News as of Friday, May 6 2016

Banner paintings above courtesy of Judith Meyeraan  

“May Flowers are here~~~ – enjoy! 

Trillium by Linda Addicott

Trillium by Linda Addicott

Of Special Note:  There is a paint in at Watab Hall this Saturday, May 9th from 9-4.  Bring a bag lunch, your art supplies and make the most of the day.  Coffee and wine is proviced. Cost is $5 payable at the door.

Here’s the news~~

  1. Meetings

Monday, May 9th Meeting -To be held on May 9th at the Paramount Visual Arts Studio 6 PM.   Our guest artist, Ellen Diederich, will be doing the demonstration. Ellen sent this message: 2016 Ellen Jean Diedrich

“My demonstration will be on Painting Powerful Paintings with Colorful Darks. This is based on my new workshop where we focus on values, open and closed shapes and selecting dominant value and color groups for your paintings. Several watercolor techniques will be used and discussed to create the demonstration painting. I will be using the staining pigments. In my actual workshop, students will practice working with these design factors as they uncover the power of the staining pigments. As technical as this all sounds, I believe this will be a fun (experience)and hopefully everyone will be tempted to give up any fear of the darks.” See and example of her work below ( Click on it to enlarge):
Diederich - Charleston Light

Charleston Light

The next regularly scheduled membership meeting to be held will be the annual membership dinner and silent auction September 12th at Watab Hall.

2. Shows

May 1 – 31 *CMW has a show at St. Cloud Hospital

June 1-20  CMW show at Centracare Plaza.  Fee $5; one painting.  Signup by May 25, 2016 with Robyn York – or call 320-220-0684.

June 27 – July 29  CMW show at the St. Cloud Library.  Fee $5; two paintings.  Signup by June 18 with Robyn York or call 320-220-0684.

July 21st   Art in the Garden Show at Munsinger Gardens, St. Cloud MN.  Pat Spence will coordinate – contact her at

3.  Events

*Dan Mondloch – Plein Air Workshop June 7-9
Here is what 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).”

Click on this link for more information and signup: or call 320-257-5928


*CALL for ART!
Visual Arts Minnesota (VAM) is looking for 2D and 3D artists to exhibit their artwork during the 2nd Annual Lemon Twist Tour on Thursday, June 23rd, from 12-6pm. Lemon Twist is a partnership of VAM, St. Cloud State University (SCSU) and the Historic South Side Neighborhood in conjunction with the Lemonade Concert & Art Fair. Artwork will be featured in 5 historic homes near SCSU, including a sculpture garden.

Notes about artwork:
-All mediums accepted.
-All artwork must be ready to display (wired if framed).
-All artwork must be for sale.
-Members and non-members of VAM are encouraged to apply.

To be considered, please complete the application form,, which includes 5 images of your artwork.
Deadline for application is Sunday, May 15, at 5pm.

Visit the CMAB Calls For Artists Page for application links!

* 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.  ContactDerick Segerstrom at the Paramount 320-257-5928 or email at  Here are examples of his work:


4.  Announcements

  • Demo artists are needed for art crawls in St. Cloud – Contact a CMW board member to volunteer.  It’s a fun experience — and you can be doing most anything which is entertaining to the visitors.


Merry Christmas! News as of December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All!!  IMG_1440

It’s going to be an exciting year; there are many activities planned.  Here are a few that are coming up in the near future:


1.    CMW Meetings:  (Please bring a printed or original watercolor card to donate to our
Sunshine Box
to be used to support our members as needed.)

            January 11, 2016 at the Paramount Visual Art Studios:  Sign in at 6 PM; meeting  begins at 6:20.   Featured will be a matting demo and framing demo by Robyn York.  Many people have questions about this topic and we will have ample time for a Q & A session so be sure to bring yours.
          February 8, 2016 at the Paramount Visual Art Studios:  Sign in at 6 PM; meeting  begins at 6:20.  This will be “Easel Night” with members invited to show their paintings of the President’s challenge i.e. “Birds of a Feather” – whatever your interpretation of this theme will be.  And you may show any other painting that you wish.  This is all about the fun and learning of our art as it is to each of us and is not a critique though you may request input.
        March 14, 2016 at the Paramount Visual Art Studios:  Sign in at 6 PM; meeting  begins at 6:20.  Featured will be a demo by Minnesota watercolorist, Pat Choffrut.  You may see her work on Etsy, Pinterest or You tube.

2. Upcoming shows:  Robyn York Contact info:
     St. Cloud Hospital Show: “Labor of Love” Feb. 1-29
Signup to Robyn York by **January 26th**.
     $5 entry fee/artist for the show.
      * Whitney Show:  February 1 – March 31.
Signup to Robyn York by **January 26th**.   No entry Fee for this show.

      * Good Shepherd Show:  March 1-31.
Signup to Robyn York by **February 25th**.  $5 entry fee/artist for the show.

3.  CMW dues needed by January 31st.   Art by members who are on the CMW website will be removed once their dues lapse.  Please send your payment or contact Robyn York in regard to your member status.

4.  Don Andrews Workshop in St. Cloud – This workshop will be held at the Paramount Visual Arts Studio April 5-8, 2016.  The Paramount will open this up to the general public so be sure to contact Derick Segerstrom at the Paramount soon to make your reservation.  There will also be a demo by Don at the April CMW meeting. To register, contact Derick Segerstrom  by phone: 320) 257-5928 or by clicking here:

5.  Campfire Bay Paint In WeekendMarch 10-13th.   Register soon – first come, first serve .  The CMW Board has decided to open the weekend up to other watercolorists so contact Robyn York to get your name on the list.  It will be a great time to paint – the studio will be open 24/7 for us so you can go with the flow of your creative clock!  Payment in  full will be due February 8th (at CMW meeting) at the latest.  Day guests are welcome for a fee of $45 which does include the studio fee.

6. Kerry Kupferschmidt Classes Kerry will be teaching Watercolor Class I for Brainerd Community Education. It is an “intermediate level” class, emphasizing landscape & color mixing/ glazing.  Dates for the class are Feb 11th – March 17th, 2016.  5 classes 6:30- 9:00 pm at Falcon Ridge Middle school, Baxter MN.   It will be in their Community Ed Bulletin too. Contact Kerry at if you need further information.




 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: