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

New Somatic Cinema Films


Elemental Exhibits

Join the Water Blessing 2020 Project

Learn more. Visit the Water Blessing Project page.

Watermark Arts Journals

Watermark Arts at Omega 2020

Due to the pandemic, Omega is not opening for 2020.

I thank the Watermark Arts Creative Team and the Omega 2020 faculty for all their contributions in creating and planning the summit.

I thank everyone who wanted to participate. For many, this gathering is a yearly opportunity to come together with Continuum movers from around the globe.

Before going on, please close your eyes and rest them for a few moments. If you feel inclined, envision a vital, healthy Omega 2021 for all who work there, and for all of us who love to meet together in the beautiful Hudson Valley.

It is in the nature of fluids, of which we are composed and whose qualities inform the central tenets of Continuum, to innovate and find new ways to flow whenever there is a blockage or impediment.

I am tracking my sense of the planetary fluid intelligence – so very deep, slow, majestic in scope with unimaginable power – reshaping us all in a new developmental enfoldment.

My desire is to create new opportunities in service to this understanding.

Please stay tuned. ~ Elaine

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.

You are art, Living Art! MOVING ART CARDS Created by Elaine Colandrea & Prue Jeffries

Continuum & the Creativity of Health Series

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. 

Visit our galleries

Watermark Arts galleries currently feature fifty artists representing all artistic media. We will continue to grow in 2020 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.

Venus Landing Helen Suter Into Sunlight Robin Becker Impressions: The Three Anatomies Ellen Cohen You Bobbie Ellis Tea with Demons Jean Claude van Itallie Sea Urchin #3 Jamie McHugh The Magic of Ordinary Moments Caryn Heilman Resonant Streams by Caryn Heilman Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell Neige Bleue Carol Prieur The Breath of Winter (poem) Beth Pettengill Riley Frank at play Frank Carbone Magnolias Niki Berg Two Sides Sandra Capellaro How to Participate in Evolution (poem) Noelle Adamo

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

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Watermark Arts Performances

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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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