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

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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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 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
  • Competition | September 5-12
  • Red Suspender Invitational | September 8-12 | Voting is 1-3pm at the Art Colony
  • Sugarloaf Paint out | Saturday, September 6, 1-4pm
  • Happy Hour | Papa Charlie's | Saturday, September 6, 4:30-7
  • Happy Hour | Cascade Restaurant | Tuesday, September 9, 4:30-7
  • Quick Paint | Artists' Point | Thursday, September 11 from 4-5:30pm
  • Juror Lecture | Friday, September 12: 11am 
  • Opening Reception | Friday, September 12 from 5-7pm at the Johnson Heritage Post
  • Exhibit & Sale | September 13-28 from 10am-4pm at the Johnson Heritage Post
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.

Lecture with Bonnie
Friday, September 12 | 11am

Class with Bonnie
A Brush with Life

September 13-14 (optional 3rd day on September 15) | 9am-4pm

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

Tour d'Art: The Legacy
A Grand Marais Art Colony Fundraiser
Saturday, October 4, NOON

An exclusive opportunity to visit the unique homes, studios & art collections of those who impacted the Art Colony - from founders to artists. Extensive artwork ranges from original stormy scenes by Howard Sivertson to sculptures by Paul Granlund. 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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Annual Members Show & Sale
October 18 - November 24, 2013
Thursday, Oct 30
Annual Member Meeting - 4pm
Opening Reception - 5pm

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 participates in organizing the Empty Bowls Dinner, a community fundraiser for the local Food Shelf .

Community members make hand-made ceramic bowls to donate for the dinner event. Dinner guests pick out their favorite bowl and fill it with a delicious soup donated by a local restaurant. This is a great way to have a lovely evening with your neighbors and friends while raising money to ensure that others can have a hot meal on a cold fall evening as well.

Dinner Prices
  • $5 - Soup ONLY
  • $10 - Soup & bowl NECKLACE
  • $15 - Soup & bowl
  • $20 - Soup & extra-large bowl
Make-a-Bowl for Empty Bowls | $5 per person | All ages and levels

Every Sunday, Sept. 28 - Oct. 19, 2014: 2 pm
Every Monday, Sept. 29 - Oct. 20, 2014: 7 pm

Help make bowls to donate to this event while learning the basics of pottery. Participants will make two kinds of bowls: a hand-built and a wheel-thrown. 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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Winter Arts Festival : Outdoor Painting & Photography
Dates TBD
Experience the glory of winter in Northern Minnesota where the sparkling winterscape is mesmerizing. The Winter Arts Festival is dedicated to rousing artists to dress warm and discover the joy of winter.

Share the story of winter, celebrate the color of white and delve deeper into the creative spirit. There are many ways to be involved in this fun and interactive festival. Be a participant or observer…just dress warm.

Exhibit & Sale
An exhibit & sale of the freshly painted works will be on display at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

View photos of the 2014 Exhibit: click here!

pictured here: Adam Swanson "Everything Transforms" 

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Northern Fibers Retreat
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 Aritst-in-Residence Applications
DUE Friday, December 12
Application available for download on bottom of page.


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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:

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


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