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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

These houses are not open to the public so this is a rare opportunity to see some of the North Shore's most impressive art collections and architecture.

2013 details
About the homes on the tour

For the inaugural Tour d'Art, we will be viewing four homes from Schroeder to Grand Marais.

1. Home designed by Bruce Abrahamson with a flair for the international
The first home on the tour features an international art collection; items collected by the owners over decades of international travel.  Their home was the last house designed by the renowned Minnesota architect, Bruce Abrahamson, before he died in 2008.  Architect Bruce Abrahamson, led the firm Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, was the design leader on many Twin Cities buildings, including the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul and the Piper Jaffray Tower in Minneapolis.  Over the course of his career, Abrahamson won more than 60 awards, including the Minnesota Society of Architects' Gold Medal and three national American Institute of Architects Honor Awards for Architecture, including one for the Minnesota Historical Society. 

2. The home of Paul and Edna Granlund - sculptures abound
The second home was designed to feature the sculptures of one of Minnesota’s best known sculptors, Paul Granlund.  The house was artfully designed by Greg Granlund (son of Paul and Edna Granlund) to showcase his father’s artistic genius.  Each window was designed to frame the views of the lake like a living painting.

3. The home of Joan Drury - an artist's shrine
The third of the featured homes showcases a collection of regional art, both inside and outside.  The house is surrounded by beautiful English-style gardens sprinkled with sculptures. Inside the home, every detail was done artfully, from wood carved doors to custom light fixtures, primarily created by local artists.  An expansive collection of paintings adorn the walls.

4. An art history/architecture professor's eye, an extensive collection
The final home on the tour has a large art collection described as eclectic and discerning. Because their collection of art is so large, the home owners have some permanent installations and the remaining art rotates on display.  The owner is a retired professor who taught for more than 30 years based on his degrees in architecture and art history.  This experience provided him with him a discerning eye and he built his extensive collection which varies from very old prints from the 15th century, to local and regional art from well-known artists such as Birney Quick, founder of the Grand Marais Art Colony in 1947. 

Tour d'Art Press Release

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