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

The 25th Annual Grand Marais Arts Festival

July 11-12, 2015

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.

Applications for the 2015 Grand Marais Arts Festival are now CLOSED. Interested in 2015 Grand Marais Arts Festival?  contact:

2015 Artist Info can be found here.
Request for Proposals
The Art Colony is currently seeking proposals from artists to carry out a public art project during the Arts Festival in celebration of its 25th anniversary.  Please see RFP at bottom of page and call with questions.

Meet & Greet Soiree: Friday, July 11 | at Sivertson Gallery | 7-9pm
All are welcome to come enjoy refreshments and to meet the Arts Festival artists.
Festival Hours: Saturday, July 12 from 9am-5pm & Sunday, July 13 from 10am-4pm

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

2014 Schedule of Events

Saturday, July 12

8am  -  Morning Yoga  | Sherri Moe | Harbor Beach
9am  -  Artist Booths Open | 23rd Annual Grand Marais Arts Festival BEGINS!
Many artists will be demonstrating in their booths during the festival. Look for the “D” icon beside their name on the map pages. 
9am-10:30 - Music | Bump Blomberg & Adam Moe | Harbor Park
9am-12pm - Portraits | David Hahn | Art Colony Booth | $15
9am-1pm  -  Cook County Craft & Farmers Market | Senior Center Parking Lot
9am-4pm - Art Activity | Minnesota Center for Book Arts | Art Colony Booth | Free
Learn how to Make a Simple Accordion book to fill with characters & scenes that inspire you. Teaching artists from MCBA will guide you through making the book structure, then you are invited to stay & use art materials to bring your book to life! Design the cover, add illustrations, & write your very own story!
9am-5pm - Clothesline Art Sale | Art Colony Booth
10:30am-11:30am  -  Storytelling | Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux | Harbor Park
10am-4pm - Screenprint A T-shirt or Tote| Mike Swindlehurst | Art Colony Booth | $20
10am-2pm - Fiber Demonstrations | Northwoods Fiber Guild | Johnson Heritage Post
10:30-12pm - Art Activity | Gyotaku Fish Printing w/ Cameron Norman | Art Colony Booth | $5
10:30am-3pm - SUP demos with Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply on the Harbor
11am-1pm  -  Live Radio Broadcast | 90.7 WTIP
11am-3pm - Pie Social | Johnson Heritage Post | donation
11:30am - Festival Awards | Best of Show & Best Booth | live on 90.7 WTIP 
11:45am-1:45am - Music | Michael Monroe | Harbor Park
12pm-5pm - Art Activity | Create Clay Characters w/ Denise Tennen | Art Colony Booth | Free
2pm-4pm - Music | Eric Frost | Harbor Park
5pm  -  Booths Close For The Evening | Festival continues Sunday 10am-4pm
6pm-10pm - Class |  Shoot the Moon Photography w/ Bryan Hansel | $95 | Check in: Art Colony Building
8-9pm - Music | Yvonne Mills & Co. | Free | On the lakeshore by Drury Lane Books

S u n d a y,  J u l y   1 3
10am  -  Artist Booths Open 
10am-4pm - Clothesline Art Sale | Art Colony Booth
10am-4pm - Portraits | David Hahn | Art Colony Booth | $15
10am-4pm - Art Activity | Create Clay Characters w/ Denise Tennen | Art Colony Booth | Free
10am-3pm - Screenprint A T-shirt or tote| Mike Swindlehurst | Art Colony Booth | $20
12:15pm-2:15pm - Music | Briand Morrison | Harbor Park

2014 Artists
Bob Briscoe, Ray Shelerud, Jason Trebs, Anthony Huonder, Thomas Abel, Ann Ward, Gail Rosenquist, Paul Zoldahn, Sharon Moen, Joan Farnam, Peter Jadoonath, Martye Allen, Barb Dreyer, JD Jorgenson, Maggie Anderson

Dave Steckleberg, Erica Belkholm, Kelly Beaster, Sue Rowe

Julie Crabtree, Jill Hunter, Dawnette Davis, Julie Arthur, Kim Knutson, Bonnie Gay Hedstrom, Mary MacDonald, Mary Therese, Linda Bauer, Elise Kyllo

Nancy Seaton, Anthony Michaud-Scorza, Tony Rau, Dan Neff, Millie Spry

Cheri Meyer, Candyce Fitzloff-Westfield, Sharee Johnson, Todd Hawkinson, Jennifer Nunnelee, Lissa Flemming, Jane Wolff, Melissa Carroll, Kristine Danielson, Monica Hansmeyer, Cindy Mae Swee, Rj Dege, Pam Smith, Rebecca Wicklund

David DeMattia,Tom Christiansen

Mixed Media
Betsey Harries, Annette Mattingly, Nicole Aufderhar

Douglas Cameron, Dan Mondloch, Rick Lundsten, Tim Pearson, Laura Corcoran, Jeanne Bourquin, Douglas Berg, Joyce Staley

Ryan Tischer, Benjamin Olson, John Caughlan, Jim GindorffJan Killian

Kendra Baillie, Betsy Bowen, Jerry Riach, Richard Nelson

Cynthia Anderson

Douglas Nimmo, Andrew Kringen, James Anderson, David Towley, Aryn Kern, Bill Brown, Peter Pestalozzi, Mike Loeffler


**This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.



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 Booth Set-up 101.

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
2015 Artist Information
Grand Marais Arts Festival - RFP

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