Meetings, Demos and Paint Ins

This page provides a brief overview and images about the artists and demos conducted at CMW meetings throughout the year.  Attendance at meetings are great learning opportunities to hear and see other artists’ approach to their subjects, use of material and techniques.  This broadens our knowledge and approach in creating water media art.  Guests are welcome.

CMW Annual Meeting held September 14, 2015 held at Watab Hall.  The dinner catered by Henry’s Catering of Foley was delicious, the venue very attractive and social time was fun.  President Stephanie Young led the agenda which consisted of recognition of many people for their volunteerism over the past year, up and coming exhibits with discussion of any changes needed, business reports and any suggestions to be submitted for CMW Board discussion and followup.  A draft 2016 CMW calendar of events was distributed and reviewed with exciting activities to come.

Sep 15 Annual Mtg Silent Auction more books Sep 15 Annual Mtg Misc ladies Sep 15 Annual Mtg Kerry grp at coffee Sep 15 Annual Mtg Donna-Margaret Sep 15 Annual Mtg Diane-Stef Sep 15 Annual Mtg  Silent Auction Gondek items Sep 15 Annual Mtg  Silent Auction Books Sep 15 Annual Mtg  Sandra-Kerry-John-Sharon Sep 15 Annual Mtg  Ralph Sep 15 Annual Mtg  Barb-Marilyn

Meeting – May 11, 2015 Stephanie Young, CMW President gave an update on all the new and exciting exhibit opportunities coming up this Summer and Fall.   Dan Mondloch presented a number of his plein air paintings.  (click on image to enlarge). Schwicht - May 15 - Dan's Plein Air



A very interesting demo on gilding was given by Bonnie Schwichtenberg.  Here are some images of her work and the audience.


Paint In held May 9th at Watab Hall – The day was beautiful, the venue wonderful.
See the enthusiastic artists who attended this event. May'15 Paint In bunch and wine


March 9, 2015 – CMW’s monthly meeting and demo was held with an exciting demo given by Carol Spohn.  Click on her website at to see more of her art.  She creates abstracts and uses other art mediums.

Carol demonstrated how to create a batik watercolor painting on rice paper.  Here are some images of the demo and her work and  you may click on a image to enlarge it.

Carol explains the process
Carol explains the process



The finished demo

The finished demo





Some of her other works on display:

Spohn March '15 Pink Lilies Spohn March '15 Mermaid Spohn March ' 15 palm abstract Spohn March '15 Sea Turtle Spohn March '15 Three Hens Spohn March '15 Wine bottles and glass Spohn March '15 Wine and Oranges


February 9, 2015 – CMW held their routine – and fun meeting at the Paramount.  Steph Young, President, gave an exciting and comprehensive update about all the CMW plans and exhibits that are being worked on by the board at present. Feb 15 Group

See the newsletter for a full report.  The other activity of the evening was for members to show their work prompted by the President’s challenge, “Food for Thought.” Fourteen members met that challenge – See below for those works ~ click on the painting to enlarge if you wish.


January 12, 2015 – The CMW meeting held at the Paramount Visual Arts Center for the first time was informative and worked very well in this new venue.  Our demonstrator was Julie Schroeder who focused on use of fibers, nature’s gifts and different papers.

Julie also offered 2 websites with helpful tips regarding paints:
2.  handprint : interference paints

See Julie and her work below.
Julie sent this message:
Dear Members of the Central Mn Watercolorists,
     Firstly, I’d like to thank all of you brave souls who ventured out into the extreme cold on Monday night to come watch my demo. It was such a joy to meet all of you. I only wish we would have had more time to chat so I could have personally met all of you. I’m hoping you enjoyed watching me splash paint around and  that you picked up a few new ideas to try on your own.
  I’d like to let you know that I teach weekly classes here in the Twin Cities and  am scheduled to teach a 2 day workshop on April 6th & 7th in St. Paul for  St. Paul Community Education. I also teach private & small group classes here in my studio for artists who want a little more intensive & custom designed instruction.
 If you’d like to get on my email list to get notifications about up coming classes, workshops or shows, please email me back & let me know. Not to worry…I don’t send out very many emails.
 Lastly, if any of you happen to wander out this way, I’d be thrilled to give you a tour of my studio and Kelley Gallery in Woodbury, where I have much of my work. You may email me or call me at 651-731-5433.
Have a wonderful day,


Julie Schroeder

Here is Julie and some of her work.  Her website is:

Schroeder-portrait with picsschroeder - painting 2 





Schroeder - winter sceneSchroeder - waterfall with flowers Schroeder - waterfall  Schroeder - two waterfalls Schroeder - sea turtle Schroeder - red sky Schroeder - painting lake-trees Schroeder - northern lights Schroeder - koi Schroeder - icicles


December 15, 2014, 7-8 PM:   A few brave CMW members ventured out in the icy sleet on Monday, December 15, 2014 to attend the annual Christmas treat and original watercolor card exchange. The room was bright, the company warm, the treats good and the cards were beautiful.
Here are some of the highlights:

October, 2014, 7 PM to 9 PM:  Members met at Atonement Church, St. Cloud MN and enjoyed seeing a demo done by Catherine Hearding.   The demo focused on pouring and developing a winter tree scene.  Also interesting was the shading techniques and use of palette knife for tree branches.

More shadow washes

More shadow washes

Hearding Demo - Trees

Demo completed





Hearding - First Wash

First wash

Click on website to see more of her art:


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