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Terracotta Warrior Painting Process

March 26, 2012
Tiana Paints "Wu Chang's" Head

Tiana Paints "Wu Chang's" Head

I’m in the home stretch, but probably have a good week more of painting until my warrior, Wu Chang, is finished. Like the eagle I did with James Whiteside Elementary a couple years ago this sculpture is also going to be very colourful and detailed. Why do I do this to myself? Such a lot of work. But so far those that have taken a sneak peak in my studio have raved about my collage of patterns on Wu. It’s like he has travelled through time to show us a collection of designs from over 2000 years of Chinese history.

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Eagles in the City: Who Bought Tiana’s ?

June 30, 2011

On a recent trip to Mexico I finally found out the destination of my painted eagle sculpture. A year ago, after the BC Lions Society had their auction of 135 painted eagle sculptures at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, I knew “It’s Our World” was bought but I had no other information on the buyer or the sculpture’s destination. My young co-artists at James Whiteside Elementary were curious to know the fate of this artpiece they’d had a part in creating. Well, let me finally inform you that the original sponsors bought the eagle and wish to donate it back to James Whiteside Elementary for display.

It’s rather amazing that I had to travel part way across the world to find out this information. Do you ever find that when you are far away from home that you sometimes run into people you know? I was on a tender boat going from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, back to our cruise ship, the Sapphire Princess. We were talking to people around us and I found out I was sitting next to a superintendant from the Richmond School Board. I’d met her at the unveiling of my eagle sculpture at James Whiteside Elementary. People look a little different in their holiday clothes than their business clothes, so I didn’t recognize her at first. She told me that the sponsors would like the eagle to be displayed at Whiteside, but there are a few installation concerns that need to be addressed first. Hopefully they will be worked out soon, if they haven’t been already, and the children will soon be enjoying their artwork.

Tiana Wins Peoples Choice Award

April 9, 2010
Tiana accepts the Peoples Choice Award at the Great Eagle Auction

Tiana accepts the Peoples Choice Award at the Great Eagle Auction

On April 6 at the BC Lions Society’s Great Eagle Auction I was awarded the Peoples Choice Award. This came as a total surprise to me as there are 134 other painted eagles by extremely talented artists.  But I can’t take all the credit. This award is shared with the students at James Whiteside Elementary in Richmond who drew ideas that I then painted onto the eagle. I chose 302 of them and tried to paint as close to each child’s style as possible.

A big thank you to everyone who voted for our eagle “It’s Our World”.  Without your support this project, and this award, would not have been possible. This is wonderful encouragement for my artistic career, and James Whiteside’s budding artists.

I know the economy is tough right now (at the live auction Eagles went for between $3000 and $11500. This is down from the Spirit Bear and Orca auctions where some went for $30,000 up to $50,000.) but pass the word around to people who do have $ to spend on some art. It goes to a great charity. Calculating all the hours I spent over 4 months, plus the time the children took to draw the feather ideas, I believe our Eagle to be worth at least $12,000! I would love to see it donated to some place like a hospital, or James Whiteside Elementary, for permanent display so that many people can enjoy this colourful, playful sculpture. Place your bids at GoBid.ca until April 11.

http://www.gobid.ca/cgi-bin/single_display.pl?item_id=1344620

You can view photos of my award acceptance on my Flickr site:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tkfinearts/

Link to CTV – I was on the News Tuesday night and Wednesday:

http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100405/bc_eagle_auction_100405/20100405/?hub=BritishColumbiaHome

Eagles in the City Auction

March 31, 2010
Tiana's eagle is up for auction

Eagles in the City - Tiana's eagle is one of 135 to be auctioned

The Eagles have migrated back to Vancouver. 34 of them will be auctioned live at the Westin Bayshore Vancouver on April 6, 2010, and the balance will be auctioned on-line at GoBid.ca

Bids for any Eagle can be made by attending the live auction, registering an absentee bid, arranging to be on the telephone for the live auction or bidding at the internet auction.  Auctions held by Maynards Find Art & Antiques and GoBid.ca

Tiana Kaczor’s eagle is :

Item No: 1344620 > Art/Museum > It’s Our World (#65)

Check the BC Lions website for more info. and to view the eagles.  If you want to see the eagles before the auction there is a Public Viewing, Easter Monday, April 5, 10am to 4 pm at the Bayshore, admission by donation.

http://www.eaglesinthecity.com/default.aspx?PageID=1122

Eagles in the City Peoples Choice Nominations

January 22, 2010

The time has come to nominate your favourite Eagle and you could win 2 tickets to The Great Eagle Gala and Auction,  a copy of the “Orcas, Bears & Eagles” hardcover book, and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory chocolate eagles. Of course I would love you to nominate my eagle, titled “It’s Our World“, but hey, no pressure.  Your vote must be received on the BC Lions site or email by January 27. So get going! Head on over to the site to check out pictures of the eagles (address below), and the best way to vote seems to be to send an email to  info@lionsbc.ca  Thanks in advance for your support!  🙂  Tiana

http://www.eaglesinthecity.com/default.aspx?PageID=1001

Tiana’s Eagle Unveiling at Whiteside

May 12, 2009

“It’s Our World”, the 7′ eagle sculpture painted by Tiana Kaczor, using designs by 302 students, was unveiled at James Whiteside Elementary on April 30.

The program started off with “Oh Canada” sung in French and English, and I have to say was one of the most beautifully sung national anthems I’ve heard in a long time. The whole school was one big choir. Then there were speeches by Ms. Sakata, Principal, Mr. Stephen Miller, President/CEO BC Lions Society, The Luding-Sekikawa Family, sponsors, and Tiana Kaczor, artist. While a slide presentation by M. Senecal-Harkin and Mr. Osadchy ran, a song by Tiana was played.  More music performances came next with a medly on recorder and xylophone, by grades 4 to 6, then a grade 2 and 3 choir, and guitar players from grade 7 performed Steve Miller’s “Fly Like An Eagle” after the eagle sculpture was unveiled.

Eagle Unveiling at James Whiteside Elementary

Eagle Unveiling at James Whiteside Elementary

As well as thanking all the people mentioned above, Tiana would also like to thank: Kathy Tycolis from the Richmond Art Gallery, Jim Martins from the Richmond School Board, Rick Harker, Connie Silas, and everyone at The BC Lions Society for Children With Disabilities, Whiteside staff Stacey Robinson and Elaine Tsumura for their help around the office, Harvinder Dahk for her help in the gym, Whiteside teachers and support staff for helping organize the drawings, move the sculpture, and feed me on a couple occasions, Mrs. Lozovsky-Burns and Mr. Tang for the wonderful music, and student Kaajal Gill for suggesting the name for our eagle. A big thank you to Mom and Dad, because without your support I could not have taken the time to do this project. Hopefully I didn’t forget anyone. Oh ya… a BIG thank you to all the students, your drawings were fantastic!