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Professional Development Classes
Studio Access and Other Opportunities
Explore the Art Colony through Artist Talks, Demonstrations, and hands-on activities open to all skill levels. Free unless otherwise noted, goodwill donations are welcome.
Sept. 8 - Oct. 29, 2017
COMPETITION:September 8 - 15
EXHIBITION: September 16 - October 29
Plein Air Grand Marais is a week-long outdoor painting competition that culminates in an exhibit showcasing the North Shore landscape. Eighty artists will be painting throughout Cook County to capture the beauty of this region. Chasing fleeting moments of changing light, these artists must both depict what the scene looks like, as well as the feeling it evokes.
We are pleased to announce that our 2017 Juror will be Kami Mendlik! In addition to jurying the competition prizes, Kami will give an Artist Talk and host a 2 day class: Composition and Color in the Landscape on September 16 & 17; find details here. Call 218-387-2737 to register for this class.
Exhibit is hosted at the Johnson Heritage Post
| 115 West Wisconsin Street, Grand Marais, MN
and the Open Class Exhibit is at the Art Colony | 120 W. 3rd Ave.
September 29 - October 8, 2017
Art Along the Lake is an opportunity to visit artist studios and galleries along the North Shore. During this fun touring event, don't miss the Art Colony’s Gallery Store and cooperative studios in ceramics, glass, printmaking, and painting and observe artists demonstrating their creative process.
Art Colony Demonstrating Studio Artists include:
Ceramic: Hannah Palma Laky, Natalie Sobanja, and Joan Farnam
Glass: Nancy Seaton
For more information about the event and a full schedule of activities throughout Cook County, click here
September 25 - November 14
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 kiln-formed glass. Open to all levels and ages; pre-registration required.
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.
October 20 – 22, 2017
The Art Colony hosts family activities for all ages over the MEA weekend. Moose bucks from the Visitors’ Bureau are awarded for participation!
November 2 - 5, 2017
Registration for the North Shore Readers and Writers Festival is now open!
The Art of Reading and Writing
The North Shore Readers and Writers Festival locates, celebrates, and fosters the literary arts and engagement with the written word.
Readers, writers, and book professionals will all find a multitude of opportunities through which to learn and engage, including classes, readings, panel discussions, and more.
June 21 - 27 | Full Festival Pass Registration ONLY
June 28 - October 26 | Ala Carte and Full Festival Pass Registration
February 16-18, 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.
Full event schedule will be available winter 2018. See below for Art Colony classes.
March 5 - 18, 2018
Applications are now closed for our 2018 Artist-in-Residence.
2018 Artists-in-Residence | March 5 – 18, 2018
2019 Residency Timeline:
Applications Open: April 6, 2018
Application Deadline: May 18, 2018
Notifications: June 12, 2018
2019 Artist-in-Residence Dates: March 4 – 17, 2019
March 24, 2018
Experience a private tour of the Joseph Nease Gallery, the upper midwest's new contemporary art gallery. Get a behind the scenes look at the new facility and view the large painting exhibition of new work by regionally and nationally recognized artists. Have a question and answer session with director Joe Nease as he discusses his passion for art and the artists who make it. A second gallery tour is TBD followed by a happy hour at Zeitgeist Arts Café before returning home.
APRIL 9 – 22, 2018
Invited Artist-in-Residence with Jonathan Herrera
April 9 – 22, 2018
Jonathan will complete his invited residency at the Art Colony by presenting a print-based installation surrounding issues of bodily disappearance and loss of identity. Through a social-political lens John investigates the spaces left behind by bodies to reveal lived experiences, memory, and trauma.
Join us for an Artist Talk with Jonathan Herrera:
The Spaces Left Behind
April 21 | 1 pm
Invited residencies are granted to artists who are mature in practice and have experience with residencies and/or working on in-depth independent projects. The artist is selected as part of a committee process and offers a community engagement component during the residency, introducing the community to a specific aspect of their expertise and artistic practice. If you're interested in learning more about being an artist-in-residence, feel free to give us a call or email firstname.lastname@example.org
April 25 – May 6
Exhibition: April 25 – May 6
Member Meeting: April 27 | 3:30 pm
Annual Exhibit Opening Reception: April 27 | 5 – 7 pm
The Grand Marais Art Colony annual Member Show and Sale provides an opportunity for artists to share their inspiration with each other and the public. You won't want to miss this quality exhibition with dynamic pieces in a variety of price ranges.
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
May 25-27, 2018
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: 2018 TBA
2017 Activities included:
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
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.
July 14-15, 2018
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.
2017 Award Winners
Best in Show: Julie Crabtree
Best Booth: Todd Hawkinson
The Grand Marais Arts Festival will be held July 14 & 15, 2018!
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 June 29, 2018
Submission form can be found here
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
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.
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