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.
January 21, February 18
Noon | FREE | bring a bag lunch
February 18 | Critical Response Critique Model w/ Lynn Speaker
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
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.
Join us for the Following
Free, Public Events!
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 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 22 - May 24, 2015
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 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.