Watermark Art Center announced the opening of two exhibits: “Existential Psychoanalysis (What is Life)” by Bemidji artist Tawnee Corning and “Mixed Messages” by Lonnie Knutson. Both exhibits will be displayed in the Lakeview Gallery, with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9.

“Existential Psychoanalysis” features psychedelic portraits, with images of outer space and nature projected on them to portray the feelings that come with the struggle of finding the meaning and purpose of one’s life. The themes are inspired by Corning’s love of 1960s and 1970s music, poster art and psychedelic light shows. The project was funded, in part, by an Individual Artist’s Grant from Region 2 Arts Council in 2018.

“Mixed Messages” features abstracts in both oil and acrylic. Formerly of Bemidji, artist Lonnie Knutson now lives in Brainerd. She volunteers with Crossing Arts Alliance and has shown work throughout the region. She has created art in a variety of media for nearly 40 years. Her exhibit was made possible by a grant provided by the Five Wings Arts Council with funds from the McKnight Foundation.

The exhibits will be up through Oct. 25.

Watermark is a nonprofit art center dedicated to promoting the growth of art in the region. Learn more at watermarkartcenter.org.