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?
We invite you to join us. May this endeavor contribute to a better world for all beings.
Desert Waves #3, Photograph: Prue Jeffries
Visit our galleries
Watermark Arts galleries currently feature forty artists representing all artistic media. We will continue to grow in 2017 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.
Heading into uncharted territory has us curious and excited.
We are grateful for the love of movement you share with us.
Painting: Ocean Birthings by Satya Kirsch
Watermarkings . . . Infusions of Art, Breath & Movement
Throughout 2017, an ever-changing online exhibit introducing new artists. Infuse your daily life with somatic art experiences bringing breath and beauty to you.
Moving Body: Awakening Creativity
With Elaine Colandrea, Jean-Claude van Itallie, and Megan Bathory-Peeler, September 22 – 24, 2017, Shantigar Foundation, Rowe, MA. Learn more.
A Moving Inquiry: The Art of Personal Practice
A 6-week online Continuum course, with Beth Pettengill Riley and Priscilla Auchincloss. Learn more.