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First Friday Art Walk
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Participants for June 5, 2020

Watermark Art Center welcomes “Invisible Valley” by photographer John Pearson. The exhibit presents a selection from hundreds of photos Pearson gathered as he explored towns, fields, and wild places surrounding the Red River Valley of Minnesota and North Dakota. The resulting photos reveal his persistent fascination with how people establish their place in the environment. Behind the subject matter lie his abiding interests in the formal qualities of texture, composition, and light. The installation can be viewed initially as a virtual exhibit on June 5.  Watermark is currently closed to the public and is in the process of developing plans and procedures to safely reopen the facility and exhibits. 505 Bemidji Ave N. 218-444-7570. WatermarkArtCenter.org

Wild Hare Bistro & Coffeehouse will present “Perceptions of Nature”, new works by Bemidji  painter Sarah Peterson, through the month of June.   Sarah will exhibit a series of heavily textured landscape oil paintings, drawing on her background in ceramic sculpture to create a three dimensional feel to her paintings.  She attended Minnesota State University Moorhead and completed her Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Art Education in 1998, concentrating primarily on ceramic sculpture.  Sarah taught drawing, painting and ceramics at the Creative Arts Studio in Fargo, North Dakota before moving back to her hometown of Bemidji in 2005.  She’s enjoyed teaching after-school art classes at Red Lake Elementary, and also watercolor painting as a guest artist at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. Sarah is a member of the Leach Lake Art League, and enjoys showing her work at different venues around the Bemidji area.  523 Minnesota Ave. Downtown Bemidji. 218-444-5282. wildharebistro.com.

Gallery North First Friday Open House – Gallery North will host Showcase Artist Marion Caroline during the First Friday reception on June 5, 2020 from 2:00-6:00 pm. Marion holds a B.S. Degree in Art and was a local middle school teacher for ten years. Her artwork includes watercolors, acrylics, oils, and paintings on feathers. She is best known for her Equine Art.

Featured artist is Gallery North member Elaine Netland. Elaine is a fine art painter of many talents.


Curtis Olson has been making custom made knives since 1978. He makes full tapered tang hunting knives, usually with blades no longer than 4 inches. He also makes folding knives and knives of Damascus steel which he makes using his forge and hydraulic press.

Curtis believes that knifemaking is an artistic activity limited only by the imagination of the maker. He also believes in the adage “Form follows Function” so his knives are utilitarian as well. It is his hope that they will be used in the field, on the campground, or in the home. He believes that only in that way can a person realize the quality built into a custom knife.

Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please like and share our Facebook page and check out the website at www.gallerynorthbemidji.com. 310 4th Street NW.

Bemidji Sculpture Walk Installs 14 New Artworks – For its twenty-first consecutive year, the Bemidji Sculpture Walk has premiered new artwork downtown. Fourteen sculptures by artists from across the country were installed by the BSW Committee in late-May. This year’s sculptures include artworks of wood, steel, brass, aluminum, rocks, and recycled tools, farm equipment and auto parts. Self-guided sculpture tours can be done downtown using the interactive Google Map from the BSW website: bemidjisculpture.com.




FFAW locations map

Located in downtown Bemidji, the Watermark neighborhood is full of attractions and entertainment opportunities, all within easy walking distance!
While you are walking around, check out the Bemidji Sculpture Walk murals and the kiosk project.
Other things to do while you are downtown include taking in a play at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, discovering what’s up at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, learning our local history at the Beltrami County History Center, and finding fun for the whole family at the Headwaters Science Center.
Need more information on what to see and do? Stop in at the Tourist Information Center, and visit with our Visitors & Convention Bureau to find out more.
We are proud to make our home in such a vibrant community!

Hosting a First Friday Event

Watermark Art Center is the community coordinator for Bemidji’s First Friday Artwalk, but the Artwalk belongs to all of us. If you’d like to host artwork for the First Friday event and list your event in our monthly press release, please contact Lisa Seter lseter@watermarkartcenter.org | 218-444-7570 to set up an appointment to discuss what you need and what we expect. We’ll answer all your questions and provide you with guidelines to make your event a success.