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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. 

Reijo Veijalainen's exhibition of abstract art - 20.4 - 19.6.2022 

Reijo Veijalainen, abstract artist

Musta tuntuu – Reijo Veijalainen’s abstract art in Koto Hotel

  The exhibition of Jyväskylä-based visual artist Reijo Veijalainen titled Musta tuntuu is displayed in Koto Hotel, Pihtipudas from April until June. The exhibition consists of the artist’s oil paintings, which he has painted mainly this year and last year.   What is common for the paintings is black colour, which can be found in all the paintings – in small smidgens or as larger surfaces. – The use of black colour somehow fell between my wings about three years ago. Previously, I was a timid user of colour, but in the past few years, yellow, blue and red in addition to black have started to appear among my earthy colour palette, says Veijalainen.   Composition and play with forms   What is particularly important in Veijalainen’s abstract and minimalist expression is composition. He plays with nonfigurative and geometric forms of different sizes – and enjoys it. A close look reveals a square or a rectangle in almost every one of his works.   Veijalainen graduated from the painting line of the Kankaanpää art school in 1977. His first artistic works were collages and three-dimensional object assemblies, the materials for which he gathered from flea markets and dumps. Later, painting with oil on canvas has, however, completely captured him.   Veijalainen has never earned his living from art, and there have been long pauses in his art making. A year ago, he retired from the position of service supervisor of a community centre for the disabled. There, he used his creativity, among other things, to organise art projects implemented by disabled people. Seventh professional artist at the art hotel   Now, Veijalainen has more time for his own painting. After the Koto Hotel exhibition, he will have an exhibition in Galleria Hoppa in Jyväskylä, and in September, he will be Galleria Becker’s Artist of the Month. His paintings are in the collections of City of Jyväskylä, the Central Finland Health Care District Consortium and Jyväskylä Energy (currently, Alva), among others.   Since autumn 2020, Koto Hotel Pihtipudas has profiled as an art hotel and received background support in this from the Jyväskylä Artists’ Association. Veijalainen is already the seventh professional artist from Central Finland whose exhibition is seen in the hotel

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Elämäniloa! in Koto Hotel 9.1. – 16.4.2022


Vibrant colours shine in Tiina Tainio’s Elämäniloa! (Joie de vivre!) exhibition

  Tiina Tainio, an entrepreneur and artist originally from Pihtipudas, holds an art exhibition for the first time in several years, and it will be seen in Koto Hotel in Pihtipudas. The works of the Elämäniloa! exhibition are inspired by expressionsim and include a strong message from the artist for people who are finding life hard in the coronavirus pandemic. – My passion for painting reawakened during the coronavirus pandemic, when life seemed to become simply plodding along. Hopefully, I can now bring joy also to others with my art, says Tainio. The two dozen works in the exhibition have all been created since last June. The majority of them depict flowers. Tiina Tainio graduated as visual artist from Moscow State Surikov Academy of Fine Arts in 2000 and held several exhibitions in the 2000s in both Southern and Central Finland, as well as in Belgium, for example. Then, she became a framing company entrepreneur, work in her own framing shop took over, and artistry was put on the back burner for years. – In my framing shop, I saw art daily, and I put my energies into running the business. This caused a natural pause of about six years in my painting. During that time, I discovered yoga and studied to become a Kundalini yoga instructor, says Tainio. ”Yoga gave a boost to my creativity” Just over a year ago, when Tainio graduated as yoga instructor, she started running her own yoga studio on the border of Helsinki and Vantaa in the area of Suurmetsä, in addition to her main profession of framing. Tainio believes that yoga gradually freed creativity in her and helped her find her own voice as an artist. – Kundalini yoga is based on chakras, our energy centres. If they are not balanced, the body shows various kinds of symptoms. I believe that my creativity was given a totally new boost from my yoga path. For the first time now, in my 50s, I have entirely new kind of joy and freedom of expression in my painting. I no longer think about whether I am painting correctly. In a good sense, I have forgotten the teachings of the art institute, says Tainio. The part-time artist Tainio names French visual artist Paul Cézanne and Czech artist Alfons Mucha as her role models. The Mucha influence also inspired her in the past to create mosaics. ”I could not manage without orange” A change in the use of colours is the most visible sign of the artist’s new flood of creativity. The greys and browns of the past years have been replaced by vibrant colours. – I could not manage without orange! It always warms up the whole picture. Tainio’s latest discovery is pen and ink drawing. At the end of last year, she drew a Christmas calendar picture every day using Japanese calligraphy pens. Koto Hotel Pihtipudas is a familiar place for Tainio, because she has held Kundalini yoga classes there. According to her, the hotel is a perfect venue for an art exhibition. Today, Tiina lives in Vantaa, but her roots, her family, and her beloved summer house are in Pihtipudas. It is also for these reasons that she considers Pihtipudas the best place to organise a private exhibition after a long pause. Since 2020, Koto Hotel Pihtipudas has made a mark as an art hotel and received background support in this from the Jyväskylä Artists’ Association. Tainio is the sixth professional artist originating from Central Finland whose exhibition is seen in the hotel.      In Tiina Tainio’s sales exhibition, her oil paintings are displayed. The exhibition opens in Koto Hotel on 9  January 2022 and it is on display until Easter. It can be visited during the hotel’s opening times, currently 3 pm to 8 pm.  The address is Keskustie 2, Pihtipudas

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Oma tie - My way

Oma tie–My way exhibition at Koto Hotel until the end of 2021

Oma tie

Anna-Liisa Hakkarainen’s art brings light to the autumn darkness

Visual artist Anna-Liisa Hakkarainen, who started her career in Kinnula, organizes a solo exhibition for the first time in Pihtipudas. At Koto Hotel, a cross-section of Hakkarainen’s versatile body of work is on display. Previously, it has been displayed extensively around the country and the world.   Koto Hotel’s exhibition now also contains some of her table paintings and statues, which have never before been displayed in public.   – I wanted to bring both older and more recent works to the exhibition. The combination tells a story of my journey, which has wound via interesting stages to this point, the artist says.   Celebration of colour and images of nature   Painter, visual artist and illustrator Anna-Liisa Hakkarainen has for decades been counted among the top of Finnish naivists. Her works of art have also been in demand elsewhere in the world.   Hakkarainen’s naivistic paintings with glowing colours pay homage to the nature and peace of Central Finland. – Kinnula is seen in both the fox and the pike, as well as many other details in my works. The granny statue I dedicate to the grannies in Pihtipudas. My Pieni kylä (Small Village) painting, on the other hand, depicts a small village that provides its inhabitants with a lot of valuable perspectives to life. Sometimes you just have to go far to see how much can be found close by.   With Hakkarainen’s touch, colours and details of nature transform into magical, touching stories. There is an endless amount to see in the metaphorical details of the paintings. In them, people as well as figures of forest animals: rabbits, bears, birds, foxes, and moose, can be seen.   Table paintings and statues are the very latest works   The most recent works in the Oma tie–My way exhibition are table paintings painted on wood, which Hakkarainen started creating last winter.   – I find icon-type small wood paintings appealing, although creating them is work-intensive. I am also enthusiastic about statues created with mixed media, as well as collage paintings. They bring new dimensions to my work.   Hakkarainen is also a recognized and awarded book illustrator. One of the highlights of her illustrator career was in 2002, when an actress from the United States, Julie Andrews, asked her to illustrate her book titled Grateful. It includes a CD where Art Garfunkel sings the text of the book. The book is also on display in Koto Hotel’s exhibition.   Hakkarainen has been awarded the Finlandia Junior award, among others, for her illustrations.   Hotel is a good place for pausing and viewing art   Hakkarainen has only had a few solo exhibitions. She lives in Jyväskylä, but her Kinnula house with its studio remains an important place for her. She is pleased to bring her works of art to Koto Hotel, because the entrepreneurs are genuine art lovers. – It is rare and wonderful that someone wants to display professional artists’ works in this region. In the hotel, both locals and other customers have a good opportunity to pause for viewing art. Since 2020, Koto Hotel Pihtipudas has profiled as and art hotel and received background support in this from the Jyväskylä Artists’ Association. Hakkarainen is the fifth professional artist from Central Finland whose exhibition is seen in the hotel.   Anna-Liisa Hakkarainen’s sales exhibition contains her oil paintings, pigment prints, serigraphy and a collage work. The Oma tie–My way exhibition will be on display in Koto Hotel until the end of 2021, and it can be visited during the hotel’s opening times, every day from 3 pm until 9 pm. The address is Keskustie 2, Pihtipudas.

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Iana Vulpe myyntinäyttely

Iana Vulpe opens Koto Hotel Pihtipudas' new year of art

Koto Hotel's first art exhibition in 2021 presents the works of visual artist Iana Vulpe from Jyväskylä. 12 of her works are on display, the majority of which have been created in the past couple of years.   – I have used an experimental painting technique in the works, so-called process painting. In it, the brushstrokes do not remain visible. I have adopted this style from street art, where spray paints are used. I use surface colours and watercolours, says Vulpe. In her exhibition entitled The Root of the Universe, the artist, whose background is in graphic design, develops printed forms by the means of painting. According to the artist, the quality of print is the priority and only after that, the painting. In the exhibition works, strong colours and bold painting shapes are emphasised.    Vulpe also wants to use her example to inspire young people to try making art. – It is possible to create paintings for example on Finnish recycled plywood, like I do. In that case, the shape of the painting can be something other than the traditional rectangle. The protective covering on the plywood works is varnish, says Vulpe.   She says that her greatest sources of inspiration are scenery, people and events.  – For me, art is above all a thought process.   Indeed, in many of her works, Vulpe processes the great questions of existence and science, as the name of the exhibition, The Root of the Universe, indicates. – For scientific questions, I develop formulas, which are also visible in my works. The boundaries of science and art are blurred, and all things intertwine. The formula relating to the Root of the Universe can be found in one of the works in the exhibition.   Visual artist, graphic artist Iana Vulpe graduated from the Moldova Academy of Art in 2004. She has had numerous exhibitions in Finland as well as in Romania, Great Britain, Sweden, Norway, Italy and Moldova. She also works as art teacher in basic education in Jyväskylä, where she mainly teaches children.    Vulpe is a member of both Jyväskylä Artists' Association and Finland's Graphic Artists. Her works are for example in the collections of Central Finland Health Care District and the City of Jyväskylä.   Koto Hotel Pihtipudas has since autumn 2020 been profiled as an art hotel and received background support from Jyväskylä Artists' Association for this. Vulpe is already the third member of the Artists' Association whose exhibition is seen at the hotel. The intention is to present various art forms at Koto Hotel also in the future, within the limits set by the coronavirus situation.Visual artist Iana Vulpe's sales exhibition of mixed media paintings titled The Root of the Universe is on display at Koto Hotel, Pihtipudas, for two months from 1 January until 28 February 2021. The exhibition is open during the hotel's opening times Monday to Sunday from 3 pm until 9 pm. The address is Keskustie 2, Pihtipudas. www.kotohotel.fi

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Beauty of nature


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, access to ski tracks 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.  If you would like to rent an electronic or non-electronic fatbike to explore the beautiful nature of Pihtipudas, please contact us ([email protected]).

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