Arts for Everyone, Everyday.

The Superior Council for the Arts (SCFTA) is part of the energetic and creative arts community in the restored 19th century stone building on the corner of Broadway Street and Hammond Avenue in the wonderful historic Trade and Commerce Marketplace in the North End of Superior, Wisconsin. SCFTA joins the North End Historic District and communities of the region in growing a flourishing arts environment. Since 2006, The Superior Council for the Arts (SCFTA) has been a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization.



Close Quarters, Open Waters: Drawings by Superior artist, Dennis Aho
September 26 to November 29, 2014

Join us for the closing days of the exhibit special events.
Celebrate 10th Anniversary of SCFTA & Red Mug Coffeehouse

November 28, 5-9 pm. North End Arts Gallery
#ShopSmallSuperior. November 29, 12-5 pm.

North End Arts Gallery, Red Mug Corner at 1323 Broadway, Superior

See incredibly detailed drawings of Lake Superior ships by Great Lakes Ship Pilot Dennis Aho.
Original pencil drawings from the eye and hand of a master together with his stories makes for a great trip for visitors and residents alike.  Enjoy this authentic slice of Lake Superior history with one of Superior’s treasured artists in the Superior Council for the Arts' North End Arts Gallery from noon to 5 pm Saturday, November 29. 

Superior Council for the Arts and artist Dennis Aho are offering a matted print of a ship drawing for a prize drawing.

This exhibition is supported in part by the Duluth Seaway Port Authority and Denny's friends at the Western Great Lakes Pilots Association.  Thank you--Superior council for the Arts Exhibition Committee.


Annual 2014 Artists Marketplace: Step Up On Broadway Show and Sell

Favorite artists of the area with new art & objects

Dec 5, 2014 - Jan 10, 2015
Opening Reception: Dec 5th, 5-7pm
North End Arts Gallery open for the season Monday-Saturday. 11-6

North End Arts Gallery upstairs at 1323 Broadway: the Red Mug Corner in Superior

Watch for special events & offers with the New Spirit Room at 1323.

Sponsored by The Superior Council for the Arts (SCFTA)

North End Arts Gallery open for the season Monday-Saturday. 11-6
1323 Broadway Street, Superior, WI 54880

Find more information: 715-392-6007


Kristkindle 2014 Old World Market Hours in the Broadway Community Gardens

Sat 12/06 - 10am-7pm
Sun 12/07 - noon-5m
Sat 12/13 - 10am-7pm

The Kristkindle Market....Steve and Heike are busy repairing and painting the huts from last winter. (It was a tough time, early last December!)


Superior Council for the Arts & North End Arts Gallery Artist Member Opportunity!

The Superior Council for the Arts (SCFTA) and North End Arts Gallery are hosting invited artists for a December Artists Market (December 5, 2014–January 10, 2015) at the North End Arts Gallery—joining the annual holiday festivities on the Red Mug Corner: Trade and Commerce Marketplace at 1323 Broadway, Superior, WI

There will be an Artists Market Gala Reception at North End Arts Gallery from 4-7 pm December 5.

The Annual Kristkindle Marketplace festivities & sales will take place before a great bonfire in the Broadway Community Gardens Saturday, December 6 & 13; 10-7 & Sunday, December 7 noon to 5.

SCFTA Artists Marketplace will also participate in the Trade & Commerce Building December open house which will include special events with The Spirit room, music at the Red Mug, and open artist’s studios.

To participate in North End Arts Gallery's Artists' Market, a contract will be made with each invited artist. Artists must be or become a $25.00 member of the Superior Arts Council, and pay 30% commission on work sold.  Display space will be divided among the 20-25 artists selling at the North End Arts Gallery Artists Market.

SCFTA North End Arts Gallery Set-up:  11-3 pm December 1-4—anyone who needs an afterhours or Sunday, please let us know. We will try to accommodate you.  Call 715 392-6007 or 715 364-2453

Artists assist (or assign someone to assist) in set-up when work is delivered.  Availability of display fixtures, packing materials, bags, back stock space will be arranged with participating artists.   During the exhibit/sale, we would like each artist (or their representative) to spend part of at least one day meeting/greeting & selling. We will have a sign up calendar for you to enter available gallery tending days. Gallery sales policy/selling guidelines are on-hand.  Volunteer Gallery staff will also be scheduled to assist in processing sales.

Artists will bring two copies listing prices, titles, descriptions & item number with Artist's Name, Address, Telephone and e-mail.  Each item will have affixed title, price, artist's name and item number corresponding with price list. We ask artists to let us know if back stock of work is available to replenish sold artworks.

NEAG/SCFTA will pay artists for work sold December 23, 2014 if requested, and again after holiday exhibit closes and work is picked up.  Pickup dates: after 2pm Saturday Jan. 10.  Need another time? Superior Council for the Arts and North End Arts Gallery telephone: 715 392-6007. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Promotion will be done with the Trade and Commerce Marketplace annual open house print ads, fliers, postcards, local print and radio events calendars, e-mail lists, Facebook, Chamber of Commerce & SCFTA website. We will approach Northern Bank of Commerce & Superior Inn for display ads on electronic reader boards.   We welcome other suggestions and help.
Artists may label postcards & bring them back to NEAG to be included in a bulk mailing. Cards & posters will be available for artists to distribute.  Dates for mailing will be announced.

Exhibitions Committee:  715 392-6007 or Patricia Lenz 715-364-2453

2014 Gala Artists Market information:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
SCFTA: 715 392-6007

Download the 2014 Artists Market Prospectus.


Stories of People of Blue Waters and Red Clay Event begins in Superior

Wisconsin Fast Forward, a worker training program of the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has awarded a worker training grant to the Superior Council for the Arts (SCFTA), a ten year old non-profit arts organization in the Trade and Commerce Marketplace, commonly known in the Red Mug Building, an energetic hub at 1323 Broadway in Superior.  The Superior Council for the Arts is known for its regular changing exhibitions such as Watercolors, Fiber Art and Chain Saw Sculptures in the in the North End Arts Gallery and the Broadway Community Gardens.  The outdoor sculpture area and SCFTA’s Organic Community Gardens are at the corner of Hammond Avenue and Broadway Street, across from the North End Arts Gallery.

Superior Public Museums staff and independent arts consultants from Superior and Duluth will train Superior Council for the Arts recruits to develop regular programming in the arts, produce an arts and events training manual, and develop an informational hub for arts in Superior.

Training begins at the end of July, 2014 and ends in May, 2015.  Trainees must be Wisconsin residents; trainees will be compensated by the Superior Council for the Arts.  Recruitment continues to the end of July.

Following training, new employees will be selected to collaborate with artists in Superior’s non-profit arts organizations to produce a city wide summer 2016 storytelling/arts event called “Stories of People of Blue Waters and Red Clay”.  It will include participatory theater, art exhibits, writing and music events based on colorful historical archives and oral histories from Superior and Douglas County’s creative past, produced by Superior arts and cultural organizations.

The Worker Training award to the arts is unusual for Wisconsin Workforce Training; it is a bold move for them.  Patricia Lenz of the Superior Council for the Arts and Sara Blanck, executive director of Superior Public Museums appreciate that strong support for the flourishing arts and music scene in the area.


Early Sign-up for 2015 Broadway Community Garden Plots Starts Now!

Putting gardens to bed, fall 2014: Gardeners have been removing spent materials from garden plots & adding them to the permaculture heap or appropriate compost piles. Perennials are being cut back and gardeners have topped off plots ready for 2015.

Broadway Community Gardens' first 2015 event will be The Amazin' Duane's Horse Manure Compost Workshop. In 2014, we had cold pouring rain for our season's first two events. So, we transplanted rhubarb & hops & and rescheduled for 2015.

We are looking forward to The Amazin' Duane Workshop in Spring, 2015. We will see how the rhubarb & hops do over the upcoming winter!  Gardener's Suspense.

The 2015 session is free to all Broadway Community Gardens' Gardeners & Composters.

The Broadway Community Gardens is located at the corner of Broadway Street & Hammond Avenue in Superior.   For more information call 715.392.6007.


Superior Council for the Arts Invites Artists!

Superior’s Keyport Liquor Growler Art Contest

Local Artists!

Goal:  Artist Series Growlers. Capture the work of a local Twin Ports artist and put it the hands of our craft beer community. We would like to know:  what makes you local to the Twin Ports area.   Give a brief history of your artwork.

Art Size & Colors

Artwork can be in digital format or a physical that can be scanned into a digital format for the printing company.

Art Selection process

The artist series growler from Keyport will be an ever changing series. If your submission is not picked for the current growler release coming up it could be selected for another release in the future.

Multiple submissions from artists are great!. The final art selections that will go to print on the growlers will be determined by 3 or more members of the Keyport staff. You will be notified by e-mail that your art has been selected.

Keyport Liquor & Superior Council for the Arts for details.

Download the Keyport Liquor Growler Art Contest entry form.


Join Superior Council for the Arts today.

We invite public attendance and participation in regularly changing exhibits, receptions, and events in the North End Arts Gallery (NEAG) and Broadway Community Gardens. A vigorous and creative group of volunteers manages both Gallery and Gardens.

You can add your name to our contact list here


Contact us.

To sign up for any of these events, or to become a member, please contact Superior Council for the Arts: 1323 Broadway Street, Superior, WI 54880, phone: 715.392.6007. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Exhibit hours are: 11-5 T, TH, F, SA. Free and open to the public.




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