Behind the Art: ArtILO
Artist and photographer Kaisa Sirén interviewed the members of art group ArtILO about the stories of their artworks. We discussed inspiration, work processes and their thoughts of working alone or together with others.
Photography basics follow-up workshop in Villa Vinkkeli
In winter 2022 Kaisa Sirén hosted a photography workshop for 8 students. It was a deep drive to photography past the basics. We discussed the important foundations of photography: Focus, composition, capturing movement and different types of light.
We met five times and in those meetings we learner theory and prepared for assignments and looked at previous assignments. Discussing the students' photos together proved to be very good way to learn more. After each meeting students got an assignment that they shot between meetings.
Behind the art - Pirjo Jaukkuri and Juhani Syväoja
Photography alwas includies stories and background of the time it was taken. Is there drama, comedy or perhaps something else? Photographers Pirjo Jaukkuri and Juhani Syväoja reveal what is behind their photos when Kaisa Sirén interviews them in Villa Vinkkeli.
Behind the art - Hannu Hautala
Photographers Arto Komulainen and Kaisa Sirén interviewed legendary nature photographer Hannu Hautala. You can watch the recording of the event here, but please note it is in Finnish.
Behind the art - Thierry Chevillard
Photographer Thierry Chevillard was interviewed by Kaisa Sirén in Behind the Art event.
Photography basics workshops
12. - 13.11.2021
So you bought a proper camera and you are now confused how it works? This workshop by Kaisa Sirén introduced the use and functions of cameras, such as exposure, ISO and aperture.
Life, People - Songs and poems
Three poets and songwriters Kati Kanto, Jyri Ollila and Marko Pihavainio performed their songs and poems.
Creative photography workshop with Ari-Matti Nikula
Come learn creative nature photography with the help of a professional photographer. The focus of this workshop is ICM photography (intentional camera movement) and vaseline filter photography. You can also try Helios lenses.
Ari-Matti Nikula is a nature photographer from Kuusamo and one of the best creative photographers in Finland. Experimental expressions of nature are his favourite type of photographs.
Behind the art - Wolves and Encounters
Painter Marja Tuominen and photographer Lasse Tuominen were interviewed by dr Päivi Lundvall in Behind the Art event.
Päivi Lundvall. Photo by Marko Junttila
Songs and poems: Sinä ja elämän hymykuopat
Singers Kati Kanto and Tiina Qvist sing songs of love and life. Kati performs film music and other classics. Tiina sings international jazz hits and finnish pop songs. Both also read their poems. Piano by Maie Kuusik.
29.-30.5.2021 and 6.-7.11.2021
Welcome to a journey to clear your mind with natural breathing and meditation. Villa Vinkkeli had a two-day meditation and yoga course with instructor Riina Laitinen.
Pinhole camera workshop
This two-day workshop with insttuctor Arto Komulainen offered an introduction to the history of photography, the first cameras and first photographs. Participants built pinhole cameras from common materials, exposed some photographs on paper and developed them in the darkroom.
The workshop was organized by art association Maahiset.
Workshop: Liikettä luvassa, ilmassa ja kuvassa
Photographer Kaisa Sirén taught creative photography.
Photos by the participants:
Painting a watercolor landscape with Tuomo Tiensuu. The workshop was organized by Art association Maahiset.
Hot, Cold Chile
Long and narrow Chile on the coast of the Pacific ocean has everything from glaciers to massive mountains and hot volcanic areas. Kaisa Sirén has visited Chile several times, in the Atacama desert in the north and in the mountains and glaciers of Torres del Paine in the south. In this photo show evening the puma meets the guanaco and the vicuña meets hot springs.
This photo show evening was held online.
First thing that comes to mind when many people think of Mongolia is that it's far from everywhere, one giant plain full of horses. And that is not wrong. But there are also people. Mongolia's population is about three million, half of which lives in the capital Ulaanbaatar. The country is five times the size of Finland, so the population density on the plains is very low. Kaisa Sirén went camping in the plains and riverbanks in 9/2017, come see what it looked like.
This photo show evening was held online.
Sound healing with singing bowls is a good way to relax in the evening. These events were held in Villa Vinkkeli several times in early 2021.
Elämäni tuulet - Art therapy weekend
5. - 6.2.2021
Are you missing some gentle creativity, colors and light in your life? This weekend workshop offers versatile creative work to bring joy to your everyday life. Come along to find inspiration and inspire others. The group is a safe space for your feelings and thoughts. We usecolors, words, paper, movement and music. You dont need any prior artistic skills - just come as you are with an open mind. This workshop uses the methods of expressive art therapy and neurographic art. Instructor Katja Rakkolainen.
We spent an hour relaxing and calming down in the middle of the december stress. Art yoga is gentle hour long hatha yoga practice that draws inspiration from art photography. Hatha yoga is not about burning calories, it focuses on breathing, calmness and focus.
Art gallery as the environment brings a new element to yoga. With art you can experience the world more deeply. The energy of the place affects the yoga experience. The beautiful artwork around you helps you find your inner self.
The instructor for Villa Vinkkeli's art yoga was Mari Riikonen, who got her yoga instructor training in Dharamsala, northern India (hatha, vinyasa) and Bali, Indonesia (flyhigh yoga). Mari loves to try different types of yoga.
Art and Photography poetry workshop
Theme of this poetry workshop was different sources of inspiration, and haiku and tanka poetry. We found inspiration from photographic art and made poems from that.
Behind the Art: Heidi Rannisto-Jolma
The artist behind exhibition My Fairytale World - Wings, Heidi Rannisto-Jolma, was interviewed by professor Tuija Hautala-Hirvioja in our Behind the Art event.
Few last years Heidi has worked as freelancer translating and writing, as a guide, handy crafter and also in well-being branch - the livelihood is in bits and pieces but there is a certain red thread to follow. She is a freelancer with an artist's identity. She was born in Finland's capital area, but moved to north in 1999 and lives now in Pello.
Tuija-Hautala-Hirvioja has been the professor of art history in University of Lapland since 2004. Her research focuses on the art and culture of northern Barents region, and on Finnish contempory art, especially the Jenny and Antti Wihuri collection. Hautala-Hirvioja works together with the Rovaniemi art museum. She has written ten publications and couple hundred articles, curated several exhibitions and edited couple dozen publications.
Virtual photo show Letters from Kamchatka bears
This virtual photo show was about bears of Kamchatka Peninsula in 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.
Photo show was organized by Pohjois-Lapin Kameraseura as a part of Camera Borealis event.
Sony equipment showcase
On saturday 31.10. Kaisa Sirén and Jaakko Posti has interesting information about Sony's mirrorless cameras. There were also various cameras, lenses and other equipment available for testing.
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.
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 and Maie Kuusik:
Song and Poems Ode to Spring
The program of the evening consists of Finnish folk songs which tell about the approaching spring, its light and hope. In the poems and songs we have a brief stop stop in the beauty of Finninsh nature, its forests, grassland and fellsides.
Poems and songs: Kati Kanto
Accompaning with piano: Maie Kuusik
Kati Kanto is Rovaniemi based teacher of Finnish language and literature. She has studies classical singing at the Lapland College of Music and during various courses. Kati Kanto has held many private concerts in which she also has read her poems. Kati has also written 3 poem books, two novels and one short story book.
Maie Kuusik is the cantor of Rovaniemen church. She has graduated from Tallin Music Academy in 1984. Besides her daily job, Maie has accompanied many singers and musicians in several concerts over the years.
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.
Words and Photographs Poetry workshop
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.