Aazhoomon Exhibit: Call for Indigenous Art & Poetry

Miikanaan logo_FinalThe Miikanan Gallery is seeking art and poetry submissions for its inaugural exhibit. The Aazhoomon Juried Art Exhibition is scheduled to open November 2017. Deadline to submit work is August 28.

While the exhibit celebrates the diverse Ojibwe creative culture, artist submissions from all Indigenous nations will be welcome.

Work should reflect the title of the exhibition. The Miikanan is open to broad interpretations of the following concept:
Converge: Come from different directions and meet.
Convergence: The point of converging; a meeting place. A crossroads.

To submit or learn more specifications and requirement, go to:
Aazhoomon Art Submissions
Aazhoomon Poetry Submissions

Spinning Spokes – Art on the Go!

Watermark Art Center and Bike Bemidji present the second annual “Spinning Spokes – Art on the Go,” a free bike decorating event held in conjunction with the Bike Bemidji: Loop the Lake Festival. Kids age 13 and younger are invited to come to the Rotary Pavilion in Paul Bunyan Park on Friday, June 16 from 4-7 p.m. to decorate their bike and helmet the evening before Loop the Lake.

Spinning Spokes is for any youth who want to have a fun evening decorating their bike. Kids are not required to participate in Loop the Lake in order to be part of the Spinning Spokes event. Watermark will provide all decorations, just bring your bike and helmet!

Packet pickup for Loop the Lake participants will also be available during the Spinning Spokes event.

For more information, contact Watermark at 444-7570 or watermark@paulbunyan.net.


5th Grade Invitational

Watermark Art Center presents the annual 5th Grade Invitational, May 5 – 20, 2017. This year’s exhibit will be a window show that will transform the 500 block of Beltrami Avenue into a block-wide art walk, with several business storefronts displaying students’ art in their windows.

Participating host businesses include Watermark Art Center, The Tea & Gift Shoppe, Jake Bluhm State Farm Insurance, Walman Optical and Hair Teasers Studio. Participating schools will be the 5th grade classes of Lincoln, Schoolcraft, Central and Solway.

An opening reception will be held May 5 from 4-6 p.m. with refreshments served at most host business locations. Attendees are encouraged to start at Watermark, 516 Beltrami Ave NW, and walk down the block!

Watermark construction kickoff!

We have some very exciting news to share! Watermark is planning a Groundbreaking Ceremony/Community Pint Night event on Wednesday, April 12. Come celebrate with us as we kick off construction on the new art center!

The groundbreaking will be at 4:30 p.m. at 505 Bemidji Ave N. In addition to tossing the ceremonial ‘first shovel’, there will be a brief message from Lorie Yourd, Watermark’s board president; Lori Forshee-Donnay, our executive director; and Howie Zetah, General Contractor for the project.

Following the groundbreaking, the celebration will continue at Bemidji Brewing Company, where Watermark is the featured organization for the brewery’s Community Pint Night. From 5-7 p.m., $1 from every tap purchase, including beer, soda and coffee, will be donated to the art center. Come enjoy a fun night out, celebrate Watermark’s progress and support a great cause. Be sure to bring your friends – the more, the merrier!

“We’re so excited to have finally reached this stage in our project!” said Lori Forshee-Donnay, Watermark’s executive director. “We appreciate all the support the community has given and hope everyone can come out to the brewery for a fun, celebratory evening.”

Watermark presents Anishinaabe exhibit and workshops during Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail

The 2017 Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail will be held April 21-22. During the trail, Watermark will feature four events/exhibits:

Friday & Saturday, April 21-22

Beading – The traditional and contemporary beadwork of Tom Stillday will be featured at Watermark (516 Beltrami Ave) throughout the trail. Come and meet Tom April 21-22, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Split Ash Basketry
Clyde Estey will lead this 1.5-day introductory workshop featuring the weaving techniques of split ash basketry. Held April 21, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and April 22, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Headwaters School of Music (519 Minnesota Ave.) Participants must be present both days. Class fee: $50. Materials fee: $35. Pre-register by 4/20 here.

Saturday, April 22

Quill Work – Students will create a pair of earrings using traditional quilling and beading techniques in a workshop led by Betsy May. Held April 22, 1-5 p.m. at Headwaters School of Music. Class fee: $30. Materials fee: $25. Pre-register by 4/20 here.

Mixed MediaKaren E. Goulet will host an open workshop session titled ‘On the Surface’ for artists interested in experimenting with assemblage and mixed media materials. Participants are encouraged to bring items of their own for creating a meaningful work of art. Come and go any time on April 22 at Headwaters School of Music. No fee or pre-registration.

Other events featured on this year’s Fiber Trail include:

Keynote Talk – Dancing My Way Home – by Basket Weaver Tressa Sularz. Friday, April 21 at Headwaters School of Music, 7-9 p.m. 
Tressa Sularz
In her talk, Tressa will share how facing serious challenges in her life energized a new body of work. While Tressa’s work has always been organically intertwined with her life, her new work embodies movement and transition; from curving forms suggesting movement, embellished with earthly stones suggesting timelessness to cocoons reflecting on a time of stillness and inwardness with eventual rejuvenation.


Exhibit and Pop-Up Studios at Wild Hare Bistro. 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 1-30.

Trail Locations

Who’s participating in the 2017 Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Weekend? Check out these great tour stops, open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on April 21-22. Addresses and complete details can be found at the bottom of this page.

Bear Den Handwovens – weaving – Solway – Carrie Jessen

Bare Cloth – Trail Tree Weave – Turtle River – Keila McCracken

Eve Sumsky Basketry – basketry – Tenstrike – Eve Sumsky

Intersections Studio – knotting – Bemidji – Karen-lisa Forbes

Patty Lovegreen Studio – weaving/felting – Solway – Patty Lovegreen

Two Eyes Weaver Studio – weaving – Bemidji – Kristin Majkrzak

Watermark Art Center – contemporary beadwork – Bemidji – Tom Stillday

Willow Wood Market Quilt Shop – rug hooking – Bemidji – Bonnie Lundorff

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