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Aimo Hyvärinen: SNOW & ICE

Aimo Hyvarinen Postcard

HANCOCK, MI – The Finlandia University Gallery will present an exhibit of work by Finnish photographer Aimo Hyvärinen from February 16 to March 20, 2012.

An opening reception for the artist is Thursday, February 16, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. An artist talk will begin at 7:15 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.

Hyvärinen was ten years old when his godmother gave him his first photo album.  Using his brother’s Kodak Brownie, and later his own Agfa Instamatic camera, Hyvärinen filled the album with photographs of snow-covered landscapes.

Hyvärinen’s exhibit at the Finlandia University Gallery, titled “Snow and Ice,” combines a selection of these old photographs with some of Hyvärinen’s current work to capture the poetic and synergetic relationship between humans and snow.

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

For additional information, contact gallery director Carrie Flaspohler at 906-487-7500.

Photo cutline: Photography by Aimo Hyvärinen

Film Screening: Two Films by Aimo Hyvärinen
Thursday, February 16th at 2pm at the Finnish American Heritage Center


A musical documentary about Lake Päijänne: 49 minutes

Päijänne is a meeting place for people and nature. It is a positive story of a clean and beautiful lake in the middle of a country. Päijänne is the lake between east and west – it is the soul of Central Finland.

Behind the idea of the film is the history of “city symphonies” from the early 1920’s onward and the director uses their structure and style in this work. The style for shooting is a dialogue between large landscape images and narrow close ups of people and places. The moderate rhythm of editing gives space to the music. The style of the film could be called modern romanticism – it evaluates the Finnish lifestyle in Central Finland.

The core to the music here has been the tradition of Finnish romantic music, which has always had its inspiration in nature. The orchestra is a string orchestra, which is a sensitive and many-sided instrument for the film episodes, together with some piano pieces.


Experience the journey into the folk music. A film about expectations, preparation and fullfillment. A road movie into the spirit of folk music.

The Spirit of Folk Music is a documentary film about the growth of the popular spirit of folk music. The film features two festivals; the musicians, organizers and audience are shown during the summer of 2010 Viljandi Folk Music Festival and Kaustinen Folk Music Festival:  46 minutes

The subtext behind the story is the different ethos of two closely related nations – Estonians and Finns. The folk music in Estonia has been part of the new national freedom spirit since the early 90’s, with its roots in the widely spread song movement. In Finland folk music has its roots also partly in the national traditions but partly in the traditions of ethno music of the 70’s and folk music education of the 80’s and 90’s.


The production team is conducted by professionals from Estonia and Finland. The director is documentary film maker Aimo Hyvärinen from Tampere (JAMK and ), main producer Sauli Ruuskanen, and Artur Talvik, Eetriüksus oy from Tallinn, sound designer Ilari Miikkulainen, JAMK, from Jyväskylä.  The shooting and audio team consists of Jamk University of Applied Sciences, Baltic Film School and Viljandi Kultuuriakadeemia students:Inga Eelmäe, Baltic Film School,  Ville Viinikainen, Jamk, Iiro Lyytinen, Jamk, Satu Viitala, Jamk,  Laura Romanova, Viljandi,  Pille Kannimäe, Viljandi, Janika Brauer, Viljandi, Ilja Shablykov, Jamk,  Minna Virtanen, Jamk, Minna Tukiainen, Jamk.