wa·ter·shed
/ˈwôdərˌSHed,ˈwädərˌSHed/
noun
  1. 1.
    an area or ridge of land that separates waters flowing to different rivers, basins, or seas.
    synonyms: divide
    "the Mackenzie River watershed"
  2. 2.
    an event or period marking a turning point in a course of action or state of affairs.
    "these works mark a watershed in the history of music"
    synonyms: turning point, milestone, landmark
    "a watershed in the party's history"

 

·      A time when important change happens.

·      A crucial dividing point, line or factor.

·      A line of hills or mountains from which rivers drain.

·      A ridge between rivers.

·      The area of land that includes a particular river or land and all of the rivers that flow into it.

 

Across the rural expanse of western North America, population can be sparse. Our region, characterized by those on the coasts as “fly-over” states, suits us well. The big sky, vast sagebrush desert basins, majestic ranges and pristine creeks offer unparalleled solitude and insight.  Despite the rural expanses that separate us we are connected through a complex system of watersheds. As artists and specifically printmakers we stand at all corners of the continental divide, poised to affect positive social change by offering our to view the world more clearly or in different light. In April 2016, Boise will become the headwaters for a symposium that celebrates our regional similarities and diversity within the discipline of printmaking.