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May 24 – August 24, 2013

Education Gallery

In conjunction with the citywide “Year of the River” celebration in 2013, Watermark, a local and regional artists’ collective made up of members  Rod Bradfield, Trevor Bridgewater, Zac Chambers, John Davidson, David Erickson, Joanne Fiscus, John Gardner, Sujata Gopalan, Jim Loney, Heather Loney, Laura Mason, Petra Nyendick, Edie Richards, Stephanie Standish, Todd Stokes and Susan Tingley, will install a rectangular pad of 30 stepping stones in Fairbanks Park. Each stepping stone will measure 24 x 24 inches and contain an image specific in concept to the Wabash River, including flora and fauna, water vehicles and the industrial history of the River.

Watermark: The Wabash River presents 15 drawings by the collective that are loosely based on the designs used to embellish the stepping stones.  Accompanying each drawing will be a short text paragraph, explaining the significance of the image and its relevance to the Wabash River.

A reception for Watermark: The Wabash River will be held at the Swope on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 3-5 pm and a dedication and reception for the stepping stone project will take place in Fairbanks Park, Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 2 pm

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More than a decade ago, Watermark Community Church sought to create a new home for their church that appealed to the dead-churched, de-churched and un-churched.

They purchased land with an existing office building and partnered with OMNIPLAN to create a long-term masterplan to develop a campus that served their needs. The four-phase plan would allow them to build debt-free as God made funds available, and reflected the church’s core values of authenticity, integrity, warmth and community.

Now complete, Watermark is known locally as a vibrant space, bustling with activity seven days a week. The facility was designed for the people who make up the church, to be the Church to the community. Thus, all buildings are focused around a town square for community gathering and social activities, acting as the multi-functional heart of the urban campus.

  1. See how the leadership planned out the ministry impact throughout the campus and over the build plan.
  2. Learn how the building masterplan was designed and constructed.
  3. Discover how the campus is used throughout the week to serve the congregation and community.
  4. Observe the A/V/L tech that was installed and hear why they chose it.

Space is limited to 50 attendees.

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  3. Mixed media trench coat
  4. Red poppies paintings

Third Coast Chamber Collective Festival set at Watermark Art Center

The performance, called "Songs of Our Home," is a celebration of the rich and diverse heritage of nationalities that immigrated to the Iron Range and whose legacy, culture and traditions are still deeply rooted in the area, a release said.

"The Collective is comprised of artists who perform internationally and have appeared in the world’s most renowned concert halls from Russia, Poland, Paraguay and the United States," the release said. "They've come together to explore the beauty of compositions inspired by Scandinavian and Bohemian landscapes and traditional melodies."

To purchase tickets, visit Attendees are asked to wear masks during the event. To learn more about the festival and other performances in the area, visit

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The Individual and the Collective in WATERMARK

The documentary, WATERMARK, presents narratives of both the “natural” world and environmental change, from the perspectives of the collective and the individual (the outhouse and the mansion). This dual story creates an interesting, yet slightly problematic narrative. The communities and processes (tanning, dam-building, farming, etc.) presented in the documentary are cohesive units. The abalone-fishing village is a unit. Each family has a plot, but all of the plots are tied together to prevent total destruction during a typhoon. I appreciated learning about this lifestyle and how this community grapples with the effects of climate change, but I found that the focus on the photographer, Edward Burtynsky, undercut the collective narrative. Whether or not he is respected photographer, it was frustrating that his perspective united the film. His photography may make people more aware of water disparity across the world, but he is seemingly not affected by it. The director, Jennifer Baichwal’s decision to include Burtynsky especially frustrated me when he spoke of his career as a gateway to nature “[he] understood what nature is, [he’s] learned to understand what is there before we come, before we change it” because of his photography. His claim to “understand” nature is positioned in his unique and personal experiences, but nature is not experienced solely by the individual and is not an object of art, except when someone is in the privileged position to do so. Burtynsky’s synthesis of his career is an anthropocentric one because it depends on him and his existence in relation to nature, which it centralizes nature in himself for his enjoyment. Due to his opinion’s presentation later in the documentary, it comes to signify a synthesis of the film as if individuals must go into nature and encounter it to understand how it exists before people will change it.

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At first, there were two. Sarah and Tricia were a couple of creatives, both sharing a common design hub space. This opened the door for collaborations on numerous projects, sometimes with a joint goal, sometimes as client and designer. Fast forward 10 years to today when they join forces again, but this time bringing finely developed new skills to a brand new collaborative table.  And better still, they've invited other carefully picked like-minded individuals to join their table to form an inspired collective. It's a combination that works. Very well. 







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Graphic design: brochures, brand identities, packaging, websites, online marketing, shop & cafe signage. 

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Qualified Accountancy, Project Appraisals, Sensitivity Analysis, Bid Presentations, Internal and External Reporting, Benchmarking, Art & Architecture History.

Editing and Copywriting, Heritage Projects, Funding Strategies, Publishing, Volunteer Communications, Small Business Start-Ups, Interactive Quiz Books, Event Planning, Wine Tastings. 


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