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Two new exhibits opening at Watermark

"Debwewin" by artist Kent Estey will be part of the "Madwewe -- It Is Heard" exhibit at the Watermark Art Center from Jan. 11 to March 30. Submitted art.

BEMIDJI—Watermark Art Center announces the opening reception of "Madwewe—It Is Heard" in the Miikanan Gallery from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11. Artists Kent Estey, Rod Northbird, Angela Two Stars and Xilam Balam Ybarra will be featured in this multimedia exhibit.

Madwewe reflects on how we make ourselves heard. There are so many ways to hear culture—through songs, words, sounds and more. From instruments to images, this exhibit will share the stories that reassure us of the rich and beautiful diversity in the indigenous world. View the exhibit at Watermark through March 30.

In addition to the opening reception, there will be other associated programs happening throughout the Madwewe exhibit. At 6 p.m. on Feb. 7, Estey will give an artist talk titled "Picking Sweet Grass With Ma." From 5-7 p.m. on March 1, Ybarra will give a special presentation. More details for each of these events will be posted on Watermark's website.

Watermark will also feature the exhibit "On Native Land" in the Lakeview Gallery from Jan. 7 to March 24. There will be no opening reception, but the public is invited to an artist reception the following month, held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1 with an artist talk at 6 p.m. "On Native Land" is a photography exhibit featuring the work of Joseph Allen, Nina Devlin, David Manuel and E. Jourdain Jr. The exhibit celebrates the diversity and importance of land to indigenous communities.

The public has a unique opportunity to be part of "On Native Land" by submitting photos for a collage to be displayed on one exhibit wall. Submit your nature photos via Facebook or Instagram by posting them on your personal profile with the hashtags #OnNativeLand #WatermarkArtCenter in the caption. You must use both hashtags to enter. If your piece is accepted, you will receive a private message by the exhibit juror, Joseph Allen. Submissions will be open throughout the duration of the exhibit, but pieces must be accepted by Jan. 29 to be up for the artist reception. All people with a relationship to land are encouraged to enter.

Watermark Art Center is a nonprofit dedicated to encouraging the growth of art. They are located at 505 Bemidji Ave N, downtown Bemidji. Follow them online at watermarkartcenter.org, as well as on Facebook and Instagram.

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