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The Portrait Gallery of Canada celebrates Olympic spirit of the 2010 Winter Games on Granville Island

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Vancouver, B.C., February 4, 2010 - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, accompanied by the Honourable Nancy Greene Raine, Senator (Thompson-Okanagan-Kootenay) and Canada's Olympic Ambassador for the 2010 Winter Games, today unveiled the Portraits in the Street: Vancouver 2010 installation on Granville Island. Developed by Library and Archives Canada's Portrait Gallery program, this installation celebrates the Olympic spirit through 23 framed reproductions during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

"With less than 10 days to go, it's great to see Granville Island ready to welcome the world," said Minister Moore. "The Portraits in the Street installation is a great addition, and I'm proud to be here to help unveil the portrait of our Olympic Ambassador, Senator Nancy Greene Raine."

From David C. Paterson's portrait of Gaétan Boucher, winner of four Olympic medals in speed skating, to Andy Warhol's portrait of Wayne Gretzky, and to Senator Greene Raine's portrait, Portraits in the Street: Vancouver 2010 celebrates Canadian Olympians and Paralympians. Drawn largely from the national portrait collection at Library and Archives Canada, these striking images also include ordinary men and women who have contributed to the development of winter sports in Canada.

The installation is made possible by a successful partnership between the Portrait Gallery of Canada and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, which manages Granville Island facilities.

The Government of Canada has allocated $3.5 million per year to the Portrait Gallery of Canada, giving Canadians the opportunity to view their national portrait collection through travelling exhibitions and other public programs across the country. As part of the grand opening of the brand new Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton, Karsh: Image Maker is featured from January 31 to May 30, 2010. This major exhibition presents the life, influence and work of legendary Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh.

Portrait Gallery of Canada
The Portrait Gallery of Canada, a program of Library and Archives Canada, engages Canadians in exploring their national portrait heritage. Through the Portrait Gallery of Canada, Canadians discover the known and unknown faces and personalities from all walks of life who have shaped, and continue to shape, Canada's history, culture and identity. For more information, visit www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/portrait-portal/Pages/portrait-portal.aspx?selected=1.

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