Past events

Behind the Art: Tarja Paldanius and Tuulikki Korhonen



Photographers Tuulikki Korhonen and Tarja Paldanius were interviewed by photographer Mervi Löfgren Autti in Villa Vinkkeli's first Behind the Art event.

Artwork is not just emptiness, it always comes from the artists experience and has a story. Is this story dramatic, or comedic, or maybe propaganda? The artists Tarja Paldanius and Tuulikki Korhonen behind creative photography exhibition In Paraller reveal the stories behind their artwork in detail, and Dr Mervi Löfgren Autti interviews them. Come to find revelations and ask your own questions.




The Lovely Lemurs of Madagascar


Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world, about 1,5 times the size of Finland. It separated from the African continent 88 million years ago, which caused the plants and animals of Madagascar to evolve separately from rest of the world. Madagascar is a haven of biodiversity, with 90% of the species living nowhere else. Some of the most famous species are the lemurs, of which there are 100 species. They aren't as advanced as monkeys, but their adorable faces and large eyes make them very relatable.


ICM Workshop: Liikettä luvassa, ilmassa ja kuvassa

9. - 11.10.2020

Photgrapher Kaisa Sirén tauhgt creative photography in Villa Vinkkeli in October. Among other things she taught camera settings for painterly photographs, different camera movements and to hide the outlines of your subject.

Culture Salon

The culture salon is a meeting place for culture lovers. It is a lovely weekend evening with different culture related themes, good food and a bit of wine. Each event focuses on different topic with visiting artists and professionals. After an introduction we all discuss the current topic together. We also view the current gallery exhibition of Villa Vinkkeli.


On Saturday 26.9.2020 our guest were authors Anne Lukkarila and Tittamari Marttinen, and founder of Aviador Publisher Vesa Tompuri. Gallery owner Kaisa Sirén interviewed the guests. We spoke about writing as a career, patience, creativity, the authors' newest books and how to get your own book published.

Kati Kanto ja Maie Kuusik:
Laulu- ja runoilta Oodi keväälle

Ohjelmassa on muun muassa suomalaisia kansanlauluja, jotka kertovat kevään valosta ja toivosta. Runoissa ja lauluissa viivähdetään hetki suomalaisen luonnon kauneudessa, sen metsissä ja niityillä, tuntureiden rinteillä.

Runot ja laulu: Kati Kanto

Säestys: Maie Kuusik


​Kati Kanto asuu Rovaniemellä. Hän toimii tällä hetkellä äidinkielen, kirjallisuuden ja S2-opettajana Rovaniemen aikuislukiossa. Hän on opiskellut klassista laulua Lapin musiikkiopistossa sekä useilla eri kursseilla. Hän on pitänyt useita yksinlaulukonsertteja, joissa on lausunut myös omia runojaan.

Kati Kanto on julkaissut kaunokirjalliset teokset:

Ruusuja lumessa 2015. Runokirja. Omakustanne.

Ruusuja lumessa 2015. Äänikirja. Omakustanne.

Lumikettu 2015. Romaani. Omakustanne.

Maitokahvimaa 2015. Novelleja. Omakustanne.

Ginestrellehillamekko 2016. Runoja ja maalauksia. Omakustanne.

Maitotonkkapäinen mummo 2017. Runoja. Mediapinta.

Suomalais-italialainen rapsodia 2017. Romaani.

Maie Kuusik on Rovaniemen seurakunnan kanttori. Hän on valmistunut diplomipianistiksi Tallinnan musiikkiakatemiasta vuonna 1984. Maie on toiminut kanttorin työnsä lisäksi sekä laulajien että soittajien säestäjänä lukuisissa eri konserteissa ja tilaisuuksissa. 

Photo Show from Lake Baikal

3.6 and 4.6 at 6-7 pm

Come see photographs from the ice, ice caverns, unbelievable light and winter atmosphere of Lake Baikal. It is the deepest lake in the world and also one of the oldest. Kaisa Sirén shows her photos of the gorgeous ice formations on the shores and of the abstract shapes of the ice itself. Kaisa is on a photo expedition on lake Baikal, in Siberia, in February 2020.

Acrylic medium liquitex workshop

1.6.2020 and 2.6.2020

​Come and open the doors to creativity. This is a workshop that suits also those with little experience in painting. ​

At this workshop we use Acrylic medium liquitex –substance to dilute acrylic paints. We try different techniques, e.g. mixing colors in a bowl and pouring them onto the canvas. We also test the effects of adding silicon or alcohol or even warming up the colors. All necessary equipment is provided. The workshop leaded is Pertti Huhtala, the chair of Maahiset and he is assisted by Mari Riikonen.

Sanoja ja Valokuvia


Get inspired by photographic art - make your own poems


Kaisa Sirén and writing instructor Anne Lukkarila invited people to be inspired by photographs and guided them to make their own poems.

Orangutangs - The men of the forest


Photo show about the orangutangs living in the rainforest of Borneo

Come to see as Kaisa Sirén shows her photographs and tells stories or the orangutangs in the rainforest of Borneo. The lives of the orangutangs are getting difficult because large areas of the rainforest have been cut down.

Letters from Kamchatka bears


Photo show about bears in the Kamchatka peninsula in eastern Russia

This autumn's photo show is pictures of bears from Kamchatka peninsula of Russia. In Kaisa Sirén's photographs you can see bears fishing for salmon. The photos have lots of movement and emotions, and they show the very wide range of expressions and moods that bears can have. Included are photos from very different bears, from old huge males to little cubs. In Finland most bear photos are taken from a hide and the bears are lured there with meat, but these photos are from the bears' natural fishing area. The bears passed us photographers from only 3 meters distance. The area is unique in the world and photography permits are rarely given.

Life as a penguin


Photo show from the blue and white world of Antarctica


The scale of Antarctica is difficult to understand. The icebergs that float by can be several kilometers long, the glaciers many hundred meters high and the penguin colonies have thousands of penguins. The icebergs have amazing shapes after rolling around in the sea for years. Leopard seals can find good hiding spots when hunting penguins.

And all this is in danger because of climate change.

In the shadow of the jungle

Kaisa Sirén's photographs of the mountain gorillas and western lowlands gorillas of Africa

In the "Gorilla evening" that happened several times in Villa Vinkkeli people could meet the gorillas of Africa trough a photo show.

Two countries; two gorilla species. First we went to the Republic of Congo to the national park of Odzala Kokoua to see the western lowlands gorillas. We were deep in the jungle in the middle of nowhere. There was nothing there except couple national park buildings and the gorillas.

Next we went to Volcanoes National park in Rwanda to see the mountain gorillas. All of the worlds approximately thousand mountain gorillas live there in a small area surrounded by farmland.

Somewhere up north

Kaisa Sirén's nature photos from Svalbard

In Rovaniemi Week's night of the arts 8.9.2018 you could travel to very northern scenery with Kaisa Sirén's photos. The trip took us all the way to the northern edge of Svalbard where Sirén had a photography expedition in July 2018. During the approximately 1000 km journey by ship they saw many wonders of the northern nature: Giant groups of birds, obese walruses, bearded seals, unbelievably turquoise icebergs, the edges of glaciers and the king of the northern lands: the polar bear. But the most memorable thing was the peace and quiet of undisturbed nature, and the wonderful light of the north. And since the event happened on the night of the arts, we also had some artistic impressions of Svalbard nature.

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