Reception: White Forests, Blue Sky, by Riitta-Liisa Haavisto and Anna-Riitta Haavisto
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RIITTA-LIISA HAAVISTO Awakening City (detail), Hand and machine embroidery/stitching, Cotton, linen, silk, viscose.Closing Reception for Finnish Textile ArtistIs Thursday, Sept. 8, 7 pm

HANCOCK, MI - A closing reception for an exhibit of work by Finnish textile artists Riitta-Liisa Haavisto and Anna-Riitta Haavisto is Thursday, September 8, 7:00 p.m., at the Finlandia University Gallery, Hancock.

Anna-Riitta Haavisto will present a talk at 7:15 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.

The exhibit, titled "White Forests, Blue Sky: Two Generations of Art Textiles, Paper and Metal Constructions," is on display through September 8, 2011.

Riitta-Liisa Haavisto (1930-2009) is one of Finland's most highly regarded embroidery artists. She employed an expressive, painterly approach to embroidery, using jewel-toned fabrics and threads to create scenes inspired by nature, folklore, and current events.

ANNA-RIITTA HAAVISTO, Square Dance, (detail), Mixed technique / wood, cotton, paint. Photo: Tuomas Taavitsainen

Anna-Riitta Haavisto, Riitta-Liisa's daughter, stretches the boundaries of fiber art in thought-provoking, three-dimensional sculptural objects constructed of sand, stones, steel, plastic, fiber, silk, cotton, paper, wood-and even water. She draws inspiration from nature, as well as from culture, religion, and political and environmental subjects.

Since 1998, the Haavistos' work has been featured in more than 22 joint exhibitions in Finland, England, Scotland, Norway, Germany, Spain, the United States, and Canada, and in dozens of group exhibitions.

The Finlandia University Gallery is in the Finnish American Heritage Center, 435 Quincy Street, Hancock.

Please call 906-487-7500 for more information.

 

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RIITTA-LIISA HAAVISTO Awakening City (detail), Hand and machine embroidery/stitching, Cotton, linen, silk, viscose

ANNA-RIITTA HAAVISTO, Square Dance, (detail), Mixed technique / wood, cotton, paint. Photo: Tuomas Taavitsainen