Over 50 artists spend one week capturing precious moments in the northern Lake Superior landscape. The public is invited to watch the creative process as well as view the work in an exhibition.

Grand Marais, Minn., 8/14/12 – Artists leave the studio and venture into the great outdoors to celebrate the unique beauty of the North Shore landscape. Witness blank canvasses become exquisite moments in local history. An exhibition sale of the week long competitions work will be on display from September 14-30, 2012 at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

The North Shore of Lake Superior is juxtaposed between inspiration and recreation with a deeply rooted connection to the arts. For generations people have migrated to this area seeking solitude and adventure, leaving inspired by the North Shore landscape until their inevitable return. For over 64 years, Grand Marais has maintained a strong relationship between outdoor recreation and artistic pursuits due to Birney Quick’s, one of the founders of the Grand Marais Art Colony, vision to form an outdoor school of painting. Many aspiring and professional artists have sought creative guidance and instruction in the Art Colony’s hallowed halls, all contributing to the growth and formation of this

COMPETITION –SEPTEMBER 7-14. Embark on a self-guided artists scavenger hunt around Cook County to seek out artists painting during the week. Contact the Art Colony for a list of popular painting

QUICK PAINT – SEPTEMBER 13 FROM 4-5:30PM. Artists are given 90 minutes to complete a painting. With a shotgun start and the North Shore’s ever changing weather, it is a spectacle to watch!

EXHIBIT – SEPTEMBER 14-30. Gather at the end of the week with the artists and the community to celebrate a week’s worth of painting. Admission is FREE.

OPENING RECEPTION – Friday, September 14 from 5-7pm. View the artwork and meet the artists. Competition Awards announced during the reception.

KIDS’ PLEIN AIR W/GRANDPA DAVID – SEPTEMBER 15 FROM 1-3PM. Bring a pencil, paper and a smile. Grandpa David will teach youth the basics for creating a work of art. FREE.

Plein Air Grand Marais is a great way to connect with the artistic community of the Grand Marais. The reputation of this festival precedes itself, having become known as the best place to view and purchase a wide variety of local scenic paintings from acclaimed regional and national artists.

For a detailed schedule of event and more information about the Grand Marais Arts Festival contact the Grand Marais Art Colony at www.grandmaraisartcolony.org, events@grandmaraisartcolony.org, (218)387-2737.