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Celebration of Finnish Art and Independence Is December 6 at Heritage Center

HANCOCK, MI -Finlandia University will celebrate Finnish art and independence on Thursday, December 6, starting at 6:30 p.m., at the Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock.

The celebration joins two long-standing traditions at Finlandia: the annual commemoration of Finland's independence and the opening of this year's Finnish American Contemporary Artist exhibition at the Finlandia University Gallery. The event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served.

The dual program will feature the Kivajat Finnish American dancers, a talk by Finnish American artist Marja Lianko, a Finnish poetry reading, and the performance of Finnish patriotic songs by Dave Bezotte and Dan Maki.

Finland is celebrating her 95th year of independence. The Finnish American Contemporary Artist exhibition is marking its 22nd year with an exhibition by Marja Lianko.

Born in Finland, artist Marja Lianko has worked in media including painting, silkscreen, monoprints, and mixed media sculpture. Her work chronicles her emigration journey and is also influenced by her travels, her memories of Finland, her experiences as a mother, and the challenges of balancing life and work in a new country.

Lianko lives in Massachusetts. She taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass., from 1976 to 1999. Her work will be on display at the Finlandia University Gallery through January 12, 2013.

The Finnish American Heritage Center, and the Finlandia University Gallery within, is located at 435 Quincy Street on the campus of Finlandia University.

For more information, please contact Hilary Virtanen, FAHC programming coordinator, at 906-487-7505, or Carrie Flaspohler, Finlandia University Gallery director, at 906-487-7500.