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Ely Greenstone Public Art is a non-profit arts organization in the Ely, Minnesota area, whose goal is the enhancement of life through art and to recognize the rich heritage of the area.

$1,500 in 2017 art contest prizes offered by Ely Greenstone Public Art

Artists – you are invited!

You may remember taking part in the creative art contests of past Ely Greenstone Public Art – Fintastic Fish, Images of Ely, Chair-ity, Creatures of the Wilderness World, here’s something new.
The Ely Greenstone organization in 2017 is looking at those fantastic creations and seeking your ideas on a new creative contest to “Honor Ely’s Past.”
Since EGPA manages the Pioneer Mine Complex for the City of Ely, that history made this a special year – 2017 and a cause for recognition. It is the 50th Anniversary of the April 1 closing of Pioneer Mine (1888-1967).

Any subject under the sun can be chosen and any materials can be used. There should be at least a total of 3 entries in each category to form the basis for judging an award. Enter as many as art pieces as you care to submit.

There will be a $250 Prize in each of these categories: 1. Painting/Drawing; 2. Photography/Graphics; 3. Sculpture;,4 Glass;  5. Pottery/Ceramics; and 6. Textiles. Maximum dimension size 6 feet.

Entry form available. See news on upper right. There is no cost to enter. You have over four months to lets your artistic juices flow. Deliver art to Miners Dry House at Pioneer Mine by Saturday, June 10, 2017.

The artwork will be auctioned off at a special event Saturday, June 24. Artists will receive 20% from the sale of their work. 


Other News

EGPA board member Seraphine Rolando (r) explains to Catherine Sandlund, Minnesota Historical Society  preservation specialist, the early use of the Miners Dry House during a December, 2015 visit.

  • Ely Greenstone manages the Ely Art & Heritage Center in the historic Pioneer Mine buildings.  We have held our Juried Art Show and Sale there since 2007 and are planning more events to come!  Please view our schedule below.


ALSO, if you have been thinking about teaching a class, let us know when you are available and what you want to teach.

Membership and Fund Drive going on now! See our Facebook page for details.

Ongoing – Honoring Ely’s Mining History – Miners Memorial Sculpture has raised over $9,000 in donations so far. The Shaft House at 401 North Pioneer Road is open during the summer on Tuesdays from 2-5 and Fridays from 3-6 p.m.  More information on the Miners Memorial and how you can donate here. Miners Memorial brochure

Greenstone has a membership category and a hard-working board. We treasure the continued support of the community!

BECOME A MEMBER and get $5 off any program!

Individual $25, Family $35, Contributing $100.
401 North Pioneer Road, Ely MN 55731 • 218-235-1721

If you are interested in teaching an art class or volunteering for any of our classes or events, please contact us.

Located in Ely, Minnesota, with the beauty of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) adjacent, Ely Greenstone Public Art (a 501 c3 non-profit) promotes an arts community with murals to view and original fine art for sale.

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