December Newsletter
A Letter from the Co-Directors
Dear Friends,

Wherever you find yourself, whether in an urban or natural environment, in an office building or a cabin in the woods, we hope you take inspiration from your surroundings and the time to explore the artistic connections that exist all around us.

Over the past year, the Art Colony has served more than 20,000 students, independent artists, visitors and friends through a tremendous variety of classes, symposia, exhibitions and festivals.

These accomplishments are a great start, but our work as an Art Colony has just begun if we are going to sustain this energy to support the needs and aspirations of those who make up our artistic community.

Art, in every form, nurtures who we are as individuals and as communities. In recent years, short-sighted decisions have led to a steady loss of art classes in public schools, less investment in public art, and fewer fellowships for emerging and established professional artists. The arts are central to our well-being and we must step up the pace at which we foster the arts .

Today, as we consider the close of the giving season, will you consider making a gift toward the Grand Marais Art Colony’s work?
Your support will help us work mo re effectively to expand our studio access for mid-career artists, to advance our class offerings in painting, clay, printmaking, mixed-media, drawing, glass, sculpture, photography, book arts, and literary arts as well as to sponsor intriguing exhibitions on contemporary issues.

In the coming year, the Art Colony is pleased to be hosting three Artists-in-Residence, two special exhibitions and a second Artful Evening, building on the success of this year’s event. We’ll also begin groundwork on exploring avenues for expansion so the Art Colony can keep up with growing studio demands and uses.

Your gift today will help ensure continued artistic exploration at a time when it’s needed more than ever. 

Together, we’ll work to make certain that opportunities for artistic contemplation, exploration, refinement and connection will be available for those of all ages.

Thank you and we wish you a peaceful holiday season.

With gratitude,
Lyla Brown & Ruth Pszwaro
Making Tax-deductible Donations by Dec. 31
The Art Colony is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and when you give charitably to the Art Colony, that money goes right back into the community through arts education, artist services and opportunities, and much much more. Just remember: If you want to use your charitable donation as a tax write-off, it must be made before January 1. Click here to learn more , or here to make your donations right away .
Christmas and New Years Hours
The Art Colony will be closed December 23 – 27, and January 1 for the holidays. We will be open regular business hours for all other days throughout the remainder of the year.
Making a Mark: Life Drawing
Our 2018 Wednesday night Life Drawing sessions Making A Mark: Life Drawing have concluded for this year. See you in January! We'll begin again on January 16 through February 14. Every Wednesday from 5:30 – 8 pm. More Information here .
Photographer Craig Blacklock
Coming in February
This February, we'll host Craig Blacklock for three special events. Craig has taught nature photography workshops since 1982, influencing thousands of aspiring nature photographers across the country, and his favorite subject to capture is the frozen landscapes of Lake Superior.  Be sure to add these to your calendar now!

Dan Welden, Master Printmaker, Returns
At the end of February, master printmaker, painter, author, and originator of the Solar plate technique, Dan Welden, will be returning to the Grand Marais Art Colony. He'll be leading a class, and then exhibiting work which will be available for purchase. We're thrilled to have him in Grand Marais again!
Class Registration closes soon.

Photo Credit: Rick Wenner
Print Studio Internship Opportunity
The Art Colony is now accepting applications for a 2019 summer Print Studio Intern. This internship opportunity is for an enthusiastic, engaged, and serious-minded printmaker and/or book-arts artist who will provide a variety of educational and community engagement opportunities. Compensation and studio access is included.
Support Artists with your Holiday Shopping
Christmas Cards by Kelly Dupre
Ornaments by Nancy Seaton
Karlyn Coleman's Where are all the Minnesotans?
Pottery by Natalie Sobanja
Consider the gift of art for your friends and loved ones this season. On December 1, the Art Colony added new works to our gallery store, and every last piece, regardless of it being jewelry, pottery, painting or print, is hand-made by local and regional artists and makes for an excellent one-of-a-kind gift!

Stop by the Art Colony any day of the week between 9 am and 4 pm to see what we have in our store and to get your holiday shopping taken care of.
Call for Artists
Arrowhead Library System calls for artists to apply for public artwork opportunity at Chisholm Public Library | Due: December 31 Learn more here

Blandin Foundation in Grand Rapids MN call for Public Mural Artists | Due: January 3 Learn more here

Anoka County Libraries calls for artworks for new Library in Circle Pines MN.
DUE: January 7 Learn more here

Lanesboro Arts call for artists: ‘Spitting Image’ self-portrait group exhibition
DUE: January 2, 2019 Learn more here

Johnson Heritage Art Gallery accepting exhibit applications for 2019 - 2021
DUE: Rolling Deadline Learn more here Exhibitions can be individual or group shows.

Krempp Gallery in Jasper Indiana reviewing solo and group show proposals for 2020.
DUE: March 15 Learn more here All art mediums are open for consideration.
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A Big Thank You to our Generous Legacy Partners:
GMAC is a member-supported organization that exists because of your support. Please consider donating here or for planned giving or other opportunities, email Kathi Polley at .