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

April 1-13, 2014
Join us in welcoming
Ginny Sims
Grand Marais Art Colony’s 2014 Artist-in-Residence
April 1 – 13, 2014

 Ginny, a graduate of the University of Minnesota’s MFA program, is a ceramic artist and recipient of the Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant (2013). Ginny is also the co-founder of the Powderhorn Kitchen in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Ginny, along with the Art Colony, will host the following two events:
Saturday, April 5, 2014
1pm - 2pm
Founders Hall
Ordinary Objects and Memories: Drawing the Story of Things
Saturday, April 12, 2014
1pm - 3pm
Founders Hall
OPEN TO ALL! advanced registration required
Event Fee: $5

Through demonstration and conversation, Ginny will introduce participants to her artistic process which involves creating large scale drawings inspired by ordinary domestic objects, memories, and fictional characters. Ginny will then discuss the technical side of Majolica, which she uses to transpose her drawings onto ceramic pots.

 Bring in an object that is of interest to you! It could carry a story, a certain history, or simply be intriguing. And journey with Ginny as she guides you through the process of creating your own large scale drawings.
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 Residency 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.

This Artist-in-Residence program was started in 2012 and has featured visual artist Hazel Belvo (2012) and sculptors Dan and Lee Ross (2013).
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Instructor Show
May 9-June 11
Come celebrate the creativity of our instructors!

Opening Reception | Friday, May 9, 5 - 7pm

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Warren MacKenzie Pottery Exhibit
Friday, June 6 - Sunday, June 29, 2014
Opening Reception, Meet the Artist, & Documentary Screening: Friday, June 6: 5 – 7pm
Exhibit runs: June 6 – 29
Warren MacKenzie has always represented his work as everyday pottery for everyday people at an affordable price, reinforcing the functionality of his pieces.  Yet his work continues to be highly valued and prized for its simple elegance and artistic value.

Director Mark Lambert and crew created the 45-minute documentary Warren MacKenzie: A Potter's Hands to showcase the artistic process of this remarkable individual, provide a view into the creation of the art form, and impart the artistic value of pottery, as well as its historic and cultural significance to society.
Meet Warren MacKenzie and film crew, experience the artwork up close, and screen the documentary.

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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 - details TBD
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 2014, contact:

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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.

2014 Schedule of Events
  • Competition | September 5-12
  • Quick Paint | Thursday, September 11 from 4-5:30pm on Artists’ Point
  • Juror Lecture | Friday, September 12: 11am at the Grand Marais Art Colony's Founders Hall
  • 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
More programming to come so please stay tuned!
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Tour d'Art: The Home Collection Fundraiser
October 4, 2014
The Grand Marais Art Colony presents: 

Tour d'Art: The Home Collection Fundraiser
Saturday, October 4, NOON

Visit unique homes featuring extensive art collections and original architecture. The tour culminates at the Art Colony with a reception.  2014 details to be announced.
Limited tickets available, reserve your spot today! | (218) 387-2737
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Annual Members Show & Sale
October 18 - November 24, 2013
Friday, Oct 18
Annual Member Meeting - 4pm
Opening Reception - 5pm

Exhibit runs through Sunday, November 24

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 Tues, Oct. 15
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
January 27-31, 2014
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: Jan. 31 - Feb. 28 @ the Art Colony
An exhibit & sale of the freshly painted works will be on display at the Grand Marais Art Colony. Opening Reception will be hosted on Friday, January 31 from 4-6pm.

View photos of the 2014 Exhibit: click here!

pictured here: Adam Swanson "Everything Transforms" 

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Northern Fibers Retreat
February 12 - 17, 2014
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).

For a full schedule of the event, click here.
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Clothesline Art Sale Fundraiser - 2013 ONLY

Clothesline Art Sale Fundraiser – July 13-14, 2013
(occurring simultaneously as the Grand Marais Arts Festival)

A 5x7 sale of artwork donated by talented artists in support of the Grand Marais Art Colony.
$35 each!

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