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.


Ely Stone Stash – the Details

Ely Stone Stash 2020
Only a small sample of the stones to be stashed in the Ely Stone Stash fine art event.
The fourth year of the Ely Stone Stash (ESS) by Into The Brush kicks off again on the Friday of MEA Weekend at 10 AM!    IT’S FREE!  

The kick-off will be announced by Into The Brush (OR Joe Baltich or Joe Baltich Art depending on if Facebook hates me or not on Friday – who knows!)  in Facebook in the What’s Up Ely MN group and and also in the Great News Ely group in Facebook.   Just click the links in the previous sentence.

At the 10 AM, ESS kick-off, you will be given the parameters of the stash.

In other words, we will tell you the streets and avenues that surround the regions where the stones are hidden. Note that stones will be hidden on public property only with the exception of possible placement on the very edges of private property where it meets public property.    So, don’t be digging in someone’s garden or crawling in their garage.  It could end badly for you.   You won’t need to walk on any private property.  Stones will not be buried, so leave your folding army shovel at home.  Stones “could” be lightly hidden under other objects or tucked into holes that would be safe to pluck the rock from its hiding place.  If you see a colorful stone sitting on the trigger pan of a set bear trap, walk away.   It should be obvious that I am kidding about the bear trap….but DO apply common sense.     Also, pay attention to traffic on the streets.  Look for cars both ways BEFORE crossing and use crosswalks!    Don’t assume the car will stop, either.   I can’t believe I feel the need to say this, but my cynical side comes out these days.  We don’t want anyone losing an arm (or worse) during a “free, public, fine art Easter egg hunt”.

Have fun, be safe.

Ely Stone Stash Summary: 

1. This free event starts at 10 AM in two locations  right in ely.    The locations will be announced at 10 AM.   No early hunters, please.  We’d appreciate everyone starting at the same time.  While this is a public event, it’s nice when kids can find a stone. (Hint, hint…do you get my drift?) 

2. We request that you keep only one stone.  You may trade out that stone with others that you find.   Please re-hide any traded stone preferably in the same place.  Think of it as a bag limit of one, and “catch & release” for everything else.  (In this case, stringer sorting is allowed – they aren’t fish, afterall.)

3. The finders of the golden eagle and golden moose can contact me in messenger, and you both win a $30 matted print by Joe Baltich.

4. There are about 100 rocks, total.  Please post pictures of your find in What’s Up Ely MN or Great News Ely in Facebook.   You may need to join one or both groups before Friday.  It’s easy. 

5. Any rocks not found, become part of the archaeology of Ely.  Aliens will find them and wonder what the archaeic ritual was during our time.  We’d much rather you find them and give them a home. 

6. So, get out there and have fun with your family and friends!  That’s all there is to it!




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

June 7 - 2-6 PM

Under A Wing Sidewalk Exhibit

One Day Event – June 7,  2-6 PM – First Avenue East in Ely

Under A Wing art mentor students, Abbie and Lauren Rehbein, have both completed the required 52 classes in the Under A Wing Art Mentor program with Ely artist, Joe Baltich. That’s a commitment to a minimum of 104 hours painting time in class. It does not include their extra time spent attending local art shows, producing fine art for benevolent services such as Stones Of Uplifting Light and the very popular Ely Stone Stash event October 2019. Through their excellent dedication and skills, the artistic efforts of Abbie and Lauren have enriched Ely in fine art and festive community participation.

The final part of this phase of Under A Wing is the student art exhibit where all of their works are for sale. Under A Wing is about art entrepreneurship – learning how to make an income by applying one’s talents. We were supposed to rent a space to exhibit, but Covid 19 has disrupted that. Instead, we are going to do an outdoor exhibit. Please come to see it.
Hopefully the rain will hold off.

All works are for sale. Cash or checks only.

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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Into The Brush – Three Day Program June 4, 5 & 6

Still seats available to for the Early June Class!  June 4-6

Learn To Paint - PagamiJoin Into The Brush for a 3 Day art program June 4-6.  Still some open seats available.

This program includes an “art observation/intentional looking” hike with fine art rock painting, glass, and canvas.

The 3-Day Art Program cost is $295 per person and provides 18 hours of painting instruction time, independent study, and all materials.

Program participants may stay in a housekeeping cabin right on the premises at Northwind Lodge for the reduced rate of $99.95 per night (applicable taxes not included) OR they may stay elsewhere and simply participate in the program.  Note that food and beverages are not provided.  Please bring along your favorites snacks and beverages.

So, call and sign up now for this Into The Brush class, today!  218-365-5489

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Ely Stone Stash! 

Find a fine art stone stashed somewhere in Ely.  Painted by Joe Baltich of Into The Brush and Connie Edwards, artist in residence at Northwind Lodge. Find one & you can keep it or re-hide it.   Either way is good!

Find The Golden Moose and redeem it for a $25 Red Rock gift certificate and a FREE private art lesson with Joe -a $50 value!

Please post pic’s or your find in What’s Up Ely MN and Ely MN Rocks in Facebook.  That way we’ll know if all the rocks were found.  Have a great time starting September 9, 2017 in the morning.

Good Luck rock hunting !