Marja de Jong
2016 in review
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The year has ended and a review gives the possibility to collect what has happened and what is important to share with people interested in what is going on in and around the old railway station of Hiirola and with my self living in this station.
2016 is the fourth year of living in this beautiful railway station. It is fantastic to be able to renovate step by step the building and to experience a better comfort inside and outside. The building offers great opportunities for working, living and creating an artistic ambiance. There is a lot to do and it will never end, but I am satisfied with the results as they are now.
Celebrating my birthday at the beginning of January is the first party of the year. This year it was combined with the exhibition ELÄMÄ ON MUKAVAA with drawings by Marjaana Valve.
This year it was possible to add an outdoor workspace at the
backside of the building. Through this space it is possible to work
outside and to organize all kind of activities.
ART STEPS FROM PAST TO FUTURE - RÄMÄLÄ SCHOOL
The first and second class (7-9 years old) have been painting about their own history. Based on images from a period they cannot have a real memory they visualized how it could have been.
paintings I was a baby Essi - Senja - Vane - Johanna - Kerttu
The third and fourth class got the assignment to look for images about their parents or grandparents. The lives of these relatives are connected with their own lives, but their was a period they did not excist and that belongs to their narrations, told by parents and grandparents. The paintings
paintings my parents/grandparents Julia - Saana - Vili - Alisa - Niko
The fifth class has painted about how people were living in the past. To imagine how it was without the modern facilities and isolated villages is difficult for children. Their references are coloring the past. It will be interesting to continue with this group in 2017.
paintings living in the past Annika - Arttu - Linda - Marikki -
This year it was possible to add an outside workspace to the building. This platform fills the corner at the backside and can be used as a place to work, to have meetings and to enjoy the view on the yard.
The tables are strong, heavy and stable and useful for different
purposes. The shadow on the grass has already inspired me to make
series of sketches.
In summer I put a new layer of wood on the floor of the atelier. The old layer was in a bad condition and I needed something that was more insolating the cold from under the floor. Now the floor is the same as in the library and gallery . It looks very good, I am very satisfied.
ART STEPS FROM PAST TO FUTURE - ART CAMP VEHMASKYLÄ
It is inspiring to work as much as possible outside. It gives another view on the artistic process by using the space and the facilities of the available nature. Art is a way to enter the world from different directions and to use different perspectives in expressing a topic.
Different techniques and different materials have been used to express the observations and to make connections between different points of view.
GALLERY STUDIO 23
The gallery is a nice place to show art works and to meet people
interested in art.
It was the first time that artists from Mikkeli region have participated in this national event. During the first weekend in September all over Finland ateliers and studios are open for the public.
VISIT THE NETHERLANDS
In September I visited the Netherlands and it was lovely to meet so many of my relations and friends and to visit places which have a meaning for me.
The wedding of Willemien and René was one of the most impressive moments during this stay. The joy and the happiness of these two humans has touched me a lot.
At the place of Barbara I met several friends and relations in a cozy ambiance. My aunt Bea (sister of my mother) has been part of this wonderful event.
The journey took me several times to my hometown Rotterdam. It was impressive to enter this city over the river.
Visiting different places I met friends and family, but also my own art works. It was a pleasure to see them in good condition.
In Renkum I was in time to see the airborne, I have never seen it before. The view from the hills over the valley of the river has relations with old memories, the harbor of Urk is a typical Dutch image that shows you are in the Netherlands.
My stay in the Netherlands was a great experience and to meet all my family, friends and old neighbors was wonderful. I think next time it will not take four and a half year to be back.
The annual railway day is appreciated by a large audience. Local, regional and even national people are interested in what is offered on this event. The museum train stops at different stations and at these stations different attractions are available. At Hiirola station the local Hiirolan Kylätoimikunta has a stand with coffee and snacks and some locals were offering their products. The wool factory is open and the station can be visited. STUDIO 23 exhibited the results of ART STEPS FROM PAST TO FUTURE the art workshops at the school in Rämälä. With about 150 visitors it is clear this event is an important presentation of the village.
The outdoor workspace has inspired me to start with a series of paintings after the shadows on the yard. The movement of the shadow is part of different paintings.
I printed a series of blind printings as present for visitors and to send them as New Year greetings.
The shadow in the yard creates its own shape during the morning hours. -after shadows in the yard - acrylic paint on masonite - 50x60 cm - 2016
In 2016 I edited 2 publications