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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
Grand Marais Art Colony
Artist Residency Series
The Art Colony offers a variety of residency experiences to artists, providing work space to support the process, development, creation, and production of new works, while also fostering a deep connection with the surrounding landscape. Experimentation and creative risk-taking are encouraged!
See the options below and contact the Art Colony with questions.
Selected Artists-in-Residence | March 7 – 20
Artists are invited to submit an application for one of two selected artists-in-residencies.
Artists will be provided with lodging, workspace, and a weekly stipend to work in either the multi-use Founders Hall Studio or in the Eco-friendly Printmaking Studio. Two artists may also apply to work in a collaborative residency.
Click HERE for application.
Mentor Residency Workshops
The Art Colony will host five mentoring artists in 2016. Each artist offers a unique personal and philosophical approach and teaching style. While students will bring independent projects to work on, workshops are cooperative in nature, characterized by critical group dialogue, focused time to work, and mentored guidance.
Contact the Art Colony for details or to register.
Doug Westendorp | April 25 – 29
Elizabeth Erickson | May 7 – 10
Martha McQuade & Dan Clark | May 23 – 27
David Feinberg | June 20 – 24
Hazel Belvo | July 18 – 22 & July 25 – 29
Independent residencies are available at various times of the year for artists who are members of the Art Colony. Come and retreat to our professional studios for uninterrupted space and time to focus, rejuvenate, and be inspired.
Call for details.
July 11-12, 2015
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 11-12, 2015
Clothesline Art Sale Fundraiser – July 11 - 12, 2015
(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, 2015
Submission form can be found here
2015 Artists to be released soon!
September 11 - November 15, 2015
2015 Exhibition Open at the Johnson Heritage Post and the Grand Marais Art Colony through November 15
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 3, 2015
A Grand Marais Art Colony Fundraiser:
Thanks for a successful 2015 event, stay tuned for information about the 2016 tour.
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!
October 30 - November 22, 2015
The 2015 Member Show & Sale is themed! The theme is Wabi-sabi, or beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.
Wabi-sabi aesthetic includes asymmetry, roughness, irregularity, simplicity, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.
Friday, Oct 30
Annual Member Meeting - 4pm
Opening Reception - 5-7pm
Exhibit runs through Sunday, November 22
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. 26
Call the office for details: 218-387-2737
PLEASE NOTE THAT FESTIVAL REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
There is limited space in the following events:
MN Presses Panel Discussion | Sat, Nov 7 | 7pm
HOMES: The Great Lakes Project | Sun, Nov 8 | 9am
Call the Art Colony today to check for availability.
The Art Colony, along with Drury Lane Books and the Grand Marais Public Library, are pleased to host the:
North Shore Readers and Writers Festival
A Minnesota Voice
November 5 - 8, 2015
Keynote Author: Lorna Landvik
Event Registration is open and sessions are filling up quickly! Click on the Festival Registration Packet below for full event details.
The packet is a writable pdf that participants can fill out with Adobe Reader.
Please note that sending payment information in via email is not a secure route.
Instead, please send in a check with the registration packet or call to complete your registration by phone.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
A Silent Auction accompanies the Empty Bowls Dinner. All funds raised through the Silent Auction support the expenses to organize Empty Bowls so all dinner proceeds can go directly to alleviate hunger needs.
Empty Bowls 2015
Thursday, November 12 | St. John's Catholic Church
11am - 1pm and 5 - 7pm
Handcrafted Bowl: $10
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
June 11 - 14, 2015
1. A thing that is discovered; related to awareness, uncovering, invention, creation, exploration
2. Pieces that jewelers make and use to join jewelry components together to form a completed article
Full Schedule can be found here
The North Shore is a landscape filled with long horizon lines over Lake Superior, spires of old-growth boreal forests, rivers and waterfalls cutting through jagged rhyolite and basalt. Artists have long retreated to the North Shore to explore the lines, contours, and patterns of nature and abstract them into pieces of art. Ours is an emotive and tactile landscape, resonant with the nature of jewelry.
The Art Colony, in partnership with the Minnesota Jewelry Arts Guild (MNJag), is pleased to host Findings: A Jewelry Symposium, June 11 – 14, 2015. The four days will be filled with classes, demos, discussions, and lectures for the novice to professional artist, art appreciators, and the broader community to learn more about the art of jewelry making. Come to Grand Marais and let the landscape inspire you!
Listen to the radio interview with Soren Priede and Danny Saathoff here
January 9 - February 1, 2015
Liminal Space / Lynn Speaker
Opening Reception January 9, 2015 4-6 pm
This exhibit features new work by Lynn Speaker, which are records of investigations that embrace uncertainty & transition. Speaker’s work is informed by the North Shore landscape & what she finds around her— stones, bones, plants, trees, animals. In searching & discovery these found objects are ultimately remnants of place, time, memory, & experience.