Special Programing


international Visiting Artist 2017

The Visitor Center was excited to host our first visiting artist, Mari Mathlin, from Finland, in2017!

Mari currently lives in Reykjavik, Iceland, and works at the Nordic Cultural House. Mari prepared an exhibition to bring to the United States, featuring fresh investigations into materials and methods she has been working with previous the past year.

After her solo show opened in Minneapolis, Mari travelled to the UP of Michigan and joined us for the 2017 Sustainable Practices Symposium, where she worked alongside US artists-in-residence, making handmade recycled paper, turning a wood bowl, and creating drawings of the camp's unique architecture. Mari also exhibited her artwork in an exhibition at the local High School in Ewen, MI, and presented a special lecture on Finnish and Icelandic art, sharing examples from art history and contemporary art in Finland and Iceland through the concepts of otherness and familiarity.

The public joined us for this presentation and exhibition at the Ewen-Trout Creek High School, which also included a potluck featuring Finnish and Scandinavian foods, and an ASM-sponsored raffle of a Finland-inspired weaving by local UP artist Patsy Daniels, to support the Ewen-Trout Creek School art program!

Mari Mathlin was born in 1980 in Pattijoki Finland and currently lives and works in Reykjavik. She received her BA in Fine Arts from The Swedish Polytechnic, Nykarleby in 2006; her MA in Art Education from the University of Lapland, Rovaniemi 2010; and her BA in Art History and Theory from the University of Iceland, Reykjavik. Mari has participated in numerous residencies around Europe that have had great impact on her work, including at Drake Arts Center in Finland, Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in Germany, and most recently the Old School Residency in Iceland. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows in galleries around Europe, including The Nordic House, Iceland; Valve Gallery, Vaasa City Art Gallery, Gallery Carree, and a traveling exhibition through Oulu City Art Museum, Finland. Mari´s work mixes drawing, painting and printing techniques. She uses varied types of paper both as a surface when creating two-dimensional images and as a construction material for three-dimensional works. She has also worked with place and space specific projects in schools and communities.


annual ewen arts festival and exhibition

Each year during the Symposium, we invite the visiting resident artists to exhibit their work alongside local UP artists and craftspeople. The exhibition coincides with special events unique to each year. We have hosted public workshops in raku-firing and aluminum-casting, a public workshop making pottery with the local clay, and music by local and national fiddlers, guitarists, accordianists, and bagpipers! For the 2017 Symposium we hosted international artist Mari Mathlin from Finland to exhibit her work and present a lecture on Finnish art and culture. Along with the opening reception for the resident artists' exhibition we will host a Finnish style pot-luck dinner!