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

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
. 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



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.







News as of Monday, May 8, 2017

Congratulations are in order for these CMW Members:

Kathy BraudPansies in Crystal Vase received a Merit Award at the NorthStar Watermedia Society Annual Member Exhibition, Mahtomedi,MN  at the reception April 20, 2017.

Tulip Bed at Dark received a Merit Award at the M State College in Fergus Falls,MN  at the reception  April 29, 2017 and the college is also buying the painting.    



Sandra DriscollTwo paintings of Sandra’s paintings were juried into the Minnesota Watercolor Society’s Spring Show.  The show runs from April 13 to June 18 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  Her painting “Banjo” was among two paintings given the Merit Award

Linda Addicott – Hangin’ Out With the Stars

 “I just did a watercolor class with the residents and Jane Seymour at St.Benedict’s Nursing Home.   She wanted to work with seniors in a painting class so joined us for a painting session today. The photo is of Jane and I and 3 ladies that completed their paintings.”


Today – 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.


Robyn York – Show at the St. Cloud Library, May 1-31, 2017.  The show includes paintings from Ireland as well as some recent paintings and several older paintings. Stop by and visit.  Here are three of the paintings that will be on display (click to enlarge):

St. Cloud Hospital Show – May 2017

Takedown time is Wednesday, May 31st from 4-5 pm

Centracare Plaza Show  – June 2017  –
– Be sure to get your information to Yvonne Schrank (click on her email address) by  Wednesday, May 24, 2017.  
               * Artist name – with phone and/or email contact information
Title of painting, Price (Including sales tax)
 Framed Size
                * Price – with and without tax  – Tax amount is 7.375%
  (Let Yvonne know and she would be willing to calculate this for you)

Munsinger Park  Annual Art Fair – (CMW booth) Thursday, July 20, 2017 – Contact Yvonne Schrank at if interested in participating.  Pat Spence will be in charge of coordinating this event

St Cloud Library Exhibit, July 1-31, 2017, $5.  Contact Yvonne at 320-251-8248 or Hang and take down dates TBA.  

Great River Arts CMW Show– Little Falls, MN   October, 2017   Further details to follow

River’s Edge Convention Center CMW Exhibit November -December 2017  –  Tentative dates. Further details to follow.

Paramount Lobby ShowNovember, 2017 – Details to follow


Northstar Watermedia Society – 15th Annual Show and Sale 
May 19-21, 2017.  See information below which include daily demonstrations.  Kathy Braud, CMW member will be demonstrating on Friday, May 19 from 1-2 PM.


Great River Arts Juried Exhibition – Little Falls, MN

“Collective Visions” 
July & August 2017

The Great River Arts Juried Exhibition is open to all artists and mediums in Minnesota. Entries must be original work not previously exhibited at Great River Arts. This show will be held in the Main Gallery of Great River Arts at 122 1st St SE in Little Falls, MN. Artists may submit up to 3 pieces for the jurors to review.  See further info at

Dates to Remember: 

  • Wednesday, March 1 – Submission Entry Open
  • Wednesday, May 24 – Deadline for Entries                         
  • Wednesday, May 31 – June 3 – Jury Art 
  • Wednesday, June 7 – Acceptance Notices Sent Out
  • Saturday, July 1 – Deliver Art Work to GRA, 10 am – 2 pm 
  • Thursday, July 20 – Opening Reception, 6 – 8 pm
  • Saturday, September 2 – Pick up Art Work from GRA, 2 – 4 pm 


How to Submit Work: 

The submission window is between March 1, 2017 & May 24, 2017. 

  • Fill out 2017 Juried Exhibition Submission Form (online or by mail)
  • Submit payment (online, by check or over the phone)
  • Email sample images to

Dan Mondloch Plein Air Course  – June 6,7,8 2017  9AM – 4PM  Contact Derick Segerstrom at the Paramount Visual Arts Center.   This is a great educational opportunity for CMW member participation – Sign up soon  on the Paramount website.

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).”

Here are examples of Dan’s work:

Minnesota State Fair – Great opportunity for watercolor artists – August, 2017  See information at: or
please contact or call (651) 288-4417


Coming in October this Fall:  David Smith workshop – Details to be announced.

Here are examples of David Smith’s art:



Art Crawls:  CMW Artists needed – Please sign up at the May meeting

June 9, 2017   -St. Cloud Down Town Association Spring Art Crawl at the Paramount.  Two artists from CMW in Studio B from 5-9.  
They can paint, show works for sale, visit with the crowd, whatever they feel comfortable doing. 

 Aug. 11, 2017 from 3-9 pm – Again CMW assists the Paramount in bringing the arts to the public.  
This is a longer time and we usually split up the shifts and paint for part of it in pairs.  It is really a pleasant way
 to spend some hours painting.

Nov. 3, 2017 –  Two artists from the club represent CMW in Studio B from 5-9. 
 They can paint, show works for sale, visit with the crowd, whatever  
they feel comfortable doing.                                    

 There are no meetings this summer so keep up to date on this website and  the newsletter!!

** 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.)  Anyone who wants to, is invited.

 SAVE THE DATE:  CMW Annual Meeting and Silent Auction – Monday, Sept.  11, 2017 at Watab Hall.      Further details TBD.




News as of September 21, 2016

Here are some items to  make note of:

  1. Meetings
    – The CMW Annual Meeting held on September 12th, 2016 was a great success with 32 members and 4 guests attending.  Kerry Kupferschmidt was excited to introduce Gordon Schrank as the incoming VP and Yvonne Schrank as the incoming Treasurer beginning January 2017.  It’s people like these who step up to the plate to voluntarily serve CMW (for the next 2 years )and they are given a big THANK YOU!  We couldn’t keep our organization going without them.  The outgoing VP is Linda Addicott and outgoing Treasurer is Robyn York – A big THANK YOU to them too!
    Kerry was also excited to announce that CMW will conduct a $50 Sale on Friday, November 4, 2016 during the Art Crawl.  Watch for more details about this event.For the first time, CMW issued a Members’ Choice Award based on paintings exhibited at the Paramount Show.  Based on member voting, the winner was Linda Addicott with her painting “Showtime“.  addicott-showtime-sept-16
    October CMW Meeting – Monday, October 10th at the Paramount Studios, 6 PM
    Susan Fryer Voigt will demo at our October meeting at the Paramount.  She uses a mixed media approach and here is what she says:“Here is the information about what I will be demonstrating. In 2011, I was fortunate to study with a well-known American artist in Scotland. During those two weeks of painting with transparent watercolors outdoors, the instructor suggested that I might be a “layerist” instead of a transparent watercolorist. He offered his casein and acrylic paints so that I could work the way I do with acrylics, pastels, oils and casein. Since then, I have been using watercolor in a “layerist” manner – often using a roller and trowels along with brushes to attain the dimension and texture. Aquapasto is an additive that thickens watercolor and gouache can really make a difference. Even plein air painting is now pleasurable with watercolors. I will be demonstrating how I use these tools, paints, additives, and different surfaces.” Susan Fryer Voigt  Here are some examples of her work:

     November CMW Meeting – Monday, November 14 at the Paramount Studios – 6 PM
    Peggy Hall will be the demonstrator for this meeting.   Here is what she says about her work:

    I call myself an “intuitive painter”   — Putting my energy into each brushstroke.  Each painting I create has my unique style and color.My diversity can be experienced in the various media I utilize. As an artist I never limit myself.  I am open to exploring new techniques. My goal is that my brushwork will reflect my passion and love for painting. When my painting touches your heart and soul, I know it is truly good.  Here are examples of her work:

    2. CMW Shows
    Paramount Show – Currently in progress in the main lobby.  Takedown is Monday, September 26th, 4-5 PM.
    *  November 4, 2016 – Best Ever $50 Sale in Studio B, 5-9 PM.  Bring your pieces labeled with your name, ready to hang – do not need to be framed.  You hang and you
    take down — no early take-downs.  No limit to the number of pieces you may show.  All art is to be sold for $50.
    *  Rivers Edge Convention Center – November – December 19th.  Details TBA.

    3.  Events

*Matting Workshop – FREE to members –November 5, 2016 given by Robyn York who has much expertise in this area. It will be held at Watab Town Hall from 1-4. Bring some mat board materials to work with for this hands on workshop.


*Lian Quan Zhen Fall workshop October 24-26, 2016 focus is Chinese Painting. This is a great time to learn how to paint with simple strokes and exercise your skills in not overworking your paintings. Signup with Derick Segerstrom at the Paramount 320-257-5928 or email at Here are examples of Lian’s Chinese paintings:



* Ted Nuttall 2017 Spring Workshop 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 signing up for this workshop. The fee for CMW members is $450. Contact Derick Segerstrom at the Paramount 320-257-5928 or email at Here are examples of Ted’s work:



4. Announcements

  • cebuhar-mary-portraitCongratulations to CMW Member Mary Cebuhar for achieving the Mom’s Choice Award for her Book:  Listen When the Ocean Speaks
    She also painted the book cover as shown herecebuhar-book-cover-listen-when-the-ocean-speaks-cover.  Here is an article summarizing her work.

Award-winning Children’s Book Empowers Kids to Help Save Mother Ocean
Listen When the Ocean Speaks Wins an Aug. 2016 Mom’s Choice Award
By Rachel M. Anderson, Contributing Writer
(Cedar Rapids, IA) – For more than a quarter century, Mary Lieder Cebuhar of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has
considered herself a water baby. “I have wintered in Mexico for over 25 years and spent many hours snorkeling
in the Mexican Caribbean, particularly Puerto Morelos on the Yucatan Peninsula where the second largest
barrier reef in the world is located,” she said.
The reef in Puerto Morelos is part of the Mesoamerican Reef, an ancient ecosystem dating some 225 million
years. At nearly 1,000 kilometers in length, it stretches along the coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and
Back in the 1990s when she started snorkeling, Lieder Cebuhar remembers seeing a plethora of tropical fish and
marine creatures; but in recent years there have been a lot of changes. “The water is cloudier. Parts of the reef
and coral heads are dying. The fish population is much less than it was and there are pieces of plastic floating in
the water that were never there before. The star fish, sea cucumbers and conchs that were plentiful are hard to
find now,” she said.
The author says she has also noticed a decrease in marine life in the other places she has snorkeled: The Fiji
Islands and the Bahamas. Wanting to be part of the solution, Lieder Cebuhar recently wrote, illustrated and selfpublished
the children’s book, Listen When the Ocean Speaks.
The book was recently featured in the Ocean Conservancy newsletter, and in Aug. 2016, won a Mom’s Choice
Award. The Mom’s Choice Award program honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services.
The Ocean Conservancy is a nonprofit environmental advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., that helps
formulate ocean policy at the federal and state government levels based on peer reviewed science.
Listen When the Ocean Speaks begins with the words, “Listen. You can hear the ocean when you put a conch
shell up to your ears. Shhh…Listen. Someone is speaking.”
In the text that follows, Mother Ocean proceeds to explain to the children snorkeling in her waters, along with
readers, why her water has become so cloudy, how hurt she is by the disrespect people have shown when they
destroy the mangroves along her shores and throw trash in her waters; and the damage being done to the reefs
by people who pick coral. The mantra presented throughout, “Save the Sea while there’s still time. It’s never too
late to make things fine.”

  • Demo artists are needed for art crawls.  Please volunteer  and notify a board member of your interest.