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Mixing art forms: Watermark hosts joint exhibit for wildlife artists

A large moose is one of the sculptures in Watermark Art Center's new exhibit "Elements of Nature." The exhibit features the bronze sculptures of Bud Burger and the photography of John and Marilyn Walsh. (Jordan Shearer | Bemidji Pioneer) 1 / 3
John and Marilyn Walsh, center and left, speak with a visitor at Watermark Art Center's open house for the exhibit "Elements of Nature." The couple's photography is featured in the exhibit. (Jordan Shearer | Bemidji Pioneer) 2 / 3
Bud Burger speaks with a visitor at Watermark Art Center's open house for the exhibit "Elements of Nature." Burger's sculptures are featured in the exhibit. (Jordan Shearer | Bemidji Pioneer) 3 / 3

BEMIDJI -- Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art has come together to celebrate the same source of inspiration at Watermark Art Center.  

The center hosted an open house for the joint exhibit of Bud Burger and John and Marilyn Walsh on Wednesday night. The exhibit features the photography of the Walshes and the bronze sculptures of Burger. Although presented in different art forms,the sculptures and the photography both feature wildlife and scenery from Africa and North America.

“It was a great opportunity for us to mix the medias together,” said Lori Forshee-Donnay, Watermark executive director.

The Watermark Art Center doesn’t typically host two artists under the same exhibit. However, Forshee-Donnay said the large space of the new building allowed for the combination of artists that naturally seemed to fit together. With Burger’s sculptures on pedestals and the Walshes’ photography on the walls, Foshee-Donnay said it helped use the whole space the Gallery had to offer.

“I think they’re both strong enough to stand on their own, but it’s really exciting because the space is so large,” Forshee-Donnay said.

The exhibit will be on display at Watermark Art Center throughout the summer. However, the large moose sculpture, the largest piece in the exhibit, will only be on display through June 27 since it has been sold.

Jordan Shearer

Jordan Shearer covers crime and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. A Rochester native and Bemidji State grad, he previously spent several years in western Nebraska writing for the Keith County News. Follow him on Twitter @Jmanassa

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