She is associated with the artists of the Northwest School (art). Helmi Dagmar Juvonen, known simply as "Helmi, " was born the second daughter of Finnish immigrants in Butte, Montana on January 17, 1903. When she was 15, her family moved to Seattle, and in 1929 she accepted a scholarship to Cornish College of the Arts to study illustration and puppetry.
As an avid reader, Juvonen's favorite subjects involved the mythologies and spiritual practices of people around the world. Particularly fascinated with the myths and history of the native peoples of her own region, she began to research Northwest native art and became a frequent visitor to several of the area's tribal reservations. Juvonen's intense interest and respect for the cultural and spiritual aspects of Native American life made her a welcome guest at a number of sacred native ceremonies, where she did sketches of what she saw and experienced.
Actively engaged with the burgeoning Seattle art community, Juvonen made and fostered friendships with a number of prominent artists and collectors including Seattle Art Museum founder Dr. Richard Fuller and painter Mark Tobey, with whom she developed a near-legendary obsession that became a frequent subject for her art.. If you live locally, and would like to pay by other methods. Hunter's Antiques is located in, Federal Way, WA 98003. We have been licensed and Serving Seattle to Portland Since 1986.
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