News as of April 19, 2016

Take a look at these new events:

*Dan Mondloch – Plein Air Workshop June 7-9
Here is what Dan says:

Painting outdoors is exhilarating because you get to stretch your legs, enjoy
fresh air, and immerse yourself in inspirational subjects. While inspiration runs
high when painting outside, sometimes the amount of material to paint from
can be overwhelming. In this workshop I will show you how I select a subject and
composition from the expansive 360 degree view. Learn to simplify your subject
and find strength in the power of large shapes. With the big shapes taken care
of, it’s easier to loosen up and find confidence in using fluid washes, expressive
brushwork, and bold color. There will be a plein air demonstration each morning
and afternoon, with plenty of time for students to paint and explore on their
own. Painting locations to be determined (input welcome).

Click on this link for more information and signup: or call 320-257-5928

*Upcoming Northstar Media 2016 National Juried Exhibition
  The following provides a brief overview of key information and dates:


NorthStar Watermedia National Juried Exhibition, Twin Cities, MN.

Submission dates: May 1 – August 1, 2016 (deadline: August 1, 2016 @midnight).

Exhibition dates: October 1 -30, 2015 at Lakeville Area Arts, Lakeville, MN

Awards: a minimum of $4,000 in cash and non-cash awards (more than $8,000 in cash and non-cash awarded in 2015).

Media:  All watermedia.

Participation fee: Up to 3 entries per artist–$35 member; $45 non-member.

Artist prospectus – click here: and

Best Regards,
Leny Wendel, Publicity Chair
2016 National Juried Exhibition


News as of April 12, 2016

Happy hard to make it hereSpring!!  Ready for all the new activities?  Take a look~~

  1. Meetings
    April’s meeting was a very enjoyable meeting with Don Andrews conducting a demo of his very loose approach to landscape painting.   Here is Don’s finished painting from that demo:
May Meeting -To be held on May 9th at the Paramount Visual Arts Studio 6 PM.
Our guest artist, Ellen Diederich, will be doing the demonstration.  Ellen sent this message:       2016 Ellen Jean Diedrich             

“My demonstration will be on Painting Powerful Paintings with Colorful Darks. This is based on my new workshop  where we focus on values, open and closed shapes and selecting dominant value and color groups for your paintings. Several watercolor techniques will be used and discussed to create the demonstration painting. I will be using the staining pigments. In my actual workshop, students will practice  working with these design factors as they uncover the power of the staining pigments. As technical as this all sounds, I believe this will be a fun (experience)and hopefully everyone will be tempted to give up any fear of the darks.”   See and example of her work below ( Click on it to enlarge):


Diederich - Charleston Light

Charleston Light



Note:  The next regularly scheduled membership meeting to be held will be the annual membership dinner and silent auction September 12th at Watab Hall.        


  2.  CMW Shows

*St. Cloud Hospital ShowMay 2-May 31, 2016  Here is information from Robyn York:

“Since the show in February was rescheduled for May I would like you to resubmit your artist information. I need your contact information, frame size, the price (tax included) and the title of the painting. Space is limited so we can only show one painting per artist. I need this information by April 26th.We will hang the show on May 2nd between 4:00 and 5:00. We will be taking it down on May 31st between 4:00 and 5:00. Please make arrangements to deliver and pick up your painting. We will be charging a $5.00 participation fee which must be paid before your painting is hung. This is a wonderful place to display our paintings and we hope you plan to take advantage of it. The gift shop does take a 15% commission so keep that in mind when pricing your painting. We have had sales in previous years.”  Please contact Robyn at

*Centracare Plaza $5 fee; 15% Commission – 1 painting per artist.
Hang & Takedown June 1 – June 30th..  Signup with by May 25th.

*St. Cloud Library – $5 fee;  2 paintings per artist.
Hang & Takedown June 27 – July 30th.   Signup with between June 20-25.

*Art in the Garden – Tenth Annual Art Fair in the Gardens will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Pat Spence will coordinate this event. $5 fee.   Signup with


3.  Events

*The Don Andrews Workshop was held the first week of April.  It was truly and learning experience with Don encouraging participants to “practice” very different approaches.  He emphasized loose approaches, granular application techniques, how to paint and place figures into paintings, how to be an artist rather than a “reporter” of images,  his approach to color mixing and harmony.  Below are some images from that workshop (click to enlarge):


St. Cloud June 10 2016 Art CrawlThere will be CMW artists demo-ing in the Visual Arts Studios. Stop by and see what they’re creating.

* Minnesota State Fair – There is a great opportunity for artists to have their work viewed at this state level.  Registration is required. Eligible artists must register their work and provide a digital image(s) online via the Minnesota State Fair website at  Registration must be completed online by 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 11, 2016.  ALL changes to a registered item must be completed by 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 11, 2016.  Prior to the deadline, artists may modify their registration by signing in to their existing account, making their changes and reconfirming the registration.    IMPORTANT: ENTRIES WILL NOT BE RECEIVED IF NOT REGISTERED  See Website:

4.  Announcements:

Spring Paint In – May 7th at Watab town hall. 9AM – 4 PM $5 fee. Coffee, wine are provided. Bag lunch. Paint as you wish.
Signup with Robyn at or just show up and sign up with her then.




News as of March 28, 2016

Note: The header image above is courtesy of Judith Meyeraan.

Spring means new beginnings, new experiences and a fresh start on our creative journeys.  See opportunities below.

1. Meetings

  •  The March 14th  meeting with a demo by Gail Speckmann focused on abstract art.  Here are a few pictures of that meeting.

  April  5th TUESDAY at 6 PM in the Paramount Art Studios – Demo by Don Andrews, the workshop artist for the week.  Don’s emphasis will be
painting figures/people into scenes.  See examples of his art in the prior post.

  *  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

  •  September 12th, Monday – Annual Dinner Meeting and Silent Auction at Watab Hall.  Mark your calendars!!
2. CMW Shows
* St. Cloud Hospital May 1-31. Information due to Robyn York by April 26, 2016. You may email her at  Hang date is May 1st between 4-5 PM.  Take down is 4-5 PM on May 31st.

* Centracare Plaza June 1-30, Information due to Robyn York by May 25th at  Hang and take down dates to be determined.

*  St. Cloud Library – June 27 – July 30, Information due to Robyn York between June 20-25th.  Hang and take down dates to be determined.

* Art Fair in the Garden (Munsinger Gardens) – July 21st: This show will be focused on showing and selling small paintings.   More information to come.

3. Events

*St. Cloud June 10 2016 Art Crawl – There will be CMW artists demo-ing in the Visual Arts Studios. Stop by and see what they’re creating.

*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. Applications are being accepted via . Deadline: Friday, April 8th 2016, 11:45pm See original post of Jan 9, 2016 for full details.

* Minnesota State Fair – There is a great opportunity for artists to have their work viewed at this state level.


4. Announcements

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