While we all know Olympians are excellent at sports, there are many that are apparently also skilled artists. Art of the Olympians Museum and Gallery, a gallery based in Fort Myers, Florida, features art created by former Olympic superstars. Luckily for those attending this year’s Games, Art of the Olympians will travel to London from July 25 to August 13 for the 2012 Summer Games to present a free public exhibition.
Art of the Olympians is a nonprofit organization that seeks to inspire visitors “through the power of art, sport and the Olympic ideals.” Started by four-time consecutive Olympic gold medalist in discus, Al Oerter, the initiative is now driven by more than 70 international Olympic artistic athletes. Today, the organization is run by gold medalist track and field legend Bob Beamon.
The exhibition will feature Olympic memorabilia, artwork by Olympians and opportunities to learn about an athlete’s personal journey.
To see some of these sport-inspired pieces done by Olympic athletes, check out the gallery below.
[Image via Art of the Olympians]
Instead of fighting your way through crowded department stores and chaotic shopping centers this holiday, why not do your shopping aboard a luxurious, festively decorated train? On December 1, 2011, the first ever Shopping on the Rails event will take place on board the Orient-Express’ British Pullman train.
A few of the fine British retailers that have been invited to participate in the event include:
Harrods– iconic British landmark store with 330 departments of top quality merchandise
Brora– fine Scottish cashmere and beautiful clothing
Ettinger– handcrafted luxury leather goods and accessories
Holland and Holland– known for their artistic and well-crafted guns, they offer clothing, accessories, and technical products
Elemis– the leading luxury British spa and skincare brand since 1989
The price for the Shopping on the Rails holiday event is $470 and includes round trip transfer to and from Victoria Station in London, a 4-course lunch with Champagne and half a bottle of wine per person, and the chance to peruse and purchase luxury goods from top retailers. The dress code is “smart daywear” and passengers are asked not to wear jeans and sneakers.
For more information or to make a reservation, click here.