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Bopping around the arts this week, in brief

What: A new exhibition featuring a variety of works by several Finnish artists.

Where: Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, 480 W. Hancock St., Detroit; 313-993-7813.

When: Artists' lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26; opening reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. The exhibit displays through March 16.

Scandinavian printmaking takes center stage in Silent Watch, which features a number of works from nine artists and one artists' collective. A variety of printmaking techniques and processes are showcased in the display, including etching, drypoint, silkscreen, woodcut and the latest digital techniques. Pieces of note include a multi-panel silkscreen work on plywood, two artist's books with silk fold-out pages, a wall-sized installation of layered woodblocks printed on Japanese paper, and a lead table with movable components that gallery attendees are invited to organize and arrange. While Finland has a long printmaking tradition, Silent Watch seeks to highlight the novel and unexpected works currently being produced in the country, rather than more customary styles and practices. The show was organized by the International Print Center New York, part of the center's ongoing effort to inspire appreciation of the multifarious printed works from far-flung locales and cultures. Participating artists include Outi Heiskanen, IC-98, Eeva-Liisa Isomaa, Juho Karjalainen, Maria Kausalainen and more. Thursday's lecture features artists Annu Vertanen and Päivikki Kallio.

Sugar Hill Clay

What: The opening of a new ceramics studio in the Sugar Hill arts district of Midtown.

Where: 71 Garfield St., Detroit; 313-389-6811;

A brand-spanking-new addition to Midtown's art scene, Sugar Hill Clay offers classes, workshops and open studio time for metro Detroiters interested in getting their hands dirty. Most classes are open to the inexperienced (so don't let that hold you back); offerings include your basic intro courses, as well as parent and child ceramics, drinking and eating vessels, and teen wheel throwing, offered in partnership with Pewabic Pottery. The studio — which boasts a full-range of ceramic-making amenities, including an industrial kiln — is also available for private parties. Periodic workshops with visiting artists will also be on the agenda. See the website to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings.

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