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Hot Art: Podium-Worthy Portraits

Susan Makin’s oil painting of short-track speed skater Nathalie Lambert (detail)

Bask in the afterglow of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic winter games within the cozy confines of Toronto’s John B. Aird Gallery, which captures some of Canada’s sporting heroes in paintings and sculptures this month. Its exhibition, Canadian Olympic Athletes: A Dialogue in Art, collects more than 30 works by members of the Portrait Society of Canada. A visual salute to decorated Olympians past and present, the display also implies an important connection between athletes and artists, who hone their talents with discipline and persistence for both personal fulfillment and the betterment of a nation.

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