Performing Arts, Visual Art
Lyric Center for the Arts
Since our formation in 1998 the vision of the Laurentian Arts and Cultural Alliance, dba, The Lyric Center for the Arts, has been to create a supportive environment and space for the Arts in our Community while also recognising and preserving the rich history of the 1912 Lyric Opera House, now known as The Lyric Center for the Arts.

510 Chestnut Street
Virginia, MN 55792


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Artist Funding
Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust
Donald G. Gardner became a summer resident at Ojibway Lake outside of Ely, Minnesota in 1941. In 1944 Gardner donated a painting by Frederick C. Frieseke titled Breakfast in the Garden to the City of Ely. The painting was hung in the Ely Public Library in 1945 where it was admired for over 40 years. In 1989, the painting was sold for $510,000.00 to a New York gallery and the City of Ely established the Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust to enrich the community through art grants and scholarships. To date, the Trust has awarded more than $625,000 back to the community artists and art organizations to enrich life in Ely.

PO Box 720
Ely, MN 55731


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Variety of Arts
ARTS in Ely
The purpose of ARTS in Ely is to nurture and develop the arts community with resources, connections, and support, and to promote economic growth through networking, marketing, and outreach. We cooperate to support art creation, experiences, and collaboration.

PO Box 188
Ely, MN 55731


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Building Preservation
City of Ely Heritage Preservation Commission
Ely Heritage Preservation Commission, working to preserve the buildings that make up the history and heritage of Ely Minnesota.

P.O. Box 332
Ely, MN 55731


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Folk Art, Old-Time Music
MN State Old Time Fiddle Championships
The 38th Annual Minnesota State Old Time Fiddle Championships will take place in August at the Merritt Elementary School Auditorium in Mountain Iron, Minnesota. Our Championship division is certified by the National Old Time Fiddle Association, which means that our Minnesota State Old Time Fiddling Champion will qualify to play at the National Old Time Fiddle Contest in Weiser, Idaho the following June.

Merritt School Auditorium
Mountain Iron, MN 55768


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Drawer, Painter
Amy Lucas-Peroceski
Through making art I feel I get the joy of reliving that moment over and over again until the work is finished.  I also just enjoy the process of making art.  The sights and smells of the different materials.  The fresh white canvas, the blank paper, the lump of clay they all beckon me.

321 2nd St. NW
Chisholm, MN 55719


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Nancy Ensley
Living 20 miles northeast of Ely in a small log cabin in the woods provides artist Nancy Ensley with plenty of inspiration for her Northwoods-themed drawings and watercolor paintings.

2890 CCC Camp Road
Ely, MN 55731


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Music, Pianist
Irene Hartfield
Irene worked as a musician in New York in its heyday, the 1970s and 80s.   The Irene Hartfield Trio played some well-known watering holes in Manhattan:  Jimmy Weston’s,  Jilly’s, 8th Street Gallery, Red Onion, Buddy Rich’s club, and the Grand Finale, being a few.  Her group also played at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Sneaky Pete’s in Hollywood, Florida, and The Summit Club in Caracas, Venezuela.

1238 E Washington St
Ely, MN 55731


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Visual Art
Lyric Art Colony
The Lyric Art Colony is a group of Artists with a love and appreciation for the Arts, and in particular, painting!  The is open to all painters and meets every week. We offer space and time for artists of all painting abilities to gather, sit, paint & share; who could ask for anything more?

510 Chestnut St.
Virginia, MN 55792


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Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painter
Dafne Caruso
Ultimately, embracing different mediums has allowed me to play and grow and find myself.  As well as being a tomboy, I am a woman's woman.  I love everything 'girly' and try to emulate that into my work, from the use of color and fabric, texture and design.

301 W Sheridan Street
Ely, MN 55731


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Performing & Visual Artists, Residencies for Literary
Tofte Lake Center, A Retreat Center for Artists
TLC provides residencies for artists who crave dedicated time to work on their projects, for creatives who seek individual growth through guided workshops or retreats, for organizations that want to make time to re/focus on their goals or mission, for leaders to gather to exchange ideas with colleagues in their field.

2209 Fernberg Road
Ely, MN 55731


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Arts Education, Arts Programs, Visual Art
MacRostie Art Center
We make our communities strong and vibrant by providing all people the opportunity, access, tools, and inspiration to realize their creative potential.

405 NW 1st Ave
Grand Rapids, MN 55744


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Sam Miltich
Sam Miltich is a self-taught jazz guitarist born and raised in the woods of northern Minnesota. Sam burst on the scene in his teens as a young lion of gypsy jazz, joining Paul Mehling's Hot Club of San Francisco and touring internationally with the world-renowned Robin Nolan Trio.  Sam's fluid and instinctive sound has graced hundreds of stages, from small-town bars on the Iron Range to Lincoln Center.

326 NE 8th St
Grand Rapids, MN 55744


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Pottery, Textiles
Old School Lives
At Old School Lives we want to encourage the arts. We have a fully functioning Pottery Studio, Textile Studio, Artist Studio Space, Artist Exhibits, Youth and Community art opportunities throughout the year. 

9165 Highway 53
Cotton, MN 55724


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Jim Brandenburg
Jim Brandenburg
Jim Brandenburg is an environmentalist and nature photographer and filmmaker based near Ely, Minnesota. His career includes more than 10 years as a newspaper photojournalist, more than 30 years as a contract photographer for the National Geographic Society, and commissions from such groups as the United States Postal Service, NHK and the BBC.

11 E Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 Visit Website More info

Painter, Photography
Jutta Karin Schultz
I have spent all of my life loving photography, but it wasn't until my first camera at the age of 18 that I started to learn the art of photography! As my 3 children grew, I was able to utilize my father-in-law's camera and start to learn SLR photography. It wasn't long before I outgrew that camera and wanted to learn more, so about 10 years ago I started saving for my own DSLR and was able in 2011 to buy a Nikon D90!

701 SW 5th Ave
Grand Rapids, MN 55744


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Arts Education, Arts Programs
The Northern Lake County Arts Board
Our purpose is to support and promote the value of art and artistic expression in the northern Lake County area of Minnesota, with an emphasis on programs for young people and on community cultural events.

P.O. Box 67
Silver Bay Minnesota , MN 55614-1262

(218) 220-0388

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Public Art Management and Placement
Grand Rapids Arts & Culture Commission
The Commission is a nine-member board. The purpose of the Arts and Culture Commission shall be to assist Grand Rapids to become a community in which arts and cultural activities: are recognized as vital components of community life, are valued and promoted for their economic benefits, and represent an integral part of Grand Rapids’ educational mission for young people.

420 North Pokegama Avenue
Grand Rapids, MN 55744


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Glass, Painter, Potter, Stained Glass, Wood Carving
Claire Taylor
Claire has been working with stained glass since 1981 and paints since 1984. Her works have been shown at Anthony'ss in Minneapolis, McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale and Kess Gallery and Grand Ely Lodge in Ely. Claire won the 2000 and 2001 Ely Blueberry Arts Festival Cancellation Stamp design.

3422 North Arm Road
Ely, MN 55731


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Exhibit Hall
Ely Arts and Heritage Center
Ely Arts and Heritage Center began as Ely Greenstone Public Art in 1998 with the completion of the Greenstone sculpture project at Whiteside Park, created by artist Mike Sinesio and funded by Forecast Public Artworks, Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust, as well as donations from the public and City of Ely.

401 Pioneer Road P.O. Box 461
Ely, MN 55731


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Stained Glass, Woodworking
Rosemary Shepard
Rosemary Shepherd and John Bowe are craftspeople living and working in Ely, Minnesota. Stained glass creation, restoration, and fine woodworking have been their life’s passions.

118 E Chapman St.
Ely, MN 55731


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Pastel Chalk
Mary Corwin
I work almost exclusively in pastel chalk creating lifelike portraits of beloved family pets – primarily dogs.

10 NW 5th Street
Grand Rapids, MN 55744


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Arts Education
Creativity Tank
We are teaching artists providing demonstrations and workshops for groups and individuals, adapted to your needs and location. We provide opportunities to develop and express creativity through meaningful hands-on art experiences in a variety of mediums.

19231 US Hwy 169
Grand Rapids, MN 55744


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Cathryn Peters
Cathryn began her chair caning, wicker furniture repair and antler basket weaving career in 1975 with an infant son in tow.

1250 Alango Rd
Angora , MN 55703


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Natalija Walbridge
In 2014, Natalija Walbridge decided to follow her dream of working as a full-time artist. Going all in, Natalija started by converting her 900 sq ft home into a studio with screen printing equipment and two industrial sewing machines.

2311 Minnesota Ave
Duluth, MN 55802


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Acrylic, Birch Bark, Fused Glass, Glass, Laser Engraving, Photography, Resin Trays, Stained Glass Panels and Sculptures
Curtis Andrews
The gallery and studio by Jim Melgeorge and Curtis Andrews offer classes and a shop selling stained glass, jewelry, and canvas prints.

601 Main Street
Biwabik, MN 55708


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Mike Tonder
Michael Tonder - working with plate glass, kilns, and sandblaster - creates one-of-a-kind glass sculptures. Hand-cut from flat sheets of glass, each creation is carefully assembled, then fired in an electric kiln. After firing, the fused glass forms are then carved and etched to completion.

4360 Thomas Lake Road
Two Harbors, MN 55616


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Fiber Arts, Textiles
Ginger Morgan
Ginger creates elegant Kippot, Upcycled Fashion & Home Accessories from Ely, Minnesota.

727 East James
Ely , MN 55731 Visit Website More info