Vilhelmina Church Town.
In my latest painting, the chosen theme is from my hometown, some of the cottages in Vilhelmina Church Town. A beautiful historic quarter with walking distance to the church. The cottages were built in the 1840s when it was compulsory to attend at the church service on Sundays. People traveled to Vilhelmina from the nearby villages to attend the square trading on Saturday and going to church on Sunday. Attending a church weekend could take several days for the peasants and they needed somewhere to stay over night. The remaining days of the week the cottages were closed and to use them were prohibited due to strict regulations. At the end of the 19th century, the former rules slowly disappeared, and some of the cottages began to be permanently inhabited. As a result, craftsmen and small shop began to establish their businesses and bit by bit Vilhelmina Church Town transformed into a society.
Despite the fire, the creativity is still alive.
The 5th of September in 1921 a fierce fire broke out with furious speed which spread from house to house and before the evening, more than 50 buildings had burnt down. The remaining cottages have been restored over the years but without losing their true charm, They are currently used for small shops, hostel and as well long-term renting. Many tourists choose, in spite of hotel, to stay in a cottage for a few nights, cosy and picturesque. i started my entrepreneurship there myself, when I rented a room by the local cobbler. I used it as my studio where I made small trolls out of stone that were sold as souvenirs at the hotels around Vilhelmina. The power of former craftsmen was set in the walls, and it was something special to create in this environment. A nice neighborhood to wander around and I am sure that for people with any connection to Vilhelmina the church town has a special place in their heart, and if you have not been there it is definitely worth a visit. You can see the painting “Vilhelmina Church Town” in the gallery under Lapland winter.