Tuesday, February 16, 2010

 

Portrait of Evert Bastet by Steven Rosati
Canadian Olympic Athletes: A Dialogue in Art
CANADIAN PORTRAITISTS SALUTE OUR TOP OLYMPIANS
MARCH 2-26 AT TORONTO’S JOHN B. AIRD GALLERY
 
OPENING RECEPTION THURSDAY, MARCH 4
 
The Portrait Society of Canada salutes Canada’s top Olympic athletes in an extraordinary, month-long exhibition of contemporary portraits. Canadian Olympic Athletes: A Dialogue in Art will beon display March 2-26, 2010 at the John B. Aird Gallery in the MacDonald Block, 900 Bay Street, first floor, Toronto. The paintings will also be auctioned for sale on eBay (www.ebay.ca or via www.portraitsociety.ca).
 
The Opening Reception is Thursday, March 4, 6-8 p.m., with artists and a number of the athlete subjects in attendance. Brothers Paul and John Craig, track and field Olympians (1976 and 1980) will be guest speakers. The portrait of the two recently carrying the Olympic Torch, by artist Jean Harding, is one of 34 artworks on display and sale.
 
The exhibition is open to the public Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at no charge. Information is available at both the Gallery website, http://airdgallery.org, and at www.portraitsociety.ca.
 
Canadian Olympic Athletes: A Dialogue in Art features fine art portraits of living Canadian Olympians and Paralympians, created by professional portraitists across Canada. Most are in oils or acrylic, although there are 2 sculptures.
 
Portrait subjects include include Nathalie Lambert, Simon Whitfield, Donovan Bailey, Sasha Mehmedovic, Joannie Rochette, Sylvie Frechette, Ian Millar, Daniel Nestor, Helen Nichol, Jim Elder, Marc Gagnon, Brady Reardon, Clara Hughes, Eric Lamaze, Billy Bridges, Josh McGuire, Frazer Will, Yann Mathieu, Sammy Jo, Jennifer Robinson, Evert Bastet, Barbara Ann Scott, Silken Laumann, Petra Burka, Lauren Woolstencroff, Tracy Cameron, Angus Mortimer, Ole Sorensen, Alex Baumann, Becky Kellar and Kalyna Roberge.
 
Portrait Society founder and President Veronica Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan points out that this significant exhibition celebrates not only the Vancouver Olympic and Paralympics Games, but also the artists’ unique involvement with Canadian Olympic athletes. “Both the athletes and artists reflect enthusiasm, energy and an exceptional ability to go the distance,” she says.
 
“It was a great inspiration and privilege to create these paintings,” Tsyglan concludes. “We wish all of our Canadian athletes the best of luck in Vancouver in 2010.”  
 
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For further information, contact:
 
Linda Litwack
416-782-7837  
E-mail: lalitwack@rogers.com