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Erik Alaskan Art


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Erik Thompson is a young Alaskan artist and Special Olympic athlete. He was born when his parents, Steve and Linda were trapping in the Lake Clark area of Alaska. His first years were spent wrapped in a sleeping bag, strapped in a box on top of a dog sled, piled with all the family's worldly goods. Life was hard and by age 3, they moved into the fishing town of Dillingham, Alaska on the coast.

His parents knew one of Erik's favorite activities, besides cross-country skiing and watching videos, was tracing. For years, he would lay tracing paper over coloring books and magazine pictures, outlining shapes and images, especially of animals.

Later, they pulled together some pens and paper and went to the library to scope out books with animal pictures. Then they took away Erik's tracing paper and told him to look at a picture and just draw.

Once he got started, the floodgates opened. Erik kept drawing, for hours at a time. Thompson knew she saw promise but wasn't sure the drawings were good enough to be considered art. For 20 years, she had heard Erik described as limited. It was hard to overcome such a curtailed description of his potential.

Erik has now graduated from tiny Kenny Lake High School. He has art in several continents of the world and new markets are being pursued daily.

Erik was the artist for the 2001 Special Olympic World Winter Games, the largest sporting event to ever occur in the state of Alaska.  His art was used for advertisements on buses in Anchorage, statewide news papers, and magazines.  It was also used on the cover of the cook book and the poster for the games.


Cynthia Goldberg - Author & Artist

Cynthia Goldberg made the front page of her local paper The
Mashpee Enterprise on July 19th while sharing her book
signing of her newest title - "A Tale of Two Cynthias".


Nancy Filimonczuk Wheaties Box Image

(text from Special Olympic


A celebrity in the making, to summerize her story: Special Olympics swimmer Nancy Filimonczuk had become something of a local celebrity after being selected to appear on a limited-edition Wheaties cereal box. General Mills contacted Special Olympics New Jersey last April, looking for a person who filled the profile of "an exceptionally inspirational athlete." Special Olympics New Jersey narrowed the selection field to the 67 athletes who were part of Team New Jersey, the ones who were getting ready to compete at the 1999 World Summer Games in North Carolina.
General Mills chose Nancy - not so much in recognition of her fine performances at swim meets - but because of her intensely focused training schedule and overall commitment to sportsmanship and the spirit of athletics. Nancy's year-round training schedule includes five to six days of swimming per week at the Boys and Girls Club in Union. During the off-season, she continues to train three to five days per week.

Chris Burke Life Goes On Image

Chris Burke star of "Life Goes On" and "Touched by an Angel". Chris is also a spokesperson for the National Down Syndrome Society


Chris Burke Website






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