Ely Stone Stash 2022 – Friday, Oct. 21, 2022

A bit more than half the Ely Stone Stash rocks for 2022

Painting and hiding stones for this event since 2017. This is an Into The Brush sponsored event. Into The Brush is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to increase tourism to the Ely region by art education.

This year’s Stone Stash is like all the rest. The rules are simple. On Friday morning (Oct. 21) before 9 AM, go online to https://www.facebook.com/intothebrush. That’s our Into The Brush page in Facebook. There we will give you clues as to where the 2 regions are in Ely proper – on public lands only- where the stones will be hidden. Look for the little Lake Superior rocks. Stone Stash rocks will have “JBALTICH” or “CWE” on them as the artist who painted the stone. Stones will be hidden mostly on the ground in places like signs, lamp post bases, right out in the open and tucked into the grass. Could be on a tree wedged behind a piece of bark. Every stone will be accessible just by bending and/or reaching for it. The finder of the Golden Moose wins a Joe Baltich matted print.

The rules are:
1. Possession Limit of 1 stone per person AND “Catch & release” on all the rest. It’s OK to look and exchange and re-hide. We would like as many people to have a chance at successfully finding a rock as possible. This is intended as a family & friends activity. Everyone is welcome.

2. Please be kind and careful. Note that there is inherent risk in any activities anywhere and by looking for rocks during the Ely Stone Stash, you are accepting this risk. Please watch and take care of your kids. Watch for vehicle traffic, and stay off of private property. Cross the streets in the crosswalks and do not assume moving vehicles will stop. Please apply common sense. Smile and say hi to other rock hunters.

3. Afterwards, go have lunch somewhere in town. Maybe have a hot chocolate and cookie from a local establishment – or lunch or dinner.

4. Please post your find in Facebook in Into The Brush and What’s Up Ely so we all have an idea of what might still be out there waiting to be found.

5. Enjoy the day, family & friends and the Ely Stone Stash!


Painting is FUN! Yes, you can!

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Early July Painting at Northwind Lodge – Into The Brush

Lots of painting going on at the Into The Brush classroom in the Fernberg Gallery at Northwind Lodge. Everybody was having a good time and art was being created out of thin air. You, too, could be whipping out some cool wall decorations at Northwind Lodge – Into The Brush! Into The Brush 2-hr classes are open to the general public as well. With few exceptions, we generally only schedule related groups for all classes. Call 218-365-5489 to schedule a class time that fits your schedule.


Time Lapse Video of Rock Painting by Joe

You really ought to try painting. It’s fun. It’s like yoga without all the breathing and stretching. (Sometimes, artists actually forget to breathe as they concentrate – don’t do that.) It’s relaxing. You can learn it all here in person at Into The Brush. Come stay at Northwind Lodge and take painting lessons. Then go home with the basics and paint all year long! Don’t believe for a second that “you can’t do it”. Painting is all about blending and gradations (fades from darker blue to lighter blue). Look at the blending going on in the video. I’m certain that literally everyone can do that. That’s half the painting right there. So, why not give it a try?

Lessons: 218-365-5489 or email intothebrush@gmail.com. Ask questions. I only bite a little. Anyone can say they don’t bite. Where’s the fun in that?

Another Happy Group Paints Rocks

Painting class by Into The Brush at Northwind Lodge leads to a fun time in the north woods of Minnesota!  There’s a stone here waiting for you to put your name on it and we know how to help you do that.  (It involves paint and a willingness to have fun.) painting class at Northwind Lodge

Painting class at Northwind Lodge, Ely, MN

Resounding Reflections resulted in beautiful works of art!

It was a fun class….well, they always are. Five painters surprised themselves with their successful works. The class was about painting reflections in water and it was definitely challenging to our participants, but the end result were 5 wallhangers. Check them out for yourself.

Reduce your Stress- Art Program Special


Into The Brush is an art program to teach people how to paint using our fabulously beautiful Boundary Waters wilderness as our subject.  Lessons taught by Ely artist, Joe Baltich.

In appreciation for your checking us out, we’ll deduct 10% from the cost of all regular programming options except the Micro Art Classes (first-time students to Into The Brush) when you reserve.  Just mention the promo code “Reduce your Stress” at the time of reservation.

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Mobile Paint Party FUN

Mobile Paint Party was at Eagle’s Nest. I would say fun was had by all and many pretty rocks are now among us. Thank you ladies for such a fun time painting – and the delicious lunch! —  Eagles Nest, Minnesota.  We come to you!
Image may contain: 8 people, including Lana Bothun Hietala and Mary Lou AndGeorge Spaeth, people smiling, people sitting, table and indoor