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View the 2021 Fall Show here

September 29 – November 6, 2021

Ames Center*

12600 Nicollet Ave

Burnsville, MN

Exhibition Schedule

  • Registration opens:        Tuesday, August 3, 2021
  • Registration closes:        Tuesday, August 31, 2021
  • Painting drop-off:            Tuesday, September 28 from 10 am – 1 pm ONLY*
  • Award Ceremony:           Thursday, October 14 from 6:30 pm – 8 pm
  • Painting pick-up:              Monday, November 8 from 10 am – 1 pm ONLY*

You may have someone else drop-off and/or pick-up your painting for you. The Ames Center cannot accept early drop-offs or hold a painting for late pick-up.

*Subject to change based on any COVID restrictions in place. If the Ames Center is closed, we will host a Virtual Show posted on the MNWS website.

About the Exhibition

The MNWS Fall Member Exhibition is a non-juried show open to all active members who have paid dues through May 31, 2022. Artists of all skill levels may submit one painting. The first 70 paid entries will be accepted. The $30 fee is non-refundable and helps support the Minnesota Water Color Society.

Paintings may be offered for sale or shown as NFS – not for sale. The Ames Center will exclusively handle all transactions and collect a 25% commission.

All entries must follow MNWS Exhibition Rules and artists are required to accept a Submission Agreement to participate.  Entries that do not adhere to all rules will be rejected at drop off and entry fees will not be refunded. No exceptions. This policy ensures the integrity of our organization within the arts community. Artists are strongly encouraged to completely read and understand rules. Check out the FAQs section for additional information.

CeCeile Hartleib to Judge Fall Member Exhibition

We pleased to announce that CeCeile Hartleib, an accomplished representational artist who has been painting professionally since the early 1980s will judge the 2021 Fall Member Exhibition.

 Hartleib has taught plein-air landscape for The Atelier since 1996 and has been teaching watercolor classes and workshops since 1998. She has taught at the former Atelier du Nord, the Edina Art Center and Minnetonka Center for the Arts and now also teaches privately in addition to holding classes in her studio in the ACVR Warehouse in St, Paul.

Her love of nature is evident in her plein-air landscapes which include her favorite subjects: water lilies, garden scenes and the figure in nature. She paints outdoors year-round. Because of her exceptional ability to capture personality on canvas, she is also an accomplished portrait painter.

Hartleib has trained extensively in The Classical Realist tradition which began in the seventeenth century. Rigorous focus in the basics – value, composition, accuracy of line, and impressionistic color – is the hallmark of this method. Hartleib has studied with Allan R. Banks, a nationally known naturalist painter, graduated from Atelier LeSueur in Excelsior, MN, and spent a year of intensive study with renowned artist Stephen Gjertson of Minneapolis.

She is a member of Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Outdoor Painters of Minnesota, Minnesota Watercolor Society, and Northstar Water Media Society. She has won numerous awards for her work, which is exhibited in galleries and hangs in private and corporate collections in North America, Europe, Russia and Japan.

“For me, painting is about seeing – about telling a story, conveying a mood or feeling, or simply expressing my love of nature,” Hartleib says. “I am happiest when I get lost in my work, spending hours without realizing any time has passed. I enjoy getting to know people while they sit for portraits and I think that my work reflects this. I love landscapes, especially beautiful sunsets, gardens and the many moods that nature creates. Often the way light falls across forms is enough to capture my attention and make me want to express my experiences or feelings in paint.”

To learn more about Hartleib and her upcoming classes and workshops visit her website at Or contact her at: CeCeile Hartleib. Gemini Studio of Art. 106 Water St. W., #410, St. Paul, MN 55107.  651-592-1877

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Past Exhibitions

Year Exhibition Chair Location Award Images
2021 Lost In Paint Janet Bates, Karen Stuhlfeier Ames Center 2021 Awards
2020 SPLASH! Janet Bates White Bear Center for the Arts 2020 Show
2019 Minnesota Dreamin’ Therésa Weseman Ames Center 2019 Awards
2018 Awash in Autumn Therésa Weseman Ames Center 2018 Awards
2017 Luminous Light Therésa Weseman Hopkins Center for the Arts 2017 Awards
2016 Flying Colors Suzi McArdle Lakeville Area Arts Center 2016 Awards
2015 Brilliant Passages Suzi McArdle Ames Center 2015 Awards
2014 Inspired Images Vic Perlbachs Ames Center 2014 Awards
2013 Waterworks Vic Perlbachs Colonial Church 2013 Awards
2012 Finding Minnesota Vic Perlbachs Christ Church Lutheran 2012 Awards
2011 Mosaic Vic Perlbachs Colonial Church 2011 Awards
2010 Illuminated Sonja Hutchinson Burnsville Performing Art Center 2010 Awards
2009 Ripples and Reflections Sonja Hutchinson Bloomington Art Center 2009 Awards
2008 Seasons in the City Catherine Hearding Plymouth Congregational Church 2008 Awards
2007 Awash with Color Catherine Hearding Bloomington Art Center 2007 Awards
2006 Brush to Paper CeCeile Hartleib Blaine City Hall 2006 Awards
2005 Different Strokes
CeCeile Hartleib
Terry Kayser
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts 2005 Awards
2004 September Splendor Holly Landauer Bloomington Art Center 2004 Awards