News as of December 6, 2017

Happy St. Nick’s Day!  Does anyone celebrate this day anymore?  At suppertime, my Uncle Jerry,  when coming in from the barn, would bang on the house and make such a ruckus outside that the little kids knew St. Nick was near and went running for their lives to huddle in a back bedroom. The next thing they heard was the sound of nuts and treats being thrown across the kitchen floor.   It is a fond family memory.





 Up Next is our Annual Holiday Gathering at Watab Hall on Monday, December 11, 2017. 

Here’s the plan:
 * Plan to meet and mingle around 6 PM
* Bring a treat to share; beverages provided are coffee, hot water for tea and hot chocolate plus wine will be available. Feel free to bring your own beverage if you wish
* Bring a painting to share that you have accomplished in the past year – could be based on a demo or workshop you attended or can be anything else you would like to share
* Bring your original painted watercolor card for our traditional card exchange –  optional participation
* Kerry will have a short agenda about the year and some items for discussion and input

January 2018 – No Meeting.  Prepare for February President’s Challenge and Easel night.  The President’s Challenge is “It Caught My Eye”.

February 12, 2018Member Meeting– Easel night at the Paramount starting at 6 PM.  Bring your painting in response to the President’s Challenge, “It Caught My Eye”  and/or any other paintings you would like to show to your colleagues.   This night is not a critique but rather you may ask for input if you wish.    It’s a very friendly and supportive process.

March 12, 2018Member Meeting, 6 PM – Demo by Kathy Braud, CMW Member

EXCITING NEWS – Paint in at Linden Hills in Little Falls, MN.  May 7-10.  Includes 1 day Workshop with David Smith.  See details in CMW December Newsletter under the Newsletter tab on this website.

Upcoming Shows:  

Waite Park Library Show – February 1-28, 2018
    Important dates –  jpeg of your painting to Mary Buhl at

                                      by January 22, 2018
– hang time is Feb. 1st from 4-5 pm
– takedown is Feb. 28 from  4-5 pm
Contact Yvonne Schrank to sign up –

Good Shepherd Show – April & May, 2018
Important dates  – jpeg of your painting to Mary Buhl at

                                   by March 16, 2018
  – Hang and takedown times to be determined

**Keeping your paints and brushes wet – Paint with your Colleagues

Monday mornings 8:30-11:30  at Whitney center — Silver Brushes

Thursday afternoons 12:30 – 4 at Watab Hall – informal group gathering to do whatever you want to work on



News as of February 27th, 2017

February is coming to an end so Spring is in view.  Along with that comes a new energy to change, create or start anew.  Artists are invited to take advantage of upcoming CMW activities.


*Don’t forget about Donna Jarve’s workshop next weekend on March 4 & 5th.  Details in the prior post.


 *There is an Art Crawl on Friday, March 24th.  Sandra Driscoll will be demonstrating at the Paramount Visual Arts Center.
  One more CMW demo artist is needed for art crawls in June, August and November
. Please contact any board member to volunteer.           

~ Meetings~ 

Monday, March 13thGather at 6 PM in the Paramount Visual Arts Center, St Cloud MN. 
 The meeting will include an update from President, Kerry Kupferschmidt and
a presentation by acrylic artist, Bonnie Cutts from the
Golden Paint Company. Bonnie will conduct an overview of a variety
of art paint mediums and we will have a  Q&A session.  This is a
great chance to enlarge our knowledge and see what is new “out there”.  
Here is Bonnie’s Bio:
Bonnie studied at the University of Minnesota, where she received her BFA with a
concentration in drawing and painting. She has shown her work professionally in both solo and
group exhibits over the past 30 years. Her work, both studio and commissioned, resides in
numerous private and corporate collections around the country. She has been affiliated with
Golden Artist Colors’ Working Artist Program since 1998. She offers technical lectures about
acrylic materials in college classrooms and for a variety of artists’ groups and organizations.
She teaches workshops across the country—as well as internationally—which consist of
information on innovative applications of acrylic materials.

The process of painting is as important as the finished artwork; what is not visible is as
important as what is seen. She finds a true sense of discovery in her work and is always
interested in the next place or thing to see, the next move to make, and the next image to paint.

Monday, April 10th Meeting – Gather at 6 PM in the Paramount Visual Arts Center, St Cloud MN. 
The meeting will include an update from President, Kerry Kupferschmidt and a demo by Katia Irie.  She is closely tied to the Russian museum in Richfield, MN.



Monday, May 8th Meeting – Gather at 6 PM in the Paramount Visual Arts Center, St Cloud MN. 
The meeting will include an update from President, Kerry Kupferschmidt and a demo by Judy Fawcett.  Judy plans to show her process of developing a painting from a value sketch to color sketch to final painting.  Members are encouraged to bring a sketch book to follow her instructions on drawing simple figures which enhance the over composition of the painting.  Her website is mnartists.or/judy-fawcett.


Waite Park Library Show – Takedown is Tuesday, February 28, 4-5 pm.
Photos of the show are at the end of this post.

Good Shepherd Nursing Home Show in Sauk Rapids will be held from
March 31st – May 31st.  Information due to Yvonne Schrank  by March 24th. Hang time is from 3-4 on March 31st and take down is from 4-5 PM on
May 31st.  Cost is $5/artist; two paintings/artist. Small paintings at $150 or less sell the best. 
Note the time for hang is different than usual.

East Bank Gallery CMW Show in Sioux Falls, SD – April 1st deadline
 for submission to CMW website
Here is a great opportunity to participate in this exclusive CMW Show which is to be
held in July, 2017.  The Gallery will be promoting and advertising this show so early dates
are necessary.  The Gallery staff project that selections will be made by April/early May and
the artists of the accepted works will be notified then.  There will be 2-4 alternate works
selected in the event that sales occur during the show. 
There is no limit to the number of paintings you can submit for the jurying process. 
Please note:  Once chosen, the paintings must be for sale and kept available after
that date.
 CMW will be coordinating the transport of artwork to and from the Gallery. 

The following is required for your participation in this show:

Before April 1st – Have a jpeg image of your artwork sent to Mary Buhl at
along with the following information:         Title
                              Size ( framed or projected frame size)
                                                                       Medium  i.e. Watercolor or mixed medium

Mary is very willing to assist you in photographing your work and sending it to her. 
Her phone # is 320-252-4412 Email is:   
Do not hesitate to call or email her.  You will notice a tab titled “East Bank Gallery” on the CMW
website where the artwork will be displayed for the East Bank Gallery staff selection process.


 * Ted Nuttall 2017 Spring Workshop  onApril 24-27th, 2017 coming to the
Paramount with a focus on painting portraits. This nationally known artist is in
high demand so let Derick Segerstrom know of your interest in putting your
name on a waiting list. The  reduced fee for CMW members is $450.
Contact Derick Segerstrom at the Paramount 320-257-5928 or click on this email to 

For as long as I can remember, I have been a fascinated spectator of human behavior – the quintessential people watcher. I naturally seek the unique character in everyone I encounter. Indeed, I consider my paintings to be records of expression and emotion, rather than portraits. Often, as I observe someone in his or her everyday environment, I am rewarded with a moment when a gesture or expression combines with the play of light and shadow.

A contemplative smile, hands cradling a book or carefully tying a shoe, a shadow cast by a pair of wire-rimmed glasses – and there occurs a pivotal instant when a story appears.

My paintings are an attempt to compose and thoughtfully record the nuances that fixed these moments, these stories, in my mind.

Matisse expresses the notion superbly:  “I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.”

Here are examples of Ted’s work:

  Waite Park Library Show held Feb 2017-Paintings:




News as of February 27, 2016

1.  Meetings

March 14th, 6 PM at Paramount Arts Studio —   A watercolor demo will be done by Gail Speckmann and will focus on abstract art.  You may view more of her work at

April  Tuesday April 5th, 6 PM at Paramount Arts Studio —A demo by Don Andrews, our spring workshop artist, will be given and will focus on painting figures in landscapes.  Click to enlarge.

Don Andrews

Don Andrews




* May 9th, Monday at 6 PM at Paramount Arts StudioDemo by Ellen Jean Diederich. To see more of her work click on this website address

* Summer, 2016 – No member meetings scheduled. 
2.  CMW Shows
* Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Sauk Rapids – March 1-31.
We will hang between 4:00 and 5:00 on March 1st and take down between 4:00 and 5:00 on March 31st.  If you can not be there at these times please make arrangements for delivery or pick up of your paintings.Good Shepherd is in Sauk Rapids, the address is 1115 4th Ave N.  Enter the main entrance and check in with Jodi Speicher for direction to the art display area  Robyn’s email:
St. Cloud Hospital –  May 1-31.  Information due to Robyn York by April 26, 2016. You may email her at

* Centracare Plaza June 1-30,  Information due to Robyn York June 18-27th at

3.  Events

*Christian Arts Festival, Eagan, MN:We are about a month away from the March 4 deadline for submitting art to this year’s Christian Arts Festival. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call or email me and I can help you out. Also, the deadline for art submission has some flexibility, please just let me know where you are in the process.  Furthermore, we are happy to announce that the internationally acclaimed artist Makoto Fujimura will be speaking at our festival.  Please see the website for further details.  Contact:Cell Phone: 651.246.5234 –  WEBSITE:  TSRRARTS.ORG ;   Art submission information

*CMW Artists will be heading to Campfire Bay Resort, Cushing MN for a Paint-in the weekend of March 10-13.  If you’re in the area, feel free to stop by and visit.  If you would like to  join the group for a day of painting, you are most welcome and the fee for the day will be only $15.

*Artists’ Market 2016! – Northstar Watermedia Event, May 13-14, 2016. Deadline:  March 17  Please download the Registration Form (Registration Form in Word OR 2016 Registration form word pdf) and follow directions on it.  You can mail the completed form to Pat (see top of form)   See original post Feb 2,2016 for full details.

*St. Cloud March 18 2016 Art Crawl  – There will be CMW artists demo-ing in the Visual Arts Studios.  Stop by and see what they’re creating.
March 2016 Crawl

Artistry Opens Call for Artists for 2018 Exhibition Year   (Bloomington, MN) –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.  See original post of Jan 16, 2016 for full details.

**Plein Air Grand Marais 2016 Competition – The Grand Marais Art Colony is seeking submissions for the 14th Annual Plein Air Grand Marais competition September 9 – 16, 2016. Applications are being accepted via  .   Deadline: Friday, April 8th 2016, 11:45pm  See original post of Jan 9, 2016 for full details.

4.  Announcements

* CMW is seeking CMW members as demonstrators for the March 18th art crawl.  Notify any of the board members to volunteer.

Spring Paint InMay 7th at Watab town hall. 9AM – 4 PM  $5 fee.  Coffee, wine are provided.  Bag lunch.  Paint as you wish.
Signup with Robyn at