News as of Monday, September 25, 2017

The 2017 CMW Annual Meeting was held September 11, 2017 at 5 PM in Watab Hall.  The food was great, the networking even better.  Kerry  Kupferschmidt was happy to announce that Gordon Schrank is to be the 2018-19 President and Susan Jensen-Cekalla, new Vice-President.  The Silent Auction was a great success resulting in more than $500 addition to our coffers which is the result of generous members both in giving to the Silent Auction and in purchasing these donated items.  Thank you !

At the end of this post see also – the CMW Website Update which was distributed at the Annual meeting.


September 30th, 2017 – One Day Workshop by Donna Jarvae

Donna will present a new option for your watercolor paintings. No matting, no framing, no glass to clean. Get the new, modern look of stretched canvas with the beauty of watercolor and all of its properties. Donna will cover how to stretch and prepare paper for wrapping around a wooden frame The paper then has to dry completely to make the surface tight as a drum. Donna will have prepared canvasses for attendees to paint on. She will also have some extra wood frames available for purchase if you are interested. Then attendees will paint on the stretched paper so they can see how to handle it. You will then do a painting of a lovely birch tree. Here is Donna’s registration form for your convenience in knowing class content, venue details and registration.

Here are examples of the birch tree painting referenced above:

CMW Meeting- October 9, 2017 at the Paramount Art Studios – registration at 6 PM; meeting begins at 6:20 pm and a demonstration by Suz Galloway.  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:

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

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.  

Here are some key points:
Participating Artists:
*  You may submit up to 4 paintings (no repeat paintings) for this show — members are encouraged to sign up for this show.  Fee is $5 to sign up -notify Yvonne Schrank at with a deadline of September 25.  Submission of the images is Sept. 25th to Mary Buhl at
*  GRA collects a commission fee of 30% for GRA members; 40% for non-GRA members.  Note that GRA membership fee is $30.
*   If you want to have your paintings transported to the GRA Gallery in Little Falls,
please bring them to Watab Hall on Thursday,  September 28th 
between 1-4 PM. Otherwise be sure to arrange for transport to the Great River Gallery for the hang from 10-2 on Saturday, September 30.
*  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
*  Participating Artists in GRA show, please submit your jpeg images along with title,
size, and price to Mary Buhl at by Monday, September  25th.
CMW Members:   After the GRA show opens go to GRA Show, a special tab and page of images on this website, to view paintings and then to vote once for your favorite painting – Deadline is October 26th.   There will be a link for voting  on that page.
*  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.  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.
HANGINGMonday Oct 30 4-5pm ($5 show fee for 1 or 2 paintings) gallery takes 40% commission
 Monday Dec4 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

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 being coordinated by Derick Segerstrom at the Paramount Visual Arts Center.   Contact him at (320) 257-5928 or to register 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 topicHis website is



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.


CMW Website Update

1. Security Update – CMW has engaged the services of Sitelock for continual monitoring and preventive services related to viruses, Trojans, hacks and malware increasing activity.  You should not notice any problems interacting with our website.  Please notify Mary Buhl at if you do.

2.  Posts – For those of you who have subscribed to the website and get new posts in your email and if the email is “quirky”  ie.  hard to read due to size, or is disjointed where breaks occur in the sentences, please go to the website where you will find the post more cohesive.  You can also enlarge images on the website and you cannot do that in an email.  Computer functions can be so varied.

3.  New Website Process for CMW Shows – Beginning this Fall we are asking members who are entering CMW shows to send a jpeg image of their paintings to Mary for display on our website.  In addition to the actual painting – title, price, size, medium* and a statement related to the painting is needed. * It will be assumed that the medium is watercolor unless stated otherwise.
    Galleries are becoming more active about promoting shows and they want to use current images in those efforts.  CMW is benefited by getting free, early advertising and exposure to attract key audiences.  If you need assistance in any of these efforts i.e. photography, downloading/ uploading of images or anything else in the process please contact Mary Buhl at email (above).

4. YOUR Event  – If you have an event (workshop, class, exhibit, show) you want to promote, send Mary your request with details and images if you wish,  so that she can have your message go out in a post and will be available under the events tab.  Remember – This is your website intended to serve you.





News as of February 27th, 2017

February is coming to an end so Spring is in view.  Along with that comes a new energy to change, create or start anew.  Artists are invited to take advantage of upcoming CMW activities.


*Don’t forget about Donna Jarve’s workshop next weekend on March 4 & 5th.  Details in the prior post.


 *There is an Art Crawl on Friday, March 24th.  Sandra Driscoll will be demonstrating at the Paramount Visual Arts Center.
  One more CMW demo artist is needed for art crawls in June, August and November
. Please contact any board member to volunteer.           

~ 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.


Waite Park Library Show – Takedown is Tuesday, February 28, 4-5 pm.
Photos of the show are at the end of this post.

Good Shepherd Nursing Home Show in Sauk Rapids will be held from
March 31st – May 31st.  Information due to Yvonne Schrank  by March 24th. Hang time is from 3-4 on March 31st and take down is from 4-5 PM on
May 31st.  Cost is $5/artist; two paintings/artist. Small paintings at $150 or less sell the best. 
Note the time for hang is different than usual.

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.
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:

  Waite Park Library Show held Feb 2017-Paintings:




Weekend Mini-Workshop Opportunity – March 4-5, 2017

CMW Members — see the invitation below from Donna Jarve:

Watercolor with Collage Workshop

Come and have some fun making Gelli papers using a gelli plate made out of gelatin and papers such as deli paper, napkin layers that do not have an image on them, tissue paper and any other interesting papers you may have laying around.

After making our papers, we will use them, in addition to premade papers, to create beautiful collage and watercolor pieces.

This mini workshop will be held:          March 4th – 9AM – 4 PM

                                                                          March 5th – 10 AM to 4 PM

                                                                          Watab Town Hall

                                                                          Fee:  $100

                                                                           Instructed by Donna Jarve
                                                                           320-230-0124 Home
                                                                           320-260-1589 Cell
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If interested contact Donna and a supplies list will be sent to you along with  more details.