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Activities in Pihtipudas

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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. 

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Tuonne mennään -niminen akryylimaalaus kankaalle on yksi Koto Hotellissa esillä olevista Eero Heikkisen teoksista.


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Koto Hotel's latest exhibition: Eero Heikkinen’s art smiles at life

 Eero Heikkinen’s art smiles at life in his exhibition at Koto Hotel   The exhibition of illustrator, graphic designer Eero Heikkinen titled Aina ajankohtaista - Always actual has opened in Koto Hotel, in Pihtipudas. In his feel-good artworks, the award-wininng artist presents a world in which a human flies with an umbrella and is also capable of doing anything the viewer can imagine.– The name of the exhibition refers to the fact that life is always actual. And even though the world seems to be getting ever smaller, in some regards, the world is still as large. We are living in the middle of many unicersal and unknown phenomena, Heikkinen describes the premise for his art.   Heikkinen is based in Jyväskylä, Central Finland. His art combines symbolism, surrealism and naivism. The style is pared down, clear and humorous. The works speak through heaven and earth, and the small human shapes acting in the wide open space between them. Empty space and soft colours have an important role.  – There is a story behind every artwork, and I tell a small section of it. The rest is left to the viewer's imagination, says Heikkinen.     Acrylic paintings and graphic art   This is the first time that Heikkinen presents his art in a hotel milieu. Previously, he has had exhibitions in medical centres and shopping centres in addition to traditional exhibition spaces. – Art is suitable for everywhere and it belongs to everyone.    The artworks that hang on Koto Hotel's ground floor are acrylic paintings on canvas and paper. There are also graphic artworks in the sales exhibition. The majority of the works are from the current year.   Heikkinen has studied in the University of Industrial Arts and Design and is a prominent designer of corporate and brand identities. He has designed many well-known product identities and packages, and he has been awarded for his works both in Finland and abroad.      Press illustrations as well as album and book covers   Heikkinen's individual style has become familiar to Finns for example through illustrations in papers and magazines, such as Kauppalehti, Suomen Kuvalehti and Blue Wings. He has also designed a lot of album covers, for example for the albums of Hector, Tuomari Nurmio, Miljoonasade, Apocalyptica and Pave Maijanen. Additionally, his illustrations can be found in the covers of publishing company Tammi's Keltainen kirjasto books. He makes art in his leisure time.    Eero Heikkinen's works are displayed for example in the collections of the Sports Museum of Finland, Mustio Castle, as well as the Helsinki-based galleries Galleria Dix and Galleria Laura.   Koto Hotel Pihtipudas has since autumn 2020 become profiled as an art hotel and has received background support from the Jyväskylä Artists' Association. Heikkinen is already the fourth artist from Central Finland whose exhibition is displayed at the hotel. It is the intention that various artforms will be presented at Koto Hotel also in the  future within the restrictions allowed by the coronavirus situation.   Eero Heikkinen's exhibition Aina ajankohtaista - Always actual is displayed at Koto Hotel, Pihtipudas, until the end of September 2021. The exhibition is open during the hotel's opening hours, every day from 3 pm to 9 pm.  The address is Keskustie 2, Pihtipudas. www.kotohotel.fi.

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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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