Northwoods Friends of the Arts–

Welcome to our Art World!







Music in the Park


June 16 thru August, 6-8 pm. Wednesdays

“Music in the Park”, 13 performances ….



16 - Beefeater Brothers

23 - Sugar On the Roof

30 - The Three Amigos



  7 - Rowbottom & Boyer

14 - The Dionysian Dithyrambs

21 - The Divas

28 - The Hutter Bunch



 4 - The Three Amigos

11 - Beefeater Brothers

18 - The Divas

25 - The Blenders



 1 - Jaggedease Band

 8 - Beefeater Brothers




A CANVAS & YOU—TWO exhibit July 1-22

Small art project fundraiser for NWFA.  Buy a $10 canvas at NWFA Gallery.  This year's “canvas and you” fundraiser expanded to include all forms of art.....  one may choose which form to submit for $10.  You may grab an 8x10 canvas from the gallery to paint or draw upon..... or use one that you already have.....  you may also submit a sculpture, weaving, photo, fiber art, quilt.....  endless opportunities.  All entries whether using a canvas from NWFA or not have a ten dollar entry fee.  The only rule..... the art needs to be small.......  no larger than 12 inches high.... or wide....  

All art will be priced at 50 dollars.  The artist receives 50% of sales.  Entries due at the gallery by June 30....  Contact Alberta Whitenack, 218 666-2153 



SUMMER WRITERS  —218 666-2153


6/22/21-Tuesday, 1-3 p.m.

“A Gathering for Writers with Ellie Larmouth: A time to share writings”


July 13, 2021 Tuesday 1-4:00 p.m.

Writer’s Workshop. Sheila Packa, 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 .


August 2, 2021 Monday 1-3 p.m.

“A Gathering for Writers with Ellie Larmouth:  “Write Like It Matters, And It Will” by Libba Bray.  THEWRITELIFE.COM


October 2, Saturday, 10-2:00 p.m.

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


SUMMER: C&C KIDS  (NO CHARGE for kids classes)

Contact 218 666-2153

6/17/21 – Thursday, 11-1

         Kris On Color:  Exploring color with Kris Musto 


6/24/21 – Thursday, 11-1

         Check out those Elements of Art: With Kris Musto


7/8/21 – Thursday, 10-noon

          Try Notan: Positive and Negative Art with Alberta Whitenack


7/22/21 – Thursday, 10-Noon

          “Single point perspective”



Fee- $10 NWFA Members; $20 non-Members (NWFA membership is $25)

CONTACT: 218 666-2153


7/10/21 – Saturday, 9-1:00

Drawing for Beginners: Introduction to contour drawing, shading and composition using a pencil. Supplies provided. Bring your own lace up shoe.  Must be 12 or older.  Lyn Reed, Instructor


7/14/21 – Wednesday, 1-3:30

Six Greeting Cards – Using stamped images, messages, colored papers and embellishments, design 6 greeting cards. Envelopes provided. Five dollar material fee.  Cecilia Rolando, Instructor.  Dee Rolando’s “July Solo Trunk Show” at Ely’s Art and Soul Gallery…427 E. Sheridan St…


7/15/21 – Thursday, 1-3

Twig Weaving: A weaving created using a sturdy forked branch, string and yarn.  Jennifer Barr, Instructor.


7/17/21 – Saturday, 9-1:00

Gyotaku, Fish Print: Using a fish and oil based printing ink, print a fish.  Enhance a fish print with mixed media.  Must be 12 or older. Five dollar material fee. Lyn Reed, Instructor


7/20/21 – Tuesday,10-1:00

Fabric Bowl: Using bits of fabric and glue, create a fabric bowl. Alberta Whitenack and JoAnn Anderson, Instructors 


7/30/21 – Friday, 1-3:30

Photo Collage Creation: Using magazines, colored paper, fabric markers & pencils to make a photo collage.  Examples provided for inspiration.  Five dollar material fee. Cecilia Rolando, Instructor


7/31/21 – Saturday, 9-1:00

Three Styles of Art: Create a composition incorporating realism, abstract and nonrepresentational styles.  Explore different mediums including pencil, colored pencil, oil and chalk pastels, watercolor and markers.  Must be 12 or older.  Lyn Reed, Instructor.


8/5/21 – Thursday, 6-9 and 8/12/21 – Thursday, 6-9

Ceramic Bowl I and II: Make a ceramic bowl in week one, glaze it in week two. Or join in on week two and choose a bowl already made by Lyn Reed to glaze.  Designs for bowls will be created with an underglaze.  $15.00 material fee per bowl.  Lyn Reed, Instructor


8/13/21 -  Friday, 1-3:30

Cartoon Family Characters:  Some drawing fun!  With paper and pencils and markers draw family and friends.  Cecilia Rolando, Instructor


8/14/21 – Saturday, 9-1:00

Making Your Mark: In this mixed media project, have fun exploring multiple methods of making a mark to create a thoughtful composition. Lyn Reed, Instructor


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.




August 19, 2021  6 p.m.

CONCERT “Monroe Crossing”  Advanced Ticket Sale $20 - Door Sales $25.  Bag raffles, 7:00 p.m Music; Cook Community Center.


July 24, Saturday 9-3 p.m.

Garage Sale…Arts NWFA Gallery


September at NWFA Gallery Wed., Thurs., Fri. and Sat.

Ancient Cedars  Traveling Exhibit (now in Virginia at Lyric First Stage Gallery) to bring light to the Ancient Cedar Grove in Tower, MN


September 9 & 10, Thursday and Friday, 9-4:00

Watercolor Workshop -  Fracturing: Formulating a Design Strategy. MaryBeth Downs, Instructor. $60.00 members, $75.00 nonmembers.   218 666-2153


Hope to see you all at events!  A BIG THANK YOU!!!



Curious&Creative Summer Classes


SUMMER: C&C KIDS  (Free kids classes)

Contact 218 666-2153



Four classes offered free of charge to children of all ages with instructors Alberta Whitenack and Kris Musto.  Check out the descriptions, dates and times the classes will take place at NWFA Gallery at 210 S. River St. in the Dream Weaver Salon complex.  Contact Alberta at 218 666-2153 for information or to register for a class.


6/17/21 – Thursday, 11-1

         “Kris On Color”:  Exploring color with Kris Musto 


6/24/21 – Thursday, 11-1

         Check out those “Elements of Art with Kris Musto”


7/8/21 – Thursday, 10-noon

          Try “Notan: Positive and Negative Art “ with Alberta Whitenack


7/22/21 – Thursday, 10-Noon

          Single point perspective with Alberta Whitenack

More classes to come with more events.....



To access the contest information and registration form please select the "Classes and Events" section of this website or click the photo above.

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





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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