Creative Spirit Fiber Festival


Friday, February 24, 5:30-9 p.m. (classes only)
Saturday, February 25, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
at Calvary Lutheran Church (2508 Washington Ave SE)

Watermark Art Center & Willow Wood Market are excited to present the 4th annual Creative Spirit Fiber Festivalheld February 24-25, 2017. $10 Saturday admission gives you access to a diverse vendor market filled with Fiber Art materials to feed your creative spirit, classes by experienced instructors, hands-on demos, door prizes and more!

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Featured this year: National instructor Kari Carr of New Leaf Stitches will present a class and trunk show. Learn more about Kari and her patented notions, Clearly Perfect Angles, at her website.

Friday Night Classes:

NEW for 2017: Extra Day! We’ve added Friday evening classes to our lineup to give attendees even more to experience throughout the weekend! We are offering three diverse classes for you to choose from. Pre-registration is required. Each class is $10.00, but Saturday’s admission is free with your paid class fee.  All three classes are from 5:30pm – 9pm.

park-ave-smallQUILTING – Park Avenue. Beginner level. Kari Carr will teach from her book, Just Around the Corner. Students will learn how to use Kari’s “Clearly Perfect Angles” tool and the technique for mitered scalloped borders while making this beautiful 21″ x 21″ wall hanging. Book and tool (required)- $25.00. Optional batik fabric kit – $30.00 (You may use your own fabrics.) Supply list will be given when you register.  NO PRE CUTTING! Must bring sewing machines and basic sewing supplies. Class limit 22.

– Introduction to Brioche Knitting. Intermediate to Advanced. Liz Towers will teach you to Brioche first with one color, then two, using Nancy Marchant’s symbols. Students will receive practice samples to work on plus handouts. No supplies required.  Class limit 20.

– Market Basket. Beginner level.  Make this 8″ x 12″ handled basket with Eve Sumsky that will be perfect for shopping at the Festival on Saturday! Materials fee – $20.00 Additional supply list will be given when you register. Class limit 10.

Please call or email Bonnie to register for any of these great classes: 218.759.2310 or

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Visit Watermark at our temporary location

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Due to current renovations on the art center, Watermark is operating out of a temporary annex location. You can now find Watermark at 516 Beltrami Ave NW, in the True North Healthcare Building next to the Tea & Gift Shoppe.

Watermark’s current exhibit includes a multi-media group show that highlights a variety of mediums including painting, ceramics, mixed media and photography. Artists featured include John Lembi, Marlon Davidson, Don Knudson, Paula Swenson, Butch Holden and Duane Paulson.

In Watermark’s Gallery Shop, customers will find unique handcrafted household items including ceramics, glass, baskets, wood, and fiber. There is also high quality Fine Art for sale, such as watercolor paintings, photographs, sculptures, jewelry, mixed media collages, and more.

Watermark’s hours are M-F: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sat: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Come visit the 516 Beltrami Ave location today!

Holiday Open House


Kick off this year’s holiday season at Watermark Art Center! On December 2nd and 3rd, Watermark will hold its annual Holiday Open House. There will be special one-weekend-only sales in the Gallery Shop, with 15% off any purchase for Watermark members and 10% off for the general public. The Gallery Shop features functional and decorative handmade items created by regional artists and includes pottery, wood, jewelry, knit items, prints, photography, soap, cards, and more.

The annual Ornament Sale will also take place during the open house. Each year, local artists donate handmade tree ornaments as a fundraiser for the art center. Watermark receives 100% of the cost from these items, helping raise money for next year’s programming. The ornaments are a variety of styles and make great gift traditions for family and friends.

During the open house, there will be hot cider available, as well as treats and other goodies. Watermark is currently located at 516 Beltrami Ave NW and is open weekdays 10-5 and Saturdays 10-2.

Come to the art center for a fun and festive shopping weekend December 2nd and 3rd!

ornamentDo you create ornaments? Watermark is still accepting donations of original, handmade ornaments for the fundraiser. Deadline: November 30.
For more information, contact the art center at 218-444-7570.




Each submission should:
  • be created by the donor and reflect the spirit of the season
  • have a hanger attached for display
  • be signed and dated if possible
  • include a brief list of materials used, title or description to go with ornament if possible


We’ve moved! (temporarily)


If you’ve driven by the art center recently, you may have noticed that the building looks a little different…


We are very excited to finally begin renovations! Because of the construction, we have temporarily moved! You can come view our current exhibit and gallery shop at 516 Beltrami Ave NW – in the True North Healthcare building right next to the Tea & Gift Shoppe, downtown Bemidji.

Our hours are still the same! M-F: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Renovations have begun, but fundraising continues! Watermark has currently raised $1.974 million of our $3 million goal. Please consider making your gift or pledge today. Learn more here.

Watermark hires Karen Goulet as Program Director of Native American Gallery



Watermark Art Center has hired Mahnomen resident Karen Goulet as Program Director of the art center’s Native American Gallery.

Goulet recently completed her role as the program coordinator of Gizhiigin Arts Initiative, a tribal entity serving artists on the White Earth reservation. In addition to her work as an arts leader, Goulet is also a multi-discipline artist who 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 hand-quilted Star Quilts were recently exhibited at Watermark during last year’s Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail.

Goulet has longstanding ties to the region, with both her parents growing up and attending school in Bemidji.

“After several collaborative events with Karen in the past, we are delighted to finally be able to work with her in a more permanent role,” said Watermark Executive Director Lori Forshee-Donnay. “Her professional experience and enthusiasm for artistic development in our community will help Watermark continue to bring art opportunities to everyone in our region. We are fortunate to have her as part of our organization.”

As Program Director of the Native American Gallery, Goulet will be responsible for the development and orientation of Watermark’s Native American Gallery and related programming. She will also act as community liaison to cultivate relationships with Native American artists and tribal members.

“The creative expressions in our Indigenous communities are vibrant and diverse,” said Goulet. “Bringing an art gallery to the region that is dedicated to exhibiting Native American art is a coming home of sorts, as Bemidji has always been part of our Anishinaabe world. This is particularly exciting to me, as my mother’s family were the first Anishinaabe to own property in Bemidji, over seventy years ago. A lot has changed since then. The Native American Gallery is part of a greater vision for enriching and expanding the arts in our region. I feel very fortunate to be joining the Watermark Art Center staff and look forward to meeting everyone supporting this endeavor.”

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.

Goulet is an enrolled member of the White Earth Ojibwe Nation. She currently teaches art at White Earth Tribal and Community College and Leech Lake Tribal College.