News as of July 27, 2015

1.  Here are a few items of note for your  activity calendar so be sure to stop by and view the latest art work.

*  The CMW show at the Paramount will go up on July 31st and will run until September 9th.

* CMW artists will be participating in the CMW Annual Show and Sale at the Art Crawl on
Friday, August 14th at the Paramount.

*  There will be a CMW exhibit at Centracare Plaza from September 1-30th.

2.   Dan Mondloch recently participated in 3 plein air festivals in MN.  Congratulations on these awards!  Click on each painting for a closer look!

Red Wing June 22-29 where he took first place for this painting

1st Place Award

1st Place Award

  In Duluth July 12-18 at Paint du Nord taking first place overall:

"Industrial Charm"

“Industrial Charm”


Aitkin Plein Air – July 15-18 taking first place with this “Backlit Clouds” painting and first place with “Hazy Aitkin Morning” for the quick paint event.
Aitkin Plein Air Quick Paint 1st place, July 2015

He was also very fortunate to have a few sales at these events.

Dan’s next shows will be at Loring Park Arts Festival August 8-9, and Hudson Plein Air Festival August 14-17.

He will have an exhibit of plein air paintings at the Paramount’s Studio C, October 23 – December 5th, with a reception on October 24th.  If you would like to be added to Dan’s mailing list for more information, you can subscribe on his website:

Dan will be teaching 3 classes at the Paramount Visual Arts Center this fall.
Contact Derick at the Paramount for more info: 320.257.5928 or online at
~Beginner Watercolor October 17th
~Beginner Acrylic November21
~Intermediate Acrylic December 5th

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News Items as of July 6, 2015

There are a number of news items to cover; it’s a busy summer!

1.  Shows

*St. Cloud Public Library – CMW has hung a show that began July 1st and will be on display until August 15, 2015.   Do stop by and view their work.

Art by Pat Spence

Art by Pat Spence

Steph Young, President CMW and Jennifer Penzkover, St. Cloud Arts Commission

Steph Young, President CMW and Jennifer Penzkover, St. Cloud Arts Commission

Susan Jensen Cekalla

Susan Jensen Cekalla

Robyn York

Robyn York



*Munsinger Gardens Art in the Park:  Small Treasures – Kerry Kupferschmidt is organizing this one day CMW show to be held from 10 AM-7PM  on Thursday, July 16th at Munsinger Gardens.  A number of paintings that measure up to 11″x14″ will be on display and as designated, are for sale.  Come out, enjoy the river, the weather, and the other art work on display that day.

*Paramount Show – This CMW show is coming up and will be on display August 1st – early Sept.  Signup is due by July 27th.

* CMW Show and Sale at August 16th Art Crawl – Several artists will have their exhibits with a number of their paintings at this event to be held at the Paramount– For questions contact the coordinators Sandra Driscoll and Marilyn Clement

2.  Art Call from the St. Cloud Arts Commission The City of St. Cloud is seeking up to 4 artists and/or artist teams to create designs for city crosswalks.  This is a fast-track project and the timeline is tight.  Each of the four artists or artist teams will receive $1,000 stipend to create a digital design that will be fabricated into a stencil to be used in the public right-of-way.  The deadline for submitting qualifications is Friday, July 17.  Qualification submissions must include:  Contact Information, Up to 5 digital work samples with a  brief description of each, an artist statement or resume, and 2 references.  Please do not hesitate to call or email if you have any questions about this project.  Feel free to pass this information along to any Minnesota artist or designer you know who may be interested. Many thanks, Jennifer Penzkover,  St. Cloud Arts Commission Coordinator

Click on these for more detail:    SJC Crosswalk Map          SJC Crosswalk RFQ

3. Lian Quan Zhen Art Classes (held 2 weeks in June, 2015)

There was great attendance at these 4 day classes with much learning achieved thanks to Lian.  A social  held June 15  provided a chance for more networking and comraderie.    Bonnie Schwichtenberg so graciously provided a home away from home for Lian during his stay here in St. Cloud.  Lian provided a demo for the entire CMW group on June 16th which was well received.  Another perk was that Lian autographed each of his books purchased by those taking his classes — the autograph was not only his name but an original painting inside the book cover.

Lian, Bonnie, Derick and Carole

Lian, Bonnie, Derick and Carole

Here are some images of Lian’s Demos: (For more images of his work, see the Classes/Workshop section under the Education Tab)

Lian's Koi Demo

Lian’s Koi Demo

Lian's Watercolor Floral Demo

Lian’s Watercolor Floral Demo

Lian's Crane Demo

Lian’s Crane Demo

Lian's Chinese Painting Demo
Lian’s Chinese Painting Demo