News as of November 16, 2015

There are LOTS of activities and events planned – here is a list:

CMW December 2015 Holiday Meeting, Monday – December 14 This is a special time of year and we celebrate by getting together, bringing treats and, as an option, paint an original holiday greeting card to be put into the basket for an exchange.  The gathering starts at 6 PM at the Paramount Visual Arts Studio; the  meeting begins at 6:20.  President Stef Young will update the group on all that’s going on and we will view the annual Transparent Watercolor Society Awards Show.

Wanted – CMW President:    CMW is an all volunteer organization and is led by a President and Board made up of members who volunteer to give service to keep all the activities going.  Stef Young has served in the role of President the past 2 years and as treasurer before that.  Now is the time for you to step up and take your turn to give service. You will be mentored and supported in taking on this role in addition to being backed by a strong Board and activities already planned for 2016.  Notify any Board member (Listed in the “About” tab of this website) of your willingness to serve in this role.

January 11, 2016 CMW Meeting to be held – hopefully the weather will cooperate.  Because of all the activities that are occurring, the Board decided that this  meeting will be helpful to bridge the gap and keep us all connected.  In addition, Robyn York will give a demonstration and advice about matting and framing – a topic that raises so many questions.  Be sure to bring yours to the meeting.

Sunshine  – Spread it around:  CMW supports its members in many ways.   In the event of an illness, a loss or other adversity that impacts one of our members, we would like to be able to send a card.  We invite you to contribute an original painted card of yours to the CMW Sunshine Box to be used in such cases.  The card should measure 5″x7″ and can be brought to any CMW gathering.  Place it in the box or give it to one of the Board members.

Don Andrews Workshop Spring of 2016, April 5-8:  Register now with the Paramount Visual Arts Center to reserve your space for this workshop.  Don is nationally known and will be focusing on painting and including figures into landscapes.  To see more of his work, click here:
To register, contact Derick Segerstrom  by phone: 320) 257-5928 or by clicking here:

Upcoming Shows:  (Note – participation fees have changed to  a flat $5/show where
indicated and not $5/painting)
*Whitney Senior Center, St. Cloud,  January 1-February 28, 2016
Signup and info due to Robyn York by December 25th.
Participation is free
*St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud  February 1-28th.
“Labor of Love” show title
Signup and info due to Robyn York by January 26, 2016
$5 participation fee
*Good Shepherd Care Center, Sauk Rapids  March 1-31, 2016
Signup and info due to Robyn York by February 25, 2016
$5 participation fee

CMW Painting Getaway
– Campfire Bay Resort on Fishtrap Lake,
Cushing MN (1 hour north Hwy 10)
Treat yourself to this March 10-13, 2016 paint-in, have fun with friends, paint and do as you wish at this activity.  Cost is $39/nite plus a onetime studio fee of $5 – open 24/7.  Food is your chosing – bring your own, order in, go out to eat.  Kitchens in cabins and studio.  Limit of 20 people. Signup at meetings or contact one of the Board members.  (Click on images to enlarge).
Click on this website:  for more information.

Kerry Kupferschmidt ‘s Detroit Lakes show – It is at the Historic Holmes Theatre – 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. Artists Reception is Thursday, Nov. 19th, 5:30- 7 pm.
Show continues Friday noon- 7pm and Sat. the 21st 10am- 4pm.
There will be live music each night including Keri Noble Friday evening. “This is my first time there, so I don’t know other artists, but it is 12th year of the show. We get an 8 ft. x 3 ft. booth, so I will have prints, originals & cards.”  Here one of his new paintings.

Raspberry Island Light

Raspberry Island Light

CMW November Meeting and Demo by Duane Barnhart CMW members enjoyed a watercolor demonstration by Duane in which he showed how he took a photo of an old pickup  sunken in the grass and turned it into a work of art.  Duane worked in layers– working light to dark. Here is some of what the group saw:



News items as of November 6, 2015

Upcoming CMW meeting coming this Monday, November 9thNo ice or snow to contend with — come out and network — we have new members and will be a great time to meet them,.  You  may check in, sign up for upcoming shows and socialize at 6 PM  at Paramount visual art studio.  Meeting starts at 6:20 by Stef Young and a demo by Duane Barnhart begins at 6:40. To see his work click on this site:   


VAM show 2016 Call to Art

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29th, 2015  EXHIBIT DATES: JANUARY 22nd – FEBRUARY 28th, 2016 Paramount Theatre Lobby Gallery 913 W. St. Germain St. St. Cloud, MN 56301 Open to Minnesota residents. Register artwork in any media (painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, etc.) completed within the past two years. The Essential Art Exhibition has been an opportunity for artists to come together on a yearly basis and exhibit their best work. Included in the process is an artist critique on the day of the reception with the juror and a docent talk of the winning pieces during the reception. NEW THIS YEAR: Jurying will be online and only accepted work will be delivered to to the gallery.

STATEMENT FROM JUROR, GLENN QUIST: Over the years I’ve acted as a juror for several art shows. I do it when I’m asked because I enjoy the opportunity to see a variety of artwork and to interact with other artists. I’ve never fooled myself or tried to fool others that I’m some kind of superior artist. I don’t believe in such things, however, I do feel I’m qualified based on my lifetime of experience as a working artist. I’m also not rigid in my beliefs about art. I love diversity and my criteria for judging encompasses a variety of ideas and perceptions but ultimately comes down to my own gut reactions. This is the privilege of working as a judge. It’s like visiting a museum where you also get to hand out a few rewards. Don’t be mistaken. I do take it seriously and it’s always very daunting to have to make final choices and I’m more than willing to discuss my point of view with whomever is interested. How do you win at art? It isn’t a sport and this isn’t the Paris Salon of the 1800’s. My opinion is you win simply by going through the process and putting yourself out there and I encourage anyone who makes art to participate.


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.

News as of Saturday, October 31, 2015

Frank Zeller Workshop  – Nineteen people attended this educational event which was held Oct 10-11 at the Paramount Visual Arts Center.   Many concepts were covered which put the attending artists hard at work and much learning was undertaken.

 River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud – If you haven’t see the CMW Show as yet, be sure to stop by. Takedown of the CMW show is scheduled for  Monday, November 30th from 4-5 PM.   Mark your calendars!

The CMW October Meeting featured CMW member Kerry Kupferschmidt as the demonstrating artist.  Kerry specializes in professional renderings of homes and showed how he uses watercolor to create and enhance his images.  Thank you, Kerry!

Next CMW Meeting – Monday, November 9, 2015 at the Paramount – Steph Young will give an update about exciting CMW happenings.  In addition, our featured demonstration artist will be Duane Barnhart.  Here is what he says, The translucent quality of watercolor lets the paper reflect light to create an inner glow that gives the painting more life.  I enjoy both plein air  painting on location and working in my studio on Big Pine Lake south of Aitkin, Minnesota. I try to capture a sense of presence and a fresh look at the subject. I enjoy experimenting with the use of saturated color and strive to take advantage of the translucency of the paints. ”     To see his work click on this site:

When the winter blahs strike, CMW will be there— Watch for an update about the planning and signup for a CMW paint in at Campfire Bay Resort in Cushing, MN for March 10-13th, 2016.  It’s a beautiful resort ina a beautiful area only about an hour north of St. Cloud– modern and super accommodations.  More information to come shortly.