2021 NWFA FUNDRAISER  Click Here for the registration form


Time again to grab an 8x10 canvas from the NWFA Gallery and create a piece of art… any medium of your choice…. any technique you choose.   And a bigger fund raiser it is!  Submit a favorite piece you have created other than on canvas.  A sculpture….  A weaving…. A photo….. A quilt.  The rule is that it needs to be small…..  no larger than 12 inches high…..  or wide!

All entries have a ten dollar fee.  All art is priced at 50 dollars, half of which goes to the artist if sold.  Entries need to be at the NWFA Gallery by June 30.  The exhibit runs from July 1 – July 22.  On this date, artists may collect their unsold work or donate it to future NWFA fundraising efforts. Any art not collected by August 7 will become the property of NWFA.  At its discretion, NWFA may use images of the art for promotional activities.

Registration Information:


Name ____________________________________________________________________



Phone ______________________________ E-mail ______________________________



Type of Art _______________________________________________________________



NWFA art id _____________________

























This exhibit is free of rent to NWFA members except for the sales tax.  Usually members rent space to exhibit and a percentage of their sales go to NWFA.  You may email questions to  Membership is $20 for singles and $40 for a family membership. 

see photos of this exhibition in the "Members Activities" section


February 1, 2021

Greetings NWFA members,


Thank you for your support this past year.  NWFA volunteers have information to share with you.  In a recent board of directors meeting, the financial report indicated that individual donations successfully kept NWFA in the black.  Memberships, however, are not succeeding in paying the rent for the gallery.  Ask a friend or neighbor to become a member and if your membership has lapsed please consider renewing your membership.

If you want to receive the minutes of past board meetings, contact us via this email address.


First, The 2021 Annual Photo Contest 

You may have received a letter about this in the mail….

 Last year’s  contest was canceled due to the pandemic.  What has helped you get through this year and what have you learned that puts a light in the world as you know it?  Capture that “light” in a photo.

Enter your photos for NWFA’s contest from now until May 1st.  The exhibit will begin on May 6th until May 29th.  


There are new photo entry sizes.

  Photos may be submitted in three sizes… 5x7, 8x10 and 8x12. 


Contestants may sell their photos.   5x7 prints will sell for $15 dollars (artist receives $10); 8x10 and 8x12 will sell for $25 (artist receives $15).  Sold photos must remain in the exhibit through the show which ends May 29.


Photographers are encouraged to submit a short description, written thoughts about the photo, or a poetic verse with each photo.  These will be displayed with the photo during the exhibit.  It is optional and interesting!


Photo Contest Winners will be determined by the people visiting the gallery…

“People’s Choice”, voting during the photo exhibit  May 6th-29th.  The most favored winning photo/photographer will be awarded $100 and the runner up photographer, $50.


Because this is a FUNdraiser, a ten dollar fee is charged per entry. Students 18 or younger may enter up to three photos free of charge. 


Entry forms may be picked up at the NWFA gallery or downloaded on NWFA’s website:  

Please mark the top of your photo for display.

Because of COVID-19, participants are asked to either mail their entries to NWFA, P.O. Box 44, Cook, Mn. 55723, or drop them off at the NWFA Gallery on Thursday or Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Each photo will be  placed in white mat sets so all will be uniform in appearance.  Please mark the top side of your photo. 


There will be celebrating but there will be no reception. Entrants must pick up their photos at the close of the exhibit by 1 p.m.  on Saturday, May 29th.

You may correspond with NWFA by email,



“Curious and Creative Art Adventures are still in play this coming month.  Doodling Placemats are in area restaurants and the DIY art projects will continue in the   “North Country Free Press”  available free each Saturday.  Folks may complete the project and deliver by mail or Thurs., Fri. or Sat. to NWFA Gallery to win a prize.


During 2021 plans are going forward again for future art, writing and music classes and concerts.  Our volunteer numbers are short but dedicated.  Thank you all for your help and stay tuned for more info.  The website at will be the first place to look for new information.  for example:

Mary Beth Downs Watercolor Workshop is Sept. 9-10, 2021


NWFA needs volunteers to help with program planning, publicity which includes writing this bulletin, press releases and technical help with posting information on the website and Facebook and instagram.  There are openings on the board of directors.  To become familiar with NWFA volunteer to clerk the gallery during open hours on Thurs., Fri. or Sat.. Contact Shawna at 218 666-5096.

If you would like to attend a zoom board meeting held usually the third Tuesday each month at 11 a.m. (or receive the minutes of the meetings) let NWFA know by email:

the following is info for artists/art lovers


Feb 16-19

Arts Advocacy Day under “Minnesota Citizens for the Arts”

This year it will be several days  and virtual….link…



Artist Opportunity Eveleth Library

(have been presented by libraries in Cook and Aurora as well)


Eveleth Director <>


Jan 28, 2021, 11:24 AM (2 days ago)



Please share the attached with interested artists in your community.


The Eveleth Public Library is participating in the Arrowhead Library System Legacy Art Project and is seeking project proposals from regional artists that reflect Eveleth’s history and culture, or celebrates the joy of reading. Art created by the selected finalist will be displayed either inside or outside the Eveleth Public Library, located at 614 Pierce St. Eveleth, Minnesota.


A local committee will consider art works in the medium of the artist’s choice for display either inside or outside the library building. Please note that artwork intended for display outside of the library must be able to survive exposure to our weather.    


Selected artists must submit a Request for Qualifications (see attached CALL FOR ARTISTS document for details) and must reside in the seven-county service area of the Arrowhead Library System which includes Carlton, Cook, Koochiching, Itasca, Lake, Lake of the Woods, and St. Louis counties.


Requests for Qualifications must be received at the library by February 19, 2021.  The total project budget is $12,000.00, inclusive of all artist fees, travel, research, design, materials, fabrication, transportation, installation/construction, and documentation. The committee for the Eveleth Public Library will consider either a larger work from a single artist or 2 -5 smaller works from multiple artists.   The total cost of all the art selected will be within the $12,000.00 budget.


The project will be awarded, pending preliminary approval by the Arrowhead Library System Board, on March 5, with final project revision (if necessary) and approval by April 9.  The project must be completed and installed (if an outside project) by June 30, 2021.


The project is funded in part with funds from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Fund and through a partnership with the Eveleth Public Library and the Arrowhead Library System.


Please contact me if you have any questions.


Thank you.


Mary Ellen Higgins

Eveleth Public Library


The NWFA Concert Fri., June 14th, 2019 --"Simple Gifts with Billy McLaughlin: The Young and the Rest...."

Held at Cook Community Center, the concert/fundraiser was warmed up by the music of local musicians, "The Beefeaters", Eric Pederson and Mike Randolph. 

Simple Gifts featured complex music with 7 multi-talented musicians and vocalists who performed the music we most remember.  One distinctive sound were the Flute and the Bag Pipes.

The refreshments, silent auctions and raffles added to the excitement beginning at 5:30 p.m. until after 8:00 p.m. 

There was a hot raffle ticket contest for the wildly realistic photo of a Fox by Loren Nelson. The team selling raffle tickets, Alberta Whitenack, Lisa Hyppa and Lisa Simensen were amazed! 

This was the crew taking and selling concert tickets at the door.  Lois Garbisch, Cathryn Peters, Andrea Vogel with Mary Ann Vukich in the background. 

A splendid night for the community of Cook and NWFA volunteers!

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NWFA Wins 3rd Place in Timber Days Parade Floats!!

NWFA again participated in the  Cook Timber Days Parade with the theme "Dress As Your Art".  We paraded in cold rain on Sunday, June 9th.  

Shawna Kishel  was "The Art Dabbler", wearing a tool belt of art supplies, who interacted with the parade crowd handing out information on NWFA's annual concert,  "Simple Gifts with Billy McLaughlin.


Alberta Whitenack wore a sheet of "Sheet Music" and carried the NWFA banner with a young volunteer from the parade crowd named Loren.  We are forever in her debt.!!


Judith Ulseth was "a bolt of cloth with a spool of (rainbow) thread" .  Sewing is her hobby.


Jeanne O'Melia was dancing in a detailed dress made of Cyanotype printed fabric with embroidery.  Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a scan-blue print.  Engineers used the process well into the 20th century as a simple and low-cost process to produce copies of drawings, referred to as "blueprints."  The process uses two chemicals:  ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide. O'Melia has made many an art piece using Cyanotype.


Spring Art Expo 2019 was launched June 5th, 2019 with a reception at NWFA Gallery celebrating the event .



Kristin Cook won "The Peoples Choice Award" in the 2019 photo contest with this photo

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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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