The Watermark Art Center is seeking art for the Umbrellas of Unity exhibition – Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI – Silk and tie-dye artist Mary Therese is inviting interested artists to submit umbrella designs that reflect the theme of “unity” as part of a juried exhibition at the Watermark Art Center, opening August 19 at the Kaul Gallery at Watermark.

“The umbrella symbolizes the canopy of heaven, refuge and protection. It is often recognized in art as an emblem of power and dignity; the shape of a circle, a sacred symbol for life,” said a Therese in a press release. “With this exhibition, I hope to create an atmosphere of devotion, a place where people can experience the space under the umbrellas to reflect on the images that honor and celebrate racial diversity while creating conversations and connections between peoples.”


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A painting on an umbrella shows an example of art styles sought after by silk and batik artist Mary Therese.


Selected artists will receive fabric paint and a 62″ sheet with an 8-piece white nylon shade to create their artwork for the August show. The design can be continuous or as separate panels.

The Call for Art is open until May 1st. The submission application and umbrella template are available online at


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Watermark Galleries are free and open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and are located at 505 Bemidji Ave. N

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