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

The new issue of the Watermark Arts Journal

Visit here to view the new issue of the Watermark Arts Journal, Continuum & Creativity: Poetry, Art and Interviews.

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

Touch the Sensory Flow of Life

Touch the Sensory Flow of Life

We are delighted to bring you Watermark Arts’ Fall 2018 Journal, a commingling of words and visuals offering you the sensory-rich and beauty-filled possibilities of somatic-inspired art.

The Journal opens with Beth Pettengil Riley’s reflections on a lifetime of writing, movement and Continuum. Included is our video interview with Beth on the creative process.

Next, we feature eight works by Watermark Arts’ poets. Journal designer Prue Jeffries has delved into the artistic wealth of Watermark Arts to find visual images to accompany each of the poems.

The final section brings together the remaining 10 interviews of our “Continuum & Creativity” series. These video gems, ranging 2-6 minutes each, let you watch and listen as artists describe the intimate process of creation informed by movement.

Whether you immerse yourself all at once or dip in from time to time, there is something here to move you and draw you closer to the sensory flow of life.

View the newsletter here.  View the new issue of the Journal here.

With great pleasure,

Elaine Colandrea   Priscilla Auchincloss   Prue Jeffries       Sandra Capellaro
Artistic Director      Associate Director       Media Director   Galleries Administrator

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

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