February 17, 2010 18:22 ET

Thousands Flock to Be a Part of a Collaborative Painting Called 'NODAR'S SPIRIT'

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 17, 2010) - Qualicum Beach / Alberta Artist MONK honours Nodar Kumaritashvili at the Olympics and the children of the BC Children's Hospital. They are dedicating a painting of the Cathedral Grove trees to Nodar.

MONK is known for her collaborative painting. Thousands have flocked to see or participate; each contributing a brush stroke until the work is complete - by the end of the Olympics.

"People want to send condolences to the family, so they understand the sadness we all feel," MONK says. All of Canada stopped and cried when this happened. From her easel at the Olympic Richmond O Zone on BC Street, Spirit Square MONK invites everyone to add a stroke of paint, a stroke of support.

When the painting is finished at the end of the Olympics, it will be sent to Nodar's family and community in Georgia.

It is a very personal touch to a very unique letter of condolence, signed in strokes of paint from the people of a country who were the last to know Nodar Kumaritashvili, to the family that knew him best.

O Zone-Richmond BC Street Spirit Square
Daily: 5pm-7pm
Media always welcome.
Contact Patrick Blennerhassett at 1-778-220-8160. Media Relations

BC Children's Hospital
Feb. 18th: 1:30pm-3pm (Second Floor Lounge)
Media welcome on this day only.

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