Richmond, BC – Qualicum Beach painter Penny Hiebert, known as ‘Monk’, has dedicated her latest piece, selected for showcase at BC Street at the Richmond O Zone, to deceased Georgian slider Nodar Kumaritashvili who tragically died during a training session Friday, and VANOC Chairman Jack Poole. Hiebert will be bringing the painting to BC Street’s Spirit Square on Monday, Feb. 15 at 5 to 7 p.m.
The dedicated painting, called “Nordar’s Spirit”, is a collaborative project with children from the Vancouver Children’s Hospital, who will all be making personal brushstrokes on the painting.
“The large oil painting is 40 inches by six feet,” says Hiebert. “It will depict two trees from our magical, Cathedral Grove forest on Vancouver Island. I believe that the Olympian spirit of Nodar and Jack Poole will live on and have longevity just like these trees.”
With experience spanning over 25 years as a professional artist, Hiebert has had galleries shown in Parksville, Vancouver Island and Edmonton/St. Albert, Alberta. Her principal studio is at beautiful Rathtrevor Beach on Vancouver Island. Hiebert’s original paintings and hand-embellished giclee prints live in galleries, homes and corporate spaces throughout Canada and worldwide. Monk is completing the piece with a visit to BC Children’s Hospital, where children will become part of this collaborative work by applying the final strokes.
“Beautiful British Columbia” will take centre stage as one of the featured venues at the Richmond O Zone during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. BC Street, open during the Games (February 12-28) will highlight seven spectacular regions of the province: Vancouver Coast & Mountains, Sooke, the District of Tofino, Comox Valley, South Okanagan-Similkameen, the Cariboo Regional District and the Kootenay Rockies.
BC Street will represent 82 communities from across the province, and local mayors will be making appearances at their respective pavilions during the Olympic Games. Taking place adjacent to Richmond City Hall, the seven pavilions will each have interactive components for guests from across British Columbia and around the world.
BC Street will be open daily during the Games, February 12th to February 28th, 3:00pm – 11:00pm weekdays and 12:00pm – 11:00pm weekends. BC Street is located in the parking lot behind the Richmond’s City Hall on No. 3 Rd., a short walk from the Canada Line station. For more information visit: http://www.richmondozone.ca.
Dedicated painting by Qualicum artist Monk comes to BC Street’s Spirit Square
Monday, Feb. 15
Spirit Square at BC Street (located within the Richmond O Zone)