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

Upcoming Events:

Sculpture by Salvage: Re-claimed Metal Fabrication
August 7 - 11, 2017; 5 days; 9am - 4pm; Hosted at Last Chance Fabricating

$375.00 Supplies $60.00

Mentor Series: Develop Your Artistic Potential
August 7 - 11, 2017; 5 days; 9am - 4pm


Artist Talk: Public and Collaborative Sculpture Projects
August 9, 2017; 4:30pm

Encaustic Printmaking Mixed-media
August 9 - 11, 2017; 3 day; 9am - 4pm

$345.00 Supplies $50.00

August 11, 2017; 1 - 2:30 pm


Introduction to Encaustic
August 12 - 13, 2017; 2 day; 9am - 4pm

$230.00 Supplies $28.00

Experimental Drawing
August 12 - 13, 2017; 2 days; 9am - 4pm

$190.00 Supplies $28.00

Botanical Watercolor
August 14 - 18, 2017; 5 days; 9am - 4pm

$525.00 Supplies $13.00

The Place of Pots
August 14 - 18, 2017; 5 days; 9am - 4pm

$475.00 Supplies $23.00

The Art of Personal Writing
Aug. 19 - 20, 2017; 2 days; 9am - 4pm

$170.00 Supplies $6.00

Oil Painting Plein Air
August 25 - 27, 2017; 2.5 days; Day 1: 6 - 9pm; Days 2 - 3: 8:30am - 4pm



North Shore Readers and Writers Festival
November 2 - 5
Registration is Open!

Join us in November for four word-filled days.
June 21 - 27 | Full Festival Pass Registration ONLY
June 28 - October 26 | Ala Carte and Full Festival Pass Registration

Click HERE to download the registration packet.
Artist Talks, Demonstrations and hands-on Activities.

Saturdays in the Studio | 1pm | Free
Weekly demonstrations Memorial Day through Labor Day

See the full schedule of upcoming Artist Talks


Plein Air Grand Marais

Join us September 8 - October 29, 2017! 
  • Competition: September 8 - 15
  • Exhibit: September 16 - October 29 | At The Art Colony and Johnson Heritage Post
Plein Air Grand Marais is a great way to connect with the artistic community of the North Shore. The reputation of this festival precedes itself, having become known as the best place to view and purchase a wide variety of local scenic paintings from acclaimed regional and national artists.

See participating artists and a full schedule here

Fall Art Weekend

Join us October 19 - 22, 2017! More details coming soon.

The North Shore Readers and Writers Festival

Join us November 2 - 5, 2017!

The North Shore Readers and Writers Festival locates, celebrates, and fosters the literary arts and engagement with the written word. The community of Grand Marais has long been known for its love of the arts, including the written word, and for providing a place of inspiration and retreat for writers and artists. Celebrate the literary arts with four days filled with classes, readings, panel discussions, and more. Readers, writers, and book professionals will all find a multitude of opportunities to learn and engage.

See festival artists and learn more here.


The Art Colony hosts over 200 classes year-round in all skill levels. in a variety of disciplines - unleash your creative spirit today! 

View our Spring/Summer Catalog:

View it online or request a copy to be mailed to you.
Click here to view ALL upcoming classes.

Byron Bradley General Scholarships
Eric Thomas Youth Scholarships

Call us at 218-387-2737 for more information.


VISIT the Studios & Gallery Store
Open Daily | 9am - 4pm
Scroll to bottom of About Us page for resources
and plan your trip today.


The Grand Marais Art Colony
Nurturing Creativity on the North Shore

Nestled in the harbor-side village of Grand Marais, Minnesota, with direct access to Lake Superior and the BWCA wilderness, the Art Colony is a gateway for people to explore their creativity in a nurturing atmosphere.  

The Art Colony supports artists and creative seekers at every step of their creative journey from novice to professional artist through a variety of educational opportunities.  With over 200 classes, artist talks, family-friendly activities, artist services (including residencies and studio access), and artist-driven community events - there is something for everyone.

To learn more about the Art Colony, listen to this story about our historic facilities: History Speaks on WTIP.
Student testimonal: "This was my first experience at the Grand Marais Art Colony and it was wonderful!  I felt inspired by my fellow students, my talented teacher and the gorgeous area of Grand Marais!"

Group Programming
Create Your Own Art Experience!
Are you looking for a private art-making experience for your family or group of friends? Call us to plan something today! Enjoy a half-day, one-day, or two-day private class with a local artist instructor. A variety of options are available from printmaking to fused glass to painting.
Minimum of 5 participants.

Interested in Volunteering or Work Study options?

Join our community of dedicated volunteers and work study students who help the Art Colony thrive!  Opportunities range from administrative to facilities, events, and programmatic support.  Schedules are flexible and vary from daily to yearly or even on an as needed basis.  Inquire for more information regarding Work Study options. 

Access the Volunteer Application & Opportunities Form here.


The Art Colony is proud to be funded in part by:

Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency; Arrowhead Regional Arts Council; Cook County, Minn; Iron Range Resource and Rehabilitation Board; Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation; McKnight Foundation; Minnesota State Arts Board; and
Visit Cook County
with additional support from our generous business community and individual members.
Thank you!

Operating support is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage funds.

SUPPORT the Art Colony!
Contribute to the Art Colony's transformative art experiences: 
become a Member or give a gift TODAY!  Click HERE to donate!

Gifts can now also be given in the form of stocks 
For more info, contact

Become a Member

Become a member of the Grand Marais Art Colony TODAY and experience a slice of creative life on the North Shore. Benefits include event and exhibit invitations, studio and art library rental and more. Join your friends and support this historic art organization into the future.
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