2020 April Programming

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.

Message from the Executive Director →

Watermark Art Center and all activities scheduled in the Center location are closed to the public until further notice. In the meantime, you can visit Virtual Watermark to see slideshows of our exhibits. Additionally, we are preparing Art@Home Online classes for the whole family. Watch here, social media outlets, or sign up for our ArtMakers newsletter.

If you need to contact us please leave a phone or email message. We are are available for you, just not at the Center!
218-444-7570 or watermark@paulbunyan.net

April 3, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Please continue check here for any additional information on programming and WAC hours of operation, as these may change. The following events have been cancelled:
  • Opening Reception for “The Unchosen Ones”, artist RJ Kern – originally April 3.  VIRTUAL EXHIBIT SLIDESHOW →
  • First Friday Art Walk April
  • Opening Reception and Exhibit for High School Invitational – originally April 4 Show MOVED to Bemidji High School: VIRTUAL EXHIBIT – GOOGLE SLIDESHOW →
  • Closing Reception for Natalia Himmirska – originally April 24. VIRTUAL EXHIBIT SLIDESHOW →
  • Yarn Dyeing with Alainn Yarns – originally April 4, is rescheduled for May 2
  • Van Gogh Sunflowers – Second Saturday Kids Art – originally April 11, will be rescheduled.
  • Poetry Slam at the Tavern on South Shore – originally April 16, is postponed
  •  Beadwork Demonstration with Thomas Stillday – originally April 25. This event may be rescheduled.
  • Making Their Mark – Women Artists in Rural Midwest Communities Networking Session and Panel Discussion is rescheduled for May 16

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,

Lori Forshee-Donnay
Watermark Art Center Executive Director