Northwoods Friends of the Arts–
Welcome to our Art World!
Call 218 780-7130
Winter Gallery Hours
Thurs. & Fri. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sat. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
closed on Holidays.
210 S. River St., next to Dream Weaver Salon
Welcome and thanks for visiting the Northwoods Friends of the Arts (NWFA) website, we’re the Heart of Art in the Northwoods!
Since our inception in late 2010, we’ve established a vibrant, contemporary, regional arts center providing arts education, exhibition, performances and community outreach, through our mission to…
~~INSPIRE, NURTURE, and CELEBRATE the ARTS in OUR REGION!~~
"Sarah's parents, Michele and Ron Maki"
"Sarah's mother and Alberta Whitenack, gallery manager, share a laugh over matching shirts"
“Surface Works” Sarah Maki Paintings
A good turnout occurred last Friday evening in Cook at Northwoods Friends of the Arts Gallery for home grown artist, Sarah Maki’s, exhibit, “Surface Works”. Forty-five friends and neighbors celebrated with food and refreshments while viewing Sarah’s large paintings in the classroom at the gallery.
Art interest came naturally to the daughter of Cook art teacher (retired), Ron Maki and Michele Maki. After Cook High School Sarah went on to pursue a bachelors degree in studio art and history and a masters in fine art degree in painting. She is a dean of students at Gallatin College, Montana State University.
Here is the artist’s statement about this striking exhibit:
My work is about revealing the beauty of the hidden, subtle and inauspicious details found around us. I want to call attention to beauty found in the quiet, temporal familiarities found in the physical world where there exists a transition between material and nonexistence.
Ultimately a dynamic is created through the incorporation of opposites, including: accidents and control, serious and whimsical, order and chaos, form and formless.
I use translucent materials for each surface because they successfully bridge the gap between the polarities mentioned. All of these materials are castable and can record subtle surface qualities, as well as reveal a balance between material and nonexistance. When light passes through the translucent materials it seemingly dissolves parts of the surface and reveals other areas built up by casting. Subtle layers emerge that exist as dichotomies themselves: microcosm/macrocosm, wet/dry, materiality/immateriality.
These polarities are found throughout the physical world and are what I intend to refer to the viewer. My work is about beauty found in familiarities like the surface of water, ice on a window, a muddy snow bank and cracks on a driveway. Echoing the lessons of Wabi -Sabi — a Japanese aesthetic philosophy — that a all things are impermanent, imperfect and incomplete. I want to call attention to beauty found in the overlooked and temporal.
My work is successful when it causes the viewer to slow down, look closely, and discover the balance between the pleasure of things and the pleasure of the freedom of things.
Volunteers like Ron and Mickie Maki have helped to make NWFA an established, vibrant, contemporary, regional arts center in Cook MN. Please stop into the gallery and see for yourself, located on River Street tucked back next to Dream Weaver Salon and Spa.
Take Your Best Shot photo contest. Enter until April 25, 2020. For more information and entry forms CLICK HERE
Winter Writers’ Group
The Winter Writers’ Group meets at the Northwoods Friends of the Arts Gallery in Cook, the second Saturday of each month from 1-3 pm.
The group is open to anyone who enjoys writing.
In each session, writers respond to prompts presented by the group leader, Ellie Larmouth. Participants also share writings that they have completed outside of the meetings.
All forms of writing are valued….poems, essays, articles, short stories, chapters of future books, and personal memoirs.
There is a writer in each of us, waiting to be discovered!
“Felt Here” Pop-up Storytelling Shop in Cook
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Woodcarving Group Meeting Every Thursday, beginning Sept. 5th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Beginners, all skill levels, all ages and even those just interested are welcome to participate in this fascinating hobby art . Call Howard for info…218 741-7941.
Every Saturday Is Open Studio Art Space at NWFA Gallery from 9 to 12:30.
NWFA, Inspiring, Nurturing and Celebrating the Arts since 2010 in Cook MN. Winter gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Studio Open Art Space Saturdays. Exhibiting 40 artists, the gallery is located in Cook next to Dream Weaver Salon at 210 S. River St.
" Take Your Best Shot Winners"
Winners of the Best Shot Photo Contest 2019 Announced at May 24th Reception.
PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD:
Student, Kristin Cook, "Cottentail" add photo KCookPeoplesChoice19
Student category---1st place Xavier Mitchell, untitled. add photo XMitchellS1stPlace19
Great color Good composition, foreground in focus with background out of focus. Illusion of movement of plants in the background.
Student Category--2nd runner up, Zoe Trip, ”Look Me In The Eye” add photo ZTrip1stSRunnerup19
Student Category--3rd runner up Katy Hartwig, “Make a Wish” add photo KHartwig3rdS3rdRunnerup19
Adult Category--1st place, Carol Bowman, "Icy Artwork Along the Shore" add photo CBowmanA1st2nd19
Good balance and color of rocks. Vibrant rainbow of color in the ice.
Adult Category--2nd Runner up, Carol Bowman, “Chilly Sunny Morning "
Adult Category--3rd Runnerup, Sue Minten, “Poppies” add photo SMintonA3rdRunnerup19
The Northwoods Friends of the Arts Writers' groups are open to all who enjoy the writing process.
These writing experiences are led by Ellie Larmouth.
Summer Wriers Group: Meets every 2nd and 4th Tues each month" at 6:30Located 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!