Watermark Art Center

2019 marks the 6th annual Creative Spirit Fiber Festival celebrating a wide array of fiber arts in Bemidji!  It's a one of kind arts event that combines the arts of cavandoli, knitting, quilting, rug-hooking, spinning, basketry and educational experiences!  Classes ranging from crochet to peg-loom weaving to untangling wool applique threads and wool feather trees are only a sampling of the 16 courses that will be offered starting tonight (Friday, February 22nd) and running thr

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Area Voices producer Katie Carter checked in on today's morning show with a whole slew of arts happenings in Bemidji and Cook.   Events included an open mic night at Headwaters School of Music and Art, an art market at the Northwest Indian Community Development Center, arts classes at the Watermark Art Center and a pincushion making class in Cook.  Listen to the link for the full report.  For a listing of the Bemidji rel

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David Manuel is Foods Planner for the Red Lake Local Food Initiative. Simply put, his job is to bring good food to the people of the Red Lake Nation. David isn’t shy about sharing his opinions about food and its impact: “The Red Lake Local Food Initiative is a program that was designed with the tribal members in mind, to address their diet-related health disparities.

Every First Friday of the month, Area Voices producer Katie Carter reports on what is happening art-wise around Bemidji and a few other communities in the listening region.  As arts organizations like the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji and the Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd continue to see growth, their activities are spreading beyond First Friday events.  All this progress is so exciting!  That said, be sure to check out the websites for arts organizations like Watermark Art Center,

The 14th It's Only Clay national, juried exhibit of functional pottery opens tonight at the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji.  Juror Matthew Krousey chose selections for the show which, including some of his own pieces, is comprised of nearly 50 works of art.  Krousley and Watermark Art Center Executive Director Lori Forshee-Donnay stopped by the KBXE studio to talk about It's Only Clay as well as what elements Krousley was looking for as he perused submissions.  An artist reception happens tonight fr

On the First Friday of every month, we check in with folks around the listening area and learn about the arts events happening around us.  Northern Minnesota is brimming art events this month!  From Besty Bowen's woodcut exhibit at the Edge Center for the Arts, to jewelry making classes at Smoky Hills Arts in Park Rapids, Ethnic Fest in Walker, contra dancing at the Ely Folk School, the new exhibitss at the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids and the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji as well as an interview with painter Thomas Paquette, this month's First Friday Cavalcade is chock full of in

On the first Friday of every month, we connect with three women around the listening area who help us discover the arts and cultural happenings across the KAXE/KBXE region.

Lou Ferreri is a mixed media visual artist whose 120 piece show is currently on display at the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji.  His exhibit, "The Internal Affairs of Mr. Invincible" is an extensive collection of intricate, elaborate doodles created on the editorial sections of the New York Times.  Twenty five of those works have an accompanying essay gifting the viewer with even more depth, context and understanding to those associated pieces.  All of the works are chock-full of a unique balance of symbolism and relatable images as well as whimsy and gravity.  The twenty five with accompanying writings are collected and displayed in the book, "The Internal Affairs of Mr. Invincible."

Jenny Wilder loves her fiber.  A couple cross country road trips inspired her to turn her energy toward connecting and showcasing fiber artists.   She’s been creating the Fiber Arts Almanac since 2010 and she’s been instrumental in organizing what are called fiber art trails in North Dakota, Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa and Minnesota for.  This coming weekend north and west central Minnesota will be home to what is called the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail and of course Jenny Wilder will be right here

As gallery director of both the Talley Gallery at Bemidji State University(BSU) and the Harlow-Kleven Gallery inside the Watermark Art Center, Laura Goliaszewski's day job has her steeped in fine art.   In addition to her gallery director responsibilities, Goliaszewski also maintains the permanent art collections at BSU.  In this Area Voices segment she discusses her job, how art elevates the human condition, the current exhibits at both galleries and the similarities between art and science.  Click on the interview to hear all about it!