Shades of Autumn


Fall Show – Shades of Autumn

2023 Fall Member Exhibition

Monday, September 27th – Saturday, November 11th, 2023

Ames Center

Burnsville, MN

Exhibition Schedule

  • Registration opens:        Thursday, July 20, 2023
  • Registration closes:        Friday, July, 28, 2023
  • Painting drop-off:            Monday, September 25th from 10 am – 1 pm ONLY*
  • Award Ceremony:           Thursday, October 5th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Painting pick-up:              Monday, November 13th, from 11 am – 1 pm ONLY*

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

Ames Center will take a 25% commission if they sell your work during the show

Judge  – Abbi Allan

A bit about Abbi:

Whether through her teaching, her art, or her entrepreneurship, Abbi Allan’s life work resides at the intersection of art and science. Examining the fragility of nature, her art examines the relationship of its beauty, resilience, and power with the potential for accumulation of grotesque effects when abused. The result is a hybridization of disciplines rooted in experimentation of media with scientific facts.

Bringing this hybridization to the classroom, Abbi approaches her teaching as a blend of art and science. The creativity of solving problems to effectively teach to students’ inherent unique strengths, interests, and personalities challenges her to continuously grow as an educator. The application of scientific method to hypothesize, test, analyze, and adapt through the use of observational and assessment data supports her efforts to be an effective, empathetic teacher. Having taught preK to adults across a broad range of educational contexts (e.g., the Science Museum of Minnesota, the College of Visual Arts, STAR Academy, The Phipps, and MCAD), Abbi brings more than 20 years’ of teaching experience to her position.  This year she will be the Visiting Artist for the Teaching Artist Minor at MCAD

An avid volunteer, Abbi also donates her time to Extreme Noise Records and programs her own radio show on local independent station KFAI, where she served as the volunteer Music Director from 2000-2012 and 2017-2022. Allan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alfred University with minors in Biology and Art History (2000), and a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (2008). In her spare time, she gardens, plays with her three Dobermans, and observes the peculiarities of our natural world.

About the Exhibition

The MNWS Fall Exhibition is a non-juried show open to all active members who have paid dues through May 31, 2024. The first 65 paid entries will be accepted. Each member is allowed one entry. The $30 fee is non-refundable and helps support the Minnesota Watercolor Society.

Registration will only be available online. If you need assistance, please email Lori Murphy-Grafing at and she will be happy to assist you.

Paintings may be offered for sale or shown as NFS – not for sale. 

All entries must follow MNWS Exhibition Rules which are posted on the MNWS website. Artists are strongly encouraged to completely read and understand rules before registering to avoid having a painting disqualified at drop-off.

Any questions to Lori Murphy-Grafing by email at

Past Exhibitions

Year Exhibition Chair Location Award Images
2023 Shades of Autumn Karen Stuhlfeier, Lori Murphy-Grafing Ames Center 2023 Awards
2022 Fall into Color Karen Stuhlfeier, Lori Murphy-Grafing White Bear Center for the Arts 2022 Awards
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