Watermark Art Center exhibit focuses on color, nature

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Watermark Art Center presents "Bagakaande - It is brightly colored" in the Miikanan Gallery from July 2 through Aug. 28.

This joint show features the work of Sarah McRae and DG House. These artists are both painters who share a love of color and the natural world, each with ties to Minnesota landscapes.

"We are very excited to showcase these talented artists and bring their work to our community," said Karen E. Goulet, Miikanan Gallery program director. "These women share a distinct use of bold color and this exhibit will be a vibrant intersection of work that reflects on their memories and connections to our woodlands."

Sarah McRae of the Red Lake Nation is an emerging artist who grew up in Minnesota. She received her bachelor's in art education from Concordia College in Moorhead and her master's in graphics from UW-Madison. Her artwork references traditional Ojibwe floral aesthetic in delicate and complex arrangements of elements and design. There is an ephemeral quality to her work that remembers traditional patterns in new ways that vibrate with life and possibility. McRae currently lives in Madison, Wis., where she has been an art teacher at Velma Hamilton Middle School since 1996.

DG House of the Cherokee Tribe of northeast Alabama has lasting memories of an earlier time spent in Minnesota's northern wilderness. She now resides in Montana, living along the Gallatin River. As a painter and photographer, she is always aware of the world around her. This is apparent in the animated animal subjects that are predominant in her work. A prolific artist, she has received numerous honors and awards, has exhibited around the country and is currently the guest artist in both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

There will be an artist reception on July 26 from 5-7 p.m. where attendees can meet McRae and learn more about her work. Further details about the exhibit can be found online at watermarkartcenter.org. Watermark is located at 505 Bemidji Ave N and is open seven a week. Admission is free.