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29th Annual Contemporary Finnish American Artist Series Exhibition Lisa Autio: A Walk Along the Shore
December 5 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 5, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Artist talk beginning at 7:20 p.m.
A native of Montana, with Finnish grandparents immigrating through Ellis Island to work in the mines and boarding houses in Butte in the 1920s, Autio’s work is a tribute to the wilderness of her home state. Fossils, crinoids, brittle stars and ammonites fill her imagery as she explores the geology of the West and Montana. “Finns like to live in places that are rural or surrounded by nature, which is limitless in source material for art,” says Autio. “I think we are not far separated from an animist belief that everything in nature is alive, the rocks, water and even the weather.”