14th Annual Spring High School Exhibit

Watermark Art Center and Paul Bunyan Communications

are proud to present the 14th Annual Bemidji Area High School Spring Exhibit.

Join us on April 4th from 4pm to 6pm for the opening reception as a part of the

April First Friday Art Walk.

Enjoy food and refreshments!

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“PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD”

Come early and vote for your favorite work art and help us select the “Peoples Choice Award” – Voting is available between 4pm and 5:30pm ONLY.  Winner is announced at 6pm!

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The Watermark would like to extend a special thank you to this month’s Exhibit Sponsor…

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We would also like to thank our First Friday Sponsors; Market Place Foods, Dunn Bros Coffee, First National Bank Bemidji, Paul Bunyan Communications and our Media Partner, KAXE/KBXE Northern Community Radio.

Exhibit runs April 4th through the 26th.  The Watermark is open Tuesday to Friday – 12 noon to 5 pm and Saturday – 10am to 2pm.  We are closed Sunday and Monday.

 

 

 

Asiniig – with Duane Goodwin

Duane Goodwin

Duane Goodwin

February First Friday Art Walk Opening

Watermark Art Center (formerly Bemidji Community Art Center) and Paul Bunyan Communications present the opening of “Asiniig” with artist Duane Goodwin as a part of the February First Friday Art Walk.  The Anishinaabe word for “stones” ~ Asiniig represents a collection of work by Goodwin featuring his stone sculpture along with paintings, beadwork and carvings from his personal collection.  Join us for the opening reception on Friday, February 7th from 5pm to 7pm featuring an artist talk by Goodwin and special guest and artist, Carl Gawboy starting at 6pm.

“When Duane  Goodwin returned from New Mexico in the  early 70′s he was determined to create a world where American Indian art was a regional cultural force.  He set about  learning and  recreating the rich Ojibwe traditional art’s of clothing adornment. He taught himself oil and watercolor painting. But is in the field of sculpture that Goodwin excels.  Bison, Eagles and Indian faces emerge from stones; but the stones are still stones.  Massive , solid, patterned, smooth, or rough…The figures emerging from his stones seem to be the result of natural forces; wind, rain and frost  shaping mountains.”   ~ Carl Gawboy

Other Special Guests on Friday include: Bob Jourdain, Darryl Northbird and John Romer

Thanks to our Business Partner and Corporate Sponsor for this exhibit - Print

For more information about other First Friday Art Walk events and exhibits go to our First Friday page.

I’ve been carving since 1971 when I first began working with native pipe stone. The year 1973 I started my first formal art education at the Institute of American Indian Arts. There I received training under the famous Allan Houser who later became my mentor and friend. It was then my sculptural interest evolved into a life dream of becoming an artist. Allan’s influence and teaching methods became a solid foundation in what would be a lifelong learning experience. Today much of what I teach and sculpt is based on Allan’s influence.

I employ the basic principles of what learned at IAIA to achieve aesthetic results in all my sculptures. I’m of indigenous origin, Anishinaabe and Lakota descent, and proudly recognize both cultures. My sculptures represent the strengths of both tribes.

Dewey at work

Dewey at work in Barn/Studio

Working with a variety of choice rock from around the world inspires me to be selective with my subject.

My favorite subjects are horses, buffalo, birds of prey and family orientated sculptures.  My sculptures are moderate in size ranging from 50 pounds to 350 pounds but I’m always open to for larger commissions.

Goodwin works on Sacred Bowl sculpture at 2006 Minnesota Rocks -International Sculpture Symposium.

Goodwin works on Sacred Bowl sculpture at 2006 Minnesota Rocks -International Sculpture Symposium.

I’m very proud of the life size sculpture I carved for the 2006 Minnesota Rocks International Sculpture Symposium. The sculpture is proudly placed on the banks of Mississippi River overlooking the ancient Lakota burial grounds in Mounds Parks, St. Paul.

Creating art needs to be nurtured with patience, it provides an outlet for thought and compassion.  Creativity  nourishes my soul with happiness and contentment, keeping my focused of what important my culture, family and artistic expression.  My philosophy is empowering the spirit with beauty, vision and strength.  These values are translated into my work, by capturing the elegance of an eagle or the beauty of the horse.

Wind in His Hair

Wind in His Hair

Legends of the Anishinaabe inspire me to create sculptures of vision and strength.  My inspirations are also discovered in simple every day experience, my home, barn/studio and natural surrounds has been a great source.

I feel stone is the right medium for I enjoy the challenge, each stone has it’s qualities and flaws.  Experience has taught me to appreciate the variety of that I work I select rock for it’s sculptural consistencies and beauty.”

- Duane “Dewey” Goodwin 

Duane Goodwin – Artist and Educator

Duane Goodwin is a 2012 Community Spirit Award Honoree with the First Peoples Fund -  First Peoples Fund chooses its Community Spirit Award honorees for their commitment to sustaining the cultural values of Native people.  For more than 28 years, Stone Sculptor Duane Goodwin has made countless contributions in art education and art appreciation in Bemidji and the Leech Lake Reservation.  Melissa Pond, a colleague at LeechLakeTribalCollege where Goodwin teaches, says, “As an artist, Dewey Goodwin demonstrates a gift for creation, storytelling and sharing in his work. His sculptures, in particular, are renowned for their ability to unite both the spirit of the stone and the spirit of the subject.”

Goodwin in the classroom

Goodwin in the classroom

Leech Lake Tribal College Director of Advancement Kyle Erickson who nominated Goodwin for the award said, “While Dewey is probably best known for his work with stone, he has also taught students at Leech Lake Tribal College about drawing, painting, pottery and a host of traditional Anishinaabe arts and crafts.  Students take pride in the works that they create under Dewey’s instruction, and that pride translates into a better self image and better outlook on life.” 

Duane Goodwin – International Recognition

Completed sculptures from 2006 symposium - Sacred Bowl by Goodwin before installation (foreground) "Meditation" by Lei Yixin (backgroud)

Completed sculptures from 2006 symposium – Sacred Bowl by Goodwin before installation (foreground) “Meditation” by Lei Yixin (backgroud)

In 2006 I was selected as one of fourteen carvers to represent at the Minnesota Rocks! International Stone Carving Symposium where carvers from Minnesota, China, Italy, Japan, Germany, Egypt, Africa, Finland and Mexico would congregate.

The magnitude of this experience was inspirational, living and working with master carvers for six weeks was a tremendous opportunity. The education was incredible learning foreign language, cultural values, creative process and carving techniques from the finest carvers in the world.

My sculpture, “Sacred Bowl” created as a part of this symposium, was inspired by a site over looking the ancient Lakota burial grounds on the banks of Mississippi river in MoundsPark, St. Paul. My vision was creating a culturally appropriate monument blending into the landscape, a grandmother holding a offering bowl (sage holder) would evolve to capture the essence of time and beauty.

Sacred Bowl looks onto Native American Burial Mounds on Bluff overlooking Mississippi River.

Sacred Bowl looks onto Native American Burial Mounds on Bluff overlooking Mississippi River.

Native limestone (Dolomite) well known for constructional qualities was determined by stone experts that it would be substantial for the harsh Minnesota climate.  Winona Limestone company provided the best quality blocks inspected and cut by professionals at the quarry. Several pieces of Pipestone were also used on the front and back of the sculpture. The installation and dedication would follow in October of 2006.

 

Hear Duane talk about his work during an interview on KAXE/KBXE Northern Community Radio.  He was interviewed by Maggie Montgomery and Robert Saxton on Wednesday, February 5th as a part of the upcoming First Friday Art Walk review for Bemidji and Grand Rapids.

January First Friday at a Glance

Join us for the First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji on January 3rd, 2014

  • Brigid’s Pub – presents the artists of Studio 10 for a new exhibit entitled “Winter Pastimes”. The exhibit includes some new works created especially for this exhibit as a part of the First Friday Art Walk on Friday Jan. 3rd. Join us from 4:30 to 6 pm for the opening reception and to meet the artists. Brigid’s Pub is located in Downtown Bemidji at 317 Beltrami Ave NW.
  • Gallery North – continues their “Holiday Boutique” of hand made items as the Showcase Artist for the month of January with a reception on Friday afternoon, January 3rd from 2-5 pm. Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at http://www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.
  • Headwaters Science Center – is pleased to present Lindsey Owens as our featured First Friday artist. Lindsey was born and raised in Bemidji, MN. She attended TrekNorth High School and participated in the “Art From Within” show in 2011 and 2013. She participated in an art project her senior year with HSC and completed a mural combining the importance of art and science as part of a new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) initiative. Lindsey was contracted by the Parents Embracing Time After Loss (PETAL) Program for a piece displayed at the Sanford Hospital in Bemidji. Lindsey current attends University of Minnesota, Morris where she studies art and psychology. HSC will host a reception from 5 to 6 pm on January 3rd on the upper balcony of the Center. The public is invited to meet Lindsey and discuss her work, and enjoy light refreshments as a part of the first Friday Art Walk. Join us at the Headwaters Science Center, located at 413 Beltrami Ave in Downtown Bemidji. For more information call 444-4472 or email director@hscbemidji.org
  • Watermark Art Center (formerly Bemidji Community Art Center) will be closed through Jan 13th and re-open for regular hours on the 14th -Tuesday to Friday 12 noon to 5pm and Saturday’s 10am to 2pm. Located in the upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library Building at 426 Bemidji Ave N. 218-444-7570 or bcac@paulbunyan.net

Exhibits around town…….

  • Beltrami County History Center features artwork on display from Gallery North, along with their new history center exhibit “Trails Through Time”. This recently installed exhibit showcases county history from the time of glacial recession to the mid-20th century. Topics include Ojibwe history, logging, entertainment, education, and much more. With over 60 additional feet of new exhibit cases, this exhibit features more of the History Center’s extensive collections! Winter Hours: the History Center is open, now through the end of March, Saturdays from 10am to 4pm or by appointment for group visits and research. 218-444-3376
  • Neilson Place presents “Walking Through Nature” an exhibit of paintings by Maureen O’Brien beginning November 15th and continuing through February 2014. Maureen brings nature to those who cannot walk in it daily. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW. For hours or more information call 751-0220 extension #1.
  • Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse - presents “New Collaborations” by Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson continues through January at Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse. The artists are best known for their dimensional, mixed-media wall pieces that show well in private and public spaces. One of the objectives of the two artists is to successfully combine both natural elements and also more sophisticated content, and put them together in a way that makes the work harmonious. (Note: there will be no First Friday Wine Bar and Dinner at the Wild Hare in January, as well as no artist reception on January First Friday)

December First Friday at a Glance

  • Watermark Art Center (former BCAC) and SHOP 426 – kick off the Holiday Season with the Annual Holiday Open House and Ornament Sale! Join us on Friday Dec 6th from 12 noon to 5 pm and Sat Dec 3 from 10am to 2pm for holiday refreshments, free gift wrap and more. SHOP 426 features unique, handmade artwork by local and regional artists. Give the Gift of Art by purchasing a special One-of-a-Kind Holiday Ornament! Ornaments will go on sale on Friday December 6th during the Holiday Open House.
  • Bemidji Brewing Co. – presents author Daniel J. Rice who will be hosting a book release party for “This Side of a Wilderness” at the Bemidji Brewing Co. taproom from 4-9pm.
  • Bemidji Public Library – presents artist Judith Selby and her exhibit entitled “Journey”. Join us for the open house on December 6th from 3:30 to 5:00pm .
  • Cabin Coffee House – presents work by photographer Joanna Johnson in her upcoming show, “Poetry in Photo”. Join us  from 4-5 for the First Friday Art Walk Artist Reception.
  • Gallery North – Presents their  “Christmas Boutique”  and Featured Artists – Marie Hamre and Kathy Sanders for their Dec Open House.  Join us from 2 to 5pm.
  • Headwaters Science Center - is pleased to present the unique beadwork of Anita Merritt on Friday, December 6th from 5 to 6 pm as part of the First Friday Art Walk.    Join Anita on Friday, December 6th for a showcase of her work and a brief demonstration of a simple daisy stitch. Guests may join Anita in creating a simple daisy to take home.
  • Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage at the Rail River Folk School offers an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art.  Host: Drew Warne-Jacobsen Sign-up 6:30-7:30. Open mic starts at 7:30.
  • Raven Rock Gallery of Jewelry and Fine Art – presents Kathy Gustafson and Don Houseman and their exhibit, “Artistic Explorations” .  Join us for the reception on December 6th from 4:30 – 6 pm.
  • Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse – Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will proudly present New Collaborations by Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson December 6th through January.  The public is invited to an opening reception on First Friday, December 6th from 3:00 to 5:00pm.  (Note: there will be no First Friday Wine Bar and Dinner at the Wild Hare in December and January, as well as no artist reception in January. Davidson and Knudson will show through January)

Exhibits around town…….

  • Beltrami County History Center features artwork on display from Gallery North, along with their new history center exhibit “Trails Through Time”.  Winter Hours: the History Center is open, now through the end of March, Saturdays from 10am to 4pm or by appointment for group visits and research. 218-444-3376
  • Neilson Place - presents, “Walking Through Nature” an exhibit of paintings by Maureen O’Brien now through February 2014. Maureen brings nature to those who cannot walk in it daily. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW. For hours or more information call 751-0220 extension #1.

2013 IOC Awards Announced

November 1st was the opening of the 11th Annual It’s Only Clay exhibit featuring work by ceramic artist and 2013 juror,Andrea Leila Denecke.

34 pieces from 23 artists representing 12 States were selected by Denecke back in September for this years show.  Denecke then reviewed the work after the installation to choose the winners for this years awards.  Placement awards were rated on: function, form/aesthetic, craftsmanship and surface design.  The Margaret Harlow purchase awards were selected based on qualities to be a part of this permanent teaching collection at BSU.    During the reception the BCAC placement Awards and BSU Harlow Collection Purchase Awards were announced.

Margaret Harlow Purchase Awards

Platter by Mark Johnson South Portland, ME

Platter by Mark Johnson
South Portland, ME

Untitled by Todd Burns  Louisville, KY

Untitled by Todd Burns
Louisville, KY

2013 Placement Awards

Placement awards with prize money are awarded each year for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.  This  year’s juror, Andrea Leila Denecke, also selected an Honorable Mention.

First Place Black Foot by Steven Schaeffer

Award 2nd Place

Award
2nd Place

3rd Place Award Horizon Platter by JD Jorgenson

Honorable Mention Covered Jar David "Bo" Bedillion

Honorable Mention
Covered Jar
David “Bo” Bedillion

More information is available on awards from previous IOC exhibits.

IOC 2013 is co-sponosred by Watermark Art Center and Bemidji State University.  Support is provided by Holiday Inn Express – Bemidji and BSU Foundation. This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation and by a grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s General Fund.

It’s Only Clay Lecture

denecke-#1Watermark Art Center (formerly BCAC) announces the opening of the 11th Annual It’s Only Clay Exhibit with a lecture presented by artist and 2013 Juror – Andrea Leila Denecke. 

Join us on Wednesday, October 30th for “Textures, Pattern and Influences of Japan in the Work of Andrea Leila Denecke” – a presentation about her process of creating surface texture and pattern as well as the history of her education and experiences in Japan.

Refreshments from 6:30 to 7pm, lecture begins at 7pm. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be hosted at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave, Downtown Bemidji.

2013 IOC Events Include Exhibit Opening and Awards

Stop by the Art Center on Friday, Nov 1st from 5 to 7pm  for the opening of the 2013 It’s Only Clay Exhibit featuring work by 2013 Juror, Andrea Leila Denecke.  The ArtCenter is located at 426 Bemidji Ave N. in downtown Bemidji.  There will be a brief artist talk and awards will be announced at 6pm.

For more information on this year’s It’s Only Clay event and guest juror, Andrea Leila Denecke go to It’s Only Clay 2013

IOC 2013 is co-sponosred by WatermarkArtCenter and BemidjiStateUniversity.  Support is provided by Holiday Inn Express – Bemidji and BSU Foundation. This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation and by a grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s General Fund.

November First Friday at a Glance

  • Watermark Art Center (formerly BCAC) – presents the 11th Annual It’s Only Clay National Juried Ceramics Exhibit featuring work by Juror Andrea Leila Denecke.  This national exhibit features work by 23 artists from around the United States.  The event will also feature work by Denecke in the exhibit and for purchase in Shop 426.  Reception is from 5 to 7pm with a brief presentation and announcement of the awards.  IOC 2013 is Co-sponsored by the BCAC and Bemidji State University. Support is provided by the Holiday Inn Express – Bemidji and the BSU Foundation.  IOC 2013 is also made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council and funding by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund and the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment – component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.
  • Beltrami County History Center features artwork on display from Gallery North, along with their new history center exhibit “Trails Through Time” and will be open from 12 to 4pm during the November First Friday Art Walk.
  • Bemidji Public Library – presents Beverlee Olson of Lake George, MN as the featured artist during the month of November.  Her exhibit, “Mixed Up Mixed Media”, includes art work done in watercolor, acrylic, gel printing, black and white collage, assemblage, dyed silk, collage with found objects, and fused glass panels.
  • Cabin Coffee House – HUNTING WIDOWS SPECIAL at The Cabin Coffeehouse, 214 3rd St.  Multimedia artists, Terry Honstead and Dee Najjar are offering a SALE for the whole month of November.  Join us for the opening reception, Friday, November 1st, 4-6 pm.  Drawings for prizes!   
  • Dunn Bros presents artist Diana J. Collison-Jones.  Works in several mediums including copper tooling (engraving), oil painting, acrylic painting  Join us on November 1st from 5 to 7pm.
  • SPECIAL DATE! Friday Nov 15 Event – Glazed and Amused –will feature nature photography and inspirational verse by Deb Krueger, along with photo cards and wrapped rock necklaces for the month of November.   Join us on November 15th for a special Meet and Greet with the artist and Open House with refreshments served from 5:30-7 pm.  
  • Gallery North – presents Gallery North’s “Christmas Boutique” as the Showcase Artist for the month of November with a reception on Friday afternoon, November 1st from 2-5 pm. Join us during First Friday for this annual event and to meet our Featured Artists  Diana Collison-Jones and Patty Lovegreen.
  • SPECIAL DATE! Friday Nov 15 Event  – Neilson Place presents an acrylic painting display of “Walking Through Nature” by Maureen O’Brien beginning November 15th.   Meet and talk with Maureen on Friday, November 15, 2013, from 3:00-4:30 in the Neilson Place lobby.
  • Rail River Folk School – presents the Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage offering an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art with an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. Host: Drew Warne-Jacobsen 218 760 9278. Sign-up 6:30-7:30.  Open mic starts at 7:30.  RailRiver Folk School 303 Railroad Street SW, Suite B, Bemidji (over the Irvine Ave bridge & left)
  • Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse – The Wild Hare Bistro welcomes their featured artist D. L. Houseman and his new show entitled “Lost Pictographs and Petroglyphs”.   Join us for the opening reception on First Friday, November 1st. from 3pm – 5pm.   After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5:00-9:00pm.  This month’s new menu will celebrate the bounty of our local harvest,

Learn more about Upcoming First Friday here…..