It’s Only Clay
November 2 – December 22
Artist Reception: Nov. 2, from 5 – 7 pm
Don’t miss the 14th annual It’s Only Clay (IOC) national juried ceramics exhibit & competition. This exhibit focuses on functional ceramics, with each submission judged in the following areas: function, form/aesthetic, craftsmanship, and surface design. Each piece accepted into the exhibit was eligible for first ($1,000), second ($700) and third ($300) place awards, as well as purchase awards to be included in the Margaret Harlow Vessel Collection, a teaching collection at Bemidji State University. Learn about the winners for the 2018 It’s Only Clay here.
Meet the 2018 It’s Only Clay Juror, Matthew Krousey:
Matthew Krousey received his BFA in ceramics from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities in 2008. He served for 9 years in the military and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Krousey’s ceramic vessels and sculptures have been exhibited locally and internationally, including an exhibition at Sanbao Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen, China. He has received numerous awards including a 2018 Artist Initiative Grant, 2014 Jerome Project Grant and was a 2010 Folgelberg Fellowship artist. Growing up in a rural region of Minnesota he has a deep connection with the land and its native flora and fauna. Learn more about him at his website.
Mazinigwaaso – She Stitches Fancy
November 9 – December 22
Artist Reception: November 9, from 5-7 p.m.
Artist Demonstration: December 8, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Mazinigwaaso – She Stitches Fancy features bead and quill work by three recent award-winning artists. Robyn Van Wert and Pamela Iceman are both 2018 Region 2 Arts Council Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellows. Cari Tabor is a 2018 Minnesota State Fair Merit Award winner.
An artist reception for Mazinigwaaso will be held on November 9, from 5-7 p.m. In addition to the reception, there will be a second opportunity to meet the artists during an artist demonstration held at Watermark on December 8, from 10 am – 2 p.m.
Spirit of Ukambani
October 12 – December 22
Artist Reception: October 12, 5-7 p.m., with presentation at 6.
Spirit of Ukambani is a mixed-media exhibit featuring fiber art and photography. In 2017, painter and fabric artist Mary Therese and photographer Monika Lawrence traveled to Kenya. This collaboration of work is an outcome of that journey, reflecting on the memories the artists shared from their time together experiencing this rich culture.
The exhibit features silk batik paintings and black & white digital photography, depicting wildlife and landscapes from the Ukambani region of southern Kenya.
Mary Therese, a painter/surface designer and art & yoga teacher, has lived on Fern Lake in the north woods of Bemidji, Minnesota for over twenty five years. Originally from Pennsylvania, she attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, receiving degrees in Painting and Printmaking, and Art Education. As a fabric artist, Mary Therese paints on silk and other fibers, using the ancient technique of batik, a method of layering dyes and applying hot bee’s wax as a resist. She creates wearable art, hangings, paraments, window dressings and flags. In 2017, Mary Therese was awarded an artist fellowship grant by Region 2 Arts Council.
Growing up in Germany, Monika Lawrence began her career as a foreign language teacher, later shifting to social work. She started studying photography in the mid-nineties at the prestigious photography school Am Schiffbauerdamm and the School of Photography and Design Ostkreuz, both in Berlin. In 2007, she moved to Bemidji, MN, where she lives with her husband Mark. Monika now teaches photography and photojournalism at Bemidji State University and works as a freelance photojournalist for Minnesota Public Radio, all while pursuing her own exhibition work in the US and overseas.
Art in the Everyday
BSU Harlow|Kleven Gallery
September 7 – December 28
The BSU gallery will display a collection of ceramic and print work from the BSU collections that focuses on art we have in our everyday lives; primarily, functional ceramic forms in clay and in print. The show has a collection of Harlow Purchase Award winners from the Watermark’s, It’s Only Clay (IOC) National ceramics show from 2003 to 2015.