Blessing exhibit opens Dec. 3 at Watermark

In the gallery show "Thirteen: Nonconformity," Alice Blessing's finger-painted art explores themes of anti-racism and gender.

Paintings by Alice Blessing will be displayed in the exhibit "Thirteen: Nonconformity" opening Dec. 3, 2021 in the Lakeview Gallery at the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji. Contributed / Watermark Art Center

“Thirteen: Nonconformity” by Alice Blessing opens Friday, Dec. 3 in the Lakeview Gallery at the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji, with an open house from 5 to 7 p.m.

With her newest series of bold and bright portraits of children, Blessing journeys through the developmental consequences of patriarchy and systemic oppression.

According to a Watermark press release, Blessing’s art has evolved from exploring feminism and puberty to addressing intersectionality, gender and diversity.

The community-based, northern Minnesota artist teaches anti-racism and accessibility while painting with her fingers.

Watermark galleries are free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 505 Bemidji Ave. N. For more information, visit or call 218-444-7570. Masks are required for all indoor visitors.

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