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

12th Annual Plein Air Grand Marais

September 5-28, 2014

Artists leave the studio and venture into the great outdoors to celebrate the unique beauty of the North Shore landscape. Witness blank canvasses become exquisite moments in local history. Competition area is anywhere in Cook County, MN-from the Canadian Border to the Caribou River in Schroeder.

ADD A DISTINCT NORTH SHORE MOMENT TO YOUR HOME COLLECTION.

Plein Air Grand Marais 2014 IS FULL
Call (218)387-2737 to be placed on the waitlist or to sign up to be a non-exhibiting artist.

2014 Schedule of Events 2014 Juror | Bonnie Paruch
Bonnie Paruch is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America. She has been published by International Pastel Artist, and International Artist Magazine, where she was identified as one of “Americas leading landscape painters.” She was heralded as an “Artist to Collect” by Southwest Art Magazine. Bonnie has won major awards at Plein Air competitions around the country. In 2013 Bonnie released her new book, A Brush with Life. She welcomes visitors to her studio & gallery in Door County, WI. bonnieparuchart.com

Meet our Juror:

Lecture with Bonnie

Friday, September 12 | 11am | East Bay Suites

Class with Bonnie
A Brush with Life

September 13-14 (optional 3rd day on September 15) | 9am-4pm
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2014 Purchase Award Sponsors
Liz Horstman
Jon Weber, Jean Laing-Weber, & Suzanne Weber
Anderson's North Shore Resort
Mangy Moose Motel
Dockside Fish Market
Cascade Vacation Rentals

2014 Event Sponsors
Grand Marais State Bank
Boreal Access
North Shore Oil & Propane
East Bay Suites
White Pine North

More to be announced soon...

2014 Participating Artists
Richard AbrahamMatt AndersonJudith AndersonDuane BarnhartDoug Berg, Daria Blanton, Kristin Blomberg, Jerri Jo BrandtCarl BretzkeMary Ann Cleary, Elfi Cook, Chris Copeland, Judy Czank-Mayor, Tom Dimock, Virginia Dudley, Allison EklundBridget ErteltAndy EvansenLaura Frykman, Dave Gilsvik, Nancy Gongoll, Paula GustafsonEmily HaddadMarva HarmsCarol HolmbladMatt Kania, Laurie Kania, Cynthia KathJeanne KnightStephen Kraseman, Matt Lebens, Dianne LewisKathy LitwinBob LuedtkeElizabeth Manfredi, Cynthia Markle, Tom  McGregor, Lauren McKinnon, Susan McLean-KeeneySpencer  MeagherBarbara NickersonSusan Novak, Tom  Pace, Tim PearsonSandi Pillsbury-GredzensDavid Rickert, Stephen Ronald, Kathy Schur, Katherine SegerNeil Sherman, Sheila Smith, Joyce StaleyLisa Stauffer, Peter Stetsko, Richard StrykerBob Upton, Ken  Valentas, Michelle WeglerStephen Wysocki, Ivan Zassavitski

Learn : Observe : Purchase
The North Shore of Lake Superior is juxtaposed between inspiration and recreation with a deeply rooted connection to the arts that is the envy of many communities. Since 1947 the Art Colony has maintained a strong relationship between outdoor recreation and artistic pursuit due to Art Colony founder Birney Quick’s vision to form an outdoor painting school. Many aspiring and professional artists have sought creative guidance and instruction at the Art Colony, all contributing to the growth and formation of this community. 
 
Plein Air Grand Marais is a great way to connect with the artistic community of the North Shore. The reputation of this festival precedes itself, having become known as the best place to view and purchase a wide variety of local scenic paintings from acclaimed regional and national artists.

 
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Observe
Fri, Sept 5 – Thurs, Sept 11: County-wide
Plein Air Grand Marais is an outdoor painting competition in which artists have 7 days to capture the 3,340 square miles of Cook County.  Blank canvas turns into fresh works of art depicting this scenic landscape.

Spend the day on the look-out for artists at work. Once an artist has been spotted, watch as the painting unfolds under the mastery of the artist’s brush.

Observe | Sugarloaf Cove Paint Out
Saturday, September 6, 1 – 4pm @ Sugarloaf Cove in Schroeder
Watch artists capture the beauty of Sugarloaf Cove!  One of the best components of the Plein Air Painting Competition is having the opportunity to watch artists work as they turn blank canvas into snapshots of iconic North Shore moments.
 
View | Red Suspender Invitational
Tues – Wed, Sept 9 – 10, 1 – 3pm @ the Art Colony
Talk shop with artists, learn about their techniques, pry out their favorite painting locations. On display will be work from the Red Suspender Invitational, a bracketed single elimination style competition category.
{What is the Red Suspender Invitational? Click here}
 
Observe | Artists' Point: Quick Paint
Thurs, Sept 11, 4 – 5:30 @ Artists' Point in Grand Marais
During this category event, artists have 90 minutes to complete a painting.  With a shot gun start and finish, artists battle weather, wind and waves in this entertaining spectacle that produces incredible art!  A great opportunity to see over 50 artists scattered over Artist Point, truly bringing the tombolo’s name to life.  Bring something to throw on the grill and meet the artists after the event.

Watch footage from the 2011 Plein Air Quick Paint event here. To see what it is all about.

Purchase | Exhibit & Opening Reception
September 13-28 (open daily 10am-4pm)  @ the Johnson Heritage Post in Grand Marais
View 200+ Cook County landscape paintings captured by 70 artists during the Plein Air painting competition.  Artists had 7 days to paint anywhere outdoors in Cook County.  View the rugged landscape through the artist eye.  All artwork is for sale.

Opening Reception: Friday, September 12 from 5-7pm
 


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Purchase: This is an excellent opportunity to obtain an original painting of the North Shore for your home or business. As the landscape continues to evolve and change due to population increase, climate change and natural deterioration – a painter has the unique ability to preserve not only the coup d'oeil but also the emotion of the landscape before it is lost forever.

To become a Purchase Award Sponsor, complete and mail this form to the Grand Marais Art Colony, PO Box 626, Grand Marais, MN 55604
 


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Artists | Participate: Experience a vibrant art scene against the majestic backdrop of Lake Superior, the greatest fresh water lake in the world, and the Sawtooth Mountains featuring the most vertical relief in the Midwest.



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2013 Competition Winners See all the Main Competition, Quick Paint & Night Paint paintings on Facebook.

Artists | 2013 Artists (FULL! waitlist available)
Richard  Abraham, Judith Anderson, Connie Ash, Brenda Behr, Doug Berg, Daria Blanton, Kristin Blomberg, Robert Bonawitz, Jerri Jo Brandt, Carl Bretzke, Mary Ann Cleary, Kathy  Clouse, Christopher Copeland, Rita Corrigan, Mary  K. Cowan, Jack Dant, Derek Davis, Tom  Dimock, Virginia Dudley, Allison Eklund, Joi Electa, Lee Englund, John Franz, Laura Frykman, Jonathan Gaetke, Dave Gilsvik, Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens, Paula Gustafson, John Heckman, Peter F. Hinze, Gary Hittle, Kari Hogden, Carol Holmblad, Shirley  Hove, Isaiah Johns, Matt Kania, Laurie Kania, Cynthia  Kath, Susan Klem, Jeanne Knight, Mark Larson, Matt Lebens, Cheryl LeClair-Sommer, Diane Lewis, Kathy  Litwin, Bob Luedtke, Dan Mackerman, Ken Marshall, Kenneth Marunowski, Tom  McGregor, Spencer Meagher, Jay Meagher, Joanne Meierhofer, Kim Mikulich, Susan Novak, Pat Owen, Cindy Pawluk, Kathleen Schur, Katherine Seger, Neil Sherman, Joyce Staley, Lisa Stauffer, Holly Stone, Richard  Stryker, Geraline (Gerry) Tostenson, Bob Upton, Ken Valentas, Michelle Wegler, William Whalberg, Steven Wysocki

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2013 Juror: Ken DeWaard
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Ken DeWaard finds there is nothing more rewarding and challenging than painting under an open sky, surrounded by the scents and sounds of nature, with its ever-changing color and harmonies to excite one's creativity. Ken has worked en plein air for the past 24 years and participates in many national competitions. Trained in the figure in Chicago, Ken evolved his style by traveling on location to learn about the artists who preceeded him. Ken resides with his wife and children in Wisconsin.

2013 Purchase Award Sponsors
$1,000  -  Backlund Realty 
$500  -  Cascade Vacation Rentals
$500  -  Grand Marais State Bank
$400 -   Lake Superior Trading Post
$300  -  Dockside Fish Market
$300  -  Betsy Bowen Studios
$300 -   Don & Lois Quest
$300 -   North Shore Federal Credit Union
$300 -  Hedstrom Lumber Company
$300 - Johnson's Foods
$300 - Jon Weber & Jean Laing-Weber, Suzanne Weber
more to be announced...

Event Sponsors
Cascade Lodge & Restaurant




Congratulations to our 2012 Plein Air Competition Winners!

1st Place: Susan Novak
2nd Place: David Gilsvik
3rd Place: Spencer Meagher

Night Paint: Matt Kania
Quick Paint: Christopher Copeland
People's Choice: Lisa Stauffer

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2012 Plein Air Juror : Jan Sivertson
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2012 Participating Artists (updated weekly-check back often)
Scott Lloyd Anderson, Heidi Arneson, Duane Barnhart, Doug Berg, Edna Blanchard, Kristin Blomberg, Jerri Jo Brandt, Mary Ann Cleary, Christopher Copeland, Rita Corrigan, Mary Cowan, Derek DavisKarlyn Eckman, Joi Electa, Lee Englund, Bridget Ertelt, John Franz, David Gilsvik, Paula Gustafson, Jay Hanson, Marva Harms, Megan Heikes, Kari Hogden, Aaron Jacobs, Matt Kania, Jeanne Knight, Donna LaBeau, Cheryl LeClair-Sommer, Dianne Lewis, Bob Luedtke, Kenneth Marunowski, Tom McGregor, Spencer Meagher, Dianne Michels, Susan Novak, Kara Pavelich, Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens, Neil Sherman, Lisa Stauffer, Richard Stryker, Ann Tristani, Bob Upton, Ken Valentas, Michelle Wegler

2012 Purchase Award Sponsors:

$500 - Cascade Vacation Rentals - "Reflecting Artists Point" by Lisa Stauffer & "Welcome" by Pat Owen
$500 - Joynes' Ben Franklin - "Cascade River" by Bob Upton
$500 - Grand Marais State Bank - "Falls at the Kadunce" by John Franz
$500 - The Weber Family - "Old Shore" by David Gilsvik & "Distant Shore" by David Gilsvik
$300 - Dockside Fish Market - "Fishing Shacks" by Spencer Meagher
$300 - Lake Superior Trading Post -
$300 -North Shore Federal Credit Union - "Sailing into the Light" by Diane Michaels
$300 - Johnson's Foods -
$300 - Hedstrom's Lumber - "Retired" by Jay Hanson & "Superior Hiking Trail" by Richard Stryker
$300 -Grand Marais Family Dentistry - "Grand Marais Across the Bay" by Lisa Stauffer

Event Sponsors:
Cascade Lodge, Restaurant & Pub
Solbakken Resort


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2011 Participating Artists ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Cheryl Anderson, Michael Anderson, Scott Lloyd Anderson, Connie Ash, Mary Beams, Edna Blanchard, Daria Blanton, Kristin Blomberg, Jerri Jo Brandt, Mary Ann Cleary, Christopher Copeland, Mary K. Cowan, Carolyn Dry, Scott Eckberg, Karlyn Eckman, Joi Electa, Allison Eklund, Jan Marie Erickson, John R. Franz, David Gilsvik, Nancy Gongoll, Paula Gustafson, Rosemary Guttormsson, David Hahn, Kari Hogden, Mila Horak, Sara Leadholm, Cheryl LeClair-Sommer, Diane LaMere, Misha Martin, Tom McGregor, Pat Owen, Matt Kania, Jeanne Knight, Susan Novak, Sandi Pillsbury, Neil Sherman, Lisa Stauffer, Holly Stone, Richard Stryker, Michelle Wegler, Ken Valentas

Congratulations to our 2011 Plein Air Competition Winners!

1st Place: Scott Lloyd Anderson
2nd Place: Susan Novak
3rd Place: Christopher Copeland

Night Paint: Michelle Wegler
Quick Paint: Neil Sherman
People's Choice: Lisa Stauffer

A big THANKS to our 2011 Purchase Award Sponsors:
$750 Sponsor Level
Lake Superior Trading Post - 218-387-2020
selected: Christopher Copeland's "Artist Point, Breaking Dawn"

$500 Sponsor Level
Joynes Ben Franklin - 218-387-2233
selected: Cheryl Anderson's "Water Blessing" & Kari Hogden's "The Milky Way"
Grand Marais State Bank - 218-387-2441
selected: Joi Electa's "Under the Bridge at Judge Magney"
Cascade Vacation Rentals - 800-950-4361
selected: Paula Gustafson's "Cascade River"

$300 Sponsor Level
North Shore Federal Credit Union - 218-387-1312
selected: Holly's Stone's "Old Timers"
Laing-Weber Family
selected: Kristin Blomberg's "Rocks on Artist Point" & Kari Hogden's "An Evening at Artist Point"
Dockside Fish Market - 218-387-2906
selected: David Hahn's "Hjordis"
Hedstrom Lumber Company - 218-387-2995
selected: Cheryl Anderson's "Backroad Pond"
Grand Marais Family Dentistry - 218-387-2774
selected: Kristin Blomberg's "Summers End" & John Franz's "Deronda Bay" & "Sailboat. Dry Dock"
Ciceron Creative. Business. Marketing. People. - 1-877-275-9805
selected: Chery LeClair-Sommer's "As Dusk Settles In" & Michele Wegler's "Nocturne"

$200 Sponsor Level
Fabyanske Family
selected: Allison Eklund's "Rain, undecided" & Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens' "Sugarloafing with Allie"

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