Grand Marais Art Colony, Grand Marais, Minnesota
120 WEST 3RD AVENUE   PO BOX 626    GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA 55604    218-387-2737

Upcoming Events:

Sculpture by Fire: Basic Fabrication and Casting
October 3 - 24, 2017; 3 Tuesdays; 5 - 8 pm; Hosted at Last Chance Fabricating

$150.00 Supplies $60.00

Making a Mark: Life Drawing
October 4 - December 20, 2017; except Nov, 1 and 22; 10 Wednesdays; 6:30pm - 9:00pm


Beginning Clay
October 4 - November 29, 2017; 8 Wednesdays; except November 22; 6 - 8 pm

$150.00 Supplies $40.00

Art as Journey II
October 5 - 8, 2017; 4 days; 9am - 4pm

$380.00 Supplies $6.00

Wool and Needle Felting (Ages 8 - 14)
October 6, 2017; 9am - Noon


Photography for Beginners
October 7 - 8, 2017; Day 1: 9am - 4pm; Day 2: 9am - Noon


Autumn Painting in Two Harbors
October 7 - 8, 2017; 2 days; 9am - 4pm


Make-a-Bowl for Empty Bowls: CLAY
Saturday, October 7, 2017; 3 - 4 pm OR 4:15 - 5:15 pm



The Fall/Winter Catalog has Arrived!

View it online or request a copy to be mailed to you.
Click here to view ALL upcoming classes.
Artist Talks, Demonstrations and hands-on Activities.

Artist Talk: The Lineage of Color with Kami Mendlik, 2017 Plein Air Juror | Sept. 15 | 11am
Artist Talk: The Art of Seeing: Developing a Visual Literacy with Hazel Belvo | Sept. 16 | 11:30am | Johnson Heritage Post
Activity: Make-a-Bowl for Empty Bowls | Sept 25 - Oct. 29: various times

See the full schedule of upcoming Artist Talks

Plein Air Grand MaraisSept. 8 - Oct. 29
  • Competition: September 8 - 15
    • Sept. 14 | Quick Paint at Artists' Point in Grand Marais
  • Exhibit: September 16 - October 29 | On display at the Art Colony and Johnson Heritage Post
Plein Air Grand Marais is a great way to connect with the artistic community of the North Shore. The festival has become known as the best place to view and purchase a scenic paintings of Cook County from acclaimed regional and national artists.

See participating artists and a full schedule here

Art Along the Lake:
Fall Studio Tour
Sept. 29 - Oct.8

Celebrate the fall while touring artist studios and galleries throughout Cook County.  Stop by the Art Colony's Gallery Store and cooperative artist studios and observe artists demonstrating their creative process.

Featured artists include:
Joan Farnam, Hannah Palma Laky, Nancy Seaton, and Natalie Sobanja

Fall Art Weekend, Oct. 19 - 22
Jump in and try your had at art-making!  During MEA, there are a variety of family friendly art activities for all ages:
Glass Coasters: morning or afternoon

The North Shore Readers and Writers Festival, Nov. 2 - 5

Registration is Open until Oct. 26!

The North Shore Readers and Writers Festival locates, celebrates, and fosters the literary arts and engagement with the written word. Readers, writers and book professionals will all find a multitude of opportunities through which to learn and engage, including classes, readings, panel discussions, and more.

Click HERE to download the registration packet, see festival artists and learn more.


The Art Colony hosts over 200 classes year-round in all skill levels. in a variety of disciplines - unleash your creative spirit today! 

Byron Bradley General Scholarships
Eric Thomas Youth Scholarships

Call us at 218-387-2737 for more information.

VISIT the Studios & Gallery Store

Open Daily | 9am - 4pm
Scroll to bottom of About Us page for resources
and plan your trip today.


The Grand Marais Art Colony
Nurturing Creativity on the North Shore
Nestled in the harbor-side village of Grand Marais, Minnesota, with direct access to Lake Superior and the BWCA wilderness, the Art Colony is a gateway for people to explore their creativity in a nurturing atmosphere.  

The Art Colony supports artists and creative seekers at every step of their creative journey from novice to professional artist through a variety of educational opportunities.  With over 200 classes, artist talks, family-friendly activities, artist services (including residencies and studio access), and artist-driven community events.

To learn more about the Art Colony, listen to this story about our historic facilities: History Speaks on WTIP.
Student testimonal: "This was my first experience at the Grand Marais Art Colony and it was wonderful!  I felt inspired by my fellow students, my talented teacher and the gorgeous area of Grand Marais!"
Whether you are a novice or experienced artist, our classes strive to meet your needs within a supportive environment.  Working under the guidance of quality instruvtors, our intimate class sizes allow for rich dialogue and learning to occur amongst our students.  All classes are open to all levels, unless otherwise noted.

The following class categories are designed to meet specific needs:

FOUNDATIONAL: For students with no experience or who want to try a medium for the first time.
EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: For students who have gained foundational knowledge in a specific medium.  See individual class prerequisites in descriptions.
STUDIO ACCESS QUALIFIER: Introduces students to the equipment and practice of a medium-specific studio to allow for independent studio use.
Group Programming
Create Your Own Art Experience!
Are you looking for a creative experience for your family or group of friends? Call us to plan something today! Enjoy a half-day, one-day, or two-day private class with a local artist instructor. A variety of options are available from printmaking to fused glass to painting.
Interested in Volunteering or Work Study options?
Join our community of dedicated volunteers and work study students who help the Art Colony thrive!  Opportunities range from administrative to facilities, events, and programmatic support.  Schedules are flexible and vary from daily to yearly or even on an as needed basis.  Inquire for more information regarding Work Study options. 

Access the Volunteer Application & Opportunities Form here.
The Art Colony is proud to be funded in part by:
Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency; Arrowhead Regional Arts Council; Cook County, Minn; Iron Range Resource and Rehabilitation Board; Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation; McKnight Foundation; Minnesota State Arts Board; and
Visit Cook County
with additional support from our generous business community and individual members.
Thank you!

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
SUPPORT the Art Colony!
Contribute to the Art Colony's transformative art experiences: 
become a Member or give a gift TODAY!  Click HERE to donate!

Planned giving and other opportunities available
For more info, contact

Become a Member

Become a member of the Grand Marais Art Colony TODAY and experience a slice of creative life on the North Shore. Benefits include event and exhibit invitations, studio and art library rental and more. Join your friends and support this historic art organization into the future.
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