January 21 - April 30, 2017
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.
How do I get involved?
1. Visit the 100DayProject website and sign up for the free e-newsletter by clicking HERE
2. Define a "spine" or focus for your 100 days and come up with manageable time frames to explore the theme. Then register your project by clicking HERE
. Note that registration may not yet be updated for 2017 so make sure to check back.
3. Attend the introductory meeting. Date: Tuesday, January 17 | 12pm
March 6 - 19, 2017
March 6 - 19, 2017
We are please to announce our 2017 Juried Artists-in-Residence!
John Schuerman | Founders Hall
John is a self-taught artist, independent curator, and Gallery Director for Instinct Art Gallery. His artistic focus is environmental painting and drawing with expertise in creation, curatorial, and production of socially-themed exhibitions.
View John's work here: http://www.schuermanfineart.com/
Luke Johnson | Printmaking Studio
Luke is a Minnesota artist working primarily in print media and installation. His artistic focus centers on the notion of the archive and the ways in which society creates, engages with, and interprets materials, including locally-sourced historical print media, interior decor, and other detritus.
View Luke's work here: http://lukejohnsonart.weebly.com/
Please join us for the following two community events:
Free and open to all
Demonstration: Xerox-Intaglio Transfer
March 18 | 9 am – 12 pm
Artist Talk: Good Book Bad Idea – Environmental Activist Art
Saturday, March 18 | 1 pm
Applications for the 2018 residencies
will be made available October 31, 2017
04/24/2017 - 05/06/2017
Invited Artist-in-Residence with Holly Swift
April 24 - May 6, 2017
Community Engagement Component | TBA
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.
The artist offers a community engagement component during the residency, introducing the community to a specific aspect of their expertise and artistic practice.
May 26-29, 2017
Art Along the Lake is a Gallery Tour that celebrates the vibrant art scene of Cook County. Galleries throughout Cook County will be hosting demonstrations, activities, and live music all weekend.
Join the Art Colony for a family-friendly weekend of art-making and seeing artists at work.
July 8 - 9, 2017
Join us July 8 - 9, 2017 for this year's festival!
Call for Artists: Jury Applications are open via Zapplications Jan. 13 - March 12. Click here to find more info about being a Festival Artst in the Artist Packet.
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.
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.
to submit a piece to be sold. All are welcome to submit work. Deadline is July 1, 2017
Submission form can be found here
Sept. 8 - Nov. 5, 2017
2017 Plein Air Competition
Planning for 2017 is underway. Invitations to artists will happen in January and the Jury will open February 1.
DETAILS from the 2016 EVENT
COMPETITION: Sept. 9-16
EXHIBITION: Sept. 16 - Nov. 13
| Johnson Heritage Post
& Art Colony
Opening Reception: Sept. 16 | 5-7pm
| Johnson Heritage Post
Artists have seven days to paint the North Shore in this friendly outdoor painting competition which culminates in an exhibit of over 250 stunning, original paintings.
Competition area is anywhere in Cook County, MN - from the Canadian Border to the Caribou River in Schroeder.
Listen to this great Radio piece from WTIP about Plein Air Grand Marais
Spectators can connect with artists throughout the event at Artist Talks, planned paint-outs, and preliminary art on display. See the full schedule of activities below!
Want to have the first peek (and chance to buy) the fresh paintings from the week? Become a Purchase Award Sponsor
2016 Awards Juror: Dan Wiemer
Take a Class with Dan!
2016 Schedule of Activities - free unless listed otherwise!
Fri, Sept 9
| Competition Begins!
Sat, Sept 10
| 1 - 5pm | Paint out | Lutsen Mountains
Mon, Sept 12
| Noon | Artist Talk with Artist Sue Wipf
| Art Colony
Tues-Wed, Sept 13 -14
| 1-4pm | Red Suspender Competition - see some of the first paintings of the week on display | Art Colony
Thurs, Sept 15
| 4 - 5:30 | Quick Paint | Artists Point
Fri, Sept 16
| 11am | Juror Lecture with Dan Wiemer
| Art Colony
Fri, Sept 16
| 5 - 7pm | Exhibit Opening Reception | Johnson Heritage Post
Sat, Sept 17
| 11:30-12:30 | The Art of Seeing with Hazel Belvo -
experience the new exhibit with guided discussion on art-viewing | Johnson Heritage Post
| $5 suggested donation
Sat, Sept 17
| noon | Open Class Exhibit opens for display | Art Colony
September 17 - November 13
| Exhibition on Display | Johnson Heritage Post and Grand Marais Art Colony
Wondering what this Competition is all about??
October 19 - 22, 2017
Stay tuned for upcoming 2017 drop-in activities and classes for all ages!
November 2 - 5, 2017
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the readers and writers festival in 2016. The Art Colony, in conjunction with the Grand Marais Public Library, and Drury Lane Books, are thrilled to host this event biannually. We look forward to seeing you in 2017. Meanwhile, check out the Art Colony's expanded literary arts offerings in 2016.
Please email us to be placed on the mailing list for 2017
October 28 - November 20, 2016
Details pending re: the 2017 Annual Member Show, stay tuned!
For more info email: email@example.com
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
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!
DATES TBD | one-hour sessions
Saturday: 9 am – 2:30 pm; Sunday: 11 am – 3 pm
DATES TBD | 6:30 - 7:30pm
DATES TBD | 10am - 2pm
Tuition: $5 | No registration required
Serving Lunch & Dinner with hand-crafted community-made bowls in effort to raise funds to alleviate hunger in Cook County.
Handcrafted Bowl: $10
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
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
April 23, 2017
Congratulations to the 2016 receipients: Cassie Burkett & Samantha Scalise!
The Grand Marais Art Colony and Leah Thomas are excited to announce the creation of the Eric Thomas Emerging Artist Award, in memory of Leah’s brother Eric (1956 - 2013). This annual scholarship will provide full tuition and cost of materials for a young Cook County artist to attend a Grand Marais Art Colony class of their choice.
This scholarship is open to youth who are currently a sophomore or junior in high school.
Application can be found here
and is due annually on April 23.
Listen to a RADIO clip from an interview about the Award with Art Colony director Amy Demmer, High school Art Teacher Mary MacDonald and Selection Committee member Michael McHugh