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May 2012 Newsletter

News-05/08/2012-09:17 AM

May 2012 Newsletter


News, upcoming classes and events from Grand Marais Art Colony
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  • Upcoming Events
  • News
  • Classes
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Call for Artists & Job Openings

Upcoming Events 

Sharing the Fire:
Traveling exhibit comes to the Art Colony
May 25 - June 27, 2012 
"Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire" is a traveling exhibit that will provide a view into the lives and work of eight Minnesota potters - four pairs of artists whose unique relationships celebrate some of the many ways that knowledge, experience and spirit is passed from person to person in this field.

An exhibit of the work will be on display in the Studio Building's Mini Gallery. Gallery Reception and Documentary Screening to be held on June 22.

FREE Workshop with Robert Brisco & Jason Trebs will occur on June 23. Details to come.
More Info...
July 14 & 15 
Mark your calendars, preparations for the 22nd Annual Grand Marais Arts Festival have begun. We will be announcing the list of participating artists soon!
Grant Info Session for the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council - Monday, May 14
1:30 - 3:30pm

with Grant Officer Sam Black
FREE at Grand Marais Art Colony
Calling all artists, artisans and art organizations!
  Join Sam Black from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (ARAC) to learn more about our regional arts council as well as funding opportunities.  Mr. Black will talk about all ARAC grant programs effective between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013 including brief descriptions and deadlines. 

Questions will be welcome throughout, and this workshop will help you understand the several roles ARAC can serve in the seven Arrowhead counties. 

This workshop is free and open to the public, but please RSVP by contacting the Art Colony at (218) 387-2737 or 

If you have any questions regarding the presentation, contact Sam Black at ARAC at:


Call for Artists
Minnesota Orchestra seeks artists/sculptors with ideas and an interest in creating something special with the blue tubes that currently line Orchestra Hall's facade.Deadline: May 31. 


"Finding Strength" Your Art's Desire Gallery of Art and Framing, Minnesota Recovery Connection and the Recovery Works! will again be celebrating National Recovery Month in September 2012 with a reprise of the clean show.

"Drawing Club: A Collaborative Coloring Book"
For this limited edition series, you are invited you to rip out a page, color it for yourself, hang it on your wall, photograph it and share it by uploading your images to the Drawing Club Facebook page. The coloring books will be available in the Walker Shop and online for $10.  


Got Friends? 

Of course you do! Please share the good word about the Art Colony with your friends, family and neighbors. Contact the
Art Colony if you know of coffee shops, galleries, friends, etc. that would be willing to share our 2012 catalogs.

Looking for people in the Twin Cities area, Twin Ports, Wisconsin, Iowa, the Dakotas and beyond!

New life at the Art Colony! 
High Falls, Grand Portage

We always have to wait a few extra weeks for spring here on the North Shore. But it is always worth the wait- spring is here! The rivers are flowing, plants are budding and new life is emerging.

Many of you know already, but for those who do not Art Colony executive director Amy Demmer is due any day now with her first child. While Amy is on maternity leave, Kjersti & Kristin will be
Recent ultrasound of little baby Demmer. What a smile!
holding down the fort. The office is open daily 9am-4pm, stop in to say hello and see photos of the newest addition to the community.

We will be posting on our Facebook page an official birth announcement when it happens.
Print Studio gets a facelift
The Art Colony's print studio is in the midst of being renovated. New counters, sinks and equipment are being added daily. Look forward to improved efficiency and new printmaking programming in 2013.

Print Studio renovations are being made possible thanks to a grant from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation.
The Art Colony will have a table during Art-a-whirl in NE Minneapolis May 18-20 in the Grain Belt Bottling Building. Art Colony advocate and artist Neil Sherman will be manning the table.

Got some spare time that weekend? We are looking for Art Colony enthusiasts to help man the table. If you are willing, please let us know!
Watch Hazel Belvo Artist-in-Residence lectures online.
Course Catalog 2012Couldn't make it to the lecture series? Don't worry, we recorded and posted all three lectures on our website.

Click here to select a video. Watch, enjoy & share.

Upcoming Classes

 Open Glass Studio  TONIGHT!
May 3; 6-8:30pm
Sharon Frykman
Tuition: $15 / Supply Fee: varies

May 4-6; 3 days; 9am-4pm
Neil Sherman
Tuition: $225

Course Catalog 2012  Writing Our Stories
 May 17-June 14;
 5 Thursdays; 6-8:30pm
 Mary Ellen Ashcroft
 Tuition: $120 / Supply Fee: $6

 Creative Genius: Mixed Watermedia and Collage
May 26-27; 2 days; 9am-4pm  
Jeanne Larson
Tuition: $190 / Supply Fee: varies

 Torch-Working Glass
May 26 - 27; 2 days; 9am-4pm
Dan Neff
Tuition: $150 / Supply Fee: $33

Play with Clay
May 31-June 28; 5 Thursdays; 6-8pm
Joan Farnam
Tuition: $100 / Supply Fee: $25

Course Catalog 2012Open Print Studio
May 31 & June 28; 6-8pm
Jerry Riach & Kelly Dupre
Tuition: $8 (preregister) / $12 (drop-in) / Supply Fee: varies

Soft Pastel Painting,  Felting as Artistic Expression, Quick Paint: The 45 Minute Outdoor Sketch,  Youth Masterpieces, Fused Glass Jewelry, Acrylics 101, Geometry of Art & Design, A Still Life a Day, Lithographic Prints Made Easy, Glass Beads, Wildlife Study in Oil, Introduction to Alkyd Painting,  Color Theory, Pop-Up Field Guide to Wildflowers, Abstract Drawing & Painting 


Volunteer Opportunities

Grand Marais Art Colony:
If you have time, expertise or know those who do, please contact Kristin at
  • Art Book Library Organizer
  • Historical Photo & Document Sorter
  • Website Developer (Wordpress)  
Employment Opportunities

External Relations Associate - Museum of Russian Art / Deadline  05/11/12 

Executive Assistant to Admin. Affairs - Minneapolis Institute of Arts / Deadline 05/17/12 

Executive Director - QCTV / Deadline 05/21/12    

For more employment opportunities visit:  


Artist Support:
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council: 
Health Care reimbursement for NE MN artists.  The Artist Fund has a new, accessible medical reimbursement program for artists and their family members.  For more info:
For generations, the Grand Marais Art Colony has nurtured a vibrant artistic community on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Your support is critical to the health of the Grand Marais Art Colony
Please consider membership today.

The Grand Marais Art Colony is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, making your donation tax-deductible.
Grand Marais Art Colony
120 West 3rd Ave : PO Box 626
Grand Marais, Minnesota 55604
(218) 387-2737
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