Eeva Ahonen’s watercolours at Nature House Villa Elfvik from 4 December 2019 to 26 January 2020. The exhibition features watercolours inspired by nature around Villa Elfvik and in Lapland. Eeva Ahonen is an active member of the Friends of Villa Elfvik and lives in Laajalahti, Espoo. She picked up watercolours after retirement.
“The colours and shapes found in the forests around Elfvik are quite intoxicating and inspire me to paint,” Ahonen says. She wants to use her art to encourage everyone to turn to nature for creativity and tranquillity, as she has also personally found them in nature.
Ahonen grew up in Laajalahti, Espoo, and after retiring from working life she returned there to enjoy her old age. She frequently visits the forests around Villa Elfvik to walk, exercise and calm down.
“I have loved the shores and forests of Laajalahti and the Tarvo bridges ever since I was a young girl. In the summer, my friends and I would sometimes go swimming several times a day. Sometimes we went fishing. In the winter, we would skate to Munkkiniemi on the opposite side of the bay,” Ahonen says.
The exhibition invites all visitors to participate in the 25th jubilee of the Friends of Villa Elfvik. The association was founded in 1995 to support the work of the Nature House Villa Elfvik. It aims to promote environmental awareness and education and support the operations of Villa Elfvik in particular.
The Nature House is open Mon–Fri 9:00–15:00 and Sun 10:00–16:00. On Independence Day 6 December, New Year’s Day 1 January and Epiphany 6 January, the Nature House is open from 10:00 to 16:00. Villa Elfvik is closed for Christmas from 24 to 26 December 2019.
Café Elfvik is open on Sundays and midweek holidays whenever the Nature House is open.
Entrance to the Nature House is free of charge.