Northwoods Friends of the Arts–

Welcome to our Art World!

















































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


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!


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.


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 and Antiques Garage Sale. Do you have some nice items to donate to our fund raiser 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 all of December!!!.  Bring  donations on Nov 29 or 30 from 10 am to 2 pm.




October 2, Saturday, 10-2:00 p.m…POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING

Writer’s Workshop. DyAnne Korda, Instructor. $40.00 members, $55.00 nonmembers.  Mail: NWFA, PO Box 44, Cook MN  55723 or

Registration required at the gallery or 218 666-2153. 

Curious & Creative Summer Classes


9/17/21 – Friday, 1-3:30

Jewelry:  Make creative jewelry using beads, bangles and many other interesting items.  Five dollar material fee.  Cecilia Rolando, Instructor


10/9/21 & 10/16/21 – Saturday, 9-1:00

Etching, I & II:  Design and print a simple etching.  Print the first week; Color the etching the second week.  Five dollar material fee. Lyn Reed, Instructor

Ten Years After Art in a Small Jim DeVries

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Hand made masks in adult and children's sizes are on sale at NWFA gallery



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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