MARQUETTE--Finn Grand Fest 2005 is giving the arts a prominent place within the festival scheduled for Aug. 10-14 in Marquette, Mich. Works by artists from Finland, by nationally-recognized Finnish American artists, and by numerous local and regional artists are being shown in 19 venues in downtown Marquette, at Northern Michigan University (NMU) and within the cities of Ishpeming and Negaunee.  Paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramics and fiberworks are being featured in galleries, coffee houses, restaurants, museums, and even the Carp River Gardens in Negaunee. 


The Marquette Arts and Culture Center Gallery in the lower level of Peter White Public Library is displaying works by Matti Koskela of Lahti, Finland.  He is an internationally renowned artist who has exhibited his intimate graphic works and his monumental sculptures in 14 European countries, as well as Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Russia, Brazil and the United States. A Finlandia Foundation grant and the Sister City Advisory Board support this exhibit.


The Oasis Gallery in Marquette is featuring Finnish artist Sanna Vihanto from the Kajaani region.  This will be the first exhibit at the relocated Oasis Gallery at 505 N. Third Street.  Vihanto has studied art in England and Helsinki and spent extended periods of time in Jerusalem from where she is traveling to attend Finn Grand Fest. 


The Devos Art Museum’s exhibit “Northern Passages” displays work by Finnnish American artists Marlene Ekola Gerberick of Maine, Cherie Sampson of Iowa, Joyce Koskenmaki of Hancock, MI, Eric Aho of Vermont and Elsa Bekkala of New York City.  Several of the artists will speak about their work during the public reception on Friday, Aug. 12, from 7–9 pm at the museum.


Downtown Marquette venues will include the Sweet Water Café (Fiberworks), the Landmark Inn (Kris Raisanen photographs), Upfront and Company (Mike Wirtanen paintings), the Ramada Inn (Bryan Kastar), The Coffee Cup (Clyde Mikkola drawings), Baby Cakes Muffin Company (Dennis Sotala ceramics), and Dead River Coffee Roasters (Christine Garceau photographs).  Further exhibits can be seen at the Huron Mountain Club Gallery (Kathrine Savu), The Eclectique Art Studio, Art U.P. Style (Marilyn Lempesis) The Edge Gallery, and Superior View Studio.


Exhibits will run through the month of August. Registered festival participants are invited to attend a Finn Grand Fest Gallery Walk on Thursday, Aug. 11, from 5-9 pm. Buses will run from NMU to downtown with many receptions taking place.  The series was coordinated by artists Christine Saari of the Oasis Gallery, with help from Judy Puotinen, Moonshine Gallery of Michigamme, Wayne Francis of NMU, and Reatha Tweedie with the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center. 


For more information on Finn Grand Fest and the many activities taking place, visit or call 1-906-222-FINN.

Prepared By
Carol Fulsher