Art in the Park
Begun in 1967, this popular annual event brings in artisan vendors from across the country to sell in Bemidji’s beautiful Library Park. Past vendors have sold paintings, sculptors, jewelry, woodworking, and more. Live music and food vendors round out this nostalgic summertime event.


Spoken Word Series
Our support of the literary arts features local and regional authors sharing from their latest work. We host several of these events throughout the year, often pairing them with workshops led by the featured writer.

Alisa Holen (American, b. 1959) Quicksand Servers, Porcelain

It’s Only Clay
Watermark has hosted its juried ceramics competition and exhibition since 2002. Total awards combine to $2,000! There are also artist presentations and instructional demonstrations in the field of ceramics throughout the year.

Members Show
The Members Show is just one of the ways we express our gratitude for those who support us throughout the year! It’s a great way to connect and share your passion for art – whether you create it or collect it.  The Members Show is just one of the benefits you receive when you join the Watermark Art Center!Beginning in 2020, the Show is held alternate years (2022, 2024, etc.).

2020 Members Show page →

First Friday Art Walk

First Friday Art Walk
This monthly event gives people the opportunity to get out and about in Bemidji! Local businesses and home studios create art displays and host receptions for public participation. Watermark helps organize and coordinate First Friday, providing maps of each month’s participants and publicizing the event. 

Friends of the Arts
Instituted in 1989, this event honors a local individual or couple who has given generously of their time to promote the arts. Individuals are nominated by local citizens, then selected by a community panel. A photo of each recipient is displayed in the Bemidji Public Library community room.