Art exhibitions

Sommelo Festival Artists

The Festival Artists for the summer 2011 are Lotta Nevala and Jenni Munne.  An exhibition of their illustrations of the festival will build up gradually during the festival as the finished works will be pegged up on a clothes line, hanging in the Kuhmo Arts Centre.


Lotta is a 22-year-old young woman from Lappeenranta. She holds a position in the administration of the Lappeenranta based 80N art collective, of which she is also a founding member.  She completed her training as an illustrative artist in 2008, and presently she is leading postgraduate art studies in the Saimaa University of Applied Sciences. Along with her studies, Lotta provides the illustrations for the youth page of Lappeenranta’s local paper. Comics and animations are Lotta’s passion.


Jenni studies fine arts at the Pekka Halonen Academy. Previously she has also studied graphic design at the Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences. Jenni loves colours and she is keen on drawing and painting animals wearing clothes.


Sommelo art exhibition 30th June–3rd July 2011

Kuhmo Arts Centre, Koulukatu 1

Opening hours: Thu-Sun 9 a.m.–8 p.m.

Free admission


The opening of the festival exhibition

Thursday 30th June 10.45 a.m.

Kuhmo Arts Centre


Borg Mesch – the photographer of Sami and Meänmaa regions

A photo exhibition of a North Sweden based photographer, Borg Mesch (1869–1956), will be organised in parallel with the festival. Mesch was an internationally renowned photographer of the Sami culture. The summer’s forthcoming exhibition will be an ethnographically significant event. The exposed photographs date back to the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.


Exhibition of shepherds' instruments 30th June–3rd July

Kuhmo Arts Centre, Koulukatu 1

Opening hours:  Thu-Sun 9 a.m.–8 p.m.

Free admission


The opening of the exhibition

Wednesday 29th June, 6 p.m.

Kuhmo Arts Centre


The exhibition, presenting ancient Finnish and Karelian whistle and horn instruments is based on materials from the doctoral thesis of Timo Leisiö, which gives descriptions of the structure of 120 folk flutes, clarinets, trumpets, etc. The collection of instruments, made by woodworker artisan Minna Hokka, includes Ingrian shepherds’ instruments. In Karelia, the instruments had simple features, whereas in Western Finland, along busier routes, the variety in the instruments was greater. The horns were used, for example, to herd cattle and for communication. The instruments were used for warbling and for picking out tunes. After losing their value in practical usage, the shepherds’ instruments fell into oblivion, but after the turn of the millennium a new interest has sprung up in our expressive folk instruments.


Blacksmiths and Kalevala 12th June–30th September 2011

Juminkeko, Kontionkatu 25

Opening hours: Mon-Sun 12 p.m.-6 p.m. in July; other months Mon-Fri 12 p.m.–6 p.m. The exhibition will be open for groups, by special appointment. Entrance fee 2/4 €

Sculptures, reliefs, installations, brooches and charms made by 14 Finnish artist blacksmiths.


Harmonies for eyes – art exhibition 1st–24th July 2011

Kuhmon Osuuspankki, Koulukatu 10

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12 p.m.–6 p.m.

Free admission

The summer 2011 exhibition introduces paintings and graphic works of Finnish constructivists from the Pohjola Bank Art Foundation's collection.

The artists of the exhibition are Sam Vanni, Ernst Mether-Borgström, Lars-Gunnar Nordström, Göran Augustson and Juhana Blomstedt.