Member News

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Kathy Braud Dandy PuffSeptember 28, 2017
Member Kathy Braud received an honorable mention award at the 2017 Juried Exhibit in the Jaques Art Center, Aitkin, MN. The show runs from Sept 8 through Oct 28, 2017.  Her painting, “Dandy Puff,” is a watercolor and acrylic painting. 92 paintings are displayed in the show.

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Time-PassagesAugust 2, 2017
Member Robert Jeffrey is very happy to announce that his painting “Paris Times Two” has been honored by being selected into the 2017 State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit.

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July 7, 2017
Leon Beck was a long-time member of the NorthStar Watermedia Society and a former President. As an artist he participated in art fairs and shows but he is now retired. He requested that we pass on the following information to the  membership. For Sale: Art Show Display Panels & Canopy – $750 or best offer Includes the following: Display Panels — 8 aluminum display panels (heavy-duty, lightweight mesh, no tears) 6 panels, each 6 ft x 38 in (3 connected panels = a side of the canopy) 2 panels, each 6 ft by 48 in Hardware for various panel arrangements: 2 adjustable, bracing stabilizers for the panels 4 extensions, 18 in each to raise panels for indoor displays Two-wheel dolly for transporting panels Several iron stakes for securing outdoor display Pop-up Canopy — 10 ft by 10 ft with detachable drop-down side walls. Contact: Leon Beck lbeck44@comcast.net or phone 651-528-930.

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S-atta sig_AtoZprototype Tara SweeneyMar. 15, 2017
Member Tara Sweeney and her son, Nate Christopherson, have been awarded a 2017 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant to illustrate a series of 29 objects from the American Swedish Institute’s historic collection, each one representing a letter of the Swedish alphabet. They will work in ASI’s public galleries as resident artists this summer. Sweeney’s lush watercolors create glowing portraits of objects for Christopherson’s mischievous little characters to explore in ways the rest of us might not dare. The collaborative watercolor and ink narrative drawings encourage intergenerational storytelling, showcase ASI’s collection, create a fun, illustrated language resource, and will help celebrate ASI’s 90 years as a collecting museum 2018-19. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a 2017 Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Cabin in the Birch WoodsMar. 11, 2017
Member LouAnn Hoppe announces that her watercolor batik painting “Cabin in the Birch Woods\” has been accepted into the White Bear Center for the Arts Northern Lights Exhibition. Opening reception is 6:30 to 8:30 on March 23, 2017.

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17620 Dave SmithFeb. 15, 2017
Member David Smith announces that his painting “May I Come In?” earned him Signature Status with the American Watercolor Society. It has also been announced that the painting received the High Winds Medal at the AWS Exhibition in New York City.

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116031-hibiscus-blossom-ap-5-005November 16, 2016
Member Kathy Braud received the Blue Ribbon Award at the Artist Reception 11/12/2016 in Blaine Government Center, Blaine, for her Hibiscus Blossoms.  This painting is a 22 x 30 watercolor floral, on display for the Artist del Norte exhibition, Northern Showcase Oct 31 – Nov 26, 2016.

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November 9, 2016
sunrise-over-the-creekMember LouAnn Hoppe as two Courage Kenny cards this holiday season. “Sunrise Over the Creek” was in the 2015 National show. The other is “Blue Pines” They are available in Macy’s nationally and online at http://www.couragecards.org/Holiday-Cards/index.cat

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Member Lucy LeMay’s painting “Harley’s at Work” has been accepted into the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition.

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May 15, 2016

Members Jeanette Richards and Dianne Ginsberg are having a 2-person exhibit at the Stillwater Library through June 30. They invite you to a reception Thursday, June 2, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. They hope the weather cooperates so you can enjoy the roof top view of the St. Croix River. The Stillwater Public Library address: 224 Third Street N. Stillwater, MN. 55082.

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April 28, 2016
Welcome to the following new members:
Joan Benner
Greg Chalmera
Bonnie Dyer Featherstone
Francine Kaufenberg
Beth Lunsford
Mary Meinert
André Nelson
Dave Remely
Merle Schoess

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Three Poppies by LouAnn HoppeApril 19, 2016

Member: LouAnn Hoppe
Two of LouAnn’s paintings will be published in the holiday collection of CourageKenny Cards, “Sunrise over the Creek” and “Snowy Blue Pines.” “Three Poppies” was voted a favorite by the membership, and will be published by AAUW and distributed as a fund raiser to its 140,00 members nationwide.
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March 7, 2016
Member: Judy Fawcett
An exhibition Dwellers on the Threshold features art work by artists Judy Fawcett and Laurie Kigner March 12 to April 9, 2016, at Banfill Locke Center for the Arts. Through layered and painted prayer flags, Kigner explores endangered species and the changing environment as these creatures disappear from our landscape. Tags that state the extinction risk of that species as documented on the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species are hung on each piece. Judy Fawcett depicts butterflies in colorful acrylic paintings that serve as a metaphor for the all living things put in peril by human intervention and climate change. Together these artists will fill the galleries with bold art works that are visually stimulating and also provide a chance for visitors to contemplate the changing world through this art. Please come to the reception March 12th, 4-6 pm at Banfill Locke, 6666 E River Road, Fridley, MN 55432. It will be great to be in the company of nature lovers, fellow art travelers and those with simple curiosity about our shared future.
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March 2, 2016
Welcome to the following new members:
Paula DeZelar
Judy Harvey
Vera Kovacovi
Margaret Maeckelbergh
Somwattie Singh
Kris Stranik
Nancy Weidler
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January 23, 2016

NorthStar warmly welcomes the following new or returning members:
Juliet L. Anderson
Colleen Ballis
Patti Coverston
Jim Eberhardt
Anita Jader
Randee Lee
Lynn Middleton Koller
Ruth Marko
JoAnne Middaugh
Julie Dobson Miner
Mary Ann Morgan
Virginia Olsen
Virginia M. Patricelli
Lois Peterson
Susan Salomon
Marilyn Stevens
Nancy Swanson
Judy Tegeler
Mary Zadach

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Kathy Braud award winnerNovember 22, 2015:

Kathy Braud, Little Falls Artist, received an Award of Excellence in the Northern Showcase art exhibition held 11/14/2015 at Blaine City Hall on the watercolor painting, “Four Clucks”. This same painting received “Best Watercolor – North Star Watermedia Society” award at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Juried Exhibition this August. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
October 5, 2015:

2015 FALL ART SHOW AND SALE Friday, November 13th, from 1 – 6 p.m.; Saturday, November 14th, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday, November 15th, from 1 – 4 p.m. Artists: Lee Winberg, Faye Mader and Alice Holm Location: Lee Winberg’s Home at 2298 Stephani Court, Little Canada, MN 55117. Come and browse through our original art work – watercolor, note cards and we’ve added pottery this year! Please stay and enjoy some refreshments! Bring your friends, too! ~~ Cash or Checks Only, Please _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Judith Hallbeck MeyeraanMarch 16, 2015:

NorthStar Member Judith Hallbeck Meyeraan was awarded signature status in the Minnesota Watercolor Society at their spring juried show in Minnetonka on March 12, 2015.
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March 12, 2015:
At the last meeting, the Board of NorthStar set the criteria for the establishment of Signature Membership in NorthStar, giving its recipients the right to use the initials NSWS if they wish. Congratulations to the following members who have met the criteria for Signtaure status:

Judith Blain
Rebecca Cardinal
Pat Choffrut
Calvin deRuyter
Barbara Duffy
Nels Femrite
Richard (Dick) Graves
Dick Green
Lana Grow
Patty Healy
Karen Knutson
Heidi Nelson
Polly Olmstead
Jan Vaughan
Frank Zeller

You can see the criteria for Signature Membership at
http://northstarwatermedia.com/signature-members-of-norths…/

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January 8, 2015:

Gail Speckmann Tour

Gail Speckmann will be leading “Sights & Sounds of Belgium & Northern France” this April 14-24, 2015. Full itinerary brochure is on my website: www.gailspeckmann.com. This is a tour in which I feature the cultural side of the countries visited, highlighting the arts: visual, written, & musical. I work with people on creating better compositions in their photography, which can later help in their paintings or other artistic expressions.
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October 29, 2014:
Welcome to the following new members: Abigale Carroll; Mary DePrey; Carol J. Larson; Anita Root; David Root; Roxie Stangelend; Rebecca Swift; Joyce Walker; and Melody Walton

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October October 17, 2014:
NorthStar member LouAnn had two of her paintings selected for Courage Cards this holiday season: one was a Winter Scene that is done front and back of the card with the inside blank….the other is Maple Leaves, showing our great colors for fall! Both are available through Courage Cards listed below.
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October 9, 2014:NorthStar members Jan and Dick Green each have paintings accepted into the 38th annual members’ Juried Art Exhibition at the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center, Oct 16-Nov 28! Congratulations to both of them!_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
September 26, 2014:
Welcome to the following new members: John Carlis, Linda Carter, Kathy Hellen, Connie LaMere, Judy Peters, Kay Peterson, Jill Stebbins, Cathy Wheeler, and Beverly Wood

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August 7, 2014:
Watt imageToni Watt’s art work is being displayed at Curran’s Family Restaurant which is located at 42nd St. and Nicollete Ave. South, Minneapolis. Curran’s is on the SE corner. The show is now in place and will be there until September 30, 2014. Toni has selected 12 pieces from earlier and recent years, and across many mediums. There are several water media paintings along with oil, ink wash, lithograph, pastel and cut paper design hanging in the East dinning room. Toni hopes you are able to see it all as it is a lively and very diverse show.  One recent image to show you that was produced in large part at the Wednesday paint- ins in Roseville in 2013, called “Lilly Pads”.

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March 28, 2014:
Welcome to these new and/or returning members to NorthStar Watermedia Society:
Almira Downs
Mary Meinert
Julie Schroeder

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March 6, 2014:
The event “60 Artists on 50th” will count 5 painters among the artists, and 3 of those are members of NorthStar Watermedia Society! Dick Green, Janet Green and Lisa Fertig will be participating in the Sat., Apr. 5 event (10am-5pm).

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FEBRUARY 28, 2014:**

PLEASE NOTE: Late fees have now been waived entirely for registrations to Art On A Line. Packets will be distributed at the March 27 meeting.

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FEBRUARY 24, 2014:**
PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the cancellation of our February 20 meeting, Art on a Line registrations are being taken by mail.  Please send in your registrations by March 1.  No late charge will be added if sent by that date.  Participating artist packets will be given out at the next NSWS meeting. **
Mail you registration to: LouAnn Hoppe, 3754 White Bear Ave. White Bear Lake, MN 55110.
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FEBRUARY 13, 2014:
Helen Bond Wine Season 1NorthStar member Helen Bond reports that her watercolor collage painting entitled “Wine Season I” has been accepted into the 9th annual Il Chiostro Alumni Exhibit in NYC \”LUCE: the Magic of Italian Light\”. Dates of the exhibit will be March 24-April 7th with the artists reception on Saturday, March 29 3:30-6:30pm. (www.ilchiostro.com)
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NOVEMBER 26, 2013:
Watercolor and Asian Brush Painting Demonstrations by NorthStar member David R. Smith Sat., Dec. 7. Noon – 4pm. Gallery Immaginé (Studio 183) in the Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE., Minneapolis. Get in the Holiday Spirit while enjoying hot apple cider, beautiful art (200 artists in the Northrup King Bldg.), and while learning new techniques as I have fun throwing paint. Demo Schedule: 12–12:30pm Bamboo;  12:50 – 1:20pm Asian Peony; 1:40 – 2:10 Winter Landscapes Break 2:30 – 3:00 Lake Superior Rocks Break 3:20 – 3:50pm Sun Rise & Misty Mountain Lake. Immaginé Gallery Hours: Fridays & Saturdays until Jan. 1 (Saturdays thereafter) Noon – 4pm; First Thursdays of every Month: 5pm – 9pm. Note: We have 12 chairs available. You are welcome to bring a folding chair if you’re concerned about standing.

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OCTOBER 30, 2013:
FALL ART SHOW AND SALE at LEE’s Fri., Nov. 8, from 1 – 5pm; Sat. Nov. 9, 10am-4pm; and Sun., Nov. 10 from 1-4pm. Location: Lee Winberg’s Home at 2298 Stephani Court, Little Canada, MN Artists: Lee Winberg, Faye Mader and Mary Janssen invite you to come and browse through some of their original art work – Watercolor, Acrylic, Mixed Media and some Oil paintings, collages, and note cards (both traditional and contemporary)! Please stay and enjoy some refreshments! Bring your friends, too! Directions: • Take Hwy. 36 to Rice Street. • Go North 1 block to Minnesota Avenue. • Turn right (East) onto Minnesota Ave., at McDonald\’s. (Then, go about two blocks to Cobblestone Village.) • Turn left (North) on Stephani Court (just past the entrance to Cobblestone). • 2298 Stephani Court is on the East side of the cul de sac.

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OCTOBER 24, 2013:
WELCOME to these new NSWS members:

Waltraud Brogren
Kathleen Kroska
Sarah Neglia
Rebecca Swift
Rockie Weymouth

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2013:
WELCOME to these new or returning NSWS members:

Shirley Amundsen
Carol Eshelman
Susan Rideout
Amy Mammen
Michaelin Otis
Linda Olson
Betty Brownell
Sandra Carroll
Linda Conway
Carolyn Earl
Judity Meyeraan
Diane Nelson
Jim Nippoldt
Karen Sorensen
Linda Stout
Katie Zdechlik

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2013: Member Wayne Sisel has two paintings in an exhibition of Architecture alums at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Dean\’s Office Gallery. The show will run for one month. Ann Sisel & Wayne Sisel each have a painting in the Montana Watercolor Society’s 31st annual Watermedia 2013, National Juried Exhibition at the Bigfork Museum of Art & History, Bigfork, MT. Juror: Sue Archer. Show runs Oct 1-31.

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Jidith-Meyeraan-Best-of-ShoSEPTEMBER 18, 2013: NorthStar Watermedia member Judith Hallbeck Meyeraan has won the Best in Show award at the Minnesota Watercolor Society Fall 2013 Exhibition, at Colonial Church in Edina. Judging the show was Rachel Daly Flentje, the Visual Arts Program Director at the Bloomington Theater and Art Center.

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AUGUST 23, 2013:

Barb Parisien at State FairCongratulations to member (and Board member) Barb Parisien who won 2nd Place in the Watercolor category at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair! Her painting was title “Morning Market 4″.
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AUGUST 23, 2013:
Last night the NorthStar Board of Directors met in a marathon 3.5 hour meeting to address the report of the Re-Visioning Committee. The committee submitted an 8-page report made up almost entirely of suggestions and recommendations for the future direction of the Society. More than a dozen resolutions were passed at the meeting from this first report, and it means that NorthStar Watermedia is on the move to carry us forward with new programs and new directions to meet the technological age and increase membership, without loosing our mission to meet the needs of  existing members. Look for more “bang for your membership bucks”: for example the board voted to change the 9-month operations/meetings, to now be 12-months! Watch for more details about other great news about our future!

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Barbara-Duffy-State-Fair-WiAUGUST 22, 2013

Congratulations to Barbara Duffy for receiving this year’s NorthStar’s State Fair award with her painting Butterfly Garden.  After having identified all the accepted NSWS members’ paintings at the Fine Arts Building, judge Frank Zeller chose Duffy’s painting as the winner.
The following NSWS artists were accepted into the 2013 State Fair as well: Mary Ellen Calderwood, Tom Dimock, Jeanne Long, Barb Parisien, and Emmy White.  Congratulations to all!
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AUGUST 12, 2013
NSWS member Barb Parisien wishes to invite everyone to an Evening of Art And Music, August 17, 7-9pm. Barb will be exhibiting her art at the event, held at J & S Bean Factory, 1518 Randolph Ave., St. Paul.
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JUNE 4, 2013
We are pleased to welcome these new or returning members to NorthStar Watermedia Society:
Carol Dittbenner
Judith Meyeraan
Craig Roney
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HeidiNelsonMuralJUNE 3, 2013:
Member Heidi Nelson and First Lutheran church are having a celebration of the completion of a large mural Nelson has been painting there (in acrylics) for the better part of two years. The mural, on the theme of \”the Big God Story.\” is 516 sq. ft. It is painted on a large pan ceiling angling down from a nine foot square skylight that includes a frame and golden columns. Please join Heidi and see the mural between 9 and 11:30 am on Sunday July 21. at 4000 Linden St., which is a frontage road off highway 61 just south of Polar Chevrolet, just south of the city of White Bear Lake. You can also contact her directly and we could arrange a time to meet there if that time frame does not work for you.
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MAY 11, 2013:
Kare11 This morning there was a wonderful segment on KARE11! THANKS to them for giving us the opportunity to let everyone know about the upcoming Art On A Line. Read about it and see the segment by going to http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=1025410.
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MAY 7, 2013:
We are lucky enough to have a segment on KARE 11 to highlight ART ON A LINE this Saturday, May 11th at approximately 8:15 a.m. An interview will be conducted by Belinda Jensen with one of our NorthStar members, Diane Lee. Please tune in and watch. Thank you!
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MARCH 26, 2013:
Global 13This past Sunday NSWS once again had tables at Midtown Global Market where our members demonstrated their painting techniques and handed out information to people — especially about the upcoming Art On A Line in May! Thanks to Midtown GlobalMarket for giving us this opportunity and thanks to all of our volunteers who have participated to represent NSWS!

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MARCH 22, 2013:NorthStar Watermedia Society member Marie Hammond is teaching a 3-day watercolor & casein workshop for the Brush & Palette Club in Alexandria, MN on April 10-12.
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MARCH 22, 2013:
NorthStar Watermedia Society wants to welcome the following new or returning members: Karen Campbell, Paul Seel, Jennifer Stone, Linda Wilcox
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MARCH 8, 2013:
NSWS Member Dick Green has announced that one of his paintings was juried into the Transparent Watercolor of America 37th National Exhibition in Kenosha Wisconsin. Only 80 artists from around the country get juried into this prestigious show.

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MARCH 4, 2013:
AbnetFinishedPaintingSo many times we have artists do demos at meetings, and we never get to see the actual completed painting because of the time constraints. Well, for those of you at the February NSWS meeting, Edie Abnet was gracious enough to forward this photo of one of the two paintings she started at that demo… here in its completed form! THANKS Edie for a great demo and for letting us get a glimpse of the finished product!
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FEBRUARY 28, 2013:
MidtownGlobal3MidtownGlobal2Kathy Magnus reported that painting at Midtown Global Market last Sunday was a great success. Midtown Global Market had graciously invited NorthStar Watermedia Society to have some tables to represent our group — and we handed out several brochures and talked to people who seemed very interested in coming to Art On A Line in May. The weather cooperated and people came out! Left photo shows Jill Jacobson (left) and Patty Healy; Right photo shows Jill Jacobson and Patty Healy.
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FEBRUARY 23, 2013:
NorthStar Watermedia Society wants to welcome the following new or returning members: Terrie Christian, Tammy Kennen, Anita Martin, Joan Rassel, Paul Seel, Jennifer Stone and Linda Wilcox
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FEBRUARY 6, 2013:

NSWS welcomes these new or returning members: Linda Pratt, Therésa Weseman and Judith Stoffer

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JANUARY 24, 2013:
Attention members, ARTISTS NEEDED: We have an OPPORTUNITY FOR EXPOSURE at the MIDTOWN GLOBAL MARKET, Lake Street, Mpls. (the old Sears Bldg.) on three upcoming Sundays, each one having a specific theme. January 27 is “Soup Cook-Off”, February 24 is “Health”, and March 24 is “Sustainability and Gardening”. There is no cost to NorthStar, nor to the artists. We have approximately 20 feet in which to paint and display paintings. In order to take advantage of this very generous offer we need volunteers to paint from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. These can be split into shifts if preferred, 11-2:30 and 2:30 to 6. All you need is paper, paint and a brush! These are typically attended by hundreds of people so let’s try to make this a worthwhile effort.

Please contact Kathy Magnus to reserve your time and for further information. kathymag444@msn.com
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JANUARY 18, 2013:
NSWS member Karen Knutson has been working on a “30 paintings in 30 days” challenge and is half way through! Check out her journey and her paintings (example image left) on her blog at www.karenknutson.blogspot.com !

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JANUARY 16, 2013:
NSWS member Kathy Braud found out yesterday that her painting, “Pastel Birch” (image right), received 1st Place in the “Winter in Minnesota” art show at Blaine City Hall, Blaine, MN. She reports that “trees can be colorful!”
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DECEMBER 31, 2012:
NSWS welcomes returning members Carolyn Earl and Barbara Strusinski (Preston), and new member, Donna LaBeau.  _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
DECEMBER 10, 2012:
NSWS member Lana Grow had a painting accepted into the Fallbrook Art Center CA 4th Annual Signature American Watercolor Exhibition.
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DECEMBER 10, 2012:
NSWS member Calvin deRuyter announced that he and NSWS member Susan Fryer Voigt will have a 2-person show at North Iowa Area Community College’s main gallery from Jan. 11 through March 20, 2013. The large college serves 3,700 degree students each year and thousands more through non-credit programs. The 500-acre campus offers 40 one- and two-year career programs. The reception for the exhibit will be February 11 at 2:30pm..
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DECEMBER 5, 2012:
The NorthStar Watermedia Society want to welcome the following new members: Caroline Ampuero, Janis Dehler, Patti Konsti, Cate Larson, Joyce Moran, Janice Morris, Thomas Pace, Gail Thompson
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NOVEMBER 28, 2012:
NSWS member Lana Grow has been accepted into the Nautilus Fellowship in the International Society of Experimental Artists.  Nautilus Fellowship is ISEA’s highest honor and requires being accepted into 6 ISEAs exhibitions.
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NOVEMBER 26, 2012:
NSWS member Wayne Sisel’s painting PINES N’ PRAIRIE received an Honorable Mention Award in the Extremely Minnesota Show at Robbin Gallery. Jurors for the show were Doug Lew and Florence Hill. The show is open until December 16 (Wed – Sat, noon – 4pm, and Thurs evenings from 5:30 – 8:30pm. Robbin Gallery is located at 4915 42nd Ave N Robbinsdale.
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OCTOBER 2, 2012;
NSWS would like to welcome the following new members: Vicki J. Dean, Dianne Erickson, Dianne Ginsberg, Richard Jacobs, Kathryn Kobs,  Mary Levesque, David Smith, Bonnie Swanson, Jerry Winters
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