News as of February 2, 2016

We start off with a new month and many events(LOTS) on the calendar!

  1. CMW Meetings
    * February 8th, 6PM at Paramount Arts Studio — Bring your interpretive painting of “Birds of a Feather”  for our Easel night -even if you haven’t completed it.  Or you can bring any piece as you wish.  You can explain your  approach and ask for input as desired.    There will also be  an overview of the CMW website and what’s next.  This is also the last chance to register for the Campfire Bay Weekend  from March 10-13.

    March 14th, 6 PM at Paramount Arts Studio — There will be a demo on abstract painting from Gail Speckmann.  You may click on her  website to see her work:

    April  (date ??) 6 PM at Paramount Arts Studio Watch this website and the CMW newsletter for an official announcement about the date of the meeting.  The plan is to have a demo by Don Andrews, our spring workshop artist, sometime
    in the first week of April.
     2.   CMW Shows
         * Whitney Senior Center – CMW Show runs from February 1 – March 31.
           * Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Sauk Rapids – March 1-31.
Hang date is March 1st.  Enter the main entrance and check in with Jodi Speicher for direction to the art display area        
         * St. Cloud Hospital – “Labor of Love” –  May 1-31.  Information due to Robyn York by April 26, 2016.

   3.   Events ( Educational and Other Activities)
 Campfire Bay Painting Weekend
Final arrangements are being confirmed for the March 10-13th CMW painting weekend.  This will be great fun.  Payment is due at the Feb CMW meeting.  Registrations will close as of that date.  Please contact Robyn York to sign up.  Her email is

Share Your Art!

Holdingford High School FAN Club (Fine Arts Now) is looking for YOU to share your talents for our “Celebration of the Arts” event on Sunday March 13th from 1-3:00pm at the Holdingford High School, with a focus on having several “hand on” activities for people to try.  We want to celebrate that art is all around us, so we have people joining us from ALL kinds of arts: song, dance, instrumentals, speeches, woodworking, cake decorating, hair stylist, balloon tying, florist, the list goes on! We want you to join us and celebrate your art!  We are looking for artists to volunteer your talents and help us to celebrate art all around us.  In exchange for volunteering your talents we encourage you to bring anything to promote your business/service.If you are willing to share your talents with our community, please contact Geriann Friday at or call 320-333-5577.  Items also accepted for our silent auction/raffle.


Don Andrews Workshop at Paramount Visual Arts Center ( St. Cloud)
This workshop runs from April 5-8th and will focus on painting persons in landscapes.  Please contact the Paramount Visual Arts Center for registration.

Don Andrews

Don Andrews

  Upcoming Anne Abgott Workshop (Iowa)
The Le Mars Iowa Arts Center is hosting a three day workshop by Anne Abgott in May of 2016. Cost is just $225 for all 3 days. A meet and greet will be on May 23, workshop from 9 – noon and 1 – 4 on May 24 – 26. We invite any of you that are interested to please contact me for more details by email or phone. We are a 501 (c)(3) Non profit organization. Judy Marienau, Administrator 712-546-7476 or email 
North Star Artist Market
This event in event will include all kinds of watercolor and watermedia, continuous demo’s under the big mirror, artists at work on the sidelines every day, a chance to visit with artists. Art is for sale, all original works, even cards are original artworks. Free admission.  Contact the site if interested.

Kathy Braud is giving a demo under the big mirror at Artist Market 2016 at 6 PM Friday evening, May 14, 2016.  A floral – loose and abstract is the plan for that demo.

 4.    Announcements
CongratulationsSandra Driscoll was accepted into the Arts In Harmony for this year. The show runs from Feb 1 to March 24 at the Sherbourne County building in Elk River.  A reception will be held Feb 7 from 1:00 to 3:30.  Here is one of her paintings:
Stone Town

Stone Town

Congratulations also go out to Kathy Braud for several accomplishments:

The 2016 Juried Exhibit is on display at the Jaques Art Center, Aitkin, MN which goes until February 20th, 2016  Judge, Derek Davis.
She has 3 art pieces on display at that exhibit.  Here is one of her works:

Braud - Cherry Toppers

Cherry Toppers

Kathy has a watercolor art exhibition at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, St Paul, MN  January – March 2016
Kathy will also be the featured exhibit artist at the Crossing Arts in Brainerd for February and March.  Saturday, Feb 13 will be a meet and greet plus a demo from 10 AM – 2 PM.

*Phishing- without a line,  hook and sinker!!   Recently some phishing emails have come to the CMW website.  So, how do you know if an email is real or is phishing.    Here are some cautionary tips for you:
*  You will note unusual or strange language used – references are general and not specific.
*  It is common that there are compliments of some kind that are made
*  They often refer to a different website
*  The emails commonly are of a gmail address and there are numbers associated with the name ie  This is a red flag for a phishing email.

News as of December 5, 2015

  1.   A solo show by Sandra Driscoll is taking place in Little Falls, MN at the Morrison County Government Building gallery during the months of December through February.

    2.  Registration for Don Andrews WorkshopApril 5-8, 2016  – Sign up NOW by calling Derick at 320-257-5928 We are extremely fortunate to have Don Andrews, nationally known watercolorist, conduct a 4 day workshop for CMW members and painters from the surrounding area.  Don is a an active member of the American Watercolor Society as well as a past board member.  He has authored many books and DVDs as well as articles in American Artist and American Artist Watercolor Edition.
    Be sure to sign up immediately to secure a spot with Don since this workshop will be available to the public also.   The fee is $375.  Don will ALSO give the CMW membership a demo on April 4 or 5.  Date to be decided  soon.

       3.  Call for Art – Essential Art Show 2016
Visual Arts Minnesota seeks entries for the Essential Art 2016 juried exhibition. Open to Minnesota residents. Register artwork in any media (painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, etc.) completed within the past two years. The Essential Art Exhibition has been an opportunity for artists to come together on a yearly basis and exhibit their best work. Included in the process is an artist critique on the day of the reception with the juror and a docent talk of the winning pieces during the reception.

* NEW THIS YEAR: Jurying will be online and only accepted work will be delivered to the gallery.

DEADLINE: 11:59 PM on Tuesday, December 29th, 2015.
Register online at
Late applications will not be considered. Accepted works will be notified on Monday, January 4th, 2016.
$1750 in Awards!! 1st Place: $500 (in each 2D & 3D) 2nd Place: $250 (in each 2D & 3D) 3rd Place: $125 (in each 2D & 3D)

4.  CMW Newsletter and Tips is now on the website so be sure to see those tabs.  The newsletter has LOTS of show and event information for you to note on your calendar.

5. CMW Holiday Meeting – December 14, 2015:  Begin to gather at 6 PM.  There will be an original holiday card exchange, treats and a viewing prize winners from the national Transparent National Water Society show. 

News as of June 11, 2015

Here are a number of items of interest this week:

1. New Events – We have new information from our colleagues “Up North” about opportunities for artists.    Central MN Watercolorists are invited to participate in any of these events.
On the link below is the information for 3 separate events:

Nisswa  – The Majestic Pines Arts & Fine Crafts Fair,           June 20 and 21, 2015,
Nisswa Freedom Days Arts & Crafts Show,                                July 3, 2015
Nisswa Fall Festival/Smokin Hot BBQ Arts & Crafts Fair, September 19, 2015.

Click on the following link for specific information about them:

2.  REMINDER:  At the Art Crawl this Friday evening (5-9PM), CMW will have 2 artists, Robyn York and Mary Buhl,  providing watercolor demonstrations in the Paramount studios.  Stop down to say “Hi” and see what they’re up to.
In addition John Carter will be participating in this Friday”s art crawl at the Capital One cafe. He will have his paintings there and will be doing a small demo.

3.  Congratulations to two CMW Members  Sandra Driscoll and Kerry Kupferschmidt for acceptance of their paintings into the Great River Arts juried show at Little Falls – address is 122 1st St. SE.   The opening reception will be July 16, 6 to 8pm.

> Sandra Driscoll’s painting, “Cabin with a View”

Cabin with a View

Cabin with a View

> Kerry Kupferschmidt’s painting  Hidden Falls  

Hidden Falls

Hidden Falls

4.  Have you ever considered entering a National Juried Show and taking your art to a new level?  Here are the things to consider as put forward by Kathy Braud, RRWS:

                 Thoughts on the description of the artist
                 who might decide to enter a National Show

Does this artist love to make art and to compete with others who love to make art?
Does this artist have knowledge that their art work  meets  the  principles of design  and  other standards  for a painting so they are ready to jump to new levels of competition.
Have they entered the Minnesota State Fair Juried Competition (which is free and is looking for entrants) and other Juried Shows in the state?  Jurying the work holds an element of surprise and possibility, while one waits acceptance or elimination, despite payment of entry fee.
Does this artist want to sell their art?
Are they willing to go beyond their home area?
Do they participate in art crawls, member shows and group shows?
Does this artist take workshops with a desire to grow in knowledge of the art disciplines with the guidance of regional and national artists?
Does this artist belong to a larger group of artists such as Transparent Watercolor Societies of America (TWSA)?  This is one of many national art groups found in the USA that are supported by a regional network of artist members and art instructor mentor members.  When TWSA hosts a show, it is located in Michigan.  If chosen, artists often travel that distance to participate in the TWSA reception and stay overnight.  To the artist out of the area, other expenses will include the cost of shipping to and from the show.  Press, Ribbons, award monies and merchandise awards are welcome prizes and remembrances too and offer visible personal growth.

Regarding North Star Watermedia’s creation of a new national art show:

NorthStar Watermedia Society is choosing to host the first NSWS National Watermedia Show here in Minnesota in 2015 at the Hopkins Center for the Arts  .This group, NorthStar Watermedia Society, currently offers great demo’s at every monthly member meeting, a library of taped demoes, opportunities for en plaine aire painting groups that meet frequently and Artist Market, held at the MN State Fairgrounds, Fine Arts Building.
A national board is made up of NWS members, volunteers who have already put in at least eight months of planning and consideration.
For the artists in Minnesota, travel to this exhibition event will be a comfortable distance measured in hours.  They also have greater opportunities to display while this national show is new with fewer out-of-state entrants.
Artists will be given NSWS signature status when a certain number of art points are obtained by accepted paintings and/or awards.
NSWS Membership, while not necessary, is encouraged as you must be a NorthStar Watermedia Society member for future possibilities of signature status.