the arts along the north shore

Throughout the ages the North Shore has inspired a diverse group of artists. Remnants of Dakota and Ojibwe beadwork, weavings and pictographs reveal age-old interpretations of living with this land. Ethnic songs, dances, and rituals were and are imparted to each new generation.

It is the receptiveness of each generation that has allowed the continuation and growth of arts. Explore the galleries, studios, shops, performances and events offered by North Shore artisans.

Museums, art galleries, studios and performing art centers are noted below and can be filtered by community.

thomsonite beach gems & jewelry
thomsonite beach gems & jewelry

2920 West Highway 61 | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Mother Nature’s contribution to our amazing piece of property lies in the “Thomsonite gemstone” embedded in our shoreline.  Unique in its presence and beauty, we hope it will encourage lasting memories of your time spent relaxing on our shoreline, listening… see more

Mother Nature’s contribution to our amazing piece of property lies in the “Thomsonite gemstone” embedded in our shoreline.  Unique in its presence and beauty, we hope it will encourage lasting memories of your time spent relaxing on our shoreline, listening to the waves, breathing in the fresh air of the North Shore, sitting by a campfire, watching the sun rise or sun set over the Sawtooth Mountain range.  Or a visit to our Thomsonite Gemstone/Jewelry and gift shop, located in our office, will allow you to find the perfect souvenir.

Grand Marais Art Colony
Grand Marais Art Colony

120 West 3rd Avenue | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Non-profit art center offering year-round art classes, studio access, and events for all skill levels from novice to professional artist. Visit the Gallery Store featuring local artists and instructors. Check out exhibits and get a tour of printmaking, glass, ceramics… see more

Non-profit art center offering year-round art classes, studio access, and events for all skill levels from novice to professional artist. Visit the Gallery Store featuring local artists and instructors. Check out exhibits and get a tour of printmaking, glass, ceramics and 2D art studios.

North Shore Music Association
North Shore Music Association

51 West 5th Street | Grand Marais, MN 55604

The North Shore Music Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and supporting musical arts and musicians in northeast Minnesota with a focus on entertainment, education and cultural enrichment.

The North Shore Music Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and supporting musical arts and musicians in northeast Minnesota with a focus on entertainment, education and cultural enrichment.

Grand Marais Playhouse

51 West 5th Street | Grand Marais , MN 55604

The Grand Marais Playhouse is a non-profit community theater dedicated to offering high quality theater and educational opportunities. We value artistic challenge, diversity, community and collaboration. We believe that theater arts enrich the lives of our citizens, enhance the education… see more

The Grand Marais Playhouse is a non-profit community theater dedicated to offering high quality theater and educational opportunities. We value artistic challenge, diversity, community and collaboration. We believe that theater arts enrich the lives of our citizens, enhance the education of our children, strengthen the economic stability of our community and make Cook County a better place to live.

Cooter Pottery

2046 Fors Road | Two harbors, MN 55616

The pots I make are sturdy, bold, and reflect the processes of making them. Simple decoration enhances the rich surface created by long wood fires. The traces of the artist’s hand is both an antidote and protest to increasing uniformity.… see more

The pots I make are sturdy, bold, and reflect the processes of making them. Simple decoration enhances the rich surface created by long wood fires. The traces of the artist’s hand is both an antidote and protest to increasing uniformity. Impressions made in the soft clay reveal my tie to the work and to the landscape where it is made.
Showroom is open daily, 10am – 5pm.

ronning’s lake carvings

130 South Avenue | Two Harbors, MN 55616

High quality plaques and custom tables in solid domestic hardwoods. Custom-made, hand-routed, no lake is too big or too small.

High quality plaques and custom tables in solid domestic hardwoods. Custom-made, hand-routed, no lake is too big or too small.

Arrowhead Center for the Arts

51 West 5th Street | Grand Maris, MN 55604

The Arrowhead Center for the Arts celebrates and promotes the arts, artists, and the uniquely creative culture of Minnesota’s North Shore and Arrowhead regions. The Arrowhead Center for the Arts is a managed by the school. The Center serves the… see more

The Arrowhead Center for the Arts celebrates and promotes the arts, artists, and the uniquely creative culture of Minnesota’s North Shore and Arrowhead regions. The Arrowhead Center for the Arts is a managed by the school. The Center serves the community and visitors with theatre, music, and an eclectic array of year-round cultural events.

joy and company

16 First Avenue West | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Featuring the work of local artists and craftsmen in a historic building. Housing a shared Maker’s Space, Nordic Wooden Ware, and the definitive source for art supplies. Create – Connect – Collaborate. Serving Indie Makers and Entrepreneurs.

Featuring the work of local artists and craftsmen in a historic building. Housing a shared Maker’s Space, Nordic Wooden Ware, and the definitive source for art supplies. Create – Connect – Collaborate. Serving Indie Makers and Entrepreneurs.

Quilt Corner

1007 Main Street | Beaver Bay, MN 55601

Wonderful quilt shop! Lots of fabric, great selection of books, supplies and gifts. Gorgeous handmade quilts. In the Beaver Bay mini-mall.

Wonderful quilt shop! Lots of fabric, great selection of books, supplies and gifts. Gorgeous handmade quilts. In the Beaver Bay mini-mall.

Eight Broadway Galleries

8 Boradway | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Working artist studios, demos, watercolor lessons. Local Minnesotan and Canadian artists. Lots of Northwoods images and handcrafted work.

Working artist studios, demos, watercolor lessons. Local Minnesotan and Canadian artists. Lots of Northwoods images and handcrafted work.

North House Folk School

500 West Highway 61 | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Offering diverse coursework ranging from sausage making to timber framing. Handcrafted, unique gift items including hand woven birch bark baskets, traditional rosemaling, nalbound hats and mittens. Get inspired by our large collection of craft books.

Offering diverse coursework ranging from sausage making to timber framing. Handcrafted, unique gift items including hand woven birch bark baskets, traditional rosemaling, nalbound hats and mittens. Get inspired by our large collection of craft books.