Northwoods Friends of the Arts–

Welcome to our Art World!

Visit the Exhibit and Vote May 4th until May 27th

Winners Announced 5/27 at 1:00 p.m.






A friend asked me if I knew that this month, February, is the last month before the first month of spring. March became a very happy thought!


For the 2022 Northwoods Friends of the Arts photo contest, imagine and photograph what makes you happy. A dog, a person, a place, the sun, a walk in the moonlight, whatever it may be. Take a picture and enter it into this fun fundraiser photo contest.


The exhibit runs from Wednesday, May 4 until Friday, May 27. You are encouraged to grab some friends and come to the NWFA gallery to vote on your favorites. The viewers are the judges and their votes will determine the winner who receives $100.00; the runner up, $50. Voting ends at noon on May 27. The winner will be announced at 1:00 p.m. (one). Participants may then pick up their photos, either on May 27 or May 28.


As this is a FUNdraiser, a ten dollar fee is charged per entry. Students, 18 or younger, are free. The entry fee includes a mat and sleeve for uniformly displaying the photograph. Photos may be submitted in three sizes: 5x7, 8x10 and 8x12.


Entrants may mail their photos with the registration form to NWFA, P.O. Box 44, Cook, Minnesota, 55723, or drop them off at the NWFA Gallery in Cook during gallery hours, Thursday and Friday, 10-4, and Saturday 9-1. All entries must be at the gallery by Saturday, April 30.


Registration materials are available at the NWFA gallery, 210 S. River St. near Hwy #53 and DreamWeaver Day Spa and Salon.



Wood Carvers Meet Weekly

 Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m..  Beginners and all interested carvers are welcome.  Contact Howard for more information at 218 290-1391.


Thank you all NWFA members!  Stay well.  

The website is NWFAMN.ORG  



Thanks to Tim Johnson of State Farm Insurance in Cook, who has faithfully encouraged and supported NWFA since its inception.  Tim presented NWFA with a check for $1,300.  He collected the funds through his program called “Quotes For Good”.  The funds will be used as determined.  Suggested use of monies for free art classes for children/families.

Pose to SOAR with wings…photograph….. enjoy!


The Wings Mural has been beautifully weatherized and installed near the Cook Library and the gazebo in the city park.  Children attending NWFA art classes one summer each painted feathers and incorporated them all into a giant set of wings.

Summer Gallery Hours in effect: Wed., Thur. & Fri. 10 am - 4 pm. Sat. 9 am - 1 pm.

Look at the entrances of shops in Cook to see….

The Children's Collaborative Art and Barn Quilts,  brought about by the grants from “It stARTS on River Street”.


Play the Art Scavenger Hunt Game in Cook. List of Clues are available at the gallery front door on the wall and at The Comet and the Library and all over.

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See the Wings Mural  just beautifully weatherized and installed near the Cook Library and the gazebo in the city park.  Remember the student art classes when the children painted feathers and incorporated them all into a giant set of wings.??  See, photograph and enjoy!



Soon...The Children's Collaborative Art and Barn Quilts ...It stARTS on River Street


Ten Years After Art in a Small Jim DeVries

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There’s an ART for everyone here at NWFA!


You’ll find listings for painting classes, pottery, weaving and special youth painting and crafts classes offered on a regular basis in our classroom area. We also feature a summer writing class, concerts throughout the year, dance and drama performances and literary readings, too.

Classes and workshops are taught by our members as well as from instructors out of the immediate area.


Look around our site to discover all we offer and learn how we can make your art blossom! We hope you will consider membership in our organization.

Literary readings and book signings are held here too. So there’s always something of interest taking place in the gallery along with the lovely display of “Up North” artwork, prefect for your enjoyment and gift ideas.

Volunteers are the backbone of this organization and are needed to staff the gallery, can you lend a hand?

And of course, donations are always appreciated to support NWFA and the quality programs we present for the residents and visitors in Cook and the surrounding area!

Board of Directors and Committee chairs 2021-2022


President - Shawna Kishel (

Vice President - Lauren Nelson

Treasurer- Lisa Hyppa

Secretary - Barbara Schmidt 

Gallery Mgr/Coordinator - Alberta Whitenack

Member-at-large - Lois Garbisch ~ Public Relations

Publicity - Judith Ulseth (

Membership - Donna Graham

Volunteer Coordinator - Priscilla Hiipakka

Website - Troy Swanson (

Ten Years After Art in a Small Jim DeVries

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Certain activities by NWFA are made possible in part by a grant provided by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (ARAC) and is funded, in part, by the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

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