“Earth Matters,” an international juried contemporary art exhibit sponsored by the Surface Design Association, opens Friday, Sept. 3 at the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji.

The exhibit raises the questions, “How can we make the earth or earth materials matter while enabling innovative processes in artmaking? How do we address the issues that face the planet in ways that acknowledge our complicated relationship with manmade and natural environments?”

In addition to the Watermark exhibit, the Surface Design Association will host an online reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, featuring “Earth Matters” juror Nnenna Okore and award winners Linda Belden, Emily Sullivan Smith, Sandi Goldstein and Ruth Tabancay. Registration is required through the SDA website.

The Watermark is open to the public and there is no admission fee to view exhibits. A virtual gallery of “Earth Matters” will be available online starting Sept. 3. Galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

For more information, call 218-444-7570 or visit watermarkartcenter.org.