Watermark Art Center

...most of the time, it's just making the mark and being expressive....I try to see the character in the marks that I'm making on the canvas and work from there...usually it kind of reveals itself to me in some way... - Quinton Decker on getting inspiration thru his artistic process

We spoke with artist John Pearson earlier this month about his photography exhibit on display at the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji.   He educated us on the photogravure process,  his journey as an photographer and artist, how story is captured in each moment of photography and of course his Invisible Valley collection on display at the Watermark. 

Listen to the full interview here: 

I just love beadwork - Thomas Stillday

Every First Friday, our Area Voices producer Katie Carter gives us an idea of what's going on in Bemidji, Brainerd and other communities in our listening area.  Today she told us about a Thomas Stillday's beadwork exhibit at the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji,  events happening at the Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd and she discussed a new show at the Lyric Center for the Arts in Virginia. 

Every First Friday Area Voices Producer Katie Carter tips us off to what's happening in the arts scenes in Bemidji and other communities.  Today she discussed an art exhibit at the Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd and theatrical experiences at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. She also discussed new art exhibits and music opportunities in Bemidji!  

In addition to its multiple gallery spaces exhibiting artwork created in locales ranging from across town to across the globe, the Watermark Art Center is home to an educational space that hosts learning opportunties for artists of all ages on a regular basis.  Beadwork pouches, jewelry, paper marbeling, christmas ornament creating and paper sculptures are just a few classes offered during the past year.

...the feedback that we've received from the exhibition...it's been incredibly emotional because it's such a heavy topic.  People have their own personal experiences that they bring to the exhibition - family experiences... I think one of the greatest things that I've witnessed is the fact that with this exhibition traveling,  it allows these other organizations that work directly with battered women or women's issues to be able to come together and provide access to services.... we had a basically....a summit here at All My Relations Arts of all these programs here in the Twin Cities that work with Native women that came together to talk about how they could work together to provide help to women. - Angela Two Stars

The Watermark Art Center in Bemidji is hosting the 15th annual It's Only Clay curated exhibit now thru December.  This juried ceramics show includes pieces from artists across the country.  Area Voices producer Katie Carter got the inside scoop of what goes into jurying a show when she spoke with Marion Angelica, the Minneapolis-based ceramics artist who was tasked with pouring through submissions and ultimately deciding what pieces made the final cut. 

"Water has no political religious or ethnic identity. We have relationships with water based on beliefs needs and appreciation. Emotions such as joy, sorrow, fear, love and prayer are responses we have to water...but water has been shown to respond to what we do what we say and it's here to take care of us." - Karen Goulet, Director of the Miikanan Gallery

Every first Friday of the month, our Area Voices producer Katie Carter digs around to find out what kinds of things are going on in the region.  Today she told us about new exhibits at the Jaques Art Center in Aitkin, the Edge Center for the Arts in Bigfork, the Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd, what would be on this month's first Friday art walk in Bemidji, what's happening at the