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Kuortane is a municipality of Southern Ostrobothnia, 40 km from Seinäjoki.

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Soile Yli-Mäyry[edit]


Soile Yli-Mäyry is one of the most famous modern artists from Finland. She has been a painter for more than 25 years. Her paintings are remarkable, characterized by the use of a palette knife making her productions unique and very creative. She uses paint in three ways: a thin, even coat, thick lines and by scraping lines into the painted area, for a three-dimensional look. The main theme in Yli-Mäyry’s work is humanity and people’s distancing from nature to the urban world. Since her arts studies at the Arts Academy in Stuttgart in Germany (1972-75) she has had in 25 countries about 270 solo exhibitions in Japan, in China, in India, in Latin America, in the United States and in many countries in Europe. Her own gallery is in Kuortane and the exhibition is open during summer time from June until August. It is possible to appreciate her lively paintings and exceptional glass sculptures.

Soile Yli- Mäyry’s exhibition in Kuortane opens its gates every summer. Though she comes from a small Finnish village, Soile Yli- Mäyry has conquered the world with her dazzling paintings, winning the hearts of fans and collectors all over Europe, Asia, Middle- East, South America and USA. Her works of art are bursting with color and emotion, skillfully combining symbolist, expressionistic and surrealistic influences. Her paintings pulsate with signs, floating shapes, primitive child-like figures, like some indecipherable messages scrawled on cave walls thousands of years ago, waiting to be interpreted. Her works demand not so much a rational or precise interpretation as an evocation of existential situations, hidden feelings and aspirations. Apparently, there is no narrative logic, no coherent tale, but rather fluid, juxtaposed layers of color that create unstable figures and structures. The dynamic philosophy of her paintings was also transposed to her glass sculptures, which are a perfect combination of color, transparency and brilliance. The art gallery in Kuortane is open every day from 12 to 5 pm from late May to late August, so don’t hesitate to pay a visit and enjoy the outburst of color, symbols and art.

Soile Yli-Mäyry's Art Gallery in Kuortane, 63130 Mäyry, Finland ☎ +358(0)6 525 7324

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Kuortane Sports Resort[edit]


This municipality has Kuortane Sports Resort, the biggest sport hall in the area and awarded as the best Sport Institute of Finland in 2012. It is located on highway 66 in South Ostrobothnia in Western Finland. It is right next to Lake Kuortane, which provides a magnificent view from many different areas of the facilities. This is a training place for top Finnish and international sporting performers. Besides, there are also a lot of activities for the whole family and athletes. People can come to have a few days of practicing some sports or experimenting new activities such as boxing, Sumba lessons, and many others and have a great time. Here guests can learn important and vital things about health, well-being, eating habits for a better daily life. Therefore, it can become more than just a leisure time for some; it can be an investment for a good lifestyle. The Kuortane Sport Institute is IAAF accredited training center. During summer time there are nature and exercise tracks, 15 outdoor tennis courts, climbing wall, beach volleyball, a golf course (5 km away), canoeing, kayaking, church boats, swimming beach next to the hotel. It is consider a very safe beach for kids because the water has a low level. Besides, during the winter there are other sports such as cross country skiing tracks, downhill skiing (30 km), skating, snow shoe treks and ice fishing. Some of the indoor facilities offered are the Kuortane Arena offering athletic areas, the Ica Arena for ice hockey and figure skating, swimming pool, the Bowling Alley, the indoor Golf Training Facility and the Sports Arena. It is also a perfect place for companies that want to organize nature and other adventure trips. There is a local beach sauna for groups of up to 40 and a barbeque place. The Wellbeing Center offers guided exercise courses and lectures, human performance programs, physical care services, massage and zone therapy Kuortane Sports Resort offers a variety of accommodation options and price levels. All the rooms are furnished and there are four different sizes available. Some of them have their own sauna, washing machine and balconies with a wonderful view of the Kuortane Lake. There are four different types of restaurants. Visitors can choose according to their preferences the Eppula Buffet Table, the restaurant Aalto à la Carte, the Café Tassi menu. Also, there is a bar next to the bowling area. Moreover, the resort offers the possibility for setting events, meetings for either families or companies. All meeting rooms are prepared with the best quality and modern equipment.

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