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Olympics Become An Inspirational Event

March 1, 2010

I have been won over by the Olympics. Not by the politicians and business people, but by the tenacious athletes, gifted artists, and happy crowds who have shown in their performances on the slopes, rinks, stages, and streets, that dreams can come true. With passion and determination lives can be changed from ordinary to extraordinary.

At a time in my own life when I am looking for a spark to ignite me onto my next creative path, the Olympic athletes and cultural artists have shown their strengths and talents and given me hope for my future endeavors. More than once I have had tears in my eyes after seeing the exuberant faces of athletes who find themselves standing on the top of a peak, surprised at reaching such a height after what often has been a difficult climb. Their achievements inspire me to follow my own passions.

Like many people I had ambivalent feelings about the Olympics. I wonder if the millions of dollars spent on staging this colossal event could have been better allocated to healthcare, poverty reduction, or education. I am angry at the news of more school closures, and the possibility of me finding employment as a teacher in the BC school system looking less hopeful. I wonder if this is partly caused by money going towards the Olympics.

Perhaps B.C. went overboard on the spending and could have produced a wonderful event without such things as lavish new venues. After seeing how the Olympics changed the mood of this nation though I no longer question the basic money needed to organized the 2010 Olympics. I believe people need to have balance in their lives and this cannot be achieved by providing only the basic necessities of life. What is life without art? Without the exaltation of winning a competition, or even just bettering results from a previous attempt? And for those who are spectators, our happiness grows too, and our lives are richer, and we are fueled to go out and do great things with our own talents. As Clara Hughes said, we must rise to the occasion and be the person who we truly are.

Life is more than food in our stomachs and a roof over our head. I do not diminish the importance of these basic needs, as seen in the recent disasters in Chile and Haiti. But I also believe we need time to play, to create, to party, to sing, and to know that dreams can become reality when we try our very best. I thank the athletes and artists for reminding me of this.

Mail Art Olympix at Havana

February 24, 2010
Tiana at Havana Gallery for the Mail Art Olympix

Tiana at the Havana Gallery for the Mail Art Olympix

My participation in the Cultural Olympiad started this weekend!  If you are near Commercial Drive in the next couple of weeks go and see the Mail Art exhibition at the Havana Gallery (behind the Havana restaurant.) The show was in Comox, then Penticton, and is now HERE!

Mail Art Olympix – Curated by Ed Varney. Opened February 21st and runs until March 6.  Featuring 350 artists from 41 countries, in 3 categories   – I’m in the Artistamps section.  At the  Havana Gallery 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver.

* And don’t forget that my 7 foot eagle sculpture is still at the Richmond Hospital until late March. This location is right on the edge of Richmond’s O Zone Olympic celebration site, so if you take in those festivities my eagle is only a couple minutes walk away.