January 22 - April 30
Committing to 100 days of creativity.
Excavate your creative spirit through small daily acts everyday for 100 days!
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 speeded up world. Through practice, we develop a creative habit. Through habit, we reconnect with and know ourselves again as a creative being.
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
January 21, February 18
Noon | FREE | bring a bag lunch
February 18 | Critical Response Critique Model w/ Lynn Speaker
February 10 - 16, 2016
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).
2016 scheduled classes are listed below.
February 3 - 28, 2016
Opening Reception | February 12, 2016 | 5pm | Art Colony
February 12, 2016 | 7pm
Loft Grants for Writers Info Session w/ Bao Phi, Loft Program Director
February 27 | 1 pm | FREE
Join Loft Program Director, Bao Phi, for this free informational session. Bao will briefly discuss the $25,000 McKnight Fellowship for Writers, The Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant (which provides Minnesota writers financial support and professional assistance to develop and implement multifaceted plans to help them with their artistic endeavors), and other opportunities for Minnesota writers. Preregister with Bao at email@example.com
/// Exhibition and artist talk Walter Early
March 19 | 1pm
/// Installations: From Germination to De-installation Charles Matson Lume
| March 26 | Noon
/// Repurposing Found Materials Mary Bergs and Lisa Hochstein
April 23 | Noon
/// Contemplative Art in Disquieting Times Doug Westendorp
April 27 | 4:30 pm
/// Influences and Directions Elizabeth Erickson
May 6 | 4:30 pm
/// Traveling Texts: What Bookbindings Tell us About Early Printed Books Scott Husby
June 3 | 7 pm | pre-registration requested
/// Reading: Short Stories and Fiction Kathryn Savage
June 4 | 11 am | Grand Marais Public Library
/// The Visual Language and the Unexpected David Feinberg
June 22 | 4:30 pm
/// Spirituality, Myth, and the Feminine Hazel Belvo
July 24 | 4:30 pm
/// Investigating the Ceramic Form Ernest Miller
July 27 | 4:30 pm
/// Forest, Prairie, and Frozen Lakes Matthew Krousey
August 17 | 4:30 pm
/// Pottery Demo and Potluck Bob Briscoe & Jason Trebs
August 19 | 4 - 6:30pm | Tuition: $15 suggested donation and a dish to share
/// Reading Faith Sullivan
August 31 | 4:30 pm
/// Paint with Intention Dan Wiemer
September 16 | 11 am
/// The Art of Seeing: Developing a Visual Literacy Hazel Belvo
September 17 | 10 – 11 am | Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery
Tuition: $5 suggested donation
/// Merging Glass and Clay Helen Otterson
September 28 | Noon
March 7 - 20
Juried Artists-in-Residence | March 7 – 20
Applications for 2016 are now closed. Please email the Program Director here to be placed on the mailing list for 2017
Join us for the Following
Free, Public Events!
/// Open Studios
Saturday, March 12 | 1 - 3pm
/// Community Engagement Projects
Saturday, March 19
Printmaking Workshop: Simple, Spontaneous and Fun Beth Dorsey
9 am – noon | Free
Beth will introduce participants to the pochoir printmaking technique, a simple, stencil process that allows for spontaneity, is low-tech, and comparatively accessible. Participants will make several prints and Beth will also share some of her own work and process.
Artist Exhibition and Talk Walter Early
1pm | Free
To construct his sculptures, Walter gathers formal and material inspiration and creative research elements that are based in both the urban and natural landscapes. In response to the North Shore environment, he will focus his residency on making both autonomous objects and site-specific pieces weaving together two and three-dimensional work. To wrap up his time at the Art Colony Walter will host an exhibition of his finished sculptures and give an artist talk detailing his influences, past work, processes, and themes.
This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature's general and arts and cultural heritage funds."
Site-based Installation | The limits of knowledge (for William Bronk)
Charles Matson Lume | March 21 - April 3
Informed by the poem, "The limits of knowledge," by William Bronk, Charles Matson Lume will explore the light and space of northern Minnesota as it compares to his recent experiences in Scandinavia. These pairings will lead to a large-scale installation in Founders Hall.
The limits of knowledge
The unpurposive lights in the sky at night, far
from telling us what purpose is as, say,
there is no purpose (as may, perhaps, be so)
say only how we don't know what it is.
But Venus, tonight, was beautiful in the west.
If I wake toward morning, as many times I do,
and look in the east, Vega, will be there.
What certainties are these? We don't know.
Installations: From Germination to De-installation
Charles Matson Lume
March 26 | Noon | Free
As part of his residency, Charles Matson Lume will discuss his process of making installations, from their initial germinations to their de-installation.
Charles Matson Lume’s residency is funded in part by a Minnesota State Arts Board grant.
Earth Day Site-based Installation
April 14 - 24, 2016
Mary Bergs and Lisa Hochstein will work together to create an impermanent, site-specific installation. The installation will occur over the 10-day period preceding Earth Day (Friday, April 22).
Mary and Lisa each have a long history of working with re-purposed materials, largely gleaned from the day-to-day stream of waste and refuse. For this particular project, the artists will use cardboard boxes and packaging materials that have been solicited and collected from local businesses, the recycling center, and from generous community members. The completed installation will explore the re-contextualization of found materials, the architectural space of the gallery, and the challenges of collaboration over time and distance.
The community is invited to the following opportunities in conjunction with Mary and Lisa’s residency:
Saturday, April 16 | 2 – 4:30 pm
Thursday, April 21 | 2 – 4:30 pm
Repurposing Found Materials
Mary Bergs and Lisa Hochstein
Saturday, April 23 | Noon
As Mary and Lisa wrap up their residency, they will share about their collaborative process in putting together a site-based installation and also discuss their own work.
April 30 - May 2
Creative Self-Care Workshop Weekend
Story, Self, and the Creative Journey
Foster restorative habits through creative expression
If we are perfectly honest, most of us could use a focused weekend to refresh and revitalize. In 2016, the Art Colony is pleased to serve those in our community who are looking for that extra space, time, and guidance to consider the intersections between our inner and outer worlds through the vehicle of creative exploration. Connect in more meaningful ways with your own story and developing sense of self, dialogue with others in the helping professions, and acquire new artistic and therapeutic tools and vocabularies by which to deal with life’s challenges. Whether you are a caregiver, an educator, a health professional, a parent, or another type of professional, consider joining us this spring. Along with the one-day classes below, the weekend will include yoga sessions, panel discussions, an outdoor excursion, and more! Call for full event details and to register.
Personalized Journal Making Bevie LaBrie
Creative Play and Emotional Resilience Kelly O. Finnerty
Exploring Your Journey Through Story Cloths – Arpilleras Tessa Larson
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
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!
Mosaics: A Way with Water
May 28 - 30 | 3 days
Community Ink Day: Screenprinting
May 28 | 2 - 4pm
Digital Pinhole Photography
May 28 | 1 day
July 9-10, 2016
Applications for the 2016 Grand Marais Arts Festival are now open.
Applications can be found here
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the mailing list.
Applications Open | January 15
Applications Close | March 11
Notification | April 1
2016 Artist Information
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.
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.
Contact email@example.com to submit a piece to be sold. All are welcome to submit work. Deadline is July 1, 2016
Submission form can be found here
September 8 - 15, 2016
2016 Jury is now open - applications can be found here
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on the mailing list.
2016 ARTIST INFO
2016 Awards Juror: Dan Wiemer
Artists leave the studio and venture into the great outdoors to celebrate the unique beauty of the North Shore landscape. Witness blank canvases 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
2015 event images
1st Place | Clearwater by Bob Upton | sold
2nd Place | Red Rock by Tom McGregor | sold
3rd Place | Cascade Falls Rush by Sue Wipf | $820
Honorable Mention | Bambe by Lawrence Rudolech | sold
Winner | Firelight by Scott Lloyd Anderson | $1450
Honorable Mention | Harbor at Night by Carl Bretzke | $550
Winner | Waiting for the Sun by Carl Bretzke | sold
Honorable Mention | The Great Freshwater Sea by Robert Hodges-Bonawitz | $450
Red Suspender Winner | Harley's Old Truck by Carl Bretzke | $850
People's Choice Award | Clearwater by Bob Upton | sold
2015 Purchase Award Sponsors
Ari & Susan Fuad
| Sally & Tom Berg | David Robinson & Janet Ekern
Bill & Dolly Schnell | Betsy Bowen Studio
| Dockside Fish Market
Don Quest & Lois Clay Quest | Jean Laing-Weber, Jon Weber & Suzanne Weber | Mangy Moose Motel
| Hedstrom Lumber
Grand Marais State Bank
North Shore Federal Credit Union
October 1, 2016
A Grand Marais Art Colony Fundraiser:
Tour d'Art Beach Houses
October 1 | Noon | $125
The Art Colony's annual fundraiser and exclusive home tour. The 2016 tour features four dynamic homes along Cascade Beach Road.
Call early to reserve your spot!
October 16 - 18
Join us this fall for a weekend of art classes, activites, lectures, and even a field trip. There are options for students of all ages, so grab a friend or your family and expand your creativity! Click here
for more information about the weekend!
Drop-in Activities for all ages
Watercolor Resist Painting
October 21 | 10 am - 1 pm | FREE
Monoprints in the Print Studio
October 22 | 1 - 4 pm | $5 | Pre-registration requested
Glass Baubles in the Glass Studio
October 22 | 1 - 4 pm | $5 | Pre-registration requested
Influence and Process Daryn Lowman
October 21 - 23 | 3 days
Spotaneous Process Painting Bevie LaBrie
October 21 - 22 | 2 days
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
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. Register early!
September 18 - October 17 (Except for October 9)
Sundays: 2pm | Mondays: 7pm
October 25 & 26 | 6:30 - 7:30pm
October 29 | 10am - 2pm
Empty Bowls 2016
Thursday, November 10 | St. John's Catholic Church
11am - 1pm and 5 - 7pm
Handcrafted Bowl: $10
1/24/2016 - 1/29/2016
Every winter since 2010, outdoor painters have gathered at YMCA Camp Menogyn on the threshold of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to experience the beauty of northern wilds in the heart of winter, enjoy the camaraderie of other artists, and above all—to paint without distraction in an environment of professional and critical support. This event is in collaboration with the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota.
Detailed information, including registration and suggested supplies, is available from Allison Ecklund: email@example.com or 651.592.7858.
Meet-n-Greet at the Art Colony
January 24 | 2:30pm
Pop-up Exhibition at the Art Colony
January 29 | 3 – 5pm
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
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 highschool.
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, Highschool Art Teacher Mary MacDonald and Selection Committee member Michael McHugh