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When you step out of Koto Hotel’s door, you are within easy reach of the finest leisure trails – or in the middle of services, if you prefer. The nearby area provides opportunities for magnificent experiences in the nature, whether you are looking for extreme experiences or would like to listen to silence, breathing the pure air of the Heart of Finland. If you are interested in the extensive and versatile range of cultural and sports events in Pihtipudas and the nearby regions, you can, for example, walk or cycle from the hotel to watch a home game of women’s Finnish League volleyball, or watch horse racing in the idyllic setting of the Pihtipudas sands.

We always have the latest information about the top events in Pihtipudas and the nearby region and are happy to help you with the arrangements, whatever you decide to experience during your holiday. 

Perille exhibition 8.10.2020–31.12.2020

Aino Kajaniemi, Kevät

Aino Kajaniemi brings textile art to Koto Hotel

Perille exhibition 8.10.2020–31.12.2020 Koto Hotelli Pihtipudas' series of art exhibitions sees the next chapter this week with the exhibition of textile artist Aino Kajaniemi.  The exhibition titled Perille (Arrival) presents the works of this awarded artist in harmony with the exhibition space. In the works of textile artist Aino Kajaniemi, who comes from Jyväskylä, Central Finland, yarns and weaves come alive. The artist creates her artworks on a loom based on a black and white drawing. Indeed, she is known as a unique combiner of draft and weave. – I have a sketch of the artwork behind the warp of a high warp loom and as I weave, I follow the drawing. Then, I tap the weft yarn into the warp with a fork, Kajaniemi describes her unique technique.The material of the tapestry can consist of any kinds of yarns: linen, cotton, wool, viscose, silk. Sometimes, the works contain hairs, sometimes hemp or line. Kajaniemi has developed her work method throughout her career that spans over 40 years. She makes both large threedimensional textile installations as well as smaller images that are based on drawing-like elements.    – When I leant to weave when I was young, I knew that I will not make rugs and tablecloths but used weaving as a tool for my own thinking and self-expression. Usually, I first make the tapestry and interpret the messages contained in it later.    In Kajaniemi's works, the human is in the middle of the complexity and many layers of life.  She does not, however, proclaim openly but rather, sends hidden, poetic messages. – Lately, I have thought a lot about how we find our place in our lives. At the social level, this relates to the wide refugee question, but each of us makes choices about how we spend our lives, considers Kajaniemi.   The Koto Hotel exhibition has been collected to complement the space. The name of the exhibition, Perille (Arrival) was also born from the ideas of a hotel and travel. – I want to construct comfortable spaces in the hotel through colour schemes. Even though I have a lot of black and white works, some of them have colours that are well suited for example to the hotel's lounge space. In Koto Cabinet, on the other hand, I place some larger, black and white works. The name of the exhibition, Perille (Arrival) refers to travel and  thus, to a hotel and to arriving at the core of matters in my tapestries, says Kajaniemi.  Dozens of her works are displayed in public spaces around the country, for example in Muurame church as well as in the churches of Taulumäki and Palokka in Jyväskylä. In 2010, Kajaniemi was nominated Textile Artist of the Year and awarded the Jyväskylä culture award.    In November, wall rugs designed by Kajaniemi will be displayed in Kunsthalle Helsinki in the major exhibition of wall rug collector Tuomas Sopanen. Currently, her works are also included in Jyväskylä-based Patina Gallery's Mistä on vahvat naiset tehty (What are strong women made of) exhibition, as well as in Saarijärvi, in the main exhibition of the Metsämaa tour implemented by the Visusti project.   Koto Hotel has this autumn been strongly profiled as an art hotel, supported by the Jyväskylä Artists' Association. In August, an exhibition of visual artist Virpi Lehto was organised in the hotel, and the intention is to continue to present various art forms in the hotel also in future, within the limits set by the corona situation.Textile artist Aino Kajaniemi's Perille exhibition in Koto Hotel, Pihtipudas, 8 October - 31 December 2020. The exhibition is open  during the hotel's opening times: Sunday to Thursday 3 - 9 pm and Fridays and Saturdays 3 - 10 pm. The address is Keskustie 2, Pihtipudas. www.kotohotel.fi and tel. +358 14 562 110.

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Kotomaaseutua, a photograpic exhibition 7.9. - 6.10.2020

Heinäjoen silta

Photographs of Pihtipudas-based Martti Mäkelä on display in Koto Hotel

On Monday 7 September, an exhibition of Martti Mäkelä's photographs titled Kotomaaseutua opened in Koto Hotel. Mäkelä is a farmer from Muurasjärvi, Pihtipudas, as well as an experienced amateur photographer. He has been photographing the beautiful nature of Pihtipudas since his teens, and nature is in the main role also in this exhibition.   The photographs on display capture the different areas of Pihtipudas – Alvajärvi, Muurasjärvi, Elämäjärvi, as well as the village centre. One of Mäkelä's favourite subjects, Harjuntakanen in Muurasjärvi, is presented in several photographs.  – I did not want to select only one theme or location for the photographs but to present the many different facets of my home region. I have made 16 pairs of photographs, all of which have an overview photograph and a detail. The parts of the pair connect to each other by their colouring, or they are of the same theme or location, says Mäkelä.  The majority of the photographs have been taken this year, but some older ones have been included also. In addition, Mäkelä wanted to capture some of the most photographed scenes in the village, such as the old stone bridge and the Vuorijärvi rocks. In this preparations, Mäkelä also considered the exhibition space at Koto Hotel as well as what kind of an exhibition woulud support the hotel's operations. – I thought about which pair of photographs would suit which wall already in advance. During my visits at the hotel, I have also looked at how the colours of the walls and the photographs harmonise with each other.    Mäkelä's exhibition is connected with Koto Hotel's idea of art hotel. – We want to present the works of both professional artists as well as those of experienced amateurs such as Mäkelä. What is key is to offer visitors and locals aesthetic experiences that encourage the viewer to see the daily life and the world through slightly different eyes, explain hotel entrepreneurs Sirpa Laitinen and Anneli Williams.   Kotomaaseutua sales exhibition of Martti Mäkelä's photographs at Koto Hotel Pihtipudas 7.9.–6.10. during the hotel's opening times, i.e., every day from 3 pm. The hotel closes Sunday to Thursday at 9 pm and on Friday and Saturday at 10 pm.

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Beauty of nature

Duckboards on Pihtipudas nature trail

Pihtipudas nature trail

Nature trails and outdoor recreation areas

A stone's throw from the hotel is a versatile sports park, where you can find a athletics field, three tennis courts, a beach volley field and a recently extended and renovated disc golf track. In winter, you can skate on an artificial skating rinks. The Ritovuori recreational area has a 5 km lit skiing track. 200 m from the hotel: sports park, tennis courts, outdoor gym 650 m from the hotel: (riverside trail Rantaraitti, about 1 km (birdwatching tower, a lean-to, possibility to swim - in winter, ice swimming 950 m from the hotel: Ritovuori outdoor recreational area, about 10 ha (a lean-to, a disc golf track) 2 km from the hotel: Heinäjoki nature trail 2/6 km (footbridge, birdwatching towers, a lean-to, a campfire) 3,2 km from the hotel: Rapeikko nature trail about 2 km (a lean-to, a campfire, a tar-burning pit)  in Muurasjärvi, about 30 km from the hotel: Yölampi-Imarrekivi-Harjuntakanen lean-to trail, 5 km  There are several beaches in Pihtipudas, the nearest are a couple of kilometres from the hotel. 

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