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

Artist Services

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. Some services require orientation and/or are subject to fees. Call for more information. 

Professional Development Classes
Studio Access and Other Opportunities
Residency Series

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The Vocabulary of Art: Artist Talks & Demonstrations
May - September
Join us for our series of Artist Talks and Demonstrations highlighting artist's influences, the techniques and processes they use, and the work they make.

Also, don't miss:
Saturdays in the Studio
Weekly demonstrations Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends 
Saturdays at 1pm

See the full schedule of Artist Talks, Demonstrations and Saturdays in the Studio by clicking:
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Plein Air Grand Marais
Sept. 8 - Oct. 29, 2017
2017 Plein Air Competition
We are pleased to announce that our 2017 Juror will be Kami Mendlik! After the event, Kami will be teaching Composition and Color in the Landscape on September 16 & 17; find details here. Call (218) 387-2737 to register for this class. 

Check-in for Competition: Friday, September 8 from 9am-4pm 
Pincushion Paint-Out: Saturday, September 9 from 1-5pm at Pincushion Overlook
Lunch Discussion: Outdoor Painters of Minnesota
Monday, September 11 | Allison Eklund | 12 pm - 1 pm
Quick Paint: Thursday, September 14 from 4-5:30pm at the Harbor
Invite and Jury Paintings Due: Friday, September 15 from 8:30-10am at the Johnson Heritage Post
Juror Lecture by Kami Mendlik: Friday, September 15 at 11am at the Grand Marais Art Colony
Open Class Paintings Due: Friday, September 15 from 1:30-2:30pm
Opening Reception: Friday, September 15 from 5-7pm at the Johnson Heritage Post
Exhibit: Saturday, September 16 - Sun, Oct. 29

Click here for full Artist Packet! 

2017 Plein Air Grand Marais Artists

Invitational Class

Richard Abraham | Kristin Blomberg | Bob Bonawitz | Jerri Jo Brandt | Carl Bretzke | Christopher Copeland | Lee Englund | John Franz | Dave Gilsvik | Paula Gustafson | David Hahn | Matt Kania | Cynthia Kath | Cheryl LeClair-Sommer | Tom McGregor | Dan Mackerman | Dan Mondloch | Tom Nachreiner | Elizabeth Oppenheimer | Mike Rada | Larry Seiler | Neil Sherman | Lisa Stauffer | James Turner | Bob Upton | Michelle Wegler | Sue Wipf | Stephen Wysocki | Kathie Wheeler

Jury Class

Douglas Berg | Ed Cacek | MaryAnn Cleary | Jack Dant | Derek Davis | Steve DeLaitsch | Patricia Duncan | Patty Dwyer | Allison Eklund | Bridget Ertelt | Robert Hagberg | Marva Harms | Carol Holmblad | Joni Jurek | Laurie Kania | Sara Lubinski | Robert Luedtke | Leisa Luis-Grill | Doug Malin | Sandra Maxwell | Spencer Meagher | Pat Owen | Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens | Joan Reynolds | Katherine Seger | Joyce Staley | Jon Strand | Richard Stryker | Kenneth Valentas | William Whalberg | Chris Willey

Open Class

Mary Jo Ellis |  Gary Olson |  Irene Tait |  Nancy Gongoll |  Wendy Goriup |  Kathleen  Weinberg |  Susan Aamot |  Jeannie Knight | Mary Olson |  Angie Malin |  Judy CM Mayor |  Susan Estill |  Cindy Pawluk |  Pete Hinze

There is still space available in the Open Class. Call the Art Colony for more details about participating in Plein Air through the Open Class. 

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Fall Art Weekend
October 19 - 22, 2017
Stay tuned for upcoming 2017 drop-in activities and classes for all ages!

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North Shore Readers and Writers Festival
November 2 - 5, 2017
 Registration for the North Shore Readers and Writers Festival is now open!

June 21 - 27 | Full Festival Pass Registration ONLY
June 28 - October 26 | Ala Carte and Full Festival Pass Registration

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The 100 Day Project
January - April, 2018
The 100DayProject is an effort to motivate artists and creative seekers to commit to 100 days of creativity. 

Creativity is a skill. The more we practice, the more skilled we become.  Practice takes time. Practice takes commitment. Practice is a radical act in this fast-paced world. Through practice, we develop a creative habit. Through habit, we reconnect with and know ourselves again as a creative being.

Stay tuned for information about the 2018 100DayProject!
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Northern Fibers Retreat
February 2018
Celebrate the Art and Craft of fibers in the heart of winter. This cozy retreat features a variety of classes, lunch-n-learn talks and demonstrations, a show-n-share event, 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.
View the 2017 schedule below
and check back late fall for the 2018 schedule of events:

Off the Cuff: Stitchery with Julie Crabtree | Feb 16 
Decorative Pins with Julie Crabtree | Feb 17
Eco-printing with Native Dyes with Cyndi Kaye Meier | Feb 17 | Lunch
Hand-printed Lampshades with Jeanne McGee | Feb 17 - 18
Needle Felted Wool Landscapes with Jaana Mattson | Feb 17 - 18
Button it up with Glass with Mary Bebie | Feb 18
Soy Wax Batik Basics and Beyond with Cyndi Kaye Meier | Feb 18 - 19
Cut Paper Art - Mini-session with Andrea Martin | Feb 18
Cut Paper Art - Full-session with Andrea Martin | Feb 18 - 19

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Juried Artist-in-Residence
March 5 - 18, 2018
Applications are now closed for our 2018 Artist-in-Residence and residence will be selected June 13, 2017. 

2018 Artists-in-Residence | March 5 – 18, 2018

Application Timeline for 2019:
Applications Open: April 9, 2018
Application Deadline: May 17, 2018
Notifications: June 14, 2018

Residency: March 4 - 17, 2019

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Invited Artists-in-Residence: Holly Swift
04/24/2017 - 05/06/2017
Invited Artist-in-Residence with Holly Swift
April 24 - May 6, 2017

The invited artist-in-residence offers a community engagement component during the residency, introducing the community to a specific aspect of their expertise and artistic practice.

All are invited to join us for Holly's artist talk:

In the Landscape and in the Studio
Saturday, April 29 | 12 pm | Founders Hall

Holly Swift’s work is found in both private and public collections nationwide. She has been a recipient of the National Park Artist in Residency at Voyageur National Park and Artist Residency at the Hill Country Foundation in Ingrim, Texas. A native of Illinois, Holly received an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. She has 25 years of teaching experience in Drawing, Painting and Design, having taught at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Hamline University.
Invited residencies are granted to an artist who is mature in practice and has experience with residencies and/or working on in-depth independent projects. 

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Annual Members Show & Sale
Details pending re: the 2017 Annual Member Show, stay tuned!

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Details from the 2016 Event:

The 2016 Member Show & Sale theme: Ode to the Ordinary 
There is delight in a ritual as simple as a morning cup of coffee or seeing a favorite rock leaning on the windowsill. These things may serve as a reminder or provide peace and grounding. Ode to the Ordinary honors the beauty, humor, resiliance, and steadfastness of the everyday. 

Friday, Oct 28

Annual Member Meeting | 3:30 pm
Opening Reception | 5-7 pm

Exhibit runs through Sunday, November 20

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. 24
Call the office for details: 218-387-2737 
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Empty Bowls Dinner and Silent Auction
Twelve percent of Cook County residents go hungry every month. To address this need, each year the Art Colony co-organizes the Empty Bowls Dinner and Silent Auction: a community art fundraiser to alleviate local hunger needs. 


Help make bowls to donate to this event while learning the basics of pottery and fused glass. Open to all levels and ages. Pre-registration is Required for the Bowl making sessions.

Stay tuned for details regarding the 2017 event!

Make-a-Bowl: Clay
DATES TBD | one-hour sessions
Saturday: 9 am – 2:30 pm; Sunday: 11 am – 3 pm
Tuition: $5

Make-a-Bowl: GLASS
DATES TBD | 6:30 - 7:30pm
Tuition: $5

DATES TBD | 10am - 2pm
Tuition: $5 | No registration required

Empty Bowls
Serving Lunch & Dinner with hand-crafted community-made bowls in effort to raise funds to alleviate hunger in Cook County.
Soup: $5
Handcrafted Bowl: $10


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Mentor Residency Workshops
April 25 - October 9
Each mentoring artist offers a unique philosophical approach and teaching style. Workshops are cooperative in nature, characterized by critical group dialouge, focused time to work on independent projects and mentored guidance. 

Instructors include: Doug Westendorp, Elizabeth Erickson, Martha McQuade, Dan Clark, David Feinberg, Becky McDonah, Tedd McDonah, Hazel Belvo, Linda Gammell, Mary Leikvold, and Faith Sullivan

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Art Along the Lake: Memorial Day Weekend
May 27 - 28, 2017
A weekend full of art activities, demonstrations, and gallery tours throughout Cook County. Stop by the Art Colony to visit our gallery, see artists at work, and partake in the following activities:

Pop-up Exhibition and Sale: Made at the Art Colony
May 27 - 28 | Saturday: 11 am - 4 pm | Sunday: 9 am - 4 pm 

Glass Coasters | Mary Bebie
May 27 | 9 - 11 am or 1 - 3 pm
Tuition: $35
Pre-registration required

Printmaking Demonstration | Jerry Riach
May 27 | 1 pm | Free

Community Ink Day: Screenprinting | Mike Swindlehurst
May 27 | 2 - 4 pm
Tuition: $20 (adult t-shirt) or $10 (youth t-shirt or your own clothing item).

See the Full Schedule of activities throughout the County HERE.
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Findings Jewelry Symposium

Love jewelry?  The Jewelry Symposium is for you!  Learn from renowned artists and network with other jewelry enthusiasts to explore the intersection between contemporary and traditional jewelry methods. A great blend of classes, demonstrations, artist talks and a catered panel lunch discussion - you can spend the whole weeked or just come for an individual session.

Findings Jewelry Symposium future event dates have not yet been set. Subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter or request a catalog to receive the most up-to-date information.

View the Past Symposium Schedule HERE 
Artwork by Michael Boyd; 2017 Findings Keynote Artist

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The 27th Annual Grand Marais Arts Festival
July 8 - 9, 2017
Thank you everyone for a successful 2017 Grand Marais Arts Festival! See you next year July 14-15 for our 2018 Arts Festival. 

Over 70 local and regional artists set up by the 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.

Our 2017 Festival Artists:

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Clothesline Art Sale Fundraiser
July 8 - 9, 2017
Clothesline Art Sale Fundraiser
(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. Deadline is June 29, 2017

Submission form can be found here.

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Book Arts Weekend
Early October, 2017

Stay tuned for upcoming book arts offerings.  Below are examples of past classes:

Decorative Techniques on Paper: Suminagashi and Orizomi | October 1 | 9am - Noon 

Cross Structure Binding | October 1 | 9am - 12pm 

Letterpress: Table-top Platen Press | October 1 | 9am - 12pm 

Drum Leaf Binding | October 1 | 1pm - 4pm 

Letterpress: Show Card Press | October 1 | 1pm - 4pm 

Coptic Binding | October 1 | 1pm - 4pm 

Cherry Blossom Box: Book Arts | October 2 | 1pm - 4pm 

Long and Link Stitch Binding | October 2 | 1pm - 4pm 

Letterpress: Single Sheet Books and Alternative Processes | October 2 | 1 - 4pm 
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