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Winter Wilderness Art Retreats

Winter is breathtaking in the Ely, MN area! It is less crowded and you have the freedom to move about as you like and at your own pace! Come up and stay just 5 miles south of the border for a Wilderness Art Retreat at Northwind Lodge! It’s a great way to explore your creative side either by yourself or with small group of friends or family. It is Art Classes and Vacation all wrapped into one unique experience at Northwind Lodge.

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Our forests are covered in white and our frozen lakes are your invitation to explore your creative side in art. Listen to the quiet. Howl for wolves at night. Then, let the thrill of wilderness living be your guide during Into The Brush art session! After classes, round out your vacation by doing outdoor activities like cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, visiting the Fernberg Gallery (on premises), going to town (watch for wolves) or just relaxing. The entire experience is fun and and something you probably don’t do all the time at home. Plus, we are only about 4.5 hours from the Twin Cities (for perspective)!

The retreats are held all winter Northwind Lodge located 15 miles northeast of Ely, MN, 2267 Fernberg Rd.   The 2-Day Program includes: 8 hours of instruction, all painting supplies, after-class independent painting time if desired.  Meals not included.  Class participants may want to bring snacks but can also return to their apartment very easily. Basic kitchen facilities provided in the apartment. Apartment Housekeeping Unit – Comfortable, housekeeping, apartment-style unit with private driveway and entrance.  Sleeps up to 4 in two bedrooms. One double bed in one bedroom, One double and one twin bed in the second bedroom. Located about 150 feet from the art studio building.  This unit comes with satellite TV, gas range, refrigerator, microwave, basic cooking and eating utensils, bathroom with shower, toilet and lavatory.  Bedding is provided.   Please bring your own towels.   Many of our guests request this rental year after year.

This 4 day/3 night Art Wilderness Art Retreat is only: $499.00* for up to the first 2 people*

*and $100.00 extra per person up 4 people

*Plus MN sales tax (6.875%) and local lodging tax (3%)

Call now for availability. Mid-week programming is available at 10% OFF the total package before taxes. 

1-218-265-5489 or 1-800-280-1078

Retreat Instructor Joe Baltich will be your instructor. He is an accomplished, commissioned artist proficient in acrylics. For a quick sampling of his works of the past 3 years, please visit instagram.com/joebaltich. For more details and other art programming for summer, please visit intothebrush.org.

For more on our Fernberg Gallery, visit: Fernberggallery.com

 

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Micro Art Classes – Ely Winter Festival 2017

Join senior artist Joe Baltich at Into The Brush for Micro Art Classes at Northwind Lodge.  Micro Art Classes are for people to see if this whole “painting thing” is achievable or not.  So far, I’m going with “Yup.” for the vast majority of people.

Each class is about 2 hours long and held at Northwind Lodge / Red Rock Wilderness Store on the Fernberg Road.  Paint a Lake Superior Rock in this “follower the leader” art class where you will get to test your skills and maybe discover a passion for painting.  All materials are provided including a Lake Superior rock, acrylic paints, brushes and instruction.  Learn basic brush handling skills and blending by simply doing.  It’s fun, mildly challenging,  and you get to take home a rock that should have more than one color on it by class end.

Cost is $35 per participant.  Recommended for ages 12 and up.  Reservations for seating are required.  Please call for availability 218-365-4512.  If you are all thumbs, please wear clothing that could get a little paint on them.  Don’t come in like a rented tux or anything like that.

Class times  

Sunday Feb 5 – 2:00PM

Tuesday Feb 7 – 2:00 PM

Thursday Feb 9 – 2:00 PM

Sunday Feb 12 – 2:00 PM

Have a private group of 2 or more who would like to paint during Ely Winterfest?  Give us a call for a custom time that fits your schedule.  We’re flexible!  218-365-4512

Micro Art Class Event is located at Northwind Lodge, 2267 Fernberg Rd., Ely MN 55731   CLICK HERE TO SEE IN Google Maps


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Dierdre V. with her work of art.

into the brush micro art class
Painting Glassware at Ely, MN
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Beautiful Sunsets
First time artist's work at Into The Brush
The work of a first-time artist!
Painted Rocks from Into The Brush Micro Classes
Painted Rocks – Into The Brush Micro Classes

Into The Brush is a non-profit program based at Northwind Lodge to help people learn to paint by discovering the wilderness of Ely, Minnesota.  Our goal is to introduce all walks of life to our wilderness through art education.  At program’s end, participants will have a developing new skill set, confidence, and a knowledge of the most beautiful place in the world called Ely Minnesota.  We hope to encourage you to participate in our regular summer programs and/or donate to help more people develop this life-long skill of painting beautiful things.  A “Donate” button is at the top of the page.   Your donation will go towards art equipment purchases and operating costs to run Into The Brush. 

   intothebrush2016@gmail.com