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It’s All About the Hockey

Acrylic and mixed media on birch cradleboard

24 x 18″

I had many memorable experiences at the old Arena.

In the 70’s, the local trade-show, a relatively new idea back then, was held there on the walkable, rink level.

I must have been about eight years old and went to checkout the exhibition. A local car dealership had a display and a draw. If you picked the key from hundreds in a bucket that opened the lock, you won a battery-operated radio you could carry around and listen to. You have to remember that in those days there were no real listening devices you could carry with you. It was a new idea that you could take your music “with you as you go”.

I stood in the lineup, with no opportunity to buy or purchase a car from the salespeople and grasped my ticket to get a key in my sweaty hands. I remember getting to the front of the line and digging my hand into a bucket, swirling the keys like a tornado and pulling out my key. I had butterflies in my stomach and a sick feeling: I knew I was going to win. I stepped up to the front of the line, turned the key and the lock opened!

I won the radio! I felt really chic walking around the Flats with CJCY radio blaring for all to hear.

It was this moment that confirmed for me that there was something bigger and more benevolent than myself guiding me and looking out for my best intentions.

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Dimensions 24 x 18 in