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Armas Järvelä

Kaarlo Armas Ensio Järvelä (1918-2002) was born in Kaustinen in Ostrobothnia. He was the oldest of the three children in the family. In his youth Järvelä showed promise as an artist and his teacher instructed him to seek out a profession where he could use his talents.

In the 1940s, after the Second World War, Järvelä worked as a manager of advertisement for the Central Ostrobothnia’s Consumer’s Cooperative (KPO) in Kokkola. He was a founding member of Kokkola’s Visual Arts Association.

During the war Järvelä’s hobbies included painting, chess and athletics. He did quite well in the latter. Before the 1952 Summer Olympics held in Helsinki, Järvelä carried the Olympic torch for about a kilometre in Kokkola. Of this achievement he has a medal and a photo as a memento.

His favourite hobby was collecting and studying butterflies, which started systematically in 1960. Järvelä joined the Lepidopterological Society of Finland. “The reason for my hobby is probably the unbelievable beauty and multiplicity of butterflies”.

Armas Järvelä
Photo: Matti Aronen

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