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


NWFA Bulletin

Sept. 18 2020



Fall colors are a joy but October is rushing up at us!    It’s time to get ready for the annual………


Please show your stuff  !!!!

Every member of Northwoods Friends of the Arts is invited to exhibit their very own crafts  and works of art (without cost) for the month of October at the……


October 1 - 30

Here’s how you deliver your art in time for the exhibit….

 Sept 29 and 30 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. deliver your works of art and crafts to NWFA Gallery.  Need a special delivery time?  Contact Alberta W. to make arrangements…. 666-2153. 

Virtual tours of the gallery and exhibits, produced by Lisa Hyppa and associate, can be viewed on our FaceBook and web page at northwoodsfriendsofthearts and NWFAMN.ORG .

Also…be thinking about items for Christmas sales during November and December!




Don’t miss this……A Memorial to Susan Wolfe

Concluding on September  26th in the back classroom at Northwoods Friends of the Arts is an exhibit and book sale honoring a founding member of NWFA, Sue Wolfe.  The exhibit includes Wolfe’s autobiographical book, “One of a Kind”.  On Saturday, Sept. 12th. NWFA’s classroom (in back of the gallery) was dedicated

“The Wolfe Den, Birthplace for Creativity and New Ideas”

Sue’s husband, Ray, and daughters were in attendance during the ceremony.

Gallery hours at 210 S. River Street are Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m..


Yes, “Open Studio Art”

has resumed but only on the first Saturday of each month…..

Next meeting is Sat., Oct 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m..  This is a working artists group at NWFA Gallery “Wolfe Den”,  a large space. Folks are welcome to bring their projects  to work with other artists.  No registrations or membership required to attend.  There is enough room to mask and social distance.

Enhance Your Resume

Join the Northwoods Friends of the Arts team of volunteers.  Gain valuable skills by helping with Non-profit management in data entry,  art gallery management, event planning and publicity.  Attending (zoom) meetings is crucial to understanding NWFA work. 


The next meetings are…….

“Curious and Creative, Art Adventures” program planning on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at the Gallery. 

The next board meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 20th by Zoom at 11 a.m..

Call or TEXT Shawna Kishel, president of NWFA board of directors, for more information about becoming a volunteer.  218 780-6510 or Judith Ulseth, 218 750-4304 about publicity.


SEE Exhibit in Ely…

“Socially Distanced, Four Artists, Four Visions, Three Days”

Features artists John, Andy, Cecilia (Rolando) and Shaun.

September 22-24th at Miners Dry, 105 Miners Lake Rd.

Tues. 10-6, Wed & Thurs 10-4.  Masks required.


Curious & Creative Art Adventures

2020/2021 activities to be launched Oct. 2020!

NWFA artists have planned art activities to be done at home with access at NWFA Gallery in Cook, in restaurants, newspapers and maybe the grocery store.    Alberta W. has a 3 tier  idea for the program:  

1. Imagination 

2. A little lesson  

3.  Fun stuff (weaving, yarn etc)

There is a rumor, also, about a documentary film about art in Cook!


Stay tuned for further notices!

Thank you!


Volunteers are not paid..

Not because they are worthless

But because….

They are Priceless!!!

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!

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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