VIRTUAL WATERMARK: My Misi-ziibi Detour blog by Karen Goulet, Wezhichigewaad exhibit by Thomas Stillday, The Unchosen Ones exhibit by RJ Kern, Art@Home Online classes with Jill Oakes, and Bemidji Youth Exhibits.
Art in the Park 2020 Update: Canceled
Like all of you, Watermark has been impacted by COVID-19. As we try to navigate the uncertainty of what happens next, we are working tirelessly to provide arts programming through avenues that allow all of us to maintain our distance, health and safety.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, and the logistics of planning a large outdoor event, the Board of the Watermark Art Center regretfully announces the cancellation of this year’s Art in the Park art fair scheduled for July 18- 19, 2020. Planning has already started for next year so mark your calendar for July 17-18, 2021!
As we continue to move forward with “virtual” exhibits and educational programming, the WAC is hard at work preparing the art center to open to the public. Our focus is to allow visitors, once again, to enjoy the artwork in our galleries and retail store while ensuring everyone feels comfortable and safe.
Art Center Opening 2020 Announcement
In light of the changes and challenges from COVID-19, the Watermark Board has made the difficult decision to postpone reopening the art center until sometime after Memorial Day, 2020.
Staff has been working closely with exhibiting artists and others as we make adjustments to our existing program calendar and develop new ways to deliver artistic content to our viewers and patrons. Our goal is to remain flexible as we move forward and make decisions that prioritize the safety and health of you and our staff, while still providing relevant content and arts programming.
We hope this finds you and yours safe and healthy while we all continue to navigate the uncertainty of these times. We are grateful for your letters of thanks and financial support as we continue to plan for the future!
– The Board and Staff of the Watermark Art Center
Please visit Virtual Watermark to see slideshows of our exhibits. Additionally, we are publishing Art@Home Online classes for the whole family. Watch new tutorials on our Education page, social media outlets, or sign up for our ArtMakers newsletter.
From the Executive Director,
I recently read somewhere that, “one of art’s functions is that it links people” and I couldn’t agree more! That is why the Watermark is moving forward with as much programming as possible while we are temporarily closed during the COVID-19 crisis. Like many of you, we believe that art is valuable. And it seems even more so, during times like these.
Art is key to bringing out our creative side – the part of us that figures out how to problem solve and help manage life when things are difficult or confusing. It inspires and challenges us. It can bring us comfort and joy and help us connect in so many ways.
We are surrounded by art. It is in the clothes we wear or design, the music we listen to or play, the books we read or write, the cup we drink from or make, the picture we view or paint! I have had the privilege of seeing the impact art has on people every day. Whether it is an art class with youth or adults, an artist seeing their work in an exhibit for the first time or the private communion someone has as they view a work of art – I can see that it is important. And I hope you will agree.
So while the art center is closed, Watermark Communications Director, Lisa Seter and I will continue to provide content via virtual galleries. There will also be online classes with our Art Education Program Director, Jill Oakes and a virtual artist residency by Miikanan Gallery Director, Karen Goulet.
And while some programs have been cancelled or rescheduled, WAC will still be moving forward with the opening the “The Unchosen Ones” by photographer and artist RJ Kern. You will be able to see the exhibit online in our Virtual Gallery space and through the windows of the Kaul gallery as you pass by the Watermark, day and night. A heart-felt thanks to our Business Partner– First National Bank Bemidji for their support and for underwriting RJ Kern’s exhibit!
But we also need your support! As we continue to navigate the uncertain times of what is now and what the future will be for all of us, WAC will keep you informed as to next steps and how you can help support art center programming, keeping us strong and accessible – to the whole community – now and in the future!
Keep safe – Chi Miigwech,
Watermark Art Center Executive Director