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Watermark Art CenterWatermark Art CenterContact: Lori Forshee-Donnay
Watermark Art Center plays a vital role in sustaining Northern Minnesota’s economic and artistic vibrancy. They provide gallery space for events, education opportunities, author readings, workshops, and exhibits, including a permanent exhibit space to promote Indigenous art from the area. They are a member-supported non-profit organization who offers free access to exhibits and work created by regional artists in its retail gallery Shop 505.
Watermark has its roots in the Bemidji Community Arts Council (BCAC) which was established in 1970. In 1981 BCAC merged with another group to form the Bemidji Community Art Center and made its home in the Historic Carnegie Library downtown Bemidji.
In October of 2012 the Art Center purchased its current permanent location, the former Lakeside Luekens Grocery at 505 Bemidji Ave and later changed the name to Watermark Art Center in 2014.
The new facility features four galleries, an education studio, and retail gallery, Shop 505. Watermark sponsors Bemidji’s “First Friday Art Walk” and coordinates July’s “Art in the Park.”