March 25th – Last day to signup for Good Shepherd CMW Show and Sale

Special Reminder:  Good Shepherd CMW Show and Sale, Sauk Rapids, MN

– Be sure to get your information to Yvonne Schrank (click on her email address) by today, March 25, 2017.  
                * Artist name – with phone and/or email contact information
Title of painting, Price (Including sales tax)
 Framed Size

– Cost to participate is $5 one time fee;

2 paintings and can bring another depending on space

Sign the Good Shepherd MOU ( fee and MOU can be done at time of hanging of the show) 

– Hang time is Friday, March 31st from 3-4:30.  Takedown time is Tuesday, May 30 from 3-4:30.


CMW News as of March 12, 2017

It’s March and let’s hope for the Luck o’ the Irish” with all of our events coming up!


**BIG NEWS:  The City of St. Cloud has updated their exhibit policies.  Now each artist will need to sign off on a Memo of Understanding going forward on each exhibit.  This MUST be done when you drop off your painting.  If you are giving your work to another artist to bring you  also must contact Yvonne Schrank and either pick up an MOU form from her or have her email it to you and you can print it and get it back to her.  The galleries are really working on upgrading their display policies and we likely will see this at Centra Care, the St. Cloud Hospital, and the Public Libraries in the near future.  Be sure to see the information regarding pertinent shows below.

**The March Newsletter is now under the Newsletter tab.  There is a lot of detailed information about upcoming events in there. 

**  See the very creative artwork from the February CMW Easel Night –  President’s Challenge: ” Spring’s the Thingat the end of this post!  It was so much fun and we learned from and enjoyed each other. 

** 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

~ 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.


Good Shepherd Lutheran CMW Show-  This show will be held at Good Shepherd in Sauk Rapids March 31, 2017- May 30, 2017.  Drop off/hang time is March 31st between 3-4:30 pm.  Note that participating artists will need to sign an MOU.  This MUST be done when you drop off your painting.  If you are giving your work to another artist to bring you MUST contact Yvonne Schrank  options are to contact her just click on this email address to either pick an MOU form from her or have her email it to you and you print it. 
Smaller paintings under $150 sell the best.  There is a $5 CMW fee.  Contact Yvonne at 320-251-8248 or  Please have your information to Yvonne Schrank by March 24th, 2017.  Hang time is March 31, 2017 between 3-4:30 pm.   The take down time is from 3-4:30 pm on. THIS IS A CHANGE FROM OUR NORMAL TIMES!
       Also there is no set commission to exhibit or sell a painting at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home, but the Good Shepherd Foundation welcomes a your donation (which is tax exempt) if you DO SELL A PAINTING.  The GSFoundation would like your painting as soon as possible..  They do collect the money and your price should contain MN Sales,  tax which they will collect and report.


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.
The workshop is full but to get on a waiting list you may 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:



CMW Easel Night Paintings : Presidents’ Challenge of “Spring’s the Thing” held Feb 13, 2017:




News as of October 16, 2016

As we head into a busy art and holiday season, here are some happenings.

                                                         CMW MEETINGS

The Monday, October 10th meeting was held at the Paramount Studios.
Susan Fryer Voigt gave an eye opening and delightful demo at this meeting.  She used a mixed media approach with a paper washed with acrylic and then applied watercolor paint over that.   Susan demonstrated her art approach in a “layerist” manner – using a roller and trowels  – no brushes. Her piece below showed how she attained the dimension and texture in her work.  She also used Neutral Tint ,Aquapasto and gouache to really make a difference in making her work outstanding. Here are some pictures of the progress of her work.

Here are some of the other paintings that Susan displayed for those attending.  Note that she has also done work with alcohol inks:

Members attending enjoyed this demo very much:

We also enjoyed Sharon Houg’s Zen Doodle creations-  she very much enjoys this art form especially in black and white.
Here are some of her works:


 **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:


**December CMW Meeting

Monday, Dec 12, 2016 CMW Holiday Meeting at Paramount Studios – 6 PM
This is a holiday social so bring a treat, bring an original Christmas card xmas-pkg-top_new-1for the card exchange, bring your holiday spirit and enjoy the ASW show. 



      ~Upcoming CMW Shows~

November 4, 2016Best Ever $50 Sale in Paramount Studio B, 5-9 PM.  Hang between 3:30-4:45 PM.  Bring your original 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.  Need volunteers to help with updating tdisplay and for signage.  To notify Robyn York of your interest  click here at

November 4 – December ? –Rivers Edge Convention Center – 2 paintings/artist.  $5 participation fee. Drop off paintings November 4 between 4-5 PM.  Takedown date to be determined.

* Watch for upcoming 2017 CMW Shows


*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 back board and 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. The Paramount is now opening up the last 7 openings beyond CMW members  Sign up with Derick Segerstrom at the Paramount 320-257-5928 or email at Here are examples of Lian’s Chinese paintings:


* Campfire Bay Resort – CMW Paint In – Cushing MN – March 9-12, 2017:  Plan now to come and enjoy distraction-free days of painting to your heart’s content or whatever you want to d0 — take walks, sit by the lake, take naps, read, watch videos – or do all of them. The Resort accommodates groups and is well setup for great work areas. Network with friends and colleagues.  Open to CMW members.  Sign up at one of the CMW meetings or contact a board member.


 * 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:





  • Demo artists are needed for art crawls.  Please volunteer  and notify a board member of your interest or sign up at one of the CMW meetings.