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 


News as of October 1, 2017

Quick Reminders :
1. Paramount Show coming up – Please send your images along with title, size, price and a statement about the painting. The statement could be about what inspired you, an approach that you used, what the painting conveys or anything that you want the viewer to know etc.  Deadline for jpg submission to Mary Buhl is October 10th.
Mary’s email is mnlady949@gmail.com.

2.  Members’ Choice Award voting  begins on this website on Monday, October 2nd and goes through October 26th so there is plenty of time to view and consider your selection.   There will be a tab for easy voting.


CMW Meeting- Monday, October 9, 2017 at the Paramount Art Studios – registration at 6 PM; meeting begins at 6:20 pm and a demonstration by Suz Galloway to follow.   Suz will focus on a wet into wet approach to underwater rocks. She will also show her poured approach to her “Moonlight Painting accepted by Courage Kenny as one of their 2017 holiday card collection pieces. Here are images of her paintings. Further information can be found at her website: birchbriarstudios.com.

Suz Galloway is a member of the Transparent Watercolor Society, American Society of Botanical Artists, and Southwestern Watercolor Society and has served in several capacities on the board of the Minnesota Watercolor Society.

Her work has been included in multiple national and regional juried competitions, invitational shows and galleries. Recently one of her botanical pieces was juried into the Eloise Butler Wildflower Florilegium. Currently she teaches at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts, the Edina Art Center, and conducts regional workshops and private lessons.


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) CMW “Watercolor Magic” Show– Little Falls, MN – 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.

Member’s Choice Award
*  After the GRA show opens you may vote on the painting of your choice on this website.  Just go to the GRA Show tab, a special tab and page of images on this website, to view paintings and then to vote for your favorite painting, go to the Members’ Choice Voting Tab – Deadline is October 26th. The winner will be announced at the Monday, November 13th CMW member meeting.

Paramount Lobby Show – October 30- December 4, 2017

Registration Deadline : October 10th, 2017  – Please send your images along with title, size, price and a statement about the painting to Mary Buhl at mnlady949@gmail.com. The statement could be about what inspired you, an approach that you used, what the painting conveys etc. This early deadline is for promotional purposes.
HANG Date: Monday Oct 30 4-5pm ($5 show fee for 1 or 2 paintings) gallery takes 40% commission
Monday Dec 4 10am-noon. Art must be gone by noon to allow new show hanging that afternoon.

The Paramount has advertised this event in their Fall brochure. There is a $5 signup fee. Sign up soon with Yvonne Schrank at shrank@prodigy.net.

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 or put your name on a waiting list . 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 Crawls: 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, June 24, 2017

Such a busy summer.  Hope you’re enjoying all that it offers.  I know these “Loons on the Loose” are!!

By Mary Buhl

Here’s what’s going on~~~~

Donna Jarve is offering a one day Workshop on Boho (Bohemian) Art  and Watercolor on Saturday, July 29, 2017.    Sounds so intriguing. Click here for details: Jarve – Boho WS July 17


East Bank Gallery Show in Sioux Falls, SD 
The Art Reception was held Friday, July 7th.  Mary Buhl attended this reception to give an update on the art and to speak to attendees.  This was accomplished at 6:30 PM.  Here is the report that Mary sent to the CMW Board:

 “I wanted to report on the reception.  First if all our show looked terrific.  Ruthmary seemed very pleased with it.  She took me around to every painting and wanted to know about the paintings and the artists plus a little about the various  techniques.  The staff raved about the show and the wonderful color and variety of paintings as did some of the visitors.   I spoke to a watercolor teacher who was very interested in our organizational activities and our different types of gatherings.  I also talked to a beginning artist, a woman who has retired,  a young man who was so excited about the show and how to get to paint as well as those paintings in the show;  another was an art promoter and more people who came to my talk.  They wanted to know about our organization and how we came to be and develop –  I couldn’t believe how fast the time went. 
My observation is that the individual artists are hungering for education from recognized and/or nationally known artists for development and for connection and support from others.  They were very surprised at how developed we are with our activities and collaboration with the Paramount.  One of the ladies is going to get in touch with me and may join our group.  I gave out a few pamphlets also.  
I’m glad I went and was proud of our organization.  Ruthmary was thrilled with our portion of the show.  There were about 8-10 other artists showing and only one other speaker.”  
Mark your calendars
              * Returned East Bank Gallery art will be brought to the St. Cloud Library Parking Lot-              Northwest corner by 6:45 to 7:45 pm.
               *  Please wait for them to arrive. Library will NOT be open.     

Munsinger Park  Annual ” Art Fair in The Garden” – held July 20, 2017

 Pat Spence did a great job of coordinating this event.  There were sales of card and paintings.  



St Cloud Library Exhibit, Takedown date is July 31st, 4-5 PM


Great River Arts CMW “Watercolor Magic” Show– Little Falls, MN   October, 2017; hang date is September 30th.  – CMW Members are encouraged to sign up for this show and up to 4 paintings can be shown. There will be a Members’ Choice Award of $50 with voting by CMW members on the CMW Website.

 Please submit your images to Mary Buhl at mnlady949@gmail.com.  There will be a special tab and page of images on this website for members to view and vote. 

The Reception will be held October 28th which is also the takedown date.


Paramount Lobby ShowOctober 30- December 4, 2017 – The Paramount is putting this event into their Fall brochure.


Northstar Watermedia SocietyCall for Entry – Entry Deadline August 1st.  Kathy Braud says “ This is great opportunity to work toward the challenge of stretching your reach…. beyond your current art goals.  You can submit 3 paintings for the judge to view – only one can be used.”  See details below.


Coming in October this Fall:  David Smith workshopDates will be October 19-21st.  Registration is being coordinated by Derick Segerstrom at the Paramount Visual Arts Center.   Contact him at (320) 257-5928 or dsegerstrom@paramountarts.org .  This workshop will be open to the public in mid-July.  There is 1 opening remaining and others who want to attend will be put on a waiting list.  Topics to be covered are: “Master the Mist”, “Stunning Sculptures”, and “Pour the Glow”.  One day will be spent on each topic.  See this summary by David:

 His website is https://dsmithfineart.com/


Art Crawls:  CMW Artists needed – Please sign up by notifying Kerry Kupferschmidt or any board member.

June 9, 2017   -St. Cloud Down Town Association Spring Art Crawl at the Paramount.   Marilyn Clement and Pat Spence painted at this art crawl.

 Aug. 11, 2017 from 3-9 pm – Again CMW assists the Paramount in bringing the arts to
 the public.   It is really a pleasant way  to spend some hours painting.  Kerry Kupferschmidt, Barb Rogan, Margaret Werlinger and Mary Buhl will be painting.  

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


 There are no CMW 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.     Plan to arrive from 5-5:30 PM to register, network and bring your silent auction items for display.  There will be a dinner at 6 PM followed by our President Kerry Kupferschmidt going through the annual agenda. Your presence and input are needed so  please plan to attend.  The Silent Auction will follow.