Scroll down to learn more about the artist of this tree, Sara Conybeer, and the Finnish culture!
About the Artist
Sara has been an artist ever since she was old enough to hold a coloured Crayon, however, it’s only been within the last 5 years that she’s been able to use the title of “professional artist” after she sold her first commissioned work of art. Sara comes from a long lineage of artists on both sides of her family, so her creativity comes as naturally as snowflakes in winter.
“I was inspired by many things when coming up with the design for this tree, but in particular, the ancient myths, stories, and the artists of Finland sparked my imagination. It is a most magical country where the timeless spirit of the North truly lives on.” Born and raised in Canada, Sara grew up in the land of ice and snow, and winter happens to be her favourite season. The holidays conjure up a lot of magic for her. Painting this special tree for Finland brings together all the things she loves about this time—fresh cold air, the silence and stillness of a sparkling land in frozen suspension, and the hope to have a glimpse of that fleeting moment of the Northern lights.
Sara’s works include felted fiber art, acrylics, watercolours, figure art, and murals. She also loves soap-making and turning soap into a canvas that disappears when used gives one the understanding of how this magical mother of 3 sees the world. As she grew up in Canada, Sara was trained and mentored by her mother who was commissioned and contracted to paint signs and murals. They also painted winter scenes in the local business windows each year. Every butcher, baker, and candlestick maker’s window was transformed into a winter wonderland with a stroke of a brush from this artistic mother and daughter duo.
Now that Sara has made Spokane her home, she aspires to connect with the artist community and grace the city with the wonders of her imagination.
If you are interested in seeing more of her work you can find her on Instagram @stationarynomad.
Finland’s culture is represented in the Spokane area by Finlandia Inland Northwest! They have been represented in the Northwest for 50 years, and have 100 residents in their organization! Their two most celebrated winter holidays are Christmas and Independence day. During these times, they put up a lot of candles and a Christmas tree!
Celebrating these holidays they acknowledge the day and follow it by having a traditional meal. Some food they prepare is a traditional drink (Glögg) and foods from baking of cookies and bread to celebratory meals including appetizers (herring, gravlax) traditional entrees of whole ham, multiple root vegetable casseroles and a variety of desserts!