September 4 – November 3
Artist Reception: October 5, 5-7 p.m.
Artist Talk at 6 p.m.


Gidibaajimomin – We Tell Stories features prints and mixed media by Gordon Coons (Lac Courte Oreilles) and Anna Johnson (Turtle Mountain). Through the use of contemporary media, both artists give new understanding to traditional Ojibwe stories and culture.

Associated Programming

Print-Making Workshop: On October 6, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Gordon Coons will lead a print-making workshop for all ages at Watermark. This workshop is free, no registration necessary! Kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Gordon Coons is a self taught artist, creating works in a variety of mediums including linoleum block prints, paintings, pen and ink, creations in stone and wood and assembled sculptures.  Although his artwork is more contemporary, each piece portrays a unique view of traditional native stories. Coons has won a variety of recognition awards and his work has been exhibited throughout the U.S., including at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.


Anna Johnson, originally from Bismarck, has lived most of her life in North Dakota. A recent recipient of an individual artist grant from The Arts Partnership, she received her BFA from NDSU in 2010. Her work can be found in private and institutional collections throughout the region. Johnson is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain band of Chippewa Indians. She spends a great deal of her free time in the Turtle Mountains in Belcourt, North Dakota, where the natural beauty of the area continues to inspire her and influence her work.


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