Recent photo of two of my artworks by Otto Ojala

I’ve been trying to update and brush up my website – which means many of my old blog posts have disappeared and I’ve been trying to go for sleek and static site. If you miss my old blog and website, the stuff can be found at ellavarvioblog.wordpress.com

But now a quick look at this years events, palette of 2019’s events slowly building up:

  • NuGo Vieraileva Taiteilija kesä-elokuu : Guest artist at Nuutajärvi Glass Gallery June – August 2019. Nuutajärvi Glass Village is a traditional glassmaking site in Finland. Ella Varvio is visiting artist at Village’s gallery co-operative NuGo during summer months. Varvio’s art and design are on display at the gallery and there will be open lecture / demonstration. More info coming up!
  • Exhibition and auction at Bukowskis, Helsinki 16.6.2019
  • Art Gallery Rozendaal, Netherlands, 15.11.-22.12.2019 More information coming up, group exhibition in Southern Netherlands.
  • Gravur – group exhibition of engraved glass art, The Finnish Glass Museum 8-12/2019. More information coming up.

Nemeton glass art exhibition is running still until 13.4., so remember to pop in at Galleria Mafka&Alakoski before the Easter holidays! Mythical forest made of glass reveals itself in several unique pieces and also as small series product: Nemeton-vase. The signature item of the exhibition is made of mouth blown glass with prints of different trees. The idea was to create beautiful home decor item that in multiple pieces forms up an illusion of a forest.

Nemeton-vases, photos: Iiro Immonen

Galleria Mafka&Alakoski is located in Helsinki city centre, Iso Roobertinkatu 19. It is part of Design District Helsinki – cluster of design, antique and fashion stores, galleries and museums. During Design District Eve 6.4. gallery will be hosting Meet-the-artist-evening until 9pm. You’re more than welcome to pop by, see the artworks, videos from glass studio and hear about the story behind Nemeton, mythical glass forest.

Little Viper, unique piece 2017, Photo: Iiro Immonen

Welcome to see my art in Helsinki this month!

  • Ornamo Teosmyynti 2017 – designer’s sales exhibition 13.4.-16.3.2017 Kaapelitehdas, Puristamo, Tallberginkatu 1 C. Open Mon-Fri 12–18, Sat-Sun 11–17
  • Ella Varvio: Nemeton 16.3.-13.4.2017 Galleria Mafka&Alakoski, Iso-Roobertinkatu 19. Open Tue-Sun 11-18

Both exhibitions have free entry and you can also check exhibition’s facebook events for more info: Ornamo Teosmyynti and Ella Varvio: Nemeton.  Ornamo Teosmyynti presents artworks and designs from several artists and it’s part of Suomi100 events. (centenary of Finland’s 100 years of independence is full of events).

Ella Varvio: Maan korvessa 2016

I’m also very glad (and slightly nervous) about my first solo exhibition in Helsinki at Galleria Mafka&Alakoski, gallery specialized in glass art at Iso-Roobertinkatu 19. The theme of my exhibition is the universal myth of sacred grove and forest as a playground for one’s imagination. Most of the artworks are unique pieces made with demanding Graal technique. Hope you’ll be enchanted by eerie images, hues of greenish blue and three dimensional effects of Graal technique. More pictures coming up, and most importantly -if you’re in Helsinki -come and see the show.

Ella Varvio: Kevään noita / Spring Witch 2016

Concentrating in tiny details, photo by Ammi Lahtinen
“Let it bloom” sketch for a glass artwork, Ella Varvio 2016

I have been practicing a steady hand lately! I am producing a set of artworks inspired by nature – quite obvious for a Finn, but anyway.  Some of these pieces are pure admiration of the beauty of trees, wild flowers, animals of the forest – some show the imaginative and much darker forest… It is very much work in process – even I myself am looking forward the final outcomes. These artworks will be on show at my solo exhibition at Galleria Mafka&Alakoski, Helsinki.

Here’s some of this years events, all in Finland / 2017 Näyttelyt

  • Solo exhibition, Galleria Mafka&Alakoski, 16.3.-13.4.2017
  • Syysnäyttely, Voipaalan taidekeskus 13.9.-15.11.2017
Wintery view in Riihimäki, on my way from train station to glass studio

Some glow in the middle of darkness: hot glass! I had been hoarding some graal blanks for months and now it was time to make the ready pieces.

I’ve been creating drawings about sacred groves – important feature in many myths and many cultures: Finns, Celts, Slavic, etc. have considered forests and trees to be sacred. However these illustrations aim to be imaginative and mythical: they depict a mishmash of imaginary cult practices and realistic trees and animals. Sacred grove will be the theme my solo exhibition in Helsinki next spring. Stay tuned!

On the foreground Springtime Witch (2016) – mouthblown glass, Graal technique, made in Riihimäki, Finland.