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in memoriam

Guus Hellegers (1937-2019)

Guus Hellegers



Guus (official: Gustaaf Theodoor Marie) Hellegers was born on 30 June 1937 in Teteringen, the Netherlands. Even as a small child he was fascinated by clay. He liked to play with it, something he continued to do his whole life.

Hellegers went to the Royal Academy at The Hague, the only study where it was already in the first year possible to specialize. He chose sculpting. After this study, he got a scholarship for the National Higher Institute in Antwerp. Iin 1965, he settled in The Hague and seven years later to the province of Friesland.

Hellegers worked on bronze and stone statues. He also had an eye for small sculptures; he was no stranger to medal art. He participated in many FIDEM exhibitions and won its Grand Prix in 1996.. Hellegers died after a short illness, on 7 February 2019.


Gone with the wind- Hellegers

Gone with the wind, bronze, 1981, 53 x 53 mm


Aimo N. K. Viitala (1927-2018)

Aimo Viitala


Aimo N.K. Viitala, lawyer, honorary member of FIDEM and of  the Guild of Medallic Art in Finland passed away 24th December 2018,  at the age of 91.

During his medallic career he was the president of the Guild of Medallic Art in Finland (1987-2000), the chief organizer of the  FIDEM congress in Helsinki in 1990, and a member of the FIDEM Executive  and Consultative Committees. He participated at many congress and the last one was in 2007 in Colorado Springs.He had since 1994 awarded a prize to promising young medal artist, under the age of 35, exhibiting at FIDEM exhibitions. The last prize was given during the congress in Sofia in 2014. In addition, Aimo  Viitala was internationally most active also with the Lions and the  Travellers' Club.



















Picture Hellegers: source: Kunstmaand Ameland


































Photo: Mauno Honkanen, 2005