Local Aboriginal man wins Coke contest


Photo: Garry Oker shows off his winning entry on Thursday – Submitted.

A local aboriginal man has won a unique art competition.

Garry Oker was one of four artists who won the Coca-Cola Aboriginal Art Bottle contest. The announcement was made on Thursday afternoon.

Oker decorated a giant Coke bottle with traditional aboriginal artwork.

The competition provides Aboriginal people across Canada the opportunity to experience the Olympic Spirit, while showcasing their art and culture to the world. More than 100 Aboriginal artists across Canada submitted an entry. The artists, both amateurs and professionals, are First Nations, Inuit or Métis.

Oker is a member of Doig River First Nations. He credits his artistic passion to his grandmother, who created beautiful pieces of art using traditional moose hides.

The art work will be displayed throughout the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Each bottle will be auctioned off to collectors from February 15-25th.

Proceeds from the sale will go to the Vancouver 2010 Aboriginal Youth Legacy Fund to support sport, culture, sustainability and education initiatives for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis youth across Canada.

Anyone interested in bidding on the artwork can go online to www.icoke.ca