Painting at the Grand Marais Art Colony in Grand Marais, Minnesota

Arts - Galleries/Art Colony

In Cook County Minnesota, artists and artisans thrive

In Cook County Minnesota, artists and artisans thrive on the natural inspiration. The rugged northern Minnesota landscape nourishes the vibrant Ojibwa culture of Grand Portage. Inspires the arts for which Grand Marais and the rest of Cook County are renowned. Lends a dramatic stage to the lively winter music scene in Lutsen-Tofte-Schroeder. Connects the past to the present just as the Gunflint Trail connects the North Shore of Lake Superior to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness/BWCAW.

Typically, the history of a region is reserved for museums and history books. That’s not the case in Cook County. Here, our history is alive, well and present to this day. Perhaps that’s why the historic hubs of trading and pioneer life are now vibrant centers of commerce, art, and recreation. Our museums and galleries are just steps away from breathtaking lakes, waterfalls, mountains, Lake Superior vistas, and miles of hiking trails.

Here are some ways to feed your own sense of inspiration and connection:

 We hope you will also find your muse in the beauty, culture, and history.