Welcome to Watermark Arts

Watermark Arts brings together somatic awareness and artistic expression in the belief that both are essential aspects in creating a more humane and peaceful world.

The word soma, from the Greek somatikos, implies a fullness of presence in the living, sensate, wholeness of bodily being. With awareness of the integrity of the body, comes a felt experience of the interconnection of all living things as part of a larger whole.

In our modern, technologically-advanced era, somatic explorers exist near the cultural edge, holding this way of wholeness in the face of a widespread and pervasive sense of fragmentation.

Artists, too, live at the edge of culture, working with revolutionary ideas and symbolic messages encoded in dance, poetry, stories, music and visual art. As culture creators throughout history, artists have brought about substantive, peaceful change in society.

These times call on us to become generators of the culture we wish to live in. Creative acts show up in all aspects of life — in art, in teaching, in community-building. Watermarks asks, What happens when these creative acts are informed by somatic awareness? Can we bring into being a world permeated by a sense of wholeness and interconnection?

Elaine Colandrea
Artistic Director

Enlight and Desert Waves #3, Photographs by Prue Jeffries

Watermark Arts Journals


Welcoming New Artists

World Water Year 2021

The World Water Law is a global citizen's initiative from codes.earth/waterlaw. Featuring water from Australia, Italy and the US, filmed & edited by Prue Jeffries, narrated by Elaine Colandrea.
From WatermarkArts.org to celebrate World Water Year 2021 and World Water Day, March 22, 2021.

Visit our galleries

Watermark Arts galleries currently feature fifty artists representing all artistic media. We will continue to grow in 2021 with more somatically inspired art. Please use the menu at the top to visit galleries and learn more about individual artists, or click on any image in the slideshow.  You can see all the artists on this page.

Moving Art Cards


Created by Elaine Colandrea and Prue Jeffries, each card offers an image and a somatic practice to deepen awareness to your felt, sensed experience. Enhance your personal practice and increase your embodied presence, artfully! Learn more about Moving Art Cards here.

A Moving Inquiry: The Art of Personal Practice

by Beth Pettengill Riley and Priscilla Stanton Auchincloss

Is it possible to remain connected to the wholeness of embodied experience, as modern life becomes increasingly disembodied, fragmented and fast-moving? Many people hunger for a meaningful movement practice, but struggle to find it. The movement practice offered in this book is an inquiry into the nature of human flourishing. Our lives are made of movements, and bringing an organizing consciousness to our moment-by-moment experience opens a flow of intelligence from the natural world through our senses and tissues. Instead of living “on the surface,” we can know ourselves as part of nature’s body, connected to nature’s life force. This book is a guide to establishing a personal movement practice that can serve as the foundation of daily life, with the body itself as teacher.   Learn more. 

Continuum & the Creativity of Health Series

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We are grateful for the love of movement you share with us.

Paintings: Cosmic Breast Spiral and Ocean Birthings by Satya Kirsch

Watermark Arts returns to Omega!

Coming in Summer 2022: Elemental Movement for Creative Wellbeing: A Continuum Retreat
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An Invitation to Wade Into the Miraculous

The miracle of nature can be a resource during times of stress. We, and the planet, are filled with the elemental mystery of water.
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Watermark Arts Performances

Opening image: Kathy Cassens photograph, Morphic Memory, choreography Elaine Colandrea. Contact page: The Nature of the Body video by Elaine Colandrea

Learn more about our programs, series, and projects.

  • Continuum & Creativity Interview Series

    Interviews with artist-practitioners exploring how continuum enlivens their artistic practice (and vice versa). Learn more.

  • Continuum & the Creativity of Health Series

    Interviews with continuum practitioners focusing on the relationship between continuum and health. Learn more.

  • Watermark Arts Journal

    The Journal, published twice a year, presenting writing, art, and photography. Learn more.

  • Water Blessing Project

    An invocation to water and to self-inquiry in service to the whole of existence Learn more.

  • The Artists

    Over 70 artists have their works represented on our website. Learn more.

  • Workshops

    Watermark Arts presents programs at Omega Institute, Shantigar, and Italy. Learn more.

  • Watermark Arts Performances

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  • Watermarkings

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  • Continuum Demonstrations

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