Watermark Executive Director featured in ‘inBemidji’ Magazine

lori-fd_headshot.jpgWatermark’s Executive Director, Lori Forshee-Donnay, was featured in inBemidji magazine’s recent cover story Leading the Way: Celebrating Women in Leadership in Our Community.

The article interviewed several female leaders in the region, asking about each woman’s inspiration/motivation, the importance of women in leadership, barriers for women in leadership and advice to young women.

Forshee-Donnay answered, in part:

“I am inspired by the artists and volunteers I work with. They motivate me to push myself every day. I enjoy collaborating and bringing people together while building unique relationships. Watching the organization grow to meet the needs of the region is exciting. I feel fortunate to be able to guide the Watermark through such a significant transition.”

The article profiled 15 local women who work in the areas of politics, education and business. Read the rest of Forshee-Donnay’s statements, as well as those by other leaders, in the magazine.

Other featured leaders included were:

  • Rita Albrecht, mayor of Bemidji
  • Dr. Faith Hensrud, president of Bemidji State University
  • Annette Johnson, Red Lake Tribal Council treasurer
  • Lori Paris, president of Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Penny Echternach, director of the Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minnesota
  • Shelly Geerdees, CEO of Pinnacle Marketing Group
  • Karen Weller, executive director of Bemidji Regional Airport
  • Tiffany Baer Paine, president and CEO of Security Bank USA
  • Kay Mack, Beltrami County Administrator
  • Colleen Bakken, general manager of Harmony Natural Food and co-president of the Bemidji Downtown Alliance
  • Denae Alamano, executive director of the United Way of the Bemidji Area
  • Nancy Vyskocil, president of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation
  • Annie Claesson-Huseby, Ninth District Judicial Court judge
  • Sandy Hennum, executive director of Village of Hope

 

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First City Poetry Reads to feature Erin Marsh

Erin MarshThe next event in the First City Poetry Reads series will be held December 13 at 7 p.m. at Anytime Fitness in Bemidji. The theme will be “Our Physical Selves,” featuring poet Erin Lynn Marsh who will address the personal and cultural aspects of physical disability.

Marsh is a Bemidji area poet and teacher who received her MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University of Boston. Her poetry has been featured in various publications and she is currently completing a poetry collection.

In addition to Marsh’s reading, the program will also feature demonstrations and discussions on the themes of fitness, strength, bodybuilding, weightlifting and rehabilitation. Toni Bratager, who recently won a bodybuilding competition in Duluth, will discuss and demonstrate her training methods. Bratager has a degree in dietetics and is an RN at Sanford Hospital in Bemidji. Other personal trainers and competitors will be on hand to answer questions and discuss their experiences.

An open mic session will take place at the event. Area poets are encouraged to share their work surrounding the theme of “Our Physical Selves.” Anyone interested in pre-registering to read can contact Marsh Muirhead at 218-556-6313 or mgmuirhead@midco.net. Poets are asked to keep their reading to 3 minutes and provide family-friendly content.

The First City Poetry Reads series, sponsored by the Spoken Word Committee of Watermark Art Center, is designed to bring poetry to new venues and listeners in and around the First City on the Mississippi. The concept aims to add unique sources of energy, interest and creativity to the spoken word. Future readings will be held at Sanford Hospital, Wollman Coffee, Lake Bemidji State Park and more. For more details, visit our First City Poetry Reads page.

Watermark Art Center Grand Opening & Community Dedication

The Grand Opening and Community Dedication of the new Watermark Art Center will be held December 2 at 505 Bemidji Ave N. The public is invited to tour the new facility and view the inaugural exhibits from 1-4 p.m. At 2 p.m. there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring hand-drum singing by Waabinoo Bines and drum songs by Battle River Singers, plus remarks from art center officials and guests.

“We are thrilled for this day to finally be here!” said Lori Forshee-Donnay, Watermark’s executive director. “So many community members and volunteers have worked tirelessly to bring this new space to the region. We are proud of everyone’s dedication and honored to present the new art center to the community.”

During the opening, all four galleries in the new art center will feature exhibits, including Fresh and Faded Memories: Paintings by Marley Kaul, Aazhoomon Indigenous Art Exhibition and Musings, Messengers and Monoprints by Terry Garrett. The Bemidji State University Gallery will show a range of modern and traditional print and ceramic pieces from their Harlow and Kleven collections in an exhibit titled A Lasting Gift.

“The grand opening of the Watermark features work by regional, national and even international artists,” said Forshee-Donnay. “It really sets the tone for the future of the Watermark with the variety and level of programming we wish to present.”

Watermark Art Center is a member-supported nonprofit that has operated in downtown Bemidji since 1982. Recently, the art center purchased the former Lakeside Luekens grocery store and renovated the building into a 10,000 square-foot premier center for art. The new center boasts four galleries, an education room and a shop to sell regional artwork. Over 75% of the fundraising campaign for this project has been raised, but certain financial goals still remain. To give or learn more, click here.

First City Poetry Reads features Anthony Swann

Anthony SwannAnthony Swann will be the featured poet for the next First City Poetry Reads event, to be held Saturday, November 11, at 4 p.m. at the Beltrami County History Center. Swann, author of the recently-published collection Paint with Words, will address our national and personal histories in a program titled “Our Place in History.”  Swann’s poems and prose readings will focus on the role of jazz as a unique American art form which, like poetry, distills the essence of truth and beauty.

Wendell Affield, author of Muddy Jungle Rivers, will read during the open mic session after Swann.  As part of this Veteran’s Day event, he will read from “found postcards” sent from the front during past world wars.

First City Poetry Reads is free and open to the public. The event will be followed by an open mic. Anyone interested in pre-registering to read can contact Marsh Muirhead at 218-556-6313 or mgmuirhead@midco.net. Poets are asked to keep their reading to 3 minutes and provide family-friendly content.

The First City Poetry Reads series, sponsored by the Spoken Word Committee of Watermark Art Center, is designed to bring poetry to new venues and listeners in and around the First City on the Mississippi. The concept aims to add unique sources of energy, interest and creativity to the spoken word. Future readings will be held at Anytime Fitness, Sanford Hospital, Lake Bemidji State Park and more. Each event is a one-hour program with a theme tied to the event location. To learn more, visit our Spoken Word 2017 page.

First City Poetry Reads features Dr. Carol Ann Russell

Carol Ann photoDr. Carol Ann Russell is the featured poet for the next First City Poetry Reads event, set for 4 p.m., Saturday September 16th in the back room of Cantabria Coffee Company. Russell is an English professor at Bemidji State University and the author of several books of poetry — FeastThe Red Envelope, Silver Dollar, and Lost on Highway 61. A world traveler and multiculturalist, Russell will channel both world at large and the particular in her presentation: “From Italy to Bemidji – Gypsy Taxi.” 

First City Poetry Reads is free and open to the public. The event will be followed by an open mic. Anyone interested in pre-registering to read can contact Marsh Muirhead at 218-556-6313 or mgmuirhead@midco.net. Poets are asked to keep their reading to 3 minutes and provide family-friendly content.

This is the third of several readings in the First City Poetry Reads series, sponsored by the Spoken Word Committee of Watermark Art Center. The series is designed to bring poetry to new venues and listeners in and around the First City on the Mississippi. The concept aims to add unique sources of energy, interest and creativity to the spoken word.

Future First City Poetry Reads events includes will be held at Beltrami County History Center, Anytime Fitness, Sanford Hospital, Lake Bemidji State Park and more. Each event is a one-hour program with a theme tied to the event location. To learn more, visit go to our Spoken Word 2017 page.