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Watermark Art Center

Contact: Lori Forshee-Donnay
Other 516 Beltrami Ave Bemidji MN 56601 Work 505 Bemidji Ave Bemidji MN 56601 Work Phone: 218.444.7570Website: Watermark Art Center


The Bemidji Community Arts Council, Inc. was established in 1970.  In 1981 it merged with another group to form the Bemidji Community Art Center and made its home in the Historic Carnegie Library in downtown Bemidji on the shores of Lake Bemidji. For more information about the Carnegie building, see the Building History For more information about Bemidji see Our Neighborhood.

In October of 2012 the Art Center purchased the former Lakeside Luekens grocery store located across the street from our current home at 505 Bemidji Ave.  In February of 2014 we officially changed our name to the Watermark Art Center.  Work is now being done to raise funds to convert the building into the new Watermark Art Center in the near future.  The new facility will feature 4 galleries, an education suite, and a gallery shop.  For more information on the Watermark Project or how you can help contact us at

The Watermark is a  non-profit member-supported organization dedicated to encouraging the growth and development of art in our Community. The Watermark provides gallery space for exhibitions, authors readings and  workshops. We display national, regional and local artists in group exhibits, solo shows and installations featuring approximately 8 new exhibits a year from February through December. While the Main Gallery is designed to hold larger works and group exhibitions, Gallery X2 is better suited for smaller exhibits or more intimate works.

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