(ISN) – TORONTO, ON – In February I received news from the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) that my painting, ‘Goalie’s Mask: red, white & Dryden’ has been shortlisted for the 2014 IOC Trophy in Sport and Art.
I am thrilled to announce this news, another accolade for a painting that launched a new body of work about Canada just four years ago. The Goalie’s Mask painting continues to ignite interest and engage viewers in passionate discussion about Olympic hockey, Dryden, Habs and Canada. From The Glenbow Museum Lobby in Calgary, to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, the journey of the Goalie’s Mask painting is quite the story.(http://canadianpopart.squarespace.com/blog/2014/4/10/the-goalie-mask-painting-the-evolution )
“The annual International Olympic Committee (IOC) Trophy was established in 1985 in order to promote the teaching of Olympism in various areas. For 2014 the IOC intends to reward artistic expression. With the Canadian trophy, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) wishes to recognise artists and creators who, through their talent, have promoted Olympism and left a legacy through art.” ~ Olympic.ca
Olympism is defined by the IOC as follows:
“Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.”
In March the painting will ship to the offices of the Canadian Olympic Committee in Toronto, Ontario. The final selection for the trophy will be made during the annual session meeting of the COC in April 2015, during which time the Toronto Art Expo also takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. I will be on the ground in Toronto attending the Art Expo and visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame.