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


Artist-in-Residence Program at the Art Colony
11/24/2015-11:57 AM

Apply to participate in the Artist-in-Residence Program at the Art Colony - Applications DUE Dec. 11, 2015
Grand Marais Art Colony
Artist Residency Series
The Art Colony offers a variety of residency experiences to artists, providing work space to support the process, development, creation, and production of new works, while also fostering a deep connection with the surrounding landscape. Experimentation and creative risk-taking are encouraged!  
See the options below and contact the Art Colony with questions.

Selected Artists-in-Residence | March 7 – 20
Artists are invited to submit an application for one of two selected artists-in-residencies.
Artists will be provided with lodging, workspace, and a weekly stipend to work in either the multi-use Founders Hall Studio or in the Eco-friendly Printmaking Studio. Two artists may also apply to work in a collaborative residency.
Click HERE for application.
Mentor Residency Workshops
The Art Colony will host five mentoring artists in 2016. Each artist offers a unique personal and philosophical approach and teaching style. While students will bring independent projects to work on, workshops are cooperative in nature, characterized by critical group dialogue, focused time to work, and mentored guidance.
Contact the Art Colony for details or to register.
2016 Schedule:
Doug Westendorp | April 25 – 29
Elizabeth Erickson | May 7 – 10
Martha McQuade & Dan Clark | May 23 – 27
David Feinberg | June 20 – 24
Hazel Belvo | July 18 – 22 & July 25 – 29
Independent Residencies
Independent residencies are available at various times of the year for artists who are members of the Art Colony. Come and retreat to our professional studios for uninterrupted space and time to focus, rejuvenate, and be inspired.
Call for details: 218-387-2737

More details about the Residency Program 
Nestle into this quaint harbor arts community located between the world’s largest fresh water lake and a pristine wilderness area for a creative retreat. The Artist-in-Residence program is designed to provide artists with uninterrupted work time in a quiet, natural setting and to support the development, creation, and production of new, original works. In 2016 two residencies will be awarded. One will take place in our eco-friendly printmaking studio and one in our historic, multi-purpose studio space, founders hall. Artists can apply independently and we also invite two or more artists to apply jointly.

Grand Marais, Minnesota, is a vibrant arts destination that is home to many artists. The Grand Marais Art Colony exists to nurture creativity on the North Shore.

To find out more information about the Artist-in-Residence program, contact Ruth Pszwaro at or by calling 218-387-2737

WRITE FROM THE HEART: A Class for Military Veterans, their families & friends
03/05/2014-10:40 AM

The Grand Marais Art Colony has partnered with the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council and the Minnesota Department of Veteran’s Affairs to provide a special workshop for military veterans and their family members on Friday, March 21, 2014 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Participants will explore their inner landscapes and experiment with what is fragmented, silenced, joyful. Using writing prompts, attendees will illuminate parts of their personal histories and begin to craft them into works of art. This workshop will focus on the writing process, not product, in a safe, sharing environment. All writing levels welcome; no previous writing experience necessary.
Facilitator, Jeanette Marie Cox, resides in Ely, Minnesota and has provided writing and creativity workshops for twenty-five years.  Her poetry chapbook, War and Peace, was adapted and featured in a Marjorie Goldman off-Broadway dance production. She studied and worked with Dr. Arun Gandhi on non-violence and social justice issues.  She is an Arts and Cultural Heritage—Community Arts Learning Grant recipient, a McKnight/Arts and Cultural Heritage Individual Artist Fellowship recipient, and a Career Development Grant recipient from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. 

For more information or to register, please contact the Art Colony at 387-2737 or

This activity is funded in part by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008 and The McKnight Foundation with additional support from the Minnesota Department of Veteran’s Affairs and the Brekke/Langhorst Memorial Scholarship Fund.

New face at the Art Colony
08/01/2013-02:19 PM

A new face at in Art Colony office, Susan BragstadYou will notice a new face around here on Sundays - Susan Bragstad! Susan is joining the ranks of staff for the next few weeks while we search for a part-time year round position.

The Art Colony wishes Kristin well on her future endeavors - her artwork can be found at the Last Chance Gallery and Art Colony events.

Job Description: Office Registrar
Grand Marais Art Colony

Position will be filled as soon as possible, no applications accepted after August 15. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to:
Amy Demmer
Grand Marais Art Colony
PO Box 626, 120 W. 3rd Ave
Grand Marais, MN 55604

General Job Description:
Support all day-to-day office administrative tasks, maintain school store and facilities, manage and coordinate volunteer program, attend weekly staff meetings. This is a part-time, year round staff position of 24 hours per week. Office hours are Sunday – Tuesday.

Compensation & Benefits:
Position pays $11 per hour for 24 hours per week. Payroll is paid on the 15th and last day of the month. Benefits include 6 days of vacation and 6 days of sick leave annually. Sick leave can be carried over from year to year up to 90 days, vacation cannot be carried over. Class Benefit: 2 days tuition-free classes (does not cover supply fee) over the course of the year, 25% off additional class tuition.

Office Support (approx 20 hrs/wk)
Volunteer Coordination (approx 4 hrs/wk) Experience For more information contact Amy Demmer at 218-387-2737 or

Tour d'Art: The Home Collection
07/03/2013-01:26 PM

The Grand Marais Art Colony presents: 

Tour d'Art: The Home Collection
Saturday, September 28, 12:30pm

Visit four Lake Superior homes featuring unique collections of art. Tour culminates at the Art Colony with a studio tour, wine & cheese reception and lecture with the director of the Tweed Art Museum. 
Limited tickets available, reserve your spot today! | (218) 387-2737

This fundraiser supports the Art Colony.

This first year we will be viewing homes from Schroeder to Grand Marais, next year will be from Grand Marais to .

Homes on the 2013 tour: 

1. Peggy Lucas - Schroeder 
2. Edna Granlund - Schroeder
3. Joan Drury - Lutsen
4. Helen Muth & David Quick - Grand Marais


"Shore" performance comes to Grand Marais Arts Festival
06/04/2013-03:34 PM

Award-winning Minneapolis-based choreographer Emily Johnson brings her performance company Catalyst to Grand Marais for free outdoor performances at the Grand Marais Arts Festival on July 13 & 14  2013.  The GMAF performances will be preview excerpts of SHORE, a new site-specific dance + music + storytelling event that will take place in Harbor Park at 2pm each day. SHORE traces the blurry edges between water and land, performer and audience, art and community, the pedestrian and the sublime.  With local participants from the Grand Marais community joining in the performances.

more info

Join Emily Johnson/ Catalyst at Arts Festival July 13 & 14 and discover the world of contemporary dance & performance!

Minneapolis-based Choreographer Emily Johnson and composer James Everest are looking for 15-20 local community members from the Grand Marais area to participate in their short outdoor public performances of SHORE at Harbor Park in Grand Marais for the Arts Festival July 13 & 14.  Ages 8-80+ welcome!  Participants will learn movement and singing at short rehearsals in the days before the festival - easy movements and simple singing that can be done by people of all ages and ability levels.  SHORE is a celebration of the place where we meet and merge – land and water, performer and audience, art and community. Come join in the fun!

FOR MORE INFO or to SIGN UP contact James at

Clothesline Art Sale - call for work
06/04/2013-02:31 PM

The Clothsline Art Sale was an Art Colony fundraiser from years past and we are bringing it back by popular demand this year. 

Clothesline Art Sale Fundraiser – Call for Artists
Since 1947, the Grand Marais Art Colony has cultivated a relationship between outdoor inspiration and artistic pursuit inspired by the surrounding wilderness and Lake Superior. The facilities include visual arts, clay, glass, and printmaking studios. With over 100 classes for all skill levels and ages, studio access for experienced artists, and numerous community events, the Art Colony is a sanctuary for all creative spirits.

The Grand Marais Art Colony is hosting a fundraiser to support our programming and services.  The “Clothesline Art Sale” will feature 5x7 works hung in our festival booth during the Grand Marais Arts Festival, July 13 – 14.  Each piece will be sold for $35.
Seeking artists to donate 1 or more pieces of original works in any media that is hangable (room for a few 3-D items to sit on the table too).  Draw, paint, collage, sketch, print, stitch, stamp – have fun while supporting the Art Colony!  The works will be signed on the backside (or bottom) only so donors will not know who created their work until after it is purchased.  Names of participating artists will be listed in promotional materials for the event
Please submit work by July 8, 2013.  For more info, please contact
Submission Guidelines – Due July 8, 2013
Grand Marais Art Colony:
PO Box 626
120 W. 3rd Ave
Grand Marais, MN 55604
If you have any questions, please contact

"More than pretty, the economics of arts and crafts in Cook County"
05/16/2013-10:04 AM

 The first in a series of discussions about how to cultivate and adapt one of the primary natural resources in Cook County: the arts, crafts and music. 

Held 5/13 at Cook County Higher Education. Panel lead by Amy Demmer of the Grand Marais Art Colony, Greg Wright of North House Folk School, Jay Anderson of WTIP, and Jan Sivertson of Sivertson Gallery

If you are interested in joining the next discussion, please contact the Art Colony. 

2011 Plein Air Grand Marais Video
05/04/2013-01:33 PM

Watch video from the 2011 Plein Air Grand Marais Quick Paint created by THE PLAYLIST

Hazel Belvo: "Spirit Tree" show at the Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis
04/11/2013-09:14 AM

 Bockley Gallery: 2123 w 21st Street | Minneapolis mn 55405 | 612 377 4669

Hazel Belvo: Spirit Tree 

Opening Reception:
Friday, April 12, 6 to 9 pm

April 13 through May 18, 2013

Bockley Gallery is honored to present an exhibition of paintings by distinguished artist and Professor Emeritus, Hazel Belvo. These paintings focus on the artist’s primary subject for more than 50 years, Manidoo-giizhikens---once known as the Witch Tree---now more commonly referred to as the Spirit Tree. This is Belvo’s first exhibit with Bockley Gallery, which she was drawn to because the space presents the possibility of a “shrine-like” exhibit of this series of life-sized works.

Belvo’s series of large-scale paintings, all created in the past year, use rich color in a range of palettes both cool and fiery to depict the tree form shifting into almost human figures. More portrait than landscape, these trees move and transform, suggesting an enormous range of dynamic human states of being: anguish, solitude, and attitudes of ecstasy. The tree transforms in each painting to take on character traits that Belvo acknowledges in titles such as “The Poet,” and “Guardian,” while at the same time remaining true to the iconic form of the actual cedar, still revered by the Ojibwe people who protect it on their tribal lands.

For fifty years I have painted, photographed, printed, and drawn the Spirit Tree, a four hundred year-old cedar tree that grows out of a rock in Lake Superior and is a spiritual icon for the Ojibwe people. I have studied it in every season, every time of day, every day of the year. For me it is a personal symbol of survival. ¬--- Hazel Belvo, 2012

Belvo’s paintings employ a variety of methods including beginning the image by first drawing with tobacco and vermilion, the traditional offerings to the Spirit Tree, and then using wet and dry brush, glazing, scumbling, and impasto to capture elements such as time of day and season. The resulting canvasses present tree images in a size that relates to the human form and that depict dusk, dawn, day, night—the temporal landscape in which Belvo has witnessed the tree.

For seventeen years Belvo taught painting and drawing and was the Chair of the Fine Arts Department at St Paul Academy Summit School before becoming Chair of the Division of Fine Art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she holds the status of Professor Emeritus. Since retiring in 1998, Belvo has traveled to sacred sites where other ancient trees can be found including a visit to an olive tree in Delphi said to have been alive at the time of Christ. She shares studios in Minneapolis and in Grand Marais with artist Marcia Cushmore and teaches as mentor at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Hazel Belvo has been an exhibiting painter for over fifty years. She grew up in southern Ohio and after attending the Dayton Art Institute, she moved to New York City, went to the New School for Social Research, was a fellow at the Bunting Institute at Harvard for two years, taught at Quaker Schools and Rhode Island School of Design and maintained a studio in Provincetown MA for many years. Her work can be found in numerous private, public and museum collections across the country and internationally including the Minnesota Museum of American Art, Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Tweed Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Walker.

More information contact the Bockley Gallery at 
2123 w 21st Street | Minneapolis MN 55405 | 612 377 4669

04/03/2013-09:02 AM

Footage from the recent Artist-in-Residence with Lee & Dan Ross of the artists working in the Print Studio. Check it out for a little insite into the artistic process.

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