Join us on Saturday, April 20th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. for a Spring Trunk Show in Watermark’s Shop 505. We will have discounts on select merchandise, with featured artists visiting throughout the day!
The event includes a one-day-only sale on work by Deanna Croaker, Michelle Hanevold and Mary Therese. Watermark members will receive 15% off, with 10% for the general public.
Deanna “Dee” Croaker creates Native American beaded earrings. Her hoops are made using Brick Stitch with designs and colors inspired by the Ojibwe culture and nature. They are made to be lightweight and retain their shape with normal wear. Her mini-flower earrings are created using a circular netting stitch with a variety of colors and fringing.
Michelle Hanevold makes Saami bracelets, jewelry inspired by the Saami, the Indigenous people of Northern Scandinavia, and the intricate and ornate leather cuffs they wore. Michelle loves to explore different patterns to create unique designs that follow the Saami tradition of sewing spun tin onto Reindeer leather. For sale will be bracelets in a variety of colors, as well as kits for making your own Saami bracelet.
Mary Therese is a silk batik painter. Using the ancient art form of batik, Mary Therese draws with dyes and hot bees wax to slowly build layers of rich color on the fabric. On sale during the trunk show will be her hand painted scarves of varying sizes and colors.
Learn more about our artists in their biographies below.
Deanna “Dee” Croaker – A multi-media artist and Leech Lake band member raised in Cass Lake, Minnesota, Dee focuses her creative energy to making Star Quilts, Beaded Jewelry and Photography. Her Star quilts are made using the “Finger-Quilted” style of blanket making taught to her as a teen by elder Lena Cloud. Designs and colors are chosen to be bold and “pop” with a variety of themes. Her bead work follows the same concept to have the colors “pop” while trying to also incorporate a sense of tradition. The small flower earrings were the first style she really focused on with a circular netting stitch. As she learns new styles, she seeks to include her own designs and variations. Her photography also takes on the same high-contrast bold color approach while showcasing all that Northern Minnesota living has to offer. Her inspiration is her mom’s memory and her daughter, and to carry on what she has learned from other artists and elders over the years.
Michelle Hanevold – Born and raised in Northern Minnesota, artist and designer, Michelle Hanevold has been creating art since childhood. She earned her BA in Graphic Design with a minor in Art from Bemidji State University in 2001. She spends her days as a freelance designer and creates art in the evenings. Often inspired by nature, sewing, painting, wool felting and jewelry making are some of the areas she is most skilled in.
Mary Therese, a painter/surface designer and art & yoga teacher, has lived on Fern Lake in the north woods of Bemidji, Minnesota for over twenty five years. Originally from Pennsylvania, she attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, receiving degrees in Painting and Printmaking, and Art Education. As a fabric artist, Mary Therese paints on silk and other fibers, using the ancient technique of batik, a method of layering dyes and applying hot bee’s wax as a resist. She creates wearable art, hangings, paraments, window dressings and flags. In 2017, Mary Therese was awarded an artist fellowship grant by Region 2 Arts Council.