairdryers to speed up dry time between the initial wash and clear coat steps.

Reservations: or 715-588-3143Visit to learn about the art retreat and resort.Dillman’s Art Workshop Retreat and Dillman’s Bay Resort
Post Office Box 98, Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin 54538

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