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The ART DISTRICT Magazine - Vol 17 | Artist Spotlight with Helena Tiainen

November 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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Welcome to the ARt diSTriCt a place where the business of creativity happens! A creative destination where painters, photographers, collectors, designers and art lovers of all kinds gather to connect, collaborate, and celebrate creativity!

Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and from the comfort of your living room couch (or take a break from your hectic day at the office) and start exploring our virtual streets filled with fine art and photography from around the world! 

00 pAMELA00 pAMELA NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: Gobble Gobble.... Is Thanksgiving really only one week away? Well it is definitely time to get in shopping mode. Time to gear up for Turkey thursday, Black (freaky) Friday, Sleep in Saturday, Cyber Monday and I am sure I am missing a few. But if you are like me, a few quick art purchases paired with the perfect wine and ..... WALA shopping is done! Except for my grandson, because let's face it he has Grandma wrapped around his little finger! So I think I'll go to the toy store today....or maybe order something online.

The ARt diSTriCt continues to expand and remains a hub of activity for its over 1800 members to connect with art lovers from around the world. The mission here at the magazine is simple: To share with you "the Art Lover" some one-on-one interviews, showcase artists, keep you informed on events, news, promotions and CELEBRATE the creative arts! This month we spotlight Helena Tiainen from Berkeley, California! Now Let's take a deep breath, exhale, relax, enjoy the art and get some serious shopping done!

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by Pamela Williams Photography

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Helena Tiainen Portrait 2016 September 10 - 2Helena Tiainen Portrait 2016 September 10 - 2 Location : Berkeley, California

What's your story? Please introduce yourself

I was born and raised in Finland and came to California in 1979, to study art at the San Francisco Art Institute. I got my BFA in December 1982. That same year I got married to an American I had met when I first arrived in San Francisco and in 1983 became a permanent resident of the United States. Berkeley, California has been my home since 1991. I am a self-employed artist and designer and I live with my life-partner Greg.

What does "being creative" mean to you?

Being creative means to me using my creativity in every way possible. It means living creatively and cultivating creative thinking, activities and behavior. Being creative is both an attitude and a lifestyle.

What’s your main artistic medium? *

I am a painter and I also draw and create digital and mixed media art.

Can you describe the time when you first realized that creating was something you absolutely had to do?

I realized that I had to express myself artistically when I was a young child. I remember getting a large set of crayola crayons and a paper pad and a chalkboard with chalks for Christmas when I was four or five years old. These were the best gifts ever! They made me so very happy. That Christmas is still a magical childhood memory in my mind.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by nature and my own imagination. I am also inspired by many artists and beautiful experiences in life. Loving kindness in all of its forms is also a great inspiration to me.

Do you have a specialty? describe

I combine my handmade art digitally in a way that I have not seen others do. My The Joy of Design Mandala Series Puzzles are my first experiments in this direction. These digitally collaged works are all created with selected sets of scans of the paintings in my The Joy of Design series of small square acrylic paintings that are designed to hang in any direction. This approach of digitally collaging full or partial scans has endless potential.

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What are you trying to communicate with your art? 

Altering ways of seeing, or changing perspectives, is a constant in my art. I also explore the concepts of oneness and allness and interconnectedness of all life. When we change, we see things differently, not only in art but everywhere. It is of utmost importance to me to break outside of any previously held ideas that no longer serve any good. I encourage myself and others to look and see differently, to find new angles and content, to widen our horizons. I like to think that it is possible for us to create a better and more humane world. I believe that we do not have to keep on creating suffering and that we can change our ways for the better in this world. We can all look and see differently. We can alter our understandings and perceptions. We can open up our hearts.


Click on the following links or above images to learn more about Helena Tiainen and visit her work!

Website VIDA Facebook  Pinterest



Thank you for connecting with us and don't forget to celebrate the arts!

Sing, Dance, Paint, Click...............see you in the ARt diSTriCt !

Pamela J Williams 

Capturing moments in time is a passion,

Sharing those moments with others is a pure joy! #sharepamsart



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**From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

An arts district is a demarcated urban area, usually on the periphery of a city center, intended to create a 'critical mass' of places of cultural consumption - such as art galleriesdance clubstheatresart cinemas, music venues, and public squares for performances. Such an area is usually encouraged by public policy-making and planning, but sometimes occurs spontaneously. It is associated with allied service-industry jobs like cafes, printers, fashion outlets, restaurants, and a variety of 'discreet services' (see the back-page small-ads of almost any cultural magazine).


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