My connection to the 2010 Olympics

As a leap year baby, the winter Olympics often happened each year I had my real birthday. I used to dream about participating in some way, perhaps as a figure skater. My athletic abilities never reached the world class level as I had to quit my skating lessons at 14 due to ‘weak ankles’, as my doctor would have said. Thankfully I don’t need strong ankles to make art and making art has taken me to places beyond any dream I have ever had. In May of 2009 I was one of 15 Canadian Aboriginal artists commissioned to create an art bottle from Coke’s Iconic shape. I began working on the 6 foot fiberglass base in October ’09 and finished installing the solar-powered light in December. My husband was a huge help with the wiring and installation of the light and solar panel, but the graphics featuring ravens and flowers in the style of Metis floral beadwork are all my work. There were a lot of problems to solve along the way, like applying a flat graphic to a curved surface, and making sure the paint coverage would still allow light to shine through, but overall the project went smoothly. My bottle was unveiled along with 3 others in Vancouver, British Columbia to a room filled with media from all over the world. The sight filled me with excitement and nervous energy.

These bottles will be auctioned off during the 2010 Olympics with the proceeds going to a legacy fund for Aboriginal children in Canada and I can’t say enough about the opportunity to showcase contemporary Metis artwork to the world and to have contributed to the future of Canadian Aboriginal youth. I am touched to have made my own contribution to the Olympics. Thank you to everyone who has supported me in my art career, your support has encouraged me to continue on this path. Art is the window to the soul. It is able to communicate beyond borders and cultural boundaries reflecting the world we live in and motivating us toward a better future. If you know an artist, please encourage them by purchasing their work, or appreciating what they do. If you are interested in participating in the Coke Aboriginal art bottle auction, it starts February 15, 2010.

Detail of Coke bottle design by Kim Stewart

Detail of Coke bottle design by Kim Stewart

Detail coke bottle design by Kim Stewart

Detail Coke Art bottle design by Kim Stewart

Kim Stewart with 6 foot Coke bottle

Kim Stewart with 6 foot fiberglass Coke bottle


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5 Responses to My connection to the 2010 Olympics

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  2. Dawn says:

    You did an awesome job. I came over and read your posts over a week ago and got called away before I could comment.

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  4. Tace Stevens says:

    I was wondering if you could forward this on to Kim and I can’t send it to her from her artists blog. Thank you.

    Hi Kim,

    My name is Tace Stevens and I work for the Champion Centre (which is a community centre), City of Armadale, in Australia. I was browsing on the internet and came across your art work, with the 6ft coke bottle. I just wanted to let you know that it looks really gorgeous and the vibrant colours – stunning!

    I was wondering, how did you go about with getting the bottle in the first place, with one that size? As the Champion Centre is a community centre, I think if we could get our local Aboriginal kids to paint and put some artwork on something like that bottle, it would be very unique and a nice addition to the Centre.

    Kind regards,

  5. art4life says:

    Thank you Tace! I sent a response directly to your email address so I hope you received it. Best of luck!

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