Native Artist Professional Development Training

Friday, April 20th & Saturday, April 21st
9 am – 4:30 pm

This two-day training by First Peoples Fund gives artists real-world tools and detailed resources to navigate the arts industry and become successful entrepreneurs. The training is intended for emerging and seasoned artists alike.

At the training, we will work with you to help you grow your arts business. You will have an opportunity to participate in the following activities:

• Express your personal vision and values that will ultimately become the principal foundation of your business.
• Determine your art marketing, business and financial management abilities using a series of self-assessment tools.
• Budget and establish a successful pricing structure.
• Market your business using  variety of approaches and tools.
• Create your mission statement and present your art work.

This program is free. To reserve a spot, call (605) 348-0324 or register here.

QUESTIONS? Call Jeremy Staab, First Peoples Fund Program Manager at (605) 348-0324 for more information. 


Upcoming Exhibits

Watch for the following exhibits, coming to Watermark later this year!



September – October, 2018

America’s Rivers Re-Explored by Thomas Paquette





May 4 – June 23

Indanishinaabekwew – I am an Anishinaabe Woman by Hillary Kempenich

Wendell Affield’s ‘Pawns’ to be released at Watermark Art Center

Watermark Art Center will host the release of Pawns, the second installation in the “Chickenhouse Chronicles Series,” written by Bemidji author Wendell Affield on Friday, April 13 at 7 p.m.


The second book in this autobiographical series conjures up memories as the author pours over musty letters, documents and seventy-year photographic negatives. Some photographs evoke fading memories of his mother, a beautiful young New Yorker and accomplished Juilliard-trained pianist; others evoke images of puppies tied to a corncrib, a harrowing escape to a secluded mountain lake in the Cascade Mountains, and his brother Randy – now forty years dead.

Memory bits expand into images of fear and anger: a water trough Affield angrily destroyed with an ax; long distant road trips with his siblings and mother in attempts to escape her abusive husband; his mother’s fear of forgetting her children scattered across the country in foster homes after she was committed to a mental institution.

During the book release, hear Affield read from this dramatic rec

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ounting as well as share his process for writing about family history. Q&A to follow.

Wendell Affield attended Bemidji State University to learn the writing craft. His Vietnam “memory stories” evolved into a memoir, Muddy Jungle Rivers. The memoir has opened surprising new paths. Today he speaks about PTSD and leads writing groups for veterans. In 2017, he was awarded the Veteran’s Voices Legacy award by the Minnesota Humanities Center. He retired from the food industry in 2001.

Special thanks to our event sponsor:


Karen E. Goulet to give presentation at Watermark Art Center

Watermark Art Center will host a presentation by Miikanan Gallery Program Director Karen E. Goulet titled “Indigenous Innovations in the Arts” on Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Goulet has been showing art both nationally and internationally for twenty years. She creates a variety of textile art, including needle art, quilt making, surface design, weaving, mixed media and knitting. Her presentation at Watermark will include observations regarding evolving trends in contemporary Indigenous art. The presentation is free to attend, no registration required.


“Throughout time, Indigenous people have always embraced new materials as a means of enriching their creative expressions. There are regional aesthetics that define art from a ‘place’ but there is so much more potential and possibility of what is out there and has yet to be explored. Art can enhance and enrich, but also challenge and provoke. We need all aspects in order to more fully express who we are as individual artists, as well as members of communities and nations. I believe we have to challenge ourselves and others to rethink the possibilities. Whether using a needle or camera lens we are still traditional, we are still contemporary.”

Goulet earned her BA in Fine Arts and Cultural Education from The Evergreen State College, her MFA in Sculpture from The University of Wisconsin – Madison, and her M Ed from University of Minnesota Duluth. Throughout her career, she has worked primarily in education, most often with Indigenous institutions and programs. She is an enrolled member of the White Earth Ojibwe Nation.

Watermark events during 2018 Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail

The 2018 Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail will be held April 27-28. During the trail, Watermark will host several fiber-related opportunities, all of which will be free and open to the public from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days.



Karl Rangikawhiti Leonard will be demonstrating whatu weaving. Whatu is a type of finger twining used in Māori weaving. No looms are used in the process. Leonard is one of New Zealand’s finest practitioners of Māori weaving. He has exhibited his works in New Zealand and internationally, and has been awarded residencies in the USA.



Stephanie Showalter of Alainn Yarns will sell her hand-dyed yarn. Showalter’s colorways are based off of photographs from her personal travels throughout the world. She combines yarn and travel to inspire creativity – bringing a touch of wanderlust to each skein.

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Biitoosinoon – There Are Layers will be on display in Watermark’s Miikanan Gallery. This textile exhibit features the work of Rebekah Crisanata de Ybarra, Duane Goodwin, Penny Kagigebi, Rick Kagigebi, Karl Rangikawhiti Leonard, Courtney Olson and Chholing Taha. View blankets, shawls, papal picado, quill work, Māori weaving and other mixed media works.

Also, don’t miss:

Trail Member Artist Reception & Exhibit
In celebration of the rich heritage and contemporary fiber artists in northern Minnesota, Trail members’ work is presented in a month-long exhibit at Wild Hare Bistro (523 Minnesota Ave, Bemidji) from April 6-30. Artist reception: April 27, 6-8 p.m.


Who else is participating in the 2018 Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Weekend? Visit this page to find the other great tour stops, open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on April 27-28.

Special thanks to Midwest Fiber Arts Trails for running this event!