The Ely ArtWalk is an annual art show held during the Ely Winter Festival that transforms Ely’s downtown into an arts district, featuring the work of more than 150 visual artists. The event is free to the public and in the last few years has become an anticipated winter event drawing visitors from all over northern Minnesota.
Through the goodwill of area merchants and the work of a dedicated staff of volunteers, the Ely ArtWalk exhibits artwork created by established and emerging artists in the store windows of downtown Ely. Art lovers can view over 400 pieces of original work in all mediums, with much of the art for sale. Participating artists are from the Ely community and surrounding areas and represent an amazing depth of regional artistic talent.
If you are an artist who would like to participate, an art lover who would like to volunteer or contribute, or a merchant with available display space, please contact us.
It is the policy and commitment of Ely ArtWalk that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or religion. Any employee, board member, volunteer or client/artist who believes that s/he or any other affiliate of Ely ArtWalk has been discriminated against is strongly encouraged to report this concern promptly to the Executive Director.
Discriminatory harassment or intimidation of a client, staff person or guest because of that person’s race, age, color, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or religion is specifically prohibited and may be grounds for being banned from participation in Ely ArtWalk or may be removed from employment/position and may be banned from participating in the show in any way. Harassment and intimidation includes abusive, threatening language or behavior to a person or on social media/web. Ely ArtWalk is committed to maintaining an environment free of any such harassment and will not tolerate discrimination against staff members, volunteers or agency clients. Issues of discriminatory treatment, harassment, or intimidation on any of these bases should immediately be reported to the Executive Director or other board member and, if substantiated, prompt action will be taken.
The Ely ArtWalk is dedicated to the creation, promotion, and appreciation of the arts. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and by a grant from the Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust, and by individual and business sponsors.