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

Upcoming Events:

Watercolor: Youth Class (For ages 6 - 9)
September 26 - October 17, 2016; 4 Mondays; 3:45pm - 4:45pm


Identity: Youth (Ages 10 - 13)
September 27 - October 18; 4 Tuesdays; 3:45 - 5:15pm


Coptic Binding
October 1, 2016; 1pm - 4pm


Letterpress: Show Card Press
October 1, 2016; 1pm - 4pm


Drum Leaf Binding
October 1, 2016; 1pm - 4pm


Letterpess: Table-top Platen Press
October 1, 2016; 9am - 12pm


Cross Structure Binding
October 1, 2016; 9am - 12pm


Autumn Painting
October 1 - 2, 2016; 2 days; 9am - 4pm


Decorative Techniques on Paper: Suminagashi and Orizomi
October 1, 2016; 9am - Noon


Cherry Blossom Box: Book Arts
October 2, 2016; 1pm - 4pm


Long and Link Stitch Binding
October 2, 2016; 1pm - 4pm


Letterpress: Single Sheet Books and Alternative Processes
October 2, 2016; 1 - 4pm


Make-a-Bowl for Empty Bowls: CLAY
Sat - Sun, Oct 15 - 16 | One-hour Sessions | Saturday: 9 am - 2 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 3 pm




Applications are now available for the 2017 Juried Artists-in-Residencies.  Click HERE for full details.


Plein Air Grand Marais Exhibition 

Open now through November 13
Location: Johnson Heritage Post Gallery and Art Colony 

Watch the Video: Plein Air Grand Marais, Quick Paint

Tour d'Art: Beach Homes
Sat, Oct. 1st
Art Colony Fundraiser and exclusive home tour!

Visit four spectacular homes along Cascade Beach Road, experience the history of this area as well as the neighborhood feel that has developed in this extraordinary stretch of the North Shore.  Call early to reserve your spot!
Art Colony Annual Member Show & Sale
Opening Reception: Friday, Oct. 28 | 5-7pm
Exhibition Open: October 28 - November 20

An exhibition celebrating the creativity of Art Colony members and focused around the theme of "Ode to the Ordinary", honoring the beauty, humor, resilience and steadfastness of the everyday.

Book Arts Weekend | October 1-2
A weekend of half day classes celebrating book arts, papermaking, and letterpresss activities hosted with Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

Fall into Art Weekend | October 21 - 23
Drop-in activities throughout the weekend for all levels - great for families and kids!  Plus a variety of longer classes for all levels and CEU credits for art educators.

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

The Fall/Winter Catalog is Here!

View it online or request a copy to be mailed to you.

Classes fill quickly, RESERVE your spot today.
Click here to see ALL upcoming classes

CEU and CEC credits are available for taking Art Colony classes!  Also,  most Art Colony classes 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.

Open Daily | 9am - 4pm

All visitors welcome!  Experience the Art Colony Gallery Store which features original fine art from Art Colony instructors, event participants and studio artists.  Take a tour of the studios or watch artists at work - there is always something new to discover! 


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!"

for Empty Bowls

Schedule Changed for Clay sessions!
Clay Make-a-Bowl sessions: Oct. 15-16.  

Glass Make-a-Bowl sessions:Oct. 25 or Oct. 26

Paint-a-Bowl: Oct. 29

All sessions are a $5/person fee and made pieces are donated to support the Empty Bowls fundraiser, November 10 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Please see our website by clicking HERE or call for times and details, and register today!
Eric Thomas Emerging Artist Award
Congratulations to Cassie Burkett and Samantha Scalise, selected as this year's Emerging Artist Award Winners!  This scholarship provides a Cook County highschool student with the opportunity to take an Art Colony class, all expenses paid.  
Click here for the application or here to donate to the Scholarship Award. 
Radio Interview about the scholarship

Group Programming
Create Your Own Art Experience!
Are you looking for an 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?

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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