Located on the North Shore of Lake Superior, the city of Grand Marais, Minnesota is home to roughly 1,500 residents. The beautiful, tiny, harbor village is known for its creative and welcoming residents as well as its artistic vibe.
The town has been voted one of the top artist colonies in America by Coastal Living Magazine and it is not difficult to see why. Situated between the Sawtooth Mountains and Lake Superior the area offers beautiful scenery, majestic sunsets and an all-around inspiring atmosphere.
Artists, musicians, and photographers are drawn to the town for its quirky residents, galleries and boutiques.
Since 1947, the Grand Marais Art Colony has been known as a place where artists can come to connect with and be inspired. With its beautiful wilderness setting and location close to Lake Superior, residents and students are offered the perfect location to create and connect with nature. The Colony features year-round classes for everyone from novice to professional. It is home to high-quality studio spaces, seven events and exhibit facilities and features visual arts, clay, glass and printmaking studios. It is an ideal space for creatives who seek a space to connect to the artistry while surrounded by like-minded individuals.
In addition to the Colony, the town is home to the nationally renowned North House Folk School.
This school was created by local citizens and volunteers who were looking for a place to create traditional crafts and provide meaningful experiences for individuals, families, and school groups. Inspired by Scandinavia “folkeshoskoles,” that were popular in Denmark during the mid-1800s, these schools teach students life-long craftsman skills in a non-competitive environment. Classes include blacksmithing, boat making, clothing and jewelry, fiber arts, music, sustainable living, and timber farming as well as a variety of other courses.
Another popular spot for creative types is Artist’s Point. Each day you will find locals and visiting artists as they sit seaside with their easels creating work inspired by the view of the harbor, gulls, sailboats, and lighthouse. This spot is also known as a good space for fishing and dining at one of the many outdoor cafes.
To learn more about all that this town has to offer, go to grandmaraisartcolony.org.