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118 days to go – Aboriginal Art Exhibition this weekend!

October 16, 2009

Good thing I went to the Vancouver 2010 website to look up the latest information on the transportation plan (no, I still haven’t read it, but had been planning on it… I swear!).  However, while looking for the update I found a Feature Story about an art exhibition this weekend!

Sculpture by Wade Baker from Squamish.

Sculpture by Wade Baker from Squamish.

This weekend there is a two-day exhibition of Aboriginal art that will be installed at Vancouver 2010 Winter Games venues.  The exhibition will feature pieces by masters and emerging First Nations artists from across Canada.  Plus, there will be more than 50 of the artists at the exhibition, giving you a chance to meet these amazing people!

Here is what Vancouver 2010 says about the art legacy that is planned:

A Permanent Legacy”

“There are close to 140 individual pieces of original artwork produced for the Vancouver 2010 Venues’ Aboriginal Art Program at Games venues from Richmond to Whistler. As part of the $3-million program, whose participants were announced by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) in June 2009, over 40 of the artworks will be part of the permanent legacy of the 2010 Winter Games at the venues. Installation of the works started in late 2008 and the majority of the art will be completed this week.

The program was enhanced by artistic and economic development workshops held by INAC. Five showpiece artworks created through these workshops, including a large, colourful tapestry from the Inuit of the Arctic, were purchased by VANOC and are among the permanent venue art installations. The Nuu-chah-nulth Arts Association, Mi’kmaq Association of Cultural Studies, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Manitoba Aboriginal Arts Council Inc. and the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition (Métis 10) participated in the program and the resulting higher profile from their 2010 work is encouraging other cities to consider sister sculptures of their own.”

In addition to the exhibition, a full-colour coffee table book called O Siyam: Aboriginal Art inspired by the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games is being published by John Wiley & Sons Canada and will be available starting November 2nd.  This book will contain the artworks displayed at the venues and is the first official Games-related book  to be published.  It is currently available for pre-sale at the Vancouver 2010 Online Shop.

The exhibition is free to the public and will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Hall A, located at 999 Canada Place in Vancouver.  It will be open Saturday, October 17th, from 9am to 8pm and Sunday, October 18th, from 9am to 6pm.  I’m going to head over on Sunday, probably around noon.  Let me know if you’re interested in meeting for coffee and/or breakfast (I do have a brunch date booked but the more the merrier!) and then we can head in to see the show.  I’m hoping Jody Broomfield will be there!

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And now for your daily dose of extreme cuteness!  Northern Gifts make Official Licensed Vancouver 2010 Mascot merchandise.  If you already have a stuffed Sumi, Miga, Quatchi or Mukmuk they will have made it.  Anyhow, they’re putting out a new product in the next week or so.  Mascots in Mittens!!  Yes, that’s right, the Olympic Mascots (and Mukmuk) with their Red Mittens on!  Take a look!

Quatchi with Red Mittens!

Quatchi with Red Mittens!

Miga with Red Mittens!

Miga with Red Mittens!

and Mukmuk with Red Mittens!!

and Mukmuk with Red Mittens!!

Told you they were cute!  I’m not sure where they’ll be available for sale yet, but I’ll be sure to let you know when I hear!

Well, with that dose of cute, I am off to bed (yes, without the transportation plan again, but I’m printing it out so that I can read it on my break at work tomorrow and not have an excuse to avoid it tomorrow night!).  Thank you merci for reading and sharing the experiences of Vancouver 2010 with me!

PS – Don’t forget about my ‘100 days of 2010vanfan’ contest.  There is a Vancouver 2010 Pin Album up for the prize.  Check out the guidelines here.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. carol permalink
    October 17, 2009 8:59 am

    I love those red Mittens !!!!!

  2. Derek permalink
    February 27, 2010 6:25 pm

    Thanks for all you have done! A lovely blog. Have enjoyed it immensely!


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