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

Upcoming Events:

Community Ink Day: Screenprinting
Saturday, May 28, 2016; 2pm - 4pm


Public Lecture | Traveling Texts: What bookbindings tell us about early-printed books
Friday, June 3, 2016; 7pm

Reading: Short Stories and Fiction
June 4, 2016; 11am; Free | Location: Grand Marais Public Library

Time and Memory in Poetry and Prose
June 4, 2016; 1 - 3pm


Drawing Basics
June 4 - 5, 2016; 2 days; 9am - 4pm

$190.00 Supplies $50.00

Abstract Painting: Beyond the Boundaries
June 6 - 8, 2016; 3 days; 9am - 4pm


Painting the Shore: Watercolor
June 9 - 10, 2016; 2 days; 9am - 4pm

$170.00 Supplies $33.00

Introduction to Acrylic
June 11 - 12, 2016; 2 days; 9am - 4pm

$190.00 Supplies $35.00

Prints from Drawings
June 11 - 12, 2016; 2 days; 9am - 4pm

$150.00 Supplies $33.00

The Habit of Painting: Advanced Acrylic
June 13 - 17, 2016; 5 days; 9am - 4pm

$475.00 Supplies $35.00

Collagraph: Exploring Printed Texture
June 17 - 19, 2016; 2.5 days; Day 1: 5:30 - 8:30pm, Day 2: 9am - 4pm

$190.00 Supplies $44.00

Writing Fiction
June 18 - 19, 2016; 2 days; 9am - 4pm


Animal Mobiles
June 18 - 19, 2016; 2 days; 9am - 4pm

$190.00 Supplies $13.00

Mentor Residency Workshop: Develop Your Artistic Potential
June 20 - 24, 2016; 5 days; 9am - 4pm




Explore the Art Colony through our many drop-in activities, artist talks, and exhibitions that are either free or nominally priced and open to the public. 


Artist services connect artists with a vibrant creative community and vital resources in order to help them grow their practice, advance their career, and develop sustainable lives as artists. Services also include Studio Access and Professional Development classes.  Call for more information. 


The Vocabulary of Art: Artist Talks and Demonstrations
Free & Open to the public, occuring on a regular basis.  Click the link above for a full schedule.

2016 Course Catalog is here!
View it online or request a copy to be mailed to you
Classes fill quickly, RESERVE your spot! | (218) 387-2737
Click here to see ALL upcoming classes

Art Colony Gallery Store
Open Daily | 
9am - 4pm

Stop in to our Gallery Store
featuring original fine art. 

Click here to see opportunities for Artists

Please keep in mind that most Art Colony workshops qualify for college credit when approached as independent study projects in conjunction with a degree program. Interested students should consult with their counselors prior to enrolling.

The Art Colony will be accepting class proposals for its fall/winter schedule up until May 31. Please click HERE for the proposal and call the Art Colony with any questions.


The Grand Marais Art Colony
Nurturing Creativity on the North Shore
Since 1947, the Grand Marais Art Colony has cultivated a relationship between outdoor inspiration and artistic pursuit inspired by the surrounding wilderness and Lake Superior.  Featuring year-round classes for the novice to professional artist, high-quality studio access, and seven inclusive events and exhibits. The facilities include visual arts, clay, glass, and printmaking studios. The Art Colony is a sanctuary for the creative spirit, providing artistic guidance, exploration, and space to grow.

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!"


Eric Thomas Emerging Artist Award
Congratulations to Isabel Wahlers, the first recipient of this scholarship which provides a Cook County highschool student with the opportunity to take an Art Colony class, all expenses paid.  
Contact the Art Colony for more information or click here for the application. 
Radio Interview about the scholarship

Private Programming

Are you looking for an art-making experience for your family or group of friends? Call us to plan something today! Enjoy a 2-hour, half day, full day, or 2 day private class with a local artist instructor. A variety of options are available from printmaking to ceramics to painting.
Minimum of 5 participants.

Interested in Volunteering?

Join our community of dedicated volunteers who help the Art Colony thrive!  Opportunities range from stuffing envelopes to classroom monitors, cleaning to Gallery Store docents.  Schedules are flexible and vary from daily to yearly or even on an as needed basis.  Inquire for more information or download the Application & Opportunities Form here.


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

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council; Cook County, Minn; 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.


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.
Grand Marais Art Colony | GiveMN

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