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

October 30 - November 23, 2013
Thursday, Oct 30
Annual Member Meeting - 4pm
Opening Reception - 5-7pm

Exhibit runs through Sunday, November 23

The Grand Marais Art Colony annual Member Show & Sale provides an opportunity for artists to share their inspiration with each other and the public.  You won't want to miss this quality exhibit with dynamic pieces in a variety of price ranges.

Attention Artists - Artwork is due by Wednesday, Oct. 22
Call the office for details: 218-387-2737 or scroll to the bottom of the Member Show page and look for the links in WHITE.  Download the Member Show Rules pdf and the Artwork Registration Form to submit work.
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Empty Bowls Dinner and Silent Auction
Thursday, November 13, 2014
There are more than 100 families that use the local foodshelf every month. That is why, annually, the Art Colony supports the Empty Bowls Dinner, a community fundraiser to alleviate local hunger needs.
Make-a-Bowl for Empty Bowls | $5 per person | All ages and levels

Every Sunday, Sept. 14 - Oct. 12, 2014: 2 pm
Every Monday, Sept. 15 - Oct. 13, 2014: 7 pm

At the Art Colony Make-a-Bowl sessions, community members make one hand-built and one wheel-thrown bowl to donate to the dinner event. This is a great way to come together with neighbors and friends to ensure that others can have a hot meal on a cold fall evening as well.  Pre-registration required.

Learn more at: Make-a-Bowl

Paint-a-Bowl | Sat., November 1, 2014 | 10 am - 2pm | $5
Come paint a pre-made bowl with glaze for the Empty Bowls Dinner.
No pre-registration required.

Learn more at: Paint-a-Bowl

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The Muffin Man is coming to the Art Colony! Celebrate Storm Weekend and come listen to the Muffin Man read "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" followed by Kids Go Big! a time for young artists to stretch their creativity and paint in large brush strokes. All supplies will be provided.

This event runs from 11 - 12:30 and is FREE. Pre-registration requested but drop-ins welcome!
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Take a lunch break with us and enjoy some hearty soup and arty conversation! The Art Colony will host Soup-er Thursdays the third Thursday of the month from November – February; Noon - 1pm.

November 20 |  December 18 | January 15 | February 19
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Winter Arts Festival : Outdoor Painting & Photography
In Hibernation until further notice

The Winter Arts Festival is in hibernation for 2015. Please continue to check back for future details about the event.
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February 12 - 15, 2015
Celebrate the Art and Craft of fibers in the heart of winter.  This cozy retreat features a variety of classes, Lunch and Learn lectures, a show and share and more, all while celebrating with other fiber enthusiasts.

Co-hosted with the North House Folk School and the Northwoods Fiber Guild.  Classes and programs will be offered at both the Art Colony & North House (NH).

2015 programming is still in process.
For a full schedule of the 2014 event, click here.
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2015 Artist-in-Residence
March 16 - March 29, 2015
Nestle into this quaint harbor arts community located between the world’s largest fresh water lake and a pristine wilderness area for a creative retreat. The Artist-in-Residence program is designed to provide artists with uninterrupted work time in a quiet, natural setting and to support the development, creation, and production of new, original works.

Grand Marais, Minnesota, is a vibrant arts destination that is home to many artists. The Grand Marais Art Colony exists to nurture creativity on the North Shore.

2015 Artist-in-Residence Applications
DUE Friday, December 12
Application will be made available mid-October.


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Instructor Show
May 9-June 11
Come celebrate the creativity of our instructors!

Opening Reception | Friday, May 9, 5 - 7pm

Pictures from Instructor Show 2014
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The 24th Annual Grand Marais Arts Festival
July 12-13, 2014
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.

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.

No longer accepting applications for the 2014 festival.  To be placed on the list to apply for 2015, contact:

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 & cultural heritage fund.
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Clothesline Art Sale Fundraiser

Clothesline Art Sale Fundraiser – July 12-13, 2014
(occurring simultaneously with the Grand Marais Arts Festival)

A 5x7 sale of artwork donated by talented artists in support of the Grand Marais Art Colony.
$35 each!

Contact to submit a piece to be sold.  All are welcome to submit work.
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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.


Plein Air Grand Marais 2015
Plein Air Grand Marais is growing due to the support and involvement of our community and artists. We are honored to host so many talented artists in this premiere outdoor painting location. Plein Air Grand Marais will have three different categories for artistic engagement: Invitational, Jury & Open Class. Invitational & Jury Class will be included in the exhibition and be eligable for all juror awards. The Open Class can participate in all competition activities, plus a special event in which one artist will be selected as a 2016 invitational artist. 

2015 Timeline
Jury Open*: January 14
Open Class Registration: January 14 - August 31
Invitations confirmed: January 31
Jury Applications Due: April 6
Jury Notification: April 24

Competition: September 11 - 18
Opening Reception: September 18, 5 - 7pm
Exhibit Open: September 18 - 27

*Note: Jury applications will be taken online - specific jury website TBA
Photos from Plein Air Grand Marais 2014

2014 Purchase Award Sponsors

$500 level
The Robb Horstman Family
Jon Weber, Jean Laing-Weber, & Suzanne Weber Family
Backlund Realty
Cascade Vacation Rentals
Orthopaedic Associates 

$350 level
WTIP North Shore Community Radio

$300 level
Don Quest & Lois Clay Quest Family
Anderson's North Shore Resort
Mangy Moose Motel
Dockside Fish Market
Lake Superior Trading Post
Betsy Bowen Studios
Johnson's Foods
Sheila Smith & Perry McGowan
John & Catherine Schoenherr Family
Sivertson Gallery

2014 Event Sponsors
Grand Marais State Bank
Boreal Access
North Shore Federal Credit Union
North Shore Oil & Propane
East Bay Suites
White Pine North
Hedstrom Lumber
City of Grand Marais

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Tour d'Art: The Home Collection Fundraiser
October 4, 2014
A Grand Marais Art Colony Fundraiser:

Tour d'Art: The Legacy
Saturday, October 4 | NOON | $125
The Legacy Exhibit is open to the public: October 5-26

An exclusive home tour, reception, and exhibit.  Support the future, take home the legacy.

This is a rare opportunity to view the homes, studios and art collections of some of the North Shore’s most prestigious artists, all of whom played a role in developing the first art colony in the state of Minnesota.  

On display will be never seen before pieces of artwork, each with its own fascinating story such as the stormy watercolor by Howard Sivertson, the first art purchase of his work by his daughter Liz Sivertson, Paul Granlund sculptures that were gifts or trades with the home owners, a piece of Egyptian hieroglyph, a house with a turret, the only fresco on the North Shore, and many more treasures.

The tour culminates in a private reception at the Art Colony. Participants will have the first opportunity to buy work from The Legacy Exhibit featuring Birney Quick, Byron Bradley, Hazel Belvo, Marcia Cushmore, Sharon & Steve Frykman, Liz Sivertson & select students with whom these legacy artists have influenced. 
Limited tickets available, reserve your spot today! | (218) 387-2737
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Art Educators of Minnesota: Art Space Revival
JUNE 26 - 27, 2014

Art teachers are so busy putting together art lessons, gathering materials, teaching and then cleaning, cleaning, cleaning, that their own creativity and art time often gets pushed aside. This special time and space is designed just for you to rejuvenate, recycle, reuse, renew, and especially revive your creative spirit. If you have a favorite media or project that you have been craving time to jump into, bring it along. If you want to do some other projects just for fun, try your hand at one, two, three or as many as you want! Art materials and a variety of mini lessons will be taught, from printmaking to using recycled materials for all kinds of art. You pick what you want to do and invent and/or combine your own projects. This is your time to play, experiment, and enjoy!

To register for this event please visit the Art Educators of Minnesota website here.

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Warren MacKenzie Pottery Exhibit
Friday, June 6 - Sunday, June 29, 2014


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Tim Pearson in the Spotlight Gallery
July 5-31, 2014
Painter and local artist, Tim Pearson, will be the July feature artist in the Spotlight Gallery. 

Meet the Artist | July 5, 1-3pm
Exhibit open | July 5-31

Check out Tim's website to see examples of his work.
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