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.

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First Call Art Studio Tour featured at Watermark Art Center

Watermark Art Center will feature the members of the First Call Art Studio Tour in a new exhibit from September 1 – 29. Opening reception will be September 1, 4-7 p.m. at Watermark’s temporary annex location: 516 Beltrami Ave NW.

During the opening reception, several members of the tour will be on-hand to discuss their art and help educate the public about the First Call tour. Refreshments will be served.

First Call is a new, year-round studio tour that allows visitors to customize their own artist studio visit. Featured is everything from sculpture, jewelry to painting, pottery and more. Read more about the tour here or follow them on Facebook to learn more.

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 mgmuirhead@midco.net. 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 kgoulet@watermarkartcenter.org. 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 kgoulet@watermarkartcenter.org 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.

NEW THIS YEAR:
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.


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