Bear Hunter's Charm, fabric, by Cynthia Coté. Inspired by Rune 46: The Bear:
"Little Otso, woodland apple.
Honey paw, you dear stout fellow,
When you hear this good man coming,
Hear me stepping softly near you."
Otso, oil, by Joyce Koskenmaki.
From Runo XLVI: 189-192
"Welcome, Otso, be they coming,
Honey-pawed, who now approachest
To our dwelling, freshly scoured,
To our household, now so charming..."
Three Birches, oil, by Joyce Koskenmaki. Based on Runo XV: 130-140.
Swan of Tuonela, oil, by Joyce Koskenmaki.
"If the river-swan you shoot me,
Shoot the great bird on the river,
There on Tuoni's murky river..."
She Flew to Tuonela's River. Wool and silk, felted, by Phyllis Fredendall. From Ch. 15, line 245: "Then Lemminkainen's mother took the iron rake; She rakes for her son amid the roaring rapid in the flashing stream: She rakes and she does not find."
The Dark Pool of Tuonela, acrylic, by Bob Dawson.
Rune the Fourteenth
"There on Tuoni's murky river,
In the sacred river's whirlpool."
The Creation of Ilmarinen, acrylic, by Constance Stockwell Johnson.
"Hast thou ever been acquainted
With the blacksmith of Wainola,
With the hero, Ilmarinen,
With the skillful smith and artist?"
Birth of Sampo, mixed media assemblage, by Susan Hamilton.
"If you can forge a Sampo, decorate a lid of many colors, then you will get the maiden as your payment, the lovely girl for your work ..."
Kalevala Poem 10 (line 27-28)
Skiing Down the Demon's Elk, mixed media assemblage, by Susan Hamilton.
"Lemminkainen askes the dame of North Farm for her daughter. She replies, 'only after you have skied down the Demon's elk.'"
Restringing Vainamoinen's Kantele. Intaglio and watercolor, by Eileen Sundqist.
Two works by Edith Marshall: Border of the Meadow, collage (left) and Ukko's Three Daughters, mixed media. Inspired by Rune IX: The Origin of Iron.
Daughter of the Ether, mosaic, by Elise Matz.
"In primeval times, a maiden,
Beauteous Daughter of the Ether,
Passed for ages her existence
In the great expanse of heaven,
O'er the prairies yet enfolded."
Cedar Cove, photograph by Charlie Eshbach. Inspired by Rune II: Pellerwoinen sows the forest seed.
Maidens of the Foam, colored pencil, by Kristyn Blessing.
The Birches, acrylic, by Leona Blessing.
"When the night had passed, the maiden,
Sister fair of Youkahainen,
Hastened early to the forest,
Birchen shoots for brooms to gather ..."