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Ely Stone Stash #2 during the Blueberry Arts Festival

Starting this Saturday, July 28, at 8 AM begins IntoTheBrush’s Ely Stone Stash.   Over 70 hand-painted, fine art stones will have been hidden around town.  Find one, keep it or re-hide it – it’s your choice.Stones of the Blueberry Arts Ely Stone Stash

BONUS – Find the Lady of Stone (all six face parts) and win a Framed Print of the Joe Baltich original painting, Mr. Majestic!  $100 value.  You may have to negotiate with others to bring in all 6 stones!  Test your skills!

Lady of Stone

Into The Brush Moose on Canvas
Win this framed print with all six (6) parts of the Lady of Stone during the Ely Stone Stash event!

Get out there Saturday, July 28 and find some rocks.  IntoTheBrush rocks will be signed by Joe Baltich (JBALTICH) or Connie Edwards (CWE).

IntoTheBrush is a non-profit all about promoting art education and inspiring others to produce a higher quality of painted stones (and art in general) for the Ely region.   Finding cool rocks that took a considerable amount of effort is like looking for Easter eggs!  We hope the finders of our stones will consider giving painting a try.  It’s a great activity and is much like yoga without all that stretching and breathing.  Painting art lowers for blood pressure, improves mental focus, and is just plain relaxing – assuming one is not on a deadline, of course.   It’s relatively inexpensive to start and we believe that everybody can paint.  Give it a try.  Come take a Micro Art Rock Painting Class at Northwind Lodge.   It’s about 2 hours of fun – all materials are included.  Note that is is a bit challenging and may require a bit more focus, so not really suited for kids under 10 – depends on the kid, of course.  Click Here to find out more.

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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 !

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


into the brush micro art class
Dierdre V. with her work of art.
into the brush micro art class
Painting Glassware at Ely, MN
into the brush micro art class
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