Play The Harmonica in March
Creative learning sessions begin in 2021 featuring Zoom classes by an incredible artist, Tom Kesanen. This harmonica Class will be on Tuesdays, March 16 and March 23 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m via ZOOM. This will be a free class, however, donations are welcomed by NWFA.
Participants must have a C Major, 10 hole harmonica. NWFA will supply all other class materials needed.
Registration is necessary. Call Shawna at 218-780-6510 to sign up.
Tom Kesanen picked up a harmonica at the age of six and has never stopped. He was dubbed with a nickname, Harmonica Herman, by a family friend. “The Hutter Bunch” is one of the performing groups that Tom has performed with. More harmonica classes may be offered in the future.
“Soul Force” :
An Exhibit and Memorial to Sue Wolfe
“Growing older, I’ve decided, is a gift. I am now probably for the first time in my life, the person I have always wanted to be.”…Sue Wolfe
The Soul Force Memorial Exhibit begins on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 3, 4 and 5 and each Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until the 26th of September in Cook MN at Northwoods Friends of the Arts Gallery. A founding member of NWFA, Sue Wolfe planned this exhibit and book signing for a year before she died unexpectedly this spring.
Words chosen by Wolfe for her latest art was to share her recent evolvement of stye. She use her passion for color to express her maturity as an artist with the freedom to share her faith, values and humor for an unusual collection of art produced from her soul.
Sue’s art is eclectic using materials, found, old and new that she had on hand and created with joyful faith.
Here is Sue Wolfe’s artist statement:
“In 2015 I began an adventure. I got out my oil paints from college (1963) and painted an image of “Everlasting Hope”. This was the beginning of a journey to let my soul speak to me and guide my painting and other media to express myself. I attend a retreat on the Gunflint Trail with Benedictine women. Not one of us knew the others. We spent the days and nights deep in the forest between Twin Lakes ‘doing art’. I painted with acrylics outside! As well as making a small bust out of clay. The work I named “Dive into Hope” emerged from my shady spot shared with a curious squirrel and many insects wanting to see what I was and what I was doing in their habitat. So many paintings and collages have followed since that time. I feel compelled to share my passion for what I have done. I want to explain my work and to know what people see in it as they look at my….
“One of A Kind”, a short auto-biographical booklet was written by Sue for her children. The first line on the dedication page reads, “Before you were born I believed in God. After the birth of each of you I believed in miracles.”
Her faith is expressed in her stories, some in “Ole and Lena” style. There are quotes from several writers such as:
“The Beginning of Love”
The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves,
the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image.
If in loving them we do not love what they are,
but only the potential likeness to ourselves,
then we do not love them.
We only love the reflection of ourselves
we find in them.
The self published booklet will be on sale at NWFA gallery right beside the Sue Wolfe art exhibit, “Soul Force”.
Visit the NWFA Gallery on main street Cook, MN near Hwy 53. The address is 210 S. River Street in the Dream Weaver Day Spa and Salon complex.
Arts Antiques and Antiquities Garage Sale August 29th
At Northwoods Friends of the Arts, a huge ‘end of Summer’ art sale on Saturday, August 31st from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.. Enjoy shopping for new “Art, Antiques and Antiquities” at 210 S. River Street in Cook, MN next to Dream Weaver Salon and Day Spa.
The items on sale at NWFA are always interesting and diverse.
Table Top Weaving Loom
This table top weaving loom, donated by a NWFA member, has a cool history attached to the previous owner. Mabel Ellet Maxcy was a faculty member at Texas Women’s University and was known for her art in many fields including photography and hand weaving. She was one of the women named a “pioneer of modernism” at Denton, Texas as a ceramics artist. Dr. Maxcy earned a B.S. degree in 1925 from the College of Industrial Arts (Denton TX) and a masters and Ph. D. from Columbia University.
NWFA, inspiring, nurturing and celebrating the arts for members and the community in the region of Cook. Ten year old NWFA Gallery exhibits and sells for about thirty artists year round, open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Thursdays and Fridays, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
Cook's Music in the Park Begins June 17th
Longing for the Sound of Music in 2020
The free Wednesday evening concert series, Music in the Park will begin June 17th under Governor Walz's new COVID-19 guildlines.
Bring a lawn chair or sit in your car to hear the sound of music.
The idea to start up the concert series again surfaced after the city of Cook hosted a graduation celebration parade on River Street in downtown Cook. The citizens , most in protective face masks, gathered to congratulate the 2020 Northwoods graduates. The orderly and enthusiastic crowd practiced social distancing and seemed grateful to see friends and neighbors, even if from a distance.
Eric Pederson , music coordinator for Cook's Music in the Park, will kick off the 2020 concert season Wednesdays on June 17th and 24th at 6 pm.. The Beefeater Brothers is Eric’s band and they have performed many Wednesdays for Cook. The band includes Eric Pederson & Mike Randolph and will feature Jimmy Laine on drums and Anna Pederson on vocals. The band will also feature their large selection of musical friends that "sit in" on occasion. "We are lucky to live in an area that supports live music" says Pederson. We also have an abundance of talent on the Iron Range.
Here is the lineup for Cook’s Music in the Park 2020, Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m:
17th Beefeaters Brothers
24th Beefeaters Brothers
in July/August Enjoy Alango’s St. Pauls Lutheran Church’s burger stand.
1 The Divas
8 R and B
15 The Hutter Bunch
22 Robert Walker
29 The Beefeater Brothers
5 The Hutter Bunch
12 Robert walker
It is more important than ever to support your local music scene. Facebook has become a great method to find where the music is playing. Sites like "Northwoods Music News", hosted by Richard George, does a wonderful service and posts many local events.
Music In The Park is made possible by the Cook Lion's Club, Cook VFW Post 1157, the Cook Chamber of Commerce, Northwoods Friends of the Arts, and free will community donations.
Live-streamed Class: Exposure Controls DSLR Camera
Photographers, here is an opportunity to join a virtual Zoom class, "Take Control! Using the Exposure Controls on your DSLR Camera", by instructor: Keith Miesel.
This class is designed for beginner users of DSLR camera manual exposure controls. Or, anyone pondering the idea of moving from a point and shoot and/or auto settings to enhance their creative process. Topics covered: ISO, aperture or f/stop, shutter speed, metering, histogram, special exposure modes, and white balance.
Keith is a Twin Cities and Cook-based photographer whose work can be seen at the Northwoods Friends of the Arts Gallery. His studio is in the Casket Arts Building in Northeast Minneapolis and online (Website kmieselphoto.com; Instagram keithmiesel). He has most recently exhibited at Jimmy Wilson Gallery and at the Inez Greenberg Gallery of Bloomington Center for the Arts and is currently exhibiting at Minneapolis Convention Center. Its an honor to have Keith share his half-century of expertise in photography that shows in his breathtakingly beautiful photographs.
This class is free of charge and will be live-streamed via Zoom Thursday, June 18th from 7-8 pm. Pre-registration is required by calling/texting Lisa at (218) 780-1151.
This class is a segment of Northwoods Friends of the Arts Summer Art Program and thankfully made possible with a grant from Lake Country Powers Operation Round-Up.
NWFA is a non-profit membership organization with a gallery that exhibits for about forty artists regularly. The NWFA Gallery in Cook, MN on main street, 210 S. River St., is open Thurs. and Fri. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. The website is: NWFAMN.ORG. The email address is: email@example.com. Find northwoodsfriendsofthearts also on Face Book.
A Small Works Project for Artists,“A Canvas and You”Grab a canvas (or two). Paint it, draw on it, weave on it, glue on it, slash or “felt” on that canvas, The art work is your choice, your medium and your subject. Register and take your canvas(es) home from Northwoods Friends of the Arts Gallery in Cook, MN beginning May 2020, depending on the global pandemic guidelines for social gatherings. The canvas sale and exhibit is tentative for July 8 until August 28th with a grand reception honoring artists on July 10th from 5 to 7 p.m. at 210 S. River St. next to Dream Weaver Spa and Salon. It is a fundraiser.The show requirements are: The subject is your own and the medium (glue, paint, fabric, objects, etc.) is your choice. All artwork must be completed on each $10, 8 x 10 inch canvas, signed and dated by the artist on the back. The canvas must not be altered in size or shape and must be wired for hanging. All edges of the canvas must be “finished” but not framed. All art will be for sale for $50 each during the exhibit time. NWFA will collect taxes and retain 50% with 50% going to the artist. Mailing or shipping canvases will be at the expense of the artist. Art left after two weeks of the exhibit conclusion will become the property of NWFA and may be used for future fundraisers. Artwork deemed inappropriate will not be accepted. NWFA may use an image of the art to promote NWFA at its discretion. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, NWFA is your local 501(c)3 arts organization. You may contact NWFA at or see the website, nwfamn.org. The Gallery is not open at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic but it is located on Cook’s main street, River St., near Hwy #53
A Small Works Project for Artists,“A Canvas and You”
Grab a canvas (or two). Paint it, draw on it, weave on it, glue on it, slash or “felt” on that canvas, The art work is your choice, your medium and your subject. Register and take your canvas(es) home from Northwoods Friends of the Arts Gallery in Cook, MN beginning May 2020, depending on the global pandemic guidelines for social gatherings.
The canvas sale and exhibit is tentative for July 8 until August 28th with a grand reception honoring artists on July 10th from 5 to 7 p.m. at 210 S. River St. next to Dream Weaver Spa and Salon. It is a fundraiser.
The show requirements are:
The subject is your own and the medium (glue, paint, fabric, objects, etc.) is your choice.
All artwork must be completed on each $10, 8 x 10 inch canvas, signed and dated by the artist on the back.
The canvas must not be altered in size or shape and must be wired for hanging.
All edges of the canvas must be “finished” but not framed.
All art will be for sale for $50 each during the exhibit time. NWFA will collect taxes and retain 50% with 50% going to the artist.
Mailing or shipping canvases will be at the expense of the artist.
Art left after two weeks of the exhibit conclusion will become the property of NWFA and may be used for future fundraisers.
Artwork deemed inappropriate will not be accepted.
NWFA may use an image of the art to promote NWFA at its discretion.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, NWFA is your local 501(c)3 arts organization. You may contact NWFA at or see the website, nwfamn.org. The Gallery is not open at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic but it is located on Cook’s main street, River St., near Hwy #53.
"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.
Saturday, Jan. 18th, 1-3 pm; “Etching Made Simple”.
This is a two part class. The 2nd class date and time to be determined by participants at the 1st etching class. Pre-register by calling Alberta at 666-2153.
Class one will cover design and print etching and Class two teaches color etching
Lyn Reed will demonstrate in her class a drawing and printing technique that has a similar appearance to an acid etching. The class will use simple materials and technique to accomplish this affect. Traditional etching materials will not be used and the end product will not be an etching. The end product will have the appearance of an etching with great creative potential.
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