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

The 26th Annual Grand Marais Arts Festival

July 9-10, 2016

Applications for the 2016 Grand Marais Arts Festival are now open.
Applications can be found here

Please contact to be put on the mailing list.


Applications Open | January 15 

Applications Close | March 11
Notification | April 1

2016 Artist Information

Over 70 local and regional artists set up by the glistening shores of Lake Superior for two days during the peak of summer to showcase their unique handcrafted work and provide insight into their artistic process through demonstration and dialogue.

2015 Festival Directory can be found here

Meet & Greet Soiree: Friday, July 8 | at Sivertson Gallery | 7-9pm
All are welcome to come enjoy refreshments and to meet the Arts Festival artists.

Festival Hours: Saturday, July 9 from 9am-5pm & Sunday, July 10 from 10am-4pm

For Artist Links & PDFs, please scroll to bottom of page.


2015 Award Winners
Best in Show: Bob Briscoe
Best in Show Honorable Mention: Sharee Johnson
Best Booth: Gail Anderson
Best Booth Honorable Mention: Ernest Miller

2014 Award Winners
Best in Show Award: Kristine Danielson | Jewelry
Best in Show Honorable Mention: Julie Crabtree | Fiber
Best Booth Award: Jd Jorgenson | Ceramics
Best Booth Honorable Mention: Peter Jadoonath | Ceramics

2013 Award Winners
-Best in Show Award: Jason Trebs | Ceramics
-Best in Show (Honorable Mention): Betsey Harries | Mixed Media
-Best Booth Award: David Steckelberg | Drawing

2012 Award Winners:
- Best in Show Award: Dan & Frances Hedblom of Copper Elements : Booth# 43
- Best in Show (Honorable Mention): Kelly O'Brien of Silver Pines Design : Booth# 27
- Best Booth Award: Steven Weagle of Weagle Works : Booth# 24


Awards: The Grand Marais Art Colony recognizes two awards during the Arts Festival. Best Booth & Best in Show. Award winners receive recognition at the show, a commemorative ribbon for their booth and waived jury fee for the next years festival.


Artist Hospitality Room: With coffee and donuts, ligh lunch & restroom facilities

Security, Staff, Volunteers: Overnight security to protect your work. Staff & numerous volunteers to answer your questions and offer booth sitting.

Emerging Artists Classes: Two classes will be offered at the Grand Marais Art Colony for emerging artists that will aid in festival participation. Digital Portfolio Pictures and Zapplication help

Shared Booth Space (optional): Up to two artists can share a booth space. In one applicaiton, BOTH artists MUST submit 3-5 examples of artwork and BOTH artists must be accepted.

Festival Directory: a complete directory of exhibitors with website and contact information to be handed out to Festival Attendees and local businesses.

Year-round Exposure: Artwork donations on display at the Art Colony during the year until sold.

Visitor Engagement: Artist demonstrations & Friday night soiree establish a connection with attendees.

Radio Broadcast: Interviews & live broadcast during festival with local radio station 90.7 WTIP.

Arts Festival Postcard: A postcard created by the Grand Marais Art Colony for exhibiting artists to hand out to their patrons.

Community Support: Local businesses assist in promotion of the Arts Festival by including information in their e-newsletters and promo material, expanding our reach to well over 100,000 people.

ST-19 form for Artists
2016 Artist Information

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