News as of February 6, 2018

February already and nearly one week gone.   Just a reminder to get your painting ready for the February President’s challenge, “It Caught My Eye“.  And you can bring at any stage of completion, or in a mat or not, or framed or not.  It doesn’t matter.  We all learn and grow from each other.

Just a quick note — the Board has decided to extend the timeframe from January 31st to March 1st for renewal without the $5 penalty. Fill out your membership form (in the Feb Newsletter), enclose your $25 payment or check and bring it to the Membership meeting or mail it to Yvonne Schrank, 200 Glenview Loop, St. Cloud MN 56303.

First Sign of Spring:  The St. Cloud downtown art crawls will begin on March 23rd.  We need demo artists for this art crawl to demo at the Paramount which goes from 5 – 9 PM.  It’s great fun — You can paint,  you can show your art for sale, you can show your cards for sale, you can work on techniques and you can meet new people –who are mostly intimidated by your talent and curious about  your knowledge.  It’s a great way to promote the creative spirit in St. Cloud.  Signup at a meeting or give your name to one of the board members.

CMW Meetings:

February 12, 20186 PM Member Meeting– Easel night at the Paramount starts at 6 PM with registrations and networking. President Gordon Schrank will have a report for the members and the painting viewing will be conducted after that. Bring your painting in response to the President’s Challenge, “It Caught My Eye” and/or any other paintings you would like to show to your colleagues. This night is not a critique but rather you may ask for input if you wish. It’s a very friendly and supportive process.

March 12, 2018Member Meeting at the Paramount at 6 PM – There will be registrations for upcoming art shows available and a short meeting. There will be a demo by Kathy Braud, CMW Member focusing on how to make a variety of skies with clouds that will add interest to landscapes.

April 9, 2018 – Member Meeting at the Paramount at 6 PM. Demo artist will be Georgia Kandiko, a current instructor at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts, the South Shore Community Center and the U of M Landscape Arboretum.

May 14, 2018 – Member Meeting at the Paramount at 6 PM. Demo artist will be Catherine Hearding from Lake Elmo. She is a well known instructor of art organizations in the Cities and was a Juror for Selection and Awards for watercolor at the 2017 State Fair.

Upcoming CMW Shows:

Waite Park Library Show – February 1-28, 2018
Important dates
 takedown is Feb. 28 from 4-5 pm
See the Waite Park Library Show tab for the art on display.

Good Shepherd Show – April 2 – May, 31 2018
Important dates:
– jpeg of your painting by March 16 to Mary Buhl at
– Hang time is April 2 from 4-5 pm
– Down time is May 31 from 4-5 pm
Contact Yvonne Schrank to sign up.

Art in the Garden – CMW Show on Thursday, July 19, 2018 10AM – 7 PM.  Start planning for your “small” artwork and/or cards for this sales event.  Pat Spence is your contact for any questions.  You may contact her at

Upcoming Workshops:

May 7-10, 2018 – A Paint in will be held at Linden Hills in Little Falls, MN. Includes 1 day Workshop with David Smith. titled “Soft Floral” There are openings for the day Workshop with David Smith. Contact Yvonne Schrank to see if there is any availability for the entire retreat event or be put on a waiting list. See details in CMW February Newsletter or go under the Newsletter tab on this website.

This is the Material List of the David Smith Workshop Day:

“Folks will need a painting board that paper will stick to when wet, such as Plexi Glass or the Shiny Slick Coated/Surfaced Masonite. The board dimensions should be larger than the sheet of paper, which will be 11×15. They will also need to be able to prop their board up at an angle. They might be able to get away with propping their board on a large Kleenex box, but a easel of some sort would work better.”

Materials List
Usual Supplies: palette, water container, masking tape, towels, Kleenex, large spray bottle, hair dryer, pencil/eraser, etc.
IF you have an iPad/tablet, I recommend bringing it to take demo photos for reference.

  • Paper: One quarter (11”x15”) sheet of Arches Cold Press 140lb paper will be provided with the sketch already on the paper. Please bring at least 2 more sheets of paper to practice on.
  • Paint Boards. For this painting process, one will completely wet the paper (front & back). You will need a board that the paper will Stick to, such as Plexi Glass or the Shiny Slick Coated/Surfaced Masonite. The board dimensions should be larger than the sheet of paper, which will be 11×15.
  • Tools for lifting/softening highlights: Stiff Bristle Brush or Fritch Scrubber. My favorites are the #4 & #16 Fritch Scrubber (Cheap Joe) and the #2 Artisan Short Flat/Bright long handled (Winsor & Newton)
  • We will be working at a slant. Therefore, a table easel may come in handy. However, I’ll most likely simply prop one end of the painting board up on a Kleenex box or something.
  • Paint: I recommend the primaries: Yellow, Red, Blue, and a dark such as Paynes Gray, Indigo, or Neutral Tint. I’ll incorporate a number of colors, including: Yellow Ochre, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Sap Green, and Payne’s Gray.
  • Brushes: A variety of rounds and flats will work fine. I use synthetics (Escoda, Robert Simmons, Loew-Cornell). Brushes I presently use are: Escoda Rounds (Perla) size 8, 10, 12 (the Joseph Zbukvic set). And Escoda Mops (Ultimo Tendo Synthetic) size 14 & 18. If interested, these all can be found on the internet, like Amazon and some online art stores.

MonaLisa Graphite Paper or Loew Cornell Gray Transfer Paper (can buy at Michaels art & craft store, JoAnn Fabric, or online/Amazon) and a colored ball-point pen (red works well). These leave a transfer that is hard to erase, BUT are Dark, so you can see the lines through layers of paint, and will not wash away when wet. If you choose another transfer paper, test it to make sure it will be dark enough to see after a couple washes of color and will not disappear or get too light when wet.

Andy Evenson Workshop, Fall 2018:  October 25th – 27th beginning at 9AM each day. You will be notified as to when the registration process opens.

**Keeping your paints and brushes wet – Paint with your Colleagues

Monday mornings 8:30-11:30 at Whitney center — Silver Brushes

Thursday afternoons 12:30 – 4 at Watab Hall – informal group gathering to paint whatever it is that you want to work on.

Member Events:

Kathy Braud has a large watercolor show at M-State College at:

Charles Beck Gallery
1414 College Way,
Fergus Falls, MN
from Jan 8 – Feb 28, 2018.
Reception will be 2 – 4 ,Wed. Feb 7, 2018






CMW Meeting – Monday, November 13, 2017

The November CMW Meeting will be held at the Paramount Visual Art Studios this coming Monday, November 13, 2017 beginning with networking/registration at 6 PM, at 6:20 President Kerry Kupferschmidt will provide an update on upcoming CMW activities and the Member’s Choice Award will be announced.  Then about 6:30 we will also see this demo.

(For those of you viewers who are not CMW Members, please feel free to come and join us FREE for one meeting.  If you wish to come to other demos, the fee is  $5/meeting.)

Painting with Wild Abandon with Karen Knutson!

On Monday, November 13th, Karen Knutson will be our demo artist!  She teaches workshops across the United States, traveling to a different state every month!  She holds signature status in many National Watercolor Societies and has won many awards, both locally and nationally.  In December of 2016, Karen was named one of 10 Artists to Watch by the Watercolor Artist Magazine!  Her paintings have been featured in many books.

Karen is excited to demonstrate lots of fun tricks, using acrylicsFor those of you who are watercolorists, please come and see some new tricks.  You may be able to use them in your watercolors as well, OR Karen may sway you over to trying acrylic after all!  She loves the brightness of the colors and the fact that one can layer and build such depth, using acrylics.  You become a bit of an archaeologist as you remove layers later on and make discoveries underneath!  Karen calls this demonstration process, “Painting like Gustav Klimt” because it results in tiny colorful shapes of exciting colors like he did in his paintings.  She will also be sharing many gold special effects like Gustav used also.  Her demonstration will include dropping liquid acrylic on the paper and then scraping it, using a credit card.  The students always LOVE this process!  We will touch on the subject of wire drawing, one of Karen’s favorite things EVER!   Karen states about her use of acrylics, “Don’t get me wrong.  I still enjoy using watercolor too, but I’m a painter first.  I will use whatever media works to produce the effects that I want.  If you struggle with design and composition, I have some tricks up my sleeve for that too!”  To see more of Karen Knutson’s paintings, go to her website, or her blog,



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.