First City Poetry Reads features LouAnn Muhm at Bemidji Fire Department

LouAnn MuhmPark Rapids poet and teacher LouAnn Muhm is the featured poet for the next First City Poetry Reads event, to be held at the Bemidji Fire Station on Saturday, August 19th at 2:00 p.m. Muhm is the author of Breaking the Glass, a book “of fierce heart and strong hands,” according to reviewer Jane Hirshfield. The theme of this event is “Rescue and Disaster.” Muhm and the Open Mic poets following her reading will, in part, address that theme in exploring the various rescues and disasters in both the larger sense (lights, sirens, 911), and in the daily victories and defeats of our lives.

The event is free and open to the public. Kids are welcome, too, and there is the chance that the reading may be briefly interrupted by departure of fire and rescue units. In any case, Fire Department personnel will be on hand to give a tour of the station, its equipment and their role in keeping the local citizenry safe.

Fire and Rescue FinalThis is the second of several readings in “First City Poetry Reads,” 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.

The First City Poetry Reads schedule includes future events 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. Anyone interested in pre-registering to read can contact Marsh Muirhead at 218-556-6313 or Poets are asked to keep their reading to 3 minutes and provide family-friendly content. To learn more, visit go to our Spoken Word 2017 page.

Art Auction Fundraiser to benefit Duane Goodwin

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The Miikanan Gallery at Watermark Art Center is hosting an art auction fundraiser to benefit Bemidji artist and sculptor Duane Goodwin. Earlier this summer, Dewey lost 40 years’ worth of artist tools and supplies in a fire that burned down his art studio. Dewey is a long-standing member of the Bemidji area art community and a true ambassador for Native American arts. Through this fundraiser, Watermark hopes to help him get back on his feet and let him know he has support in our community.

The fundraiser will have two stages. The first stage will be an online auction running from July 21- August 3, 2017.  The second will be a reception and silent auction on August 4, to be held at the Northwest Indian Community Development Center (1819 Bemidji Ave N., Bemidji, Minnesota.)

Bidding will not begin until July 21, but early viewing of the online auction can be found here. More pieces will be added gradually as the start date approaches. There is also a button to give a monetary donation to Dewey without bidding on a specific item.

100% of the proceeds (minus minimal administrative expenses) will go to Dewey. Thank you for your help in supporting a fellow artist during this difficult time!

Interested in donating artwork to the fundraiser?

We are seeking donations of original art to sell at this auction. If you are interested and able to contribute, the options and timelines are as follows:

1) Online Auction – Items valued at $250.00 and higher will be posted on our online auction site.

  • Images and information for work need to be received no later than July 21 to be posted online. Sooner is preferred. Send details to Work must be held by artist (you) until auction is complete.
  • Information needed — Photo(s) of artwork along with: Title, Media, Dimensions, Value and Artist Name.

2) Reception and Silent Auction – Items valued under $250.00 will be part of the evening silent auction scheduled for August 4, 2017. Work may be delivered to NWICDC from August 1-3. Artists will fill out details about the work at that time.

Please contact Karen Goulet at if you are interested in contributing to this fundraiser. Thank you!

Art in the Park 50th Anniversary

Watermark Art Center and Paul Bunyan Communications are excited to present the 50th annual ART IN THE PARK, July 22 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and July 23 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) in Library Park, downtown Bemidji. The juried art fair features over 100 artists, a dozen food vendors, and live entertainment, boasting an annual attendance of over 4,000 visitors.

Free waterfront concert featuring: Norah Rendell & the Lost Forty and Eric Carlson. Saturday, July 22, 6:00-8:15 p.m. at the Lake Bemidji Waterfront.

Family Activity Tent: A space where parents and children can work on art projects together throughout the weekend.


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