Special Reminder – CMW Reception Oct 28, 2017 and VOTE :)

The CMW show “Watercolor Magic” is currently being exhibited at Great River Arts Gallery in Little Falls, MN.  This is a special reminder about 2 things:

1.  This gallery show is the basis for
CMW members to vote for the Members’ Choice Award.  You may view the paintings on this website under the Great River Arts tab and vote online or you may vote at the reception this coming Saturday in Little Falls, MN.  The Members’ Choice award is the only time once/year that colleagues can recognize and show their support for outstanding art work.

2.  You are invited and encouraged to attend the GRA reception for CMW to be held on this coming Saturday, October 28 from 12N – 2 PM.  You can view the paintings framed and matted for maximum artistic effect



News as of October 16, 2017

Reminder:    Members’ Choice Award voting  is now in process and goes through October 26th so there is plenty of time to view and consider your selection.   Go to the Great River Gallery  tab on this website to view the paintings and then to the Members’ Choice Award tab to vote — It’s easy.   If you go to the gallery in person, you may vote there.  

Congratulations to Kathy Braud 

Four Clucks by Kathy Braud


who was awarded 2nd place in the Northstar Watermedia Juried National Exhibition for her painting, Four Clucks, at their reception held on October 15, 2017 in Blaine City Hall. The Juror was David Feinberg.  That show will be on display at that venue until October 31st.


CMW Meeting- Monday, October 9, 2017 at the Paramount Art Studios -the meeting was held with Suz Galloway demonstrating her wet into wet approach to underwater rocks and had many other paintings available for viewing.  Suz also  had her very realistic botanical paintings available so we were able to see her wide scope of talent.

CMW Meeting- November 13, 2017 at the Paramount Art Studios – registration at 6 PM; meeting begins at 6:20 pm followed by a demo by Karen Knutson. Karen is known for her unique contemporary semi-abstract paintings. Here are some examples of her work. Her website is karenknutson.com.

Here’s some information from Karen’s website:

“I paint watercolors because I love its free and wild qualities, forcing the artist to adjust to its many moods. For the past few years, I’ve added collage and acrylic, which produces wonderful textures and color discoveries. My paintings are sometimes totally abstract, and sometimes there is something recognizable in the painting. I like my paintings to be different than “normal paintings” – anything that will make the viewer take a second look and be drawn into the painting! I used to be attracted to paintings with unusual colors, but now I’m drawn to paintings with dynamic design. First and foremost, I like to have fun while I paint, and I’m constantly trying out new things, so that I will grow as an artist. I feel like the luckiest person alive to be able to do something that I love so much!
My paintings are featured in Splash 6, Watercolor, Fun and Free, and Searching for the Artist Within , Watercolor- The Spirit of Spontaneity, Watercolor without Boundaries, The Artistic Touch 4, Watercolor- Making your Mark, and the magazine, Watercolor Magic (Aug.’04). I am a signature member of Transparent Watercolor Society of America,(formerly known as Midwest Watercolor Society), San Diego Watercolor Society, Red River Watercolor Society, the Montana Watercolor Society, and the Northern Plains Watercolor Society, the Minnesota Watercolor Society, NorthStar Watermedia Society, and Missouri Watercolor Society.”



Great River Arts (GRA) Gallery :   CMW “Watercolor Magic” Show– Little Falls, MN – currently showing.  A total of 20 artists show 80 paintings in this show.  October, 2017
Exciting news: From this show, there will be a Members’ Choice Award of $50 with voting by CMW members to be done on the CMW Website.

* The Reception will be held October 28th from 12 – 2 and involved artists should  be present. After the reception, the artists may take their paintings down by 3 PM.
* For those of you who cannot attend the reception or stop in to pick up your paintings  there will be transport of the paintings back to Watab Hall. Pickup of your paintings  may be done between 1-4 pm on Thursday, November 2nd.


Paramount Lobby Show – October 30- December 4, 2017

HANG Date: Monday Oct 30 ,4-5pm The Paramount Gallery charges 40% commission.
Monday Dec 4 10am-noon. Art must be gone by noon to allow new show hanging that afternoon.


NOTE: There will be no show at the River’s Edge Convention Center this year.



Coming in October this Fall: David Smith workshopDates will be October 19-21st. Registration is currently closed.  If you want to be on a waiting list that is  coordinated by Derick Segerstrom at the Paramount Visual Arts Center. Contact him at (320) 257-5928 or dsegerstrom@paramountarts.org
. Topics to be covered are: “Master the Mist”, “Stunning Sculptures”, and “Pour the Glow”. One day will be spent on each topic.
His website is https://dsmithfineart.com/



2017 Art Crawl: Nov. 3, 2017 – Thank you to Linda Addicott and Margaret Werlinger for volunteering to demo at the Paramount Visual Art Center.


** Paint with your colleagues:

Monday mornings “Silver Brushes” participants paint at the Whitney Center; see Whitney Website for details
Thursday afternoons – 12:30 – 4 – Paint to your heart’s content on your own agenda; held at Watab Hall (where CMW annual meetings
have been held.) There is an open invitation for anyone ( even if you’re not a CMW member; even if you use other art mediums) to attend.







Special Announcement -David Smith Workshop Openings

There are now openings for the David Smith Workshop at the Paramount Visual Arts Center in St. Cloud. See the details below.

David Smith Watercolor Workshop                      Website: https://dsmithfineart.com/
October 19, 20, 21, 2017 10am-4pm

Immerse yourself in the Watercolor Journey with David R. Smith,
…as he delivers essential concepts and techniques in depth. The workshop will be packed with demos and guided practice. Regardless of your experience level, you’ll leave with the skills, concepts, and confidence to take your paintings to the next level. Come and enjoy throwing, spraying, pouring, and maybe even painting with a brush, as David shares his enthusiasm for this amazing medium with you and your friends.

“Master the Mist” We’ll start the workshop off with my FAVORITE subject! I’m eager to share how to create the illusion of mist, beautiful skies, trees that look natural vs mechanical, and if time permits, birch trees,sunbeams, and waves. Even better, you’ll learn to improve your control over this fluid medium. We will incorporate a number of techniques including wet into wet, spattering, and lifting. And we’ll use a variety of tools, including a sponge and palette knife.

“Stunning Sculptures” Day two is dedicated to learning a fun process for creating textures ideal for rocks, old buildings, and sculptures. By working wet-into-wet with magic colors, it’s easy to set the stage for our subject. You’ll learn multiple ways to lift colors, glaze, and negative paint to bring out the sculpture. Lastly, adding key darks will make the painting Pop!

“Pour the Glow” I was fortunate to learn the process used to develop a painting that glows early in my painting career. On our last day, I’ll share this along with a particular process of pouring, how to preserve whites, and negative painting, glazing, and lifting techniques. After this third day, you’ll have earned a well deserved nap.

Each day, participants will be provided a reference photo, typed outline, and step-by-step instruction through all
stages of the painting. For particular subjects, participants may also be provided with the sketch already on
watercolor paper.

Hope to see ya there!

And as always, please feel free to contact our office to register or  with any questions at (320) 257-5928 or email 

Thank you,

Derick Segerstrom. Paramount Visual Arts Center