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

In the Heart of the Cave

Filmed on location in Matera, Southern Italy, a Unesco World Heritage site and European Cultural Capital for 2019. The cave town of Matera is one of the earth's oldest civilizations, inhabited continuously since Neolithic times. The landscape of Matera is filled with rupestri, or cave churches, which have drawn spiritual seekers for millennia.

NY based choreographer and dancer Elaine Colandrea, whose grandparents are from the Basilicata region of Southern Italy, performs In the Heart of the Cave.  She has taught Continuum in these beautifully renovated earth wombs for well over a decade.

Music: AVE - Composed by Morena Boschetto with vocals from Simona Arbizzani & Morena Boschetto.

Filmed & edited by Prue Jeffries

A Watermark Arts project - first in a series filmed in Matera in 2018.

Visit our galleries

Watermark Arts galleries currently feature fifty artists representing all artistic media. We will continue to grow in 2018 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.

 

The Watermark Arts Newsletter

New Art Videos for the Holiday Season

New Art Videos for the Holiday Season

The Watermark Arts newsletter for the holiday season 2018 features a new video, “In the Heart of the Cave,” filmed on location in Matera, Southern Italy.  The performance is by NY-based choreographer and dancer Elaine Colandrea, whose grandparents are from the Basilicata region of Southern Italy.  With music composed by Morena Boschetto with vocals from Simona Arbizzani & Morena Boschetto. Filmed & edited by Prue Jeffries.

The newsletter also welcomes artist Raine Brown to Watermark Arts with a video poem “Hidden Warrier.”  And there’s a new video in the Continuum and Creativity series featuring Sharon Weil.

Plus, remember to save the date for the 2019 Somatic Movement Summit at Omega, June 30-July 5.

View the newsletter here.

All of us at Watermark Arts wish you an art full Thanksgiving Holiday weekend!
The Watermark Arts Creative Team,
Elaine, Priscilla, Prue & Sandra

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

Somatic Movement Summit: The Creativity of Health, Mirroring Nature, June 30 – July 5, 2019

Watermark Arts will return to Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY in summer 2019.
Learn More

Events

Coming next summer at Omega

Watermark Arts Performances

Featured Artist

Welcoming New Artist

Continuum & Creativity Interview Series

News

Watermark Arts in Italy

Visit here to view the first issue of the Watermark Arts JOURNAL, The Artistry of Water.

The Dream that led to Watermark Arts, by Elaine Colandrea

The name and vision for Watermark Arts came to me in a dreamThe dream became a dance, which was photographed by Phyllis McCabe in July 2017.

Opening image: Kathy Cassens photograph, Morphic Memory, choreography Elaine Colandrea. Contact page: The Nature of the Body video by Elaine Colandrea