Grand Marais Art Colony
Nurturing creativity on the North Shore since 1947

New items in the Gallery Store (clockwise starting in upper left): Anthony Michaud-Scorza, Candyce Westfield, Jason Trebs, & Rick Allen

August greetings from the Art Colony! Summer is finally here and the blueberries are ripe for the picking! Every year, Grand Marais Arts Festival artists donate a piece of art to the Gallery Store to sell. Above are four of the many items we have in the store! We have a unique collection of artwork for all budgets; make sure the Gallery Store is on your list of  shopping stops. 

Save the Date for two upcoming Art Colony Events: Plein Air Grand Marais (Opening Reception: Sept. 12, 5 - 7pm at the Johnson Heritage Post) and our Home Tour and exhibit fundraiser: Tour d'Art: The Legacy (Oct. 4, noon).

See you soon on the North Shore of Lake Superior!

Free Weekly Summer Activities

Fridays in the Studio 
Join us for studio talks and experience first-hand, a professional working arts studio.  Presentations will rotate each week between studio spaces and mediums. All are at 10 am and free!
August 15 | Painting Demo with Neil Sherman
August 22 | Clay Demo with Joan Farnam
August 29 | Clay Demo with Joan Farnam 
Saturday Historical Tours
Did you know that the Art Colony was established over 65 years ago?  Learn about our rich history and hear stories about its evolution since 1947.  As you tour the facilities you will see artists at work and discover how you can become part of our creative community.  Tour starts at 10am and is free!

August Class Highlights

August 18 - 22 | 9am-4pm | 5 days
Tuition: $475

August 23 - 24 | 9am-4pm | 2 days
Tuition: $150 | Supply Fee: $14

August 28 - 29 | 9am - noon | 2 half days
Tuition: $75 | Supply Fee: $17

Featured Instructor | Jeff Hirst
Grand Marais Art Colony Instructor, Jeff Hirst, is a San Francisco Bay Area-based artist who has exhibited his work across the United States and Europe since 1987. His work has shown at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the McKinney Contemporary in Dallas, Butters Gallery in Portland, and Arte Internazionale in Matera, Italy. He owns Hirst Printmaking, a printshop and teaching facility in Oakland, where research and exploration in experimental print ideas meld encaustic and printmaking. Hirst teaches encaustic and printmaking workshops at his studio and at various national venues.

2014 classes offered by Jeff Hirst: 

August 9 - 10 | 2 days | Tuition: $190 | Supply Fee: $75

July 11 - 13 | 3 days | Tuition: $285 | Supply Fee: $80

How did you first come to teach at the Art Colony?

I enjoyed visiting Grand Marais, Lake Superior, and the north shore and wanted to teach in this setting. GMAC has a long history and the facilities are wonderful.

You are a printmaker in background and you currently use encaustic as one of your main media. Can you give us a brief history lesson of encaustic and tell us how you got into it?

I think of myself as an artist who happens to use encaustic, printmaking processes, and sculpture to arrive at my imagery. In my paintings I tend to work from a printmaker's perspective scraping, incising, and screenprinting imagery, and treating painting surfaces like intaglio or collagraph plates.


The encaustic painting process, which uses pigmented molten beeswax fused with heat, is over 3500 years old and known for its luminous color. I got into encaustic in 1997. At the time there were no books written on the medium so I did a lot of experimenting and learned through trial and error. I was trained as a printmaker and have a natural affinity with process so experimenting was and is second nature to me. I was drawn to Jasper Johns encaustic work and have a love for the dense and organic quality of the wax.


Your work explores the relationship between man-made architectural structures and the natural landscape - primarily within a high contrast urban context. Does your motivation and inspiration necessitate intimately knowing a place in order to artistically respond to it?

I am interested in how architecture exists in a setting and how it influences and defines community. Through my artwork I explore how architecture can help define a place and give it a certain energy that is different from an environment that is nature based. I am particularly interested in the architecture of larger cities such as Chicago and seeing how the natural and the man-made coexist. For instance, on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Lake Michigan is on one side and buildings designed by great architects like Mies Van Der Rohe are on the other. This makes for an exciting contrast. I know the places I am referencing intimately and am able to key in on the geometry of the architecture and still maintain a sense of organic within my work.


What projects are you working on right now?

Right now I am working on some large scale shaped paintings, some prints in which I am screenprinting abstracted photos and overprinting with encaustic collagraphs, and new sculptural work for a show in Massachusetts.


What contemporary artists' work do you admire?

I admire artists such as Elizabeth Murray, Eva Hesse, Anselm Kiefer, Leonardo Drew, Sean Scully, Sigmar Polke, and Kate Gilmore.


Plein Air 
Grand Marais
support | observe | learn

September 5 - 12

Opening Reception at
the Johnson Heritage Post
September 12, 5 - 7pm

September 12 - 28

2014 Juror
Bonnie Paruch

Take a Class with Bonnie:

September 13, 14 & 15 (optional third day)
Tuition: $190 or $285


Tour d'Art: The Legacy
A Grand Marais Art Colony Fundraiser

Saturday, October 4 | Noon
An exclusive home tour, reception, and private exhibit featuring artists who have impacted the Art Colony.
Limited tickets available
Exhibit open to the public: 
October 5 - 26


Missed the Arts Festival? Make sure to join us July 11 - 12, 2015
Check out the Grand Marais Arts Festival pictures from 2014 here
Call for Artists...

Call for Artists
The Grand Marais Public Library is seeking submissions for a public art award for $10,000.
Due Date: August 22 More info

Call for Artists
SooVac is seeking entries for UNTITLED 11, their 11TH Annual Juried Show. Due Date: August 24

Call for Artists
Minnesota Center for Book Arts is seeking artists to design a 2014 Bookmark Broadside.
 Due date: August 31 More info

The Grand Marais Art Colony is always seeking volunteers to help with a variety of tasks. Please contact: 

2015 McKnight Project Grant deadline approaching on August 15

More Grants
Springboard Center for the Arts Grant Calendar: click here

Do you have a volunteer, grant or employment opportunity? Send info to:
The Grand Marais Art Colony is a non-profit member-supported arts organization. The Art Colony has been nurturing art on the North Shore of Lake Superior since 1947. Please consider becoming a member today!

Grand Marais Art Colony
open daily | 9 am-4 pm

120 W. 3rd Ave.
PO Box 626
Grand Marais, MN