Watermark Arts Interdependence Day Performance, July 4, 2018, at Omega

Please savor this reminiscence of somatic-inspired dance, poetry and music.

What an appropriate way to spread that vibrant spirit of our workshop to the entire Arts Week community at Omega!

We bow to all the creators and performers for their incredibly beautiful offerings.

Special thanks to drummer Steve Leicach and his workshop group who helped bring the audience to its dancing feet.

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Independence and freedom mean the world to me, but not without an understanding of how every person affects every other, in everything they do. Through a life in movement practice, my awareness of, and trust in, the primary interdependence of everything has grown. How can any relationship be healthy, if interconnectedness is not centrally and mutually acknowledged?

The Omega Somatic Movement Summit enabled participants to feel – to viscerally perceive – the reality of interconnection as it occurs within one’s own complex organism, an inner experience that subtly and progressively restores our interdependent belonging within the larger community and biome. — Elaine

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

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.


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

“Moving Body” at Shantigar

With Elaine Colandrea, Megan Bathory-Peeler, and  Jean-Claude van Itallie, at the Shantigar Foundation, 63 Davenport Road, Rowe, Mass., Oct 5 – 7.  The fluidly moving body awakens the deep ocean of creativity and intelligence within.  (More information to come.)

Watermarkings . . . Infusions of Art, Breath & Movement

An ever-changing online exhibit introducing new artists. Infuse your daily life with somatic art experiences bringing breath and beauty to you.  View the Watermarkings.

A Moving Inquiry: The Art of Personal Practice

A 6-week online Continuum course, with Beth Pettengill Riley and Priscilla Auchincloss.  We are currently transforming this offering into a self-guided course. Learn more.

Watermarkings . . . Infusions of Art, Breath & Movement

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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.

A Moving Inquiry: The Art of Personal Practice
A 6-week Online Continuum Course

with Beth Pettengill Riley and Priscilla Auchincloss

We are currently transforming this offering into a self-guided course. Stay tuned.

A question for our time: Is it possible to remain connected to our physical experience, and the treasure of creativity and wholeness that’s inherent there, as the world changes at so rapid a pace? If there’s one thing that flows through all the ways a person could valuably work with their physicality, it is the sense of inquiry.

In collaboration with Watermark Arts, Beth Pettengill Riley and Priscilla Auchincloss are creating an online program to guide you towards your true teacher: your own body. The purpose of this course is to help you establish a personal movement practice that serves as the foundation of your daily life.

Our lives are made of movements, and by bringing an organizing consciousness to our bodies through a personal movement practice, there’s a flow of intelligence from the natural world through our senses and tissues. Instead of living “on the surface,” we can know ourselves as part of nature’s body. This is all the more critical in the increasingly disembodied and fragmented modern times we live in. For those of us who, by fate or choice, find ourselves to be “movement people”, it is time to truly walk our talk and bring forward the wisdom of the body.

Watermark Arts in New Haven, CT

Watermarkings...somatic inspired art, dance & poetry at The Barn, New Canaan CT, May 5, 2018. Artistic Director Elaine Colandrea with Megan Bathory-Peeler, Robin Becker, Lisa Clementi, Ellen Cohen, Melanie Gambino, Lacey Ann Moore, Nicole Sclafani and special guest artist Florence Suerig. Music: Morena Boschetto Video footage and editing: Hannah Tobias. Thank you to hosts Holly & Bill Mensching. Copyright Elaine Colandrea & Watermark Arts.