Northwoods Friends of the Arts–

Welcome to our Art World!

Happy New Year NWFA Members!

The next meeting of the board, where all members and interested persons are welcome to attend, is at the Gallery at 10:30 to Noon Tues., Jan. 18th.  You may also join the meeting by Zoom…just send us an email and we will send you the Zoom invite—


Tell your friends……

Garage Sale CLEARANCE SALE in January!


 ”Arts, Antiquities and Other Curiosities Sale" 


In January  there is a closeout SALE at the garage sale in the gallery back classroom called the Wolfe Den, throughout the month of January. 


In addition to beautiful, thought provoking artwork on exhibit in the gallery,  there is a closeout sale on donated art, antiques and “curiosities” to view and purchase.  You may make an offer on any item if the sale price is too high.  Everything must go or some poor volunteer will have to box it up and find storage.


The Gallery is open in Winter from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Face coverings are highly suggested.  210 S. River St., Cook, Minnesota


A Winter Writers’ Gathering 

with Ellie Larmouth


January 29, 2022

1-3pm at the

Northwoods Friends of the Arts Gallery

210 S. River St., Cook, Minnesota

Attendees are requested to be vaccinated, boosted and to wear a mask.


This writers gathering is open to anyone who enjoys writing.  Group leader, Dr. Ellie Larmouth, is a retired college professor with years of experience. Participants are invited to share writing they have completed and writing together during the gathering.   All forms of writing are valued….poems, essays, articles, short stories, chapters of future books, and personal memoirs.  Larmouth has been leading writers’ groups at  Northwoods Friends of the Arts for eleven years.


There is a writer in each of us, waiting to be discovered!  NWFA membership is not a requirement to attend.  Participants are required to be vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19 and masks are required.


This writers’ gathering will meet at the Northwoods Friends of the Arts Gallery in Cook Saturday, Jan. 29th from 1-3 pm., 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.  He presented NWFA with a check for $1,300.  

The funds will be used as determined.  Suggested use of monies for free art classes for children/families.

Thanks to State Farm agent, Tim Johnson, in Cook who has faithfully encouraged and supported NWFA since its inception.


New Gallery Hours in effect --Winter hours: 

Thur. & Fri. 10 am - 4 pm. Sat. 9 am - 1 pm.



October: Member's Show with 47 members exhibiting, in memory of Susan Martin. Any member may show and sell both arts and crafts without rent during October.   Forty-seven members are exhibiting beautiful items this month.   Shop for gifts early!


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


Gallery Events


Wood carvers will resume meeting on Oct. 21, 6 - 8 pm. The contact person is Howard at 218 741-7941.  Experienced and beginner wood carvers welcome.  A regular schedule will be decided.


November:  “A Lois Larson Retrospective” art show all month.  Honor Lois’ work by touring the exhibit of her work on loan to NWFA.  If you have Lois Larson work to loan NWFA for the exhibit, Bring it to the gallery by October 30 or the first week of November.


December:  "Arts, Antiqueties and Other Curiosities Sale".  Do you have some nice items to donate to our fundraiser sale?  Maybe you have some art that you no longer have a spot for.  Maybe some great items to donate.?  And don't forget to shop for "new to you" items !!!.  Bring  donations on Nov 29 or 30 from 10 am to 2 pm.



Ten Years After Art in a Small Jim DeVries

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50/50 Raffle Winners Announced For 2021


The 50/50 Raffle takes place every Summer.  The $5 ticket sales  begin in June as a fundraiser.  The beautiful work of art given as a prize each year is always donated by one of NWFA’s artist members.  

All tickets were sold in July so on Saturday, July 24th the drawing was held at NWFA Gallery.  The first name drawn, the 1st place winner of the 2021 50/50 Raffle, was Tammy Skorich from Mt. Iron who took home the cash prize.  Tammy had the opportunity to choose CASH, 50% of the ticket sales or the lovely painting of “Birches” by Sue Anderson Rauschenfels.  

The second and (Usually) the last name drawn takes home the remaining prize.  This year, however, the second name drawn had an illegible entry ticket.  The name was not clear and the telephone number did not produce a response to NWFA’s messages.  So in August the 50/50 Raffle team had to draw a third name from the ticket jar.

The lovely painting of “Birches” by Sue Anderson Rauschenfels will be headed to Huntsville Texas to Dr. Amber J. Ulseth.

Thank you to all those who purchased tickets, donated time and art.  Congratulations Tammy Skorich and Amber Ulseth!

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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!

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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