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

The Art Colony is pleased to welcome
its 2015 Artists-in-Residence:

Mary Bergs (Founders Hall 2-D studio)
Marty Harris (Printmaking studio)

March 16 - 29, 2015

View Mary's work at:
View Marty's work at:

We invite the community, artists, and art appreciators, to join us for the following events in relation to their residencies:

Open Studios | Saturday, March 21  
 Marty Harris | 1 - 2pm | Mary Bergs | 2 - 3pm

Half-day Classes | Saturday, March 28
Make a Mark with Marty Harris 
9am - Noon  

Quilting Bee/Artist Salon with Mary Bergs 
1pm - 4pm 

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Art Excursion: Twin Cities Tour
New Dates & Price! 

April 24 - 26, 2015 | $225
The Grand Marais Art Colony is pleased to host a weekend art excursion to the Twin Cities. The plans for this tour began with the knowledge that George Morrison’s Modern Spirit exhibit would be coming to the Minnesota History Center in the spring of 2015. George was born on the Grand Portage Indian Reservation just northeast of Grand Marais. Along with his numerous artistic accomplishments, George was great friends with the Art Colony’s founder, Birney Quick, and formerly married to longstanding teaching artist, Hazel Belvo. Along with teaching at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, George also taught at the Art Colony.
The Grand Marais Art Colony Art Excursion package includes the following itinerary:
  • Meet and Greet wine party at the home of Hazel Belvo and Marcia Casey Cushmore
  • Behind-the-scenes guided tour of the Minnesota History Center’s art collection
  • Guided tour of the Modern Spirit exhibit with artist, Hazel Belvo and Dr. Kristin Makholm, Executive Director of the Minnesota Museum of Modern Art
  • Lunch discussion at the Minnesota History Center
  • Exclusive guided home tour of Minnesota art collector
  • Private guided Northeast studios tour with Grainbelt building artist, Lynn Speaker
Please see registration document below for more details or call the Art Colony with questions!
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Findings: A Jewelry Symposium
June 11 - 14, 2015
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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!
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The 25th Annual Grand Marais Arts Festival
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.

Applications for the 2015 Grand Marais Arts Festival are now OPEN. Please apply here Questions? contact:

2015 Artist Info can be found here.
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Clothesline Art Sale Fundraiser
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.
$35 each!

Contact to submit a piece to be sold.  All are welcome to submit work.
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August 3 - 8
Kinji Akagawa is an American sculptor and a forerunner in the public art movement. Throughout his career Kinji has examined the relationship between art and community and the philosophical roots of art as a process of inquiry. His sculptures incorporate natural materials including granite, basalt, fieldstone, cedar, and ipe wood. Akagawa was trained at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and the University of Minnesota. He is currently Professor Emeritus of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. 

Class with Kinji | August 3 - 7

Free Lecture by Kinji | August 5 | 4pm

Ticketed Brunch with Kinji | August 8 | 10:30am
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Plein Air Grand Marais
September 11 - October 4, 2015
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.


Plein Air Grand Marais 2015
Plein Air Grand Marais is growing due to the support and involvement of our community and artists. We are honored to host so many talented artists in this premiere outdoor painting location. Plein Air Grand Marais will have three different categories for artistic engagement: Invitational, Jury & Open Class. Invitational & Jury Class will be included in the exhibition and be eligable for all juror awards. The Open Class can participate in all competition activities, plus a special event in which one artist will be selected as a 2016 invitational artist. 

2015 Info for artists can be found here


2015 Juror: Tom Nachreiner
Take a class with Tom!

Your Authentic Plein Air Voice
September 19 - 21 | 3 days


2015 Timeline
Jury Open*: January 14
Open Class Registration: January 14 - August 31
Invitations confirmed: January 31
Jury Applications Due: April 6
Jury Notification: April 24

Competition: September 11 - 18
Opening Reception: September 18, 5 - 7pm
Exhibit Open: September 18 - October 4

*Note: Jury applications will be taken online via

2015 Awards
1st Place: $1000
2nd Place: $500
3rd Place: $250
Cash prizes also given to the winners of Quick Paint, Night Paint, & People's Choice

Photos from Plein Air Grand Marais 2014

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

Tour d'Art: The Legacy
Saturday, October 4 | NOON | $125
The Legacy Exhibit is open to the public: October 5-26

An exclusive home tour, reception, and exhibit.  Support the future, take home the legacy.

This is a rare opportunity to view the homes, studios and art collections of some of the North Shore’s most prestigious artists, all of whom played a role in developing the first art colony in the state of Minnesota.  

On display will be never seen before pieces of artwork, each with its own fascinating story such as the stormy watercolor by Howard Sivertson, the first art purchase of his work by his daughter Liz Sivertson, Paul Granlund sculptures that were gifts or trades with the home owners, a piece of Egyptian hieroglyph, a house with a turret, the only fresco on the North Shore, and many more treasures.

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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The Muffin Man is coming to the Art Colony! Celebrate Storm Weekend and come listen to the Muffin Man read "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" followed by Kids Go Big! a time for young artists to stretch their creativity and paint in large brush strokes. All supplies will be provided.

This event runs from 11 - 12:30 and is FREE. Pre-registration requested but drop-ins welcome!
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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 
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Empty Bowls Dinner and Silent Auction
Thursday, November 13, 2014
THANK YOU to everyone who made Empty Bowls 2014 a huge success!!
All the extra bowls are for sale at the Art Colony's Gallery Store. All proceeds still go towards Empty Bowls.

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 2014
Thursday, November 13 | St. John's Catholic Church
11am - 1pm and 5 - 7pm

Soup: $5
Soup & handcrafted bowl: $15

There will be a variety of bowls from local artists at $20 and higher that can be purchase as well. 

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North Shore Readers and Writers Festival: A Minnesota Voice
The Art Colony, along with Drury Lane Books and the Grand Marais Library, are pleased to host the:
North Shore Readers and Writers Festival
November 5 - 8, 2015

Authors of standing are invited to submit proposals for sessions including panel discussions, workshops, and readings. Please read through the attached letter and application form, and call the Art Colony with questions.
Application Deadline: May 15, 2015

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Winter Arts Festival : Outdoor Painting & Photography
In Hibernation until further notice

The Winter Arts Festival is in hibernation for 2015. Please continue to check back for future details about the event.
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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).

Fiber Revolution: Art Quilt Exhibit
February 9 - March 8 
Opening Reception | Friday, February 13, 5 - 7pm
Gallery Talk | Enid Gjelten Weichselbaum | Friday, Feb 13, 7pm

Participating artists: Deb Schwartzman, Kevan Rupp Lunney, Elena Stokes, Cindy Friedman, Benedicte Caneill, Eileen Lauterborn, Wen Redmond

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April 23
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 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
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PAST EVENT | 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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PAST EVENT | Liminal Space: Lynn Speaker Solo Exhibition
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. 
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PAST EVENT | Warren MacKenzie Pottery Exhibit
Friday, June 6 - Sunday, June 29, 2014


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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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PAST EVENT | 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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PAST EVENT | 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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