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

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.

 

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.
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Events

Coming next summer at Omega

Recent Videos

Featured Artist

Welcoming New Artist

Continuum & Creativity

News

The Watermark Arts Newsletter

Like falling leaves

Like falling leaves

Like falling leaves in the Northeast U.S., this Watermark Arts newsletter makes a gentle landing in your mailbox, bringing somatic-inspired art to you.  Read the newsletter here.

First, please join us for a live performance, including the dance poem, My Body of Water (2-min. video), all part of The Moving Body Festival in New York City:

Watermarkings: An Evening of Dance & Poetry
Saturday, November 10 at 8 pm
Moving Body Resources
112 W 27th St. (between 6th & 7th Ave) Suite 402, New York, NY 10001

With Noelle Adamo, Megan Bathory-Peeler, Sandra Capellaro, Elaine Colandrea, Melanie Gambino, Caryn Heilman, Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell, Dana Rudikoff and Robin Becker Dancers Lisa Clementi, Lacey Ann Moore, Nicole Sclafani

Second, watch two new interviews, both with dancers, speaking on Continuum in dance, creativity and life, as part of our creativity series:

  • Nicole Sclafani, of Robin Becker Dance (Into Sunlight), and
  • Linda Rabin, Canadian dance pioneer and Continuum teacher.

Dance embodies the reality of change, carrying us along the edge between where we have been and what is to come, with beauty making it bearable. As the seasons shift, Watermark Arts is delighted to offer you the nourishment of creative expression.

Enjoy,
Elaine

(Image: Leaves #1, Prue Jeffries)

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