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

News

Moving Art Cards

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Learn more about Moving Art Cards here.

Read the newsletter about the 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. 

Welcoming New Artists

The new issue of the Watermark Arts Journal

Visit here to view the new issue of the Watermark Arts Journal, Continuum & Creativity: Poetry, Art and Interviews.

Visit our galleries

Watermark Arts galleries currently feature fifty artists representing all artistic media. We will continue to grow in 2018 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.

 

What’s happening?

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

Paintings: Cosmic Breast Spiral and Ocean Birthings by Satya Kirsch

Breathe, Move, Create at Shantigar

A weekend workshop with Elaine Colandrea, Jean-Claude van Itallie and Megan Bathory-Peeler
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Events

Continuum & the Creativity of Health Series

Watermark Arts Performances

The Dream that led to Watermark Arts, by Elaine Colandrea

The name and vision for Watermark Arts came to me in a dreamThe dream became a dance, which was photographed by Phyllis McCabe in July 2017.

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