News as of Saturday, June 24, 2017

Ahhhh!! -Summertime is here!  As I inspect my roses for aphids and other critters, I am always inspired when a dragonfly goes by as it waffles across bushes and leaves then flies go-lightly keeping to it’s own reason for being.  Susan’s painting below makes me think of those times…..and so I go on enjoying my own reason for being.

                                                          “Dragonfly” Susan-Jensen Cekalla                                                               Watercolor on Masa paper


Here’s what’s going on~~~~

Congratulations Marilyn!!

“Marilyn Clement won first place in the advanced watercolor category of Artists of MN juried Spring Show in Duluth May 20, 2017.  “Old Mill” was painted after a recent visit to Sedona AZ.”


In followup to Judy Fawcett’s  demo at our Monday,
May 8th Meeting , Judy showed us a relatively easy way to think about putting people  forms into paintings.   If you’re like me, you lost your paper and now want to review her approach so here you go. She uses letters to help create these forms.




Centracare Plaza Show  – June 2017  –
– There is a lovely show at this location so be sure to stop by and see it.
                  * Takedown date is June 30 from 4-5 pm.


East Bank Gallery Show in Sioux Falls, SD

Here are the paintings that will be on display  at the East Bank Gallery during the month of July.   Click on a painting to enlarge.

– Here are the details for participating artists:


1. Your Art:  You need to properly frame your work, including strong wiring (only) on back.
         *To keep work safe for transport we are asking everyone to
                 use bubble  wrap to protect your work

          *Put your wrapped art in a large garbage bag labeled
                  with your name on it so that we get 
it returned to you
            * Bring your signed “Guest Artist Agreement” (2 pages) with
                         your art.  It is on the East Bank Gallery website.
             * Let Kerry know if you use UV protected glass or if your art
                        is acrylic. Ruthmary may have a window 
available in sunlight.
  2.  Art delivery:    
               *Plan to deliver your art to Kerry’s place on Monday or 
                  Tuesday,  June 26th or 27th any time from 3:30-5:00 pm.
                  Address is: 3600 W. St. Germain St. (#340),  St. Cloud.     
                               Our gray Rav 4 in the parking lot by Door B on the
                                  St. Germain (west) side  
 3. Art Transport:
                *Kerry and his wife will do the drop off all art to the        
                          East Bank  Gallery Sunday, July 2nd at 1 pm.
                 *The Gallery will hang the show.
                 * If you prefer to deliver art yourself the art needs to be
                          there by that time. 
  4.  Reception:  July  7, 5-8 PM
              * Mary Buhl is planning to attend the reception.  It would be 
                      good if we could have some people join   
                      her in representing
              * Contact Mary to coordinate travel and car pooling.  Her 
                      number is 320-252-4412  or email
   5.   Close of Show and transport back:  Sunday July 30th, 1 PM    
            * Bonnie Schwichtenberg is coordinating the return of the art – she cannot
                         bag and bring back all 23 art pieces.   
   Mark your calendars
              * Returned 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” – (CMW booth) Thursday, July 20, 2017 – Contact Yvonne Schrank at if interested in participating.  NO FEE.   Pat Spence will be in charge of coordinating this event.


St Cloud Library Exhibit, July 1-31, 2017, $5 fee.   Contact Yvonne at 320-251-8248 or Hang date is June 30 from 4-5  and take down date TBA.  


Great River Arts CMW Show– Little Falls, MN   October, 2017  
By July 5th, please submit an example of your art to Mary Buhl at  Art is needed for potential use by this gallery for promotional purposes.


River’s Edge Convention Center CMW Exhibit November -December 2017  –  Tentative dates. Further details to follow.


Paramount Lobby ShowOctober 30- December 4, 2017 – Details to follow



Minnesota State Fair – Great opportunity for watercolor artists – August, 2017  See information at: or
please contact or call (651) 288-4417


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 .  This workshop will be open to the public in mid-July.  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


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.  
This is a longer time and we usually split up the shifts and paint for part of it in pairs.  It is really a
 pleasant way 
 to spend some hours painting.  Kerry Kupferschmidt, Barb Rogan and Mary Buhl will be painting.  

Nov. 3, 2017 –  Two artists from the club represent CMW in Studio B from 5-9. 
 They can paint, show works for sale, visit with the crowd, whatever  
they feel comfortable doing.             2 artists are needed  


 There are no 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.      Further details TBD.









News as of September 21, 2016

Here are some items to  make note of:

  1. Meetings
    – The CMW Annual Meeting held on September 12th, 2016 was a great success with 32 members and 4 guests attending.  Kerry Kupferschmidt was excited to introduce Gordon Schrank as the incoming VP and Yvonne Schrank as the incoming Treasurer beginning January 2017.  It’s people like these who step up to the plate to voluntarily serve CMW (for the next 2 years )and they are given a big THANK YOU!  We couldn’t keep our organization going without them.  The outgoing VP is Linda Addicott and outgoing Treasurer is Robyn York – A big THANK YOU to them too!
    Kerry was also excited to announce that CMW will conduct a $50 Sale on Friday, November 4, 2016 during the Art Crawl.  Watch for more details about this event.For the first time, CMW issued a Members’ Choice Award based on paintings exhibited at the Paramount Show.  Based on member voting, the winner was Linda Addicott with her painting “Showtime“.  addicott-showtime-sept-16
    October CMW Meeting – Monday, October 10th at the Paramount Studios, 6 PM
    Susan Fryer Voigt will demo at our October meeting at the Paramount.  She uses a mixed media approach and here is what she says:“Here is the information about what I will be demonstrating. In 2011, I was fortunate to study with a well-known American artist in Scotland. During those two weeks of painting with transparent watercolors outdoors, the instructor suggested that I might be a “layerist” instead of a transparent watercolorist. He offered his casein and acrylic paints so that I could work the way I do with acrylics, pastels, oils and casein. Since then, I have been using watercolor in a “layerist” manner – often using a roller and trowels along with brushes to attain the dimension and texture. Aquapasto is an additive that thickens watercolor and gouache can really make a difference. Even plein air painting is now pleasurable with watercolors. I will be demonstrating how I use these tools, paints, additives, and different surfaces.” Susan Fryer Voigt  Here are some examples of her work:

     November CMW Meeting – Monday, November 14 at the Paramount Studios – 6 PM
    Peggy Hall will be the demonstrator for this meeting.   Here is what she says about her work:

    I call myself an “intuitive painter”   — Putting my energy into each brushstroke.  Each painting I create has my unique style and color.My diversity can be experienced in the various media I utilize. As an artist I never limit myself.  I am open to exploring new techniques. My goal is that my brushwork will reflect my passion and love for painting. When my painting touches your heart and soul, I know it is truly good.  Here are examples of her work:

    2. CMW Shows
    Paramount Show – Currently in progress in the main lobby.  Takedown is Monday, September 26th, 4-5 PM.
    *  November 4, 2016 – Best Ever $50 Sale in Studio B, 5-9 PM.  Bring your pieces labeled with your name, ready to hang – do not need to be framed.  You hang and you
    take down — no early take-downs.  No limit to the number of pieces you may show.  All art is to be sold for $50.
    *  Rivers Edge Convention Center – November – December 19th.  Details TBA.

    3.  Events

*Matting Workshop – FREE to members –November 5, 2016 given by Robyn York who has much expertise in this area. It will be held at Watab Town Hall from 1-4. Bring some mat board materials to work with for this hands on workshop.


*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. The fee for CMW members is $450. Contact Derick Segerstrom at the Paramount 320-257-5928 or email at Here are examples of Ted’s work:



4. Announcements

  • cebuhar-mary-portraitCongratulations to CMW Member Mary Cebuhar for achieving the Mom’s Choice Award for her Book:  Listen When the Ocean Speaks
    She also painted the book cover as shown herecebuhar-book-cover-listen-when-the-ocean-speaks-cover.  Here is an article summarizing her work.

Award-winning Children’s Book Empowers Kids to Help Save Mother Ocean
Listen When the Ocean Speaks Wins an Aug. 2016 Mom’s Choice Award
By Rachel M. Anderson, Contributing Writer
(Cedar Rapids, IA) – For more than a quarter century, Mary Lieder Cebuhar of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has
considered herself a water baby. “I have wintered in Mexico for over 25 years and spent many hours snorkeling
in the Mexican Caribbean, particularly Puerto Morelos on the Yucatan Peninsula where the second largest
barrier reef in the world is located,” she said.
The reef in Puerto Morelos is part of the Mesoamerican Reef, an ancient ecosystem dating some 225 million
years. At nearly 1,000 kilometers in length, it stretches along the coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and
Back in the 1990s when she started snorkeling, Lieder Cebuhar remembers seeing a plethora of tropical fish and
marine creatures; but in recent years there have been a lot of changes. “The water is cloudier. Parts of the reef
and coral heads are dying. The fish population is much less than it was and there are pieces of plastic floating in
the water that were never there before. The star fish, sea cucumbers and conchs that were plentiful are hard to
find now,” she said.
The author says she has also noticed a decrease in marine life in the other places she has snorkeled: The Fiji
Islands and the Bahamas. Wanting to be part of the solution, Lieder Cebuhar recently wrote, illustrated and selfpublished
the children’s book, Listen When the Ocean Speaks.
The book was recently featured in the Ocean Conservancy newsletter, and in Aug. 2016, won a Mom’s Choice
Award. The Mom’s Choice Award program honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services.
The Ocean Conservancy is a nonprofit environmental advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., that helps
formulate ocean policy at the federal and state government levels based on peer reviewed science.
Listen When the Ocean Speaks begins with the words, “Listen. You can hear the ocean when you put a conch
shell up to your ears. Shhh…Listen. Someone is speaking.”
In the text that follows, Mother Ocean proceeds to explain to the children snorkeling in her waters, along with
readers, why her water has become so cloudy, how hurt she is by the disrespect people have shown when they
destroy the mangroves along her shores and throw trash in her waters; and the damage being done to the reefs
by people who pick coral. The mantra presented throughout, “Save the Sea while there’s still time. It’s never too
late to make things fine.”

  • Demo artists are needed for art crawls.  Please volunteer  and notify a board member of your interest.

News as of April 12, 2016

Happy hard to make it hereSpring!!  Ready for all the new activities?  Take a look~~

  1. Meetings
    April’s meeting was a very enjoyable meeting with Don Andrews conducting a demo of his very loose approach to landscape painting.   Here is Don’s finished painting from that demo:
May 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



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


  2.  CMW Shows

*St. Cloud Hospital ShowMay 2-May 31, 2016  Here is information from Robyn York:

“Since the show in February was rescheduled for May I would like you to resubmit your artist information. I need your contact information, frame size, the price (tax included) and the title of the painting. Space is limited so we can only show one painting per artist. I need this information by April 26th.We will hang the show on May 2nd between 4:00 and 5:00. We will be taking it down on May 31st between 4:00 and 5:00. Please make arrangements to deliver and pick up your painting. We will be charging a $5.00 participation fee which must be paid before your painting is hung. This is a wonderful place to display our paintings and we hope you plan to take advantage of it. The gift shop does take a 15% commission so keep that in mind when pricing your painting. We have had sales in previous years.”  Please contact Robyn at

*Centracare Plaza $5 fee; 15% Commission – 1 painting per artist.
Hang & Takedown June 1 – June 30th..  Signup with by May 25th.

*St. Cloud Library – $5 fee;  2 paintings per artist.
Hang & Takedown June 27 – July 30th.   Signup with between June 20-25.

*Art in the Garden – Tenth Annual Art Fair in the Gardens will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Pat Spence will coordinate this event. $5 fee.   Signup with


3.  Events

*The Don Andrews Workshop was held the first week of April.  It was truly and learning experience with Don encouraging participants to “practice” very different approaches.  He emphasized loose approaches, granular application techniques, how to paint and place figures into paintings, how to be an artist rather than a “reporter” of images,  his approach to color mixing and harmony.  Below are some images from that workshop (click to enlarge):


St. Cloud June 10 2016 Art CrawlThere will be CMW artists demo-ing in the Visual Arts Studios. Stop by and see what they’re creating.

* Minnesota State Fair – There is a great opportunity for artists to have their work viewed at this state level.  Registration is required. Eligible artists must register their work and provide a digital image(s) online via the Minnesota State Fair website at  Registration must be completed online by 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 11, 2016.  ALL changes to a registered item must be completed by 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 11, 2016.  Prior to the deadline, artists may modify their registration by signing in to their existing account, making their changes and reconfirming the registration.    IMPORTANT: ENTRIES WILL NOT BE RECEIVED IF NOT REGISTERED  See Website:

4.  Announcements:

Spring Paint In – May 7th at Watab town hall. 9AM – 4 PM $5 fee. Coffee, wine are provided. Bag lunch. Paint as you wish.
Signup with Robyn at or just show up and sign up with her then.