News as of February 2, 2016

We start off with a new month and many events(LOTS) on the calendar!

  1. CMW Meetings
    * February 8th, 6PM at Paramount Arts Studio — Bring your interpretive painting of “Birds of a Feather”  for our Easel night -even if you haven’t completed it.  Or you can bring any piece as you wish.  You can explain your  approach and ask for input as desired.    There will also be  an overview of the CMW website and what’s next.  This is also the last chance to register for the Campfire Bay Weekend  from March 10-13.

    March 14th, 6 PM at Paramount Arts Studio — There will be a demo on abstract painting from Gail Speckmann.  You may click on her  website to see her work:

    April  (date ??) 6 PM at Paramount Arts Studio Watch this website and the CMW newsletter for an official announcement about the date of the meeting.  The plan is to have a demo by Don Andrews, our spring workshop artist, sometime
    in the first week of April.
     2.   CMW Shows
         * Whitney Senior Center – CMW Show runs from February 1 – March 31.
           * Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Sauk Rapids – March 1-31.
Hang date is March 1st.  Enter the main entrance and check in with Jodi Speicher for direction to the art display area        
         * St. Cloud Hospital – “Labor of Love” –  May 1-31.  Information due to Robyn York by April 26, 2016.

   3.   Events ( Educational and Other Activities)
 Campfire Bay Painting Weekend
Final arrangements are being confirmed for the March 10-13th CMW painting weekend.  This will be great fun.  Payment is due at the Feb CMW meeting.  Registrations will close as of that date.  Please contact Robyn York to sign up.  Her email is

Share Your Art!

Holdingford High School FAN Club (Fine Arts Now) is looking for YOU to share your talents for our “Celebration of the Arts” event on Sunday March 13th from 1-3:00pm at the Holdingford High School, with a focus on having several “hand on” activities for people to try.  We want to celebrate that art is all around us, so we have people joining us from ALL kinds of arts: song, dance, instrumentals, speeches, woodworking, cake decorating, hair stylist, balloon tying, florist, the list goes on! We want you to join us and celebrate your art!  We are looking for artists to volunteer your talents and help us to celebrate art all around us.  In exchange for volunteering your talents we encourage you to bring anything to promote your business/service.If you are willing to share your talents with our community, please contact Geriann Friday at or call 320-333-5577.  Items also accepted for our silent auction/raffle.


Don Andrews Workshop at Paramount Visual Arts Center ( St. Cloud)
This workshop runs from April 5-8th and will focus on painting persons in landscapes.  Please contact the Paramount Visual Arts Center for registration.

Don Andrews

Don Andrews

  Upcoming Anne Abgott Workshop (Iowa)
The Le Mars Iowa Arts Center is hosting a three day workshop by Anne Abgott in May of 2016. Cost is just $225 for all 3 days. A meet and greet will be on May 23, workshop from 9 – noon and 1 – 4 on May 24 – 26. We invite any of you that are interested to please contact me for more details by email or phone. We are a 501 (c)(3) Non profit organization. Judy Marienau, Administrator 712-546-7476 or email 
North Star Artist Market
This event in event will include all kinds of watercolor and watermedia, continuous demo’s under the big mirror, artists at work on the sidelines every day, a chance to visit with artists. Art is for sale, all original works, even cards are original artworks. Free admission.  Contact the site if interested.

Kathy Braud is giving a demo under the big mirror at Artist Market 2016 at 6 PM Friday evening, May 14, 2016.  A floral – loose and abstract is the plan for that demo.

 4.    Announcements
CongratulationsSandra Driscoll was accepted into the Arts In Harmony for this year. The show runs from Feb 1 to March 24 at the Sherbourne County building in Elk River.  A reception will be held Feb 7 from 1:00 to 3:30.  Here is one of her paintings:
Stone Town

Stone Town

Congratulations also go out to Kathy Braud for several accomplishments:

The 2016 Juried Exhibit is on display at the Jaques Art Center, Aitkin, MN which goes until February 20th, 2016  Judge, Derek Davis.
She has 3 art pieces on display at that exhibit.  Here is one of her works:

Braud - Cherry Toppers

Cherry Toppers

Kathy has a watercolor art exhibition at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, St Paul, MN  January – March 2016
Kathy will also be the featured exhibit artist at the Crossing Arts in Brainerd for February and March.  Saturday, Feb 13 will be a meet and greet plus a demo from 10 AM – 2 PM.

*Phishing- without a line,  hook and sinker!!   Recently some phishing emails have come to the CMW website.  So, how do you know if an email is real or is phishing.    Here are some cautionary tips for you:
*  You will note unusual or strange language used – references are general and not specific.
*  It is common that there are compliments of some kind that are made
*  They often refer to a different website
*  The emails commonly are of a gmail address and there are numbers associated with the name ie  This is a red flag for a phishing email.


News as of January 16, 2016

1. CMW has a new President– Kerry Kupferschmidt.  After a lot of nervous waiting we are very happy to announce that Kerry Kupferschmidt has agreed to serve for the years of 2016 and 2017 as President of Central Minnesota Watercolorists.   We look forward to continuing the full agenda of CMW events thoughout these next 2 years.

Kupferschmidt - Portrait

After much soul searching I have decided to say “Yes.”  Yes to being your next President of Central Minnesota Watercolorists! I look forward to playing a role in the continued growth of a great organization. We have a lot of exciting opportunities in the upcoming years and I am delighted to be part of that. I love watercolor and see much potential for us to express our creativity and continue to grow as artists. Stef and the rest of the board has made great progress in the last couple years. I only hope I can give everyone a nudge to continue to progress.  I am glad to step up and help!”
Kerry Kupferschmidt

2.  CMW Meetings:
~~~The January CMW Meeting on the 11th included a demo on framing and matting by Robyn York.   It was very informative and clarified many aspects about mat cutters, materials, technique and framing principles.

~~~The February CMW Meeting  to be held Monday, Feb 8th in the Paramount Visual Art Center will be devoted to hearing from our new President and then having Easel Night where we may show our paintings along the theme of “Birds of a Feather” or any other work we would like to exhibit.  If you like, you may ask for feedback on your work.  If you need a ride, you may feel free to contact anyone from the CMW board and we will help line up a ride for you.
This is the last chance to sign up for the March Paint-in weekend at Campfire Bay from March 10-13th.

~~~For the March CMW Meeting to be held Monday the 14th, there is a change in the demonstrator presentation.  Taking Pat Choffrut’s place will be Gail Speckmann focusing on abstract paintings.  You may click on her website to see her work:

3.  Upcoming Shows:
* The Red River Watercolor Society (RRWS) is gearing up for the 23rd Annual National Watermedia Exhibition!
Deadline is February 1, 2016 
Opening is May 17th, 2016 at the Plains Art Museum
Juried by Tom Francesconi, AWS, NWS, TWSA, WW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2016 Contact: Rachel Daly, Director of Visual Arts 952-563-8570│
Artistry Opens Call for Artists for 2018 Exhibition Year   (Bloomington, MN)   Emerging and established artists and artist groups residing in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin who are 18 years or older are invited to submit a proposal for the 2018 Exhibition Program at Artistry. All proposals must be received online by March 31, 2016 to be considered. Individuals or groups working in any medium, with the exception of film or video, are eligible. Proposals will be reviewed by a jury panel who will select artists/artist groups based upon the quality of the artwork, creativity and originality, technical skill, and the overall quality of the proposal. Artists may be combined for a small group show or chosen for a solo exhibition to create a dynamic and exciting exhibition calendar that showcases a variety of media and styles. Artistry curates approximately fourteen exhibitions per year in the Inez Greenberg Gallery and Atrium Gallery, both located in the Bloomington Center for the Arts. There were over 48,000 visits to the Inez Greenberg Gallery in 2015. All proposals must be received online by March 31, 2016 to be considered and a $10 non-refundable application fee is required. For more information about application requirements and to apply, please visit or contact Rachel Daly at 952-563-8570.
About Artistry: Artistry is a regional arts nonprofit serving more than 80,000 people annually through theater, visual arts, arts education, and creative placemaking programs. Artistry is a proud participant in the Twin Cities Ivey Awards and one of seven nonprofit organizations based in the Bloomington Center for the Arts. For more information, visit or call 952-563-8575.

4.  Congratulations !!

* Kerry Kupferschmidt won an Honorable Mention Award at the Jaques Art Center Annual Juried Show in Aitkin.
   The show continues until February 20th, 2016.
  Here is his painting “Winter Departs” – Click on the painting to enlarge.

Winter Departs

Winter Departs

Dan Mondloch’s painting “The Rocks at Jay Cook” and Bonnie Schwichtenberg’s painting “Looking for Dinner” have been accepted into the 2016 Essential Art Exhibition. The opening reception is January 22nd between 6:00 and 8:00. Awards will be presented at 7:00.   Their paintings are below – click on them to enlarge.

Looking for Dinner

Looking for Dinner

Rocks at Jay Cooke

Rocks at Jay Cooke

5.  Don’t forget to sign up for the Don Andrews Workshop at the Paramount Visual Arts Center to be held in April.   There are only 6 spots remaining.  See prior posts for further information.





News as of January 9, 2016

Happy New Year!  We look forward to many great events in 2016.

  1.  CMW Meeting – Monday, January 11th at the Paramount Visual Arts Studio. Checkin, registration for upcoming art shows, the March paint in weekend, and networking at 6 PM before the meeting begins at 6:20 PM.     Then there is a demo by Robyn York on the topic of framing and matting.  Please bring your questions and tips/hints that you have to share.
  2. Art Calls
    *From Jennifer Penzkover, St. Cloud Arts Commission Coordinator
    “Happy New Year!   If you, or an artist you know, are interested in sharing your work (2D or 3D) with an exhibit at either the St. Cloud Public Library, or the River’s Edge Convention Center please let me know.  We have openings at both venues for 2016.  Exhibits typically last 6 weeks at the library and 8 weeks at the River’s Edge.  If you are an instructor and would like a venue to showcase your students’ work that is great too.  Please give me a call or drop me an email if you have any questions, or would like more information on either venueMany thanks,” Jennifer Penzkover St. Cloud Arts Commission Coordinator 320.650.3148

    *Plein Air Grand Marais 2016 CompetitionThe Grand Marais Art Colony is seeking submissions for the 14th Annual Plein Air Grand Marais competition September 9 – 16, 2016. The full roster of artists will paint within the bounds of Cook County, Minnesota, a total of 3,340 square miles. The landscape features towering pine forests, swaths of aspen groves, quaint waterfalls, and expansive Lake Superior vistas. 2016 Awards Juror: Dan Wiemer .
    Applications are being accepted via 
    Opportunity Closes: Friday, April 8th 2016, 11:45pm

3.  Robyn York is showing her art at the Good Earth Coop in St. Cloud.  Stop by and take a look!

On the Fence

On the Fence

4.   Kerry Kupferschmidt has a painting of Tetegouche accepted into the 2016 Arts in Harmony International show (Elk River).   This is his art:

High Falls Tettegouche

High Falls Tettegouche

5.  Upcoming CMW shows are for
*  St. Cloud Hospital “Labor of Love”  – February, 2016
* Whitney Show at Whitney Senior Center – February – March, 2016
Signup with information due to Robyn York January 26, 2016- Email her at