FF-Boston, Inc. welcomes members to the


Sunday, January 27, 3:00 PM

Scandinavian Cultural Center, Newton, MA

Marja Lianko was born in Helsinki, Finland. She grew up in a home filled with art as her father was a collector and a latent sculptor. Marja emigrated to the USA soon after high school and received her art education at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, where she later taught printmaking and mixed media for more than two decades. Much of Marja’s work has been inspired by the nature in her homeland, the vast forests of birches and pine trees, the abundance of color in the short summer and the lack of it during the long winter. Her work has been exhibited in a number of museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, deCordova Museum, Fogg Museum, Fuller Museum, Rose Museum, Duxbury Art Complex Museum, Boise Art Museum and Nicolaysen Museum, and remains in the collections of the MFA, the Fogg, and the deCordova, as well as in numerous corporations and hospitals. She has received grants and fellowships from the New England Foundation for the Arts, Artists Foundation, Ballinglen Arts Foundation and Mellon Foundation. Finlandia Foundation-Boston is delighted to be part of her exhibit opening at the SCC!

Prior to Marja's presentation, FF Boston will hold its annual meeting. The agenda includes more than the usual business of electing a new board. We truly hope you can attend to cast your vote on our proposed new bylaws. Much work has been done to bring the 1997 version up to date. Red lined copies will be available for you to review, there will be an oral summary provided, and an opportunity for questions. As always, the president’s and treasurer’s reports and reports from the scholarship committee and Suomi-koulu will be presented. Members will vote on 2019 Board nominees. The Nominating Committee will present the following slate:

President: Linda Lindell (Lexington, MA); Vice President: Tapani Ronni (Medford, MA); President Elect: To Be Announced; Treasurer: Anne-Mari Paster (Lexington, MA); Clerk: Teresia Moller (Framingham, MA); Program Chair: Ilona Jokinen (Northboro, MA); Hospitality Chair: Sirkku Konttinen (Belmont, MA); Membership Chair: Liisa Chanoff (Marlborough, MA); Newsletter Editors: Greta Ljung (Lexington, MA) and Tapani Ronni (Medford, MA); Scholarship Chair: Edith Syrjälä-Eash (Lexington); Suomi-koulu Liaison: Ilona Jokinen (Northboro, MA); Nominating Committee: Nathalie Forssell (Sudbury, MA), Kim Bell (Holliston, MA), Saana McDaniel (Lexington, MA)