GERALD SAMSON Jr., a Kitsumkalum artist, has won the Kitsumkalum Torch Relay Art Contest, claiming prize money for his winning artwork entitled “Run with the Flame” which is pronounced “Dabaa Duulamlak” in the Sm’algyax language.
“I’m very honoured to have this unique opportunity to be a part of the Olympic legacy. Having my art play a part in this once-in-a-lifetime celebration is priceless. I’m excited for this and for the Olympics – Let’s go for GOLD CANADA!” says Gerald Samson Jr.
He went to school at the K’san Northwest Coast Native Art School and has completed many different forms of native art including masks, paddles, spoons, illustrated books and through his contest submission now has added a limited edition print for Kitsumkalum’s torch relay celebrations.
The drawing was selected from ten entries submitted by Kitsumkalum artists from across BC.
“It was a tough choice and deliberation took almost two weeks. All the entries were very well done that it was hard to pick just one. The winning entry was chosen for its originality, cleverness, creativity and the ability to incorporate our heritage in the artwork. We’re thrilled with the winning submission,” says Nina Peden, lead event coordinator and panel judge.
A judge’s panel comprising of members of the Kitsumkalum Torch Relay Organizing committee made the decision. Honourary mention went to Heather Bohn from Vancouver who submitted several pieces that will be showcased at the community dinner celebration.
“This is a great way for Kitsumkalum artists to get some publicity and an opportunity to create a legacy in partnership with Kitsumkalum’s involvement in the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay,” says committee member and panel judge, Lorna Brown.
The artwork will be unveiled during the Torch Relay Community Celebration Dinner on February 1st at 4 p.m.. All event guests will receive 1 of only 500 prints that will be produced specifically for distribution at the Kitsumkalum’s torch relay celebration dinner. This limited edition print will be available for autographs by the artist during the torch relay celebration dinner at the Kitsumkalum Hall.