Salvaged Time 1970 – 2018 by Don Knudson

Join Watermark for the opening reception of Salvaged Time 1970-2018, works by Don Knudson. Meet the artist during the reception, Friday, February 2, from 5-7 p.m.

The exhibit will include mixed media artwork featuring re-imagined wood elements.

DonKnudson has been creating wood wall sculptures and furniture since the early 1960s. He creates individual work, as well as collaborations with his life partner, Marlon Davidson. This exhibit features his solo works, made with salvaged wood and natural elements. Exhibit runs Feb 2 – March 31.


Ojibwe Star Knowledge Events


Native Skywatchers – Earth Sky Connections

Opening: February 5. For the month of February only!

This traveling art exhibit brings artists together to share compelling visual stories about multi-dimensional relationships to earth and sky. The Native Skywatchers Initiative weaves together art, science and culture and is at the cutting edge of defining Indigenous STEM and what it means to work at the art/science nexus.


As It Is Above; It Is Below: An inter-generational star map painting workshop. February 10th, 12-3 p.m. Kids 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. $10/person. Family rates available. Call Watermark to purchase tickets – cash or check only. Tel #: 218-444-7570.

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Anangoog – Cultural Knowledge of the Stars: A presentation about Anishinaabe star knowledge and constellations led by Mishiikenh (Abe Sutherland) and Ogimaawap (Joe Sutherland) of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, along with their parents, Mary and Leonard Moose. Two sessions: February 17th and 18th. Presentation begins at 1 p.m. each day, with traditional storytelling to follow. Free to attend, but space is limited.

Special thanks to our event sponsor…


2018 Creative Spirit Fiber Festival

Friday, February 23, 5-9 p.m. (classes only)
Saturday, February 24, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
at Calvary Lutheran Church
(2508 Washington Ave SE, Bemidji)

Come celebrate the best in fiber arts! Friday: in-depth classes taught by experienced instructors (Pre-registration required. See below.) Saturday: Just $10 admission gets attendees into a vendor market filled with fiber-related items, free mini classes, trunk shows, demos, coffee and homemade treats, door prizes and more.


Fabric painter Pam Collins will present a trunk show and class on landscape collages on Saturday. Collins is a recipient of Five Wings Art Council grants and has studied under nationally known artists. She has lead numerous watercolor, fabric and mosaic workshops in her studio, as well as area art centers and school districts. Collins lives in Staples, MN. Learn more at


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Quilt Designer Marilyn Foreman will teach a quilting class on Friday, plus present a trunk show and twister tool demo Saturday. Foreman is a nationally-recognized quilt designer. She has published over 50 patterns, filmed a Craftsy video and been featured in several publications. Her book, Kaleidoscope Symphony, includes patterns for table toppers, runners, throws and bed quilts. She lives in St. Paul, MN. Learn more at


Pre-registration for Friday classes is required. All classes are 5-9 p.m. Each class is $10, but Saturday’s admission is free with your paid class fee. Some classes have an additional materials fee. Call or email Bonnie to register: 218.759.2310 or

Friday Classes Offered:

Memo Pad Basket with Eve Sumsky

two memo baskets

Weave a fun basket to hold your memo pads and pens!  Students will start with a 2″ X 6″ oval wood base that has been prepared with the stakes ready to weave.  Basic weaving techniques are used and beginners are welcome.  There will be a few color and decorative choices to complete your basket. Materials fee = $10-$15 (depending on decorative choice) Dimensions: 7 1/2″ x 4″ x 4 1/2″. Students should bring the following to class: old towel, tape measure, pencil, heavy scissors, small bucket or dish pan for water, clothes pins or small clamps, awl or small flat screwdriver.

Stitched Stones with Lisa Jordan

stones - detailLearn to wet-felt soft wool around a stone to make a seamless felted surface on which to stitch, and learn some tricks to stitching on this non-traditional surface. Each student will make a felted stone of their own to take home and may bring a special rounded stone of their own if they would like (no bigger than palm-size). A pre-felted stone will be provided for stitching upon. Some basic knowledge of embroidery stitches is helpful.


Introduction to Knitting with Beads with Kate Kalvig


Kate Kalvig will teach you about the various ways you can use beads in knitting and teach you the hook beading method on a fingerless mitten pattern. Supplies required: Size 1 (2.25 mm) knitting needles (double-pointed or a 32″ circular for magic loop). Level: Intermediate to advanced. Optional kit with yarn and beads available for $15.



Entwined Table Runner with Marilyn Foreman

QM129 Entwined TT Tonga Indigo Dreams Runner 28x56

These elegant looking blocks look complex, yet are pieced with three easy units. Level: Confident Beginner. Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies needed. Additional supply list and cutting instructions will be given when you register. Optional kit fee: $38.



Beginner Rug Hooking with Bonnie Lundorff


Learn the basics of this century old technique using the Oxford Rug Punch tool.  Students will make a 7” project.  Kit fee is $30. All tools and materials needed will be provided for use in the class.


Legacy Logo ColorFinalThis 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.

First City Poetry Reads features Dr. Diane Pittman

Color file photoDr. Diane Pittman is the featured poet for the next First City Poetry Reads event, which will be held Saturday, January 27th at 2:00 p.m. at the east end of the main lobby at Sanford Hospital in Bemidji. The theme and title for this presentation is “Health, Wealth, and Illness.”

Pittman is a life-long poet and has been a family physician in the area for over 30 years. In both her poetry and medical practice, Pittman focuses on a balanced cycle of life, a connection with nature both physical and spiritual.

An open mic session will take place at the event. Area poets are encouraged to share their work surrounding the theme. Anyone interested in pre-registering to read can contact Marsh Muirhead at 218-556-6313 or Poets are asked to keep their reading to three 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 Wollman Coffee, Lake Bemidji State Park and more.

Aazhoomon Artist Reception & Poetry Reading

Watermark Art Center will host an artist reception and poetry reading celebrating their exhibit, Aazhoomon, on January 5, from 5 – 7:30, reading beginning at 6:30.

Aazhoomon – or ‘convergence’ – is the inaugural exhibit in Watermark’s new Miikanan Gallery. The international show includes traditional and contemporary Indigenous artwork, including beading, photography, painting, mixed media, ceramics, quill work, quilting, jewelry, poetry and more!

Meet several of the featured artists and writers during the reception, held in Watermark’s new building at 505 Bemidji Ave N.