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Tribute to the Flag that Binds Us

My painting, "Queen of the Blue" is now hanging in the gallery of the Trinidad and Tobago Consulate in Miami for our 60th Independence Art Exhibition. Thank you to my art sister, Michelle Tappin for putting my name in the hat for this initiative.

Queen of the Blue painting by artist Vidya Birkhoff
Queen of the Blue

When I told Shivani (@shiver.metimbers) that this painting is being sent to the Consulate, she was super excited and went on to tell me the history of this flag.

It started when two Trinidadian fellas, living and working in Hawaii, met up to have a pot of pelau and some rum. One of the guys, took out this same Trini flag to bless it – waving the flag on his roof in Hawaii. In 2015, these two friends went to watch the Trinidad and Tobago Women's Football team play the U.S, and of course they took the said flag and proudly waved it. It was probably the only Trini flag there and the guys were lucky enough to get a photo with the Football team. Four years later, they heard about fellow Trinidadian, Shivani Goberdhan, who was entering the Caribbean Cup Roatan Free Diving Competition in Honduras and gave Shivani the flag as a “Goodluck” charm. She was later captured by photographer Alex St. Jean Photography as she set four world records.


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