Finally left the hectic pace of Helsinki to travel 370 km to our rural retreat, Varistaipale. En route we visited the old town of Porvoo, making a quick dash into a lovely local gallery. We have had warm sunshine, rain, light snow and a cold,cold breeze in one day. Sounds like a normal northern summer! We will be visiting Valamo to organise final details for the workshop and exhibition. In between we managed a walk along the canal in front of the house. The canal has 3 locks which enable local boats to be raised or lowered 14.5 m to travel to the next lake. But we have seen no activity yet as it is early in the season. Thank you to all the lovely folk who have responded to the blog – it is great to hear from you!
The pic is Villa Sillanpaa, our lovely artist accommodation. We have the full top floor which is really well furnished and have access to a studio space if needed. We are indeed spoiled!
Jaana from Finland has just visited. She brought with her a pop-up suitcase exhibition which we exhibited at Studio 38, Bruce Bradfield’s new studio in Greenough. Jaana is discussing the artworks with a very appreciative audience. The tickets have been purchased and the works for my exhibition have been chosen. We are on our way to Finland in April!
Just looking? That’s not quite true. I certainly look but I also study, photograph, design, create….. A lot more happens!
Re my visit to Finland next year, I am trying to get a smattering of the language and finding out something about the country itself as well as busily being creative in the studio. No time for being lazy!
The pic above is courtesy of Jaana, Finnish friend and artist who will host my Art Residency in 2014.