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Local artist Neli Nenkova honours Sudbury's mining heritage in her latest creation

'The Price of Gold,' on display in Toronto until April 26

Created in honour of the Sudbury people and their connection to the mining industry, Neli Nenkova's 'The Price of Gold' will be on display at the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto until April 26.

Nenkova is a professional visual artist and graphic designer from Europe, currently living in Sudbury. During her time in Northern Ontario, Nenkova created the mural "Togetherness" on the Kingsway, as part of the 2016 Up Here Festival. 

Her painting 'The Price of Gold', details "the pain, blood, and suffering of mining, the dark side of the golden coin for which hundreds of souls reach out by diving into the bottomless Sudbury mines, that outshines the glimmer of gold," said Nenkova. 

"It is the commitment, resolve and serenity of these earthly heroes, who accept their fate plunging into uncertainty to better the lives of their families that weighs more than gold itself. It is the losses of those on whose shoulders we succeed today that remain forever beyond the grasp of gold. This is painting is for them."

Along with being a Provisional RGD Graphic Designer, Nenkova has a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts and Fashion Design, as well as an advanced diploma in graphic design from Cambrian College. With over 20 years of art experience, she has recieved numerous awards for both art and design, most recently winning the Intaglio category at the OSA 7th International Miniprint Exhibition. 

Nenkova's paintings can be found in both private and public collections across the globe, including France, Bulgaria, Italy, Germany, the USA, Japan, Turkey, the Vatican and Canada.