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    ‘Nature’s Hand’ Wins 2nd Annual Art Contest

    ‘Nature’s Hand’ Wins 2nd Annual Art Contest

    For the second year the FSA is celebrating its members through our annual art contest. The contest was created as an opportunity to celebrate the talent in our midst. FSA members contribute to public post-secondary education every day at BCIT and we wanted to recognize other areas of their lives in which they excel. This year’s contest winter is Barbara Smith from the Marketing/Tourism Management program in the School of Business. We are pleased to honour Barbara by displaying her winning entry in our offices (SE16-116). We invite all members to come by and see the piece alongside previous winners!

    Thank you to everyone who submitted and we encourage members to submit in 2016!

    In her own words: Barbara Smith on Nature’s Hand:

    “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”, John Muir, Our National Parks (1838-1914). Ever truer today, there exists a need for tired, stressed and overstimulated people to unplug and reboot with nature. 

    Being born and raised on the prairies has given me a fascination with and appreciate for BC’s mountains, forests, oceans, and rivers.  Nothing is more refreshing and uplifting as a trip into the mountains whether skiing, hiking or simply breathing mountain air.  And, as an instructor of sustainable tourism development here at BCIT, I am also cognizant of the impacts of tourism on fragile and sensitive wilderness areas. Responsible management of our natural environment is critical to the continued “necessity of wildness”.

    In this abstract realism piece in acrylic, I attempt to capture nature’s uncontrollable, wild and mysterious beauty which draws us in and opens us up to explore the wildness within us as human beings. Nature’s hand assisted in the creation of this piece as the mystery of gravity (drip lines) added its voice. 


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