Elements of Nature

June 13 – August 25
Opening Reception: June 13, 5-7 p.m.

Elements of Nature: Sculpture by Bud Burger and photography by John & Marilyn Walsh is a multi-media exhibit captures the beauty and integrity of animals and landscapes from North America and Africa. Featuring life-size bronze sculptures and statuettes by Bud Burger and digital photography by John & Marilyn Walsh, this exhibit treats audiences to a detailed view of scenes and species rarely seen in person.


Bud Burger of Bemidji, MN is the former owner and co-founder of Burger Brothers Sporting Goods. His work is created using the ancient process of Lost Wax Casting, producing finely detailed wildlife sculptures.


IMG_1716John & Marilyn Walsh are avid travelers who have spent many years documenting the landscapes and wildlife found on their journeys. When not traveling, they split their time between the Twin Cities metro area and northern Minnesota.

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Thanks also to Marketplace Foods and KAXE/KBXE Northern Community Radio.


A Conversation with Artists

Area artists and friends are invited to join multi-media artist Lou Ferreri in a discussion about creative motivations and methods on Thursday, June 21, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Watermark.

Attendees will reflect on the following statement by French performer Maurice Chevalier:

“It all boils down to instinct, good or bad. Artistic creation must be spontaneous. It comes from the heart; it has to pass through the brain; and still one needs the guts, and good old, indispensable technique, to bring it to the light of day. That, at least, is how I see the process, not that I have ever been able to pin it down very exactly in my own case. You hear a voice inside. You obey it, and produce whatever it told you to produce; and then you wait and see. And oh! The trouble you’re in for.”

This event is free and open to the public. The Internal Affairs of Mr. Invincible, an exhibit featuring Ferreri’s drawings created on the opinion pages of The New York Times, is currently on display at Watermark. During the Artist Conversation event, Ferreri will have copies of his book and prints available for purchase. Watermark is located at 505 Bemidji Ave N in downtown Bemidji.

Family Art – Tree Branch Weaving

June 28

Join Watermark for an evening of family fun! Combine nature and fiber to create a colorful branch weaving. This event is for all ages, so bring the whole family! Kids must be accompanied by an adult. No pre-registration required – pay cash or check at the door.

This is a drop-in style class. Stop by anytime between 5-6:30 to start your project. Watermark is open until 7 p.m.


Spinning Spokes – Art on the Go!

Watermark Art Center and Bike Bemidji present the third 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 Watermark parking lot on Friday, June 15 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.


She Makes

She Makes: Indigenous Women in the Arts

karen-1-copy1-e1521060459631.jpgJoin Miikanan Gallery Program Director Karen E. Goulet in an artist talk on Thursday, June 7th, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

There are many ways to express as an artist and when one takes into consideration cultural norms and contemporary practices, there is an endless myriad of ways to approach art, both as a creator and viewer. Historically, Indigenous women artists have worked tirelessly to have their work seen, and as well, worked to open doors for other Indigenous artists. The lecture will provide an exploratory view of the diversity and enrichment that indigenous women bring to the contemporary art world.