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

At The Table: Jim Sannerud Installation
12/29/2016 - 01/09/2017
December 29, 2016 - January 8, 2017

At the Table is an installation and performance piece that comes to life through a shared dinner. Jim's past experience as a bowl turner merges with his current interest in participatory art as he creates a large table, chairs, and serving vessels to facilitate an experience in which participants engage in dialogue about place, memory, and how traditions are translated.

All pieces are inspired by Scandinavian design and Jim's ancestral farm in Norway. Along with coming to see the installation, call the Art Colony if you are interested in more details regarding how to participate in the installation: 218-387-2737. 

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The 100 Day Project
January 21 - April 30, 2017
The 100DayProject is an effort to motivate artists and creative seekers to commit to 100 days of creativity. 

Creativity is a skill. The more we practice, the more skilled we become.  Practice takes time. Practice takes commitment. Practice is a radical act in this fast-paced world. Through practice, we develop a creative habit. Through habit, we reconnect with and know ourselves again as a creative being.

How do I get involved?

1. Visit the 100DayProject website and sign up for the free e-newsletter by clicking HERE.
2. Define a "spine" or focus for your 100 days and come up with manageable time frames to explore the theme. Then register your project by clicking HERE. Note that registration may not yet be updated for 2017 so make sure to check back.
3. Attend the introductory meeting. Date: TBA
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Northern Fibers Retreat
February 16 - 19, 2017
Celebrate the Art and Craft of fibers in the heart of winter. This cozy retreat features a variety of classes, lunch-n-learn talks and demonstrations, a show-n-share event, 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.
Registration is Open!

2017 scheduled classes are listed below.
Click on the class title for full descriptions and call us today to register!

Off the Cuff: Stitchery with Julie Crabtree | Feb 16 
Decorative Pins with Julie Crabtree | Feb 17
Eco-printing with Native Dyes with Cyndi Kaye Meier | Feb 17 | Lunch
Hand-printed Lampshades with Jeanne McGee | Feb 17 - 18
Needle Felted Wool Landscapes with Jaana Mattson | Feb 17 - 18
Button it up with Glass with Mary Bebie | Feb 18
Soy Wax Batik Basics and Beyond with Cyndi Kaye Meier | Feb 18 - 19
Cut Paper Art - Mini-session with Andrea Martin | Feb 18
Cut Paper Art - Full-session with Andrea Martin | Feb 18 - 19

Click HERE for courses hosted by the North House Folk School.

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Juried Artist-in-Residence
March 6 - 19, 2017
Juried Artists-in-Residence
March 6 - 19, 2017

Applications are now available for our 2017 Juried Artists-in-Residencies.  Applications are DUE: Dec. 9, 2016

Click on the link below to access the Residency Overview and Application and email the Program Director with any questions. 

To access, view, download, complete and print fillable forms you will need to use Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 (or later).  Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free and can be downloaded from the following web site:

Click HERE: Residency Overview and Application

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Invited Artists-in-Residence: Holly Swift
04/24/2017 - 05/06/2017
Invited Artist-in-Residence with Holly Swift
April 24 - May 6, 2017

Community Engagement Component | TBA

Holly Swift’s work is found in both private and public collections nationwide. She has been a recipient of the National Park Artist in Residency at Voyageur National Park and Artist Residency at the Hill Country Foundation in Ingrim, Texas. A native of Illinois, Holly received an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. She has 25 years of teaching experience in Drawing, Painting and Design, having taught at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Hamline University.
Invited residencies are granted to an artist who is mature in practice and has experience with residencies and/or working on in-depth independent projects. 

The artist offers a community engagement component during the residency, introducing the community to a specific aspect of their expertise and artistic practice.

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Artist Services

Artist services connect artists with a vibrant creative community and vital resources in order to help them grow their practice, advance their career, and develop sustainable lives as artists. Some services require orientation and/or are subject to fees. Call for more information. 

Professional Development Classes
Studio Access and Other Opportunities
Residency Series

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Mentor Residency Workshops
April 25 - October 9
Each mentoring artist offers a unique philosophical approach and teaching style. Workshops are cooperative in nature, characterized by critical group dialouge, focused time to work on independent projects and mentored guidance. 

Instructors include: Doug Westendorp, Elizabeth Erickson, Martha McQuade, Dan Clark, David Feinberg, Becky McDonah, Tedd McDonah, Hazel Belvo, Linda Gammell, Mary Leikvold, and Faith Sullivan

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April 23, 2017
Congratulations to the 2016 receipients: Cassie Burkett & Samantha Scalise!

The Grand Marais Art Colony and Leah Thomas are excited to announce the creation of the Eric Thomas Emerging Artist Award, in memory of Leah’s brother Eric (1956 - 2013).  This annual scholarship will provide full tuition and cost of materials for a young Cook County artist to attend a Grand Marais Art Colony class of their choice.
This scholarship is open to youth who are currently a sophomore or junior in high school.

Application can be found here and is due annually on April 23.

Listen to a RADIO clip from an interview about the Award with Art Colony director Amy Demmer, High school Art Teacher Mary MacDonald and Selection Committee member Michael McHugh
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Memorial Day Weekend Art Along the Lake
May 28 - 30, 2016
Art Along the Lake is a Gallery Tour that celebrates the vibrant art scene of Cook County.  Galleries throughout Cook County will be hosting demonstrations, activities, and live music all weekend.

Join the Art Colony for a family-friendly weekend of art-making: glass, printmaking, photography and more!  

Community Ink Day: Screenprinting
Mike Swindlehurst
May 28 | 2 - 4pm

Glass Demo: Mary Bebie
May 28 | 1 pm | Free

Learn about the world of fused glass, including basic materials and techniques by watching an artist at work.

Masterpiece Puzzle-a-thon
May 29 | 9am - noon | Free

Drop in at the Art Colony and try your hand at putting together a puzzle of a masterpiece painting. Bring your friends and family and enjoy the challenge. Participants who complete an entire puzzle will receive a prize. 

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North Shore Readers and Writers Festival
November 2 - 5, 2017
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the readers and writers festival in 2016. The Art Colony, in conjunction with the Grand Marais Public Library, and Drury Lane Books, are thrilled to host this event biannually. We look forward to seeing you in 2017. Meanwhile, check out the Art Colony's expanded literary arts offerings in 2016. 

Please email us to be placed on the mailing list for 2017

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The 27th Annual Grand Marais Arts Festival
July 8 - 9, 2017
THANK YOU for a wonderful 2016 Grand Marais Arts Festival
Join us July 8 - 9, 2017 for next year's festival!
Artists - applications will open via zapplications mid-January 

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.

/// 2016 Arts Festial Directory ///

2016 Artists
Martye AllenMaggie AndersonRobert Briscoe, Greg Cheesebro, Nicholas Earl, Joan Farnam, Bill GossmanLuci Haas
Anthony HuonderBob HusbyJD Jorgenson, Lenore Lampi
Megan Mitchell, Ray Shelerud,  Melissa Wickwire, Paul Zoldahn
Jeff Niesen
Julie Arthur, Dawnette DavisJill Hunter, Elise Kyllo, Andrea Martin, Mary McDonald, Mary ThereseNatalija Walbridge
Mary Bebie, Art Ciccotti, Tom Crosby, Mary Ila DuntemannDan Neff, Nancy Hemstad Seaton,  Donna Rice
Kristine Danielson,Robert Hale,
Monica HansmeyerSharee JohnsonNadine KingJenny Levernier
Cheri Meyer,  Jennifer Nunnelee, Kate Qualley PetersonKirk Sklar, Barbara Stellmach, Candyce Westfield, Rebecca Wicklund
David DeMattia, Stuart Lenz
Nicole Aufderhar, Julie CrabtreeBetsey Harries, Jan Killian, Annette Mattingly
Gail Anderson, Emily Derke
Douglas BergTim Pearson, Joyce Staley
David Barthel, John Caughlan, Jim GindorffNace Hagemann, Peter Juhl , Eric KingBenjamin Olson, Ryan Tischer
Betsy Bowen, Bradley Hall, Jerry Riach
Bud Bullivant
/// WOOD
James Anderson, Bill Brown, Jesse GerhardAryn Kern
Andrew Kringen, Benjamin Leatham, Elizabeth Levitski, Cooper Ternes 

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Clothesline Art Sale Fundraiser
July 9-10, 2016
Clothesline Art Sale Fundraiser – July 9-10, 2016
(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. Deadline is July 1, 2016

Submission form can be found here.

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The Vocabulary of Art: Artist Talks & Demonstrations

All Artist Talks are FREE unless otherwise listed.

STAY tuned for the 2017 Line-up of Artist Talks!


The Plein Air Experience Sue Wipf
September 12, 2016 | Noon | Location: Art Colony

Paint with Intention Dan Wiemer
September 16, 2016 | 11 am | Location: Art Colony

The Art of Seeing: Developing a Visual Literacy Hazel Belvo
September 17, 2016 | 11:30 am | Location: Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery
Tuition: $5 suggested donation

Merging Glass and Clay Helen Otterson
September 28, 2016 | Noon | Location: Johnson Heritage Post
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Plein Air Grand Marais
Sept. 9 - Nov. 13
EXHIBITION: Sept. 16 - Nov. 13 | Johnson Heritage Post & Art Colony
Opening Reception: Sept. 16 | 5-7pm | Johnson Heritage Post

Artists have seven days to paint the North Shore in this friendly outdoor painting competition which culminates in an exhibit of over 250 stunning, original paintings.

Competition area is anywhere in Cook County, MN - from the Canadian Border to the Caribou River in Schroeder.

Listen to this great Radio piece from WTIP about Plein Air Grand Marais

Spectators can connect with artists throughout the event at Artist Talks, planned paint-outs, and preliminary art on display.  See the full schedule of activities below!

Want to have the first peek (and chance to buy) the fresh paintings from the week? Become a Purchase Award Sponsor!

2016 Awards Juror: Dan Wiemer
Take a Class with Dan!


2016 Schedule of Activities - free unless listed otherwise!
Fri, Sept 9 | Competition Begins!

Sat, Sept 10 | 1 - 5pm | Paint out | Lutsen Mountains

Mon, Sept 12 | Noon | Artist Talk with Artist Sue Wipf | Art Colony

Tues-Wed, Sept 13 -14 | 1-4pm | Red Suspender Competition - see some of the first paintings of the week on display | Art Colony

Thurs, Sept 15 | 4 - 5:30 | Quick Paint | Artists Point

Fri, Sept 16 | 11am | Juror Lecture with Dan Wiemer Art Colony

Fri, Sept 16 |  5 - 7pm | Exhibit Opening Reception | Johnson Heritage Post

Sat, Sept 17 | 11:30-12:30 | The Art of Seeing with Hazel Belvo - experience the new exhibit with guided discussion on art-viewing | Johnson Heritage Post | $5 suggested donation

Sat, Sept 17 | noon | Open Class Exhibit opens for display | Art Colony

September 17 - November 13 | Exhibition on Display | Johnson Heritage Post and Grand Marais Art Colony

Wondering what this Competition is all about??

2016 Plein Air Grand Marais Artists

Invitational Class
Richard Abraham | Kristin Blomberg | Bob BonawitzCarl Bretzke
Christopher CopelandLee Englund | John Franz
Dave Gilsvik | Paula Gustafson | David Hahn | Catherine Hearding
Matt KaniaCynthia KathCheryl LeClair-SommerScott Lloyd AndersonTom McGregorDan Mondloch | Stephen Ronald
Lawrence RudolechNeil ShermanLisa StaufferBob UptonMichelle WeglerSue WipfStephen WysockiKathie Wheeler

Jury Class
Duane BarnhartChristopher BeebeDouglas BergJerri Jo Brandt
Barbara CaseyMichele CombsJack DantTom DimockAllison Eklund | Wayne Hein | Gary Hittle | Carol HolmbladDebra Howard
Julia Jaakola | Constance Johnston | Laurie Kania | Kathy Litwin
Sara LubinskiRobert Luedtke | Dan MackermanAngie Malin
Doug Malin | DK Palecek | Sandi Pillsbury GredzensGreg Preslicka
Mike Rada Larry SeilerJoyce StaleyRichard StrykerChristine Tierney | James Turner | Kenneth Valentas | Patty Voje | William Whalberg

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Tour d'Art: Beach Houses, a Home Tour Fundraiser
TBD: 2017
Thanks for another great Tour d'Art in 2016!  Stay tune for details regarding the 2017 Event.  See below for details about the 2016 Guided Home Tour.

A Grand Marais Art Colony Fundraiser:

Tour d'Art Beach Houses

Saturday, October 1 | 12:30 | $125

An exclusive home tour and reception fundraiser featuring a historic neighborhood on the beaches of Lake Superior.  Transportation provided.

Call today to reserve your spot!

Spend the afternoon on this guided tour of four dynamic homes along the Cascade Beach Road that draw on the history, landscape, and neighborly-feel to this scenic stretch of Lake Superior.
These houses have evolved from their historic uses for fishing and native foot paths to spectacular homes that evoke the beauty and elegance of the lake and boreal forests.  Homeowners are present to give context to the story of their homes and share what they enjoy most about their artistically designed space. 
The tour culminates in a private reception at the Johnson Heritage Post highlighting the Plein Air Grand Marais Exhibit. 

These homes are not open to the public so this is a rare opportunity to see the art, craftsmanship, and design of some of the North Shore’s most interesting homes.  Transportation is provided.  Limited tickets are available at $125 per person, reserve your spot today by contacting the Art Colony at 218-387-2737 or
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Book Arts Weekend
Early October

Stay tuned for 2017 book arts offerings.  Below are examples of past classes:

Decorative Techniques on Paper: Suminagashi and Orizomi | October 1 | 9am - Noon 

Cross Structure Binding | October 1 | 9am - 12pm 

Letterpress: Table-top Platen Press | October 1 | 9am - 12pm 

Drum Leaf Binding | October 1 | 1pm - 4pm 

Letterpress: Show Card Press | October 1 | 1pm - 4pm 

Coptic Binding | October 1 | 1pm - 4pm 

Cherry Blossom Box: Book Arts | October 2 | 1pm - 4pm 

Long and Link Stitch Binding | October 2 | 1pm - 4pm 

Letterpress: Single Sheet Books and Alternative Processes | October 2 | 1 - 4pm 
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Fall Art Weekend
October 19 - 22, 2017
Stay tuned for upcoming 2017 drop-in activities and classes for all ages!

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Annual Members Show & Sale
October 28 - November 20, 2016
The 2016 Member Show & Sale theme: Ode to the Ordinary 
There is delight in a ritual as simple as a morning cup of coffee or seeing a favorite rock leaning on the windowsill. These things may serve as a reminder or provide peace and grounding. Ode to the Ordinary honors the beauty, humor, resiliance, and steadfastness of the everyday. 

Friday, Oct 28

Annual Member Meeting | 3:30 pm
Opening Reception | 5-7 pm

Exhibit runs through Sunday, November 20

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 Monday, Oct. 24
Call the office for details: 218-387-2737 
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Empty Bowls Dinner and Silent Auction
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Twelve percent of Cook County residents go hungry every month. To address this need, each year the Art Colony co-organizes the Empty Bowls Dinner and Silent Auction: a community art fundraiser to alleviate local hunger needs. 


Help make bowls to donate to this event while learning the basics of pottery and fused glass. Open to all levels and ages. Pre-registration is Required for the Bowl making sessions.

Make-a-Bowl: Clay
September 17 – 18 & October 15 – 16 | one-hour sessions
Saturday: 9 am – 2:30 pm; Sunday: 11 am – 3 pm
Tuition: $5

Make-a-Bowl: GLASS
October 25 or October 26 | 6:30 - 7:30pm
Tuition: $5

October 29 | 10am - 2pm
Tuition: $5 | No registration required

Empty Bowls 2016
Thursday, November 10 | Bethlehem Lutheran Church
11am - 1pm and 5 - 7pm

Soup: $5
Handcrafted Bowl: $10


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