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Phil Fagerholm Recognition

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Phil Fagerholm
Phil Fagerholm, SFHS member and volunteer from Seattle, will be recognized by the Åland Island Emigrant Institute along with two other past artists this upcoming September in the Åland Islands. The other two artists are Warner Sallman (1892-1968) and Haddon Sundblom (1899-1976). Sallman focused on religious paintings and is most well known for his painting of the ‘Head of Christ.’ It is widely used in churches and homes around the world. About ½ million were made into wallet sized versions and given to American soldiers during WWII. Sundblom was an advertising artist and was best known for his Santa Claus portrait for Coca Cola in the 1930s.

An exhibit of their art will be displayed in Mariehamn this fall. On September 22-24, 2009, a panel will discuss the contributions and impact of these Åland Island descendants on the grass roots level impact their messages have had in America. A group of American academics and others will attempt to interpret and better understand what they are trying to say in their art.

Phil was born and raised on Lopez Island, a part of the San Juan Islands in Washington State. Art has been a passion for Phil most of his life. Currently he is involved with an artist-run gallery in Seattle, the Art/Not Terminal. Congratulations Phil on this recognition and its connection with your Swedish Finn heritage and roots from the Åland Islands.

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