PSOTA brings Art Battle to the Pontiac

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Shonagh McCrindle(left), Alex Emond (centre) and Victoria Stanley (right) can be seen ‘battling’ in the final round to become the overal winner. Elisabeth Auger-Voyer, who can’t be seen on Stanley’s right, was the overall winner of the night.

Bonnie Zimmerling



Shonagh McCrindle(left), Alex Emond (centre) and Victoria Stanley (right) can be seen ‘battling’ in the final round to become the overal winner. Elisabeth Auger-Voyer, who can’t be seen on Stanley’s right, was the overall winner of the night.

Bonnie Zimmerling

SHAWVILLE – Aylmer artist, Élisabeth Auger-Voyer, was the winner of a live painting competition, May 10 at the Shawville RA Hall. The event, organized by the Pontiac School of the Arts (PSOTA), involved 12 local professional and emerging artists competing in a three-round live Art Battle, held for the first time in the Pontiac.
In each of the first two rounds, the artists were given a canvas, acrylic paint, brushes, palette knives and only 20 minutes to complete a piece. After each round, the audience voted for their favourite canvas and the top two artists from each round competed in the final round. The canvases were sold in a silent auction with part of the proceeds going to the painters; 12 of the 16 canvases were purchased.
Art Battle Shawville was held on “Art Battle Day” where more than 250 artists competed in more than     20 Canadian communities, including Toronto, Ottawa and Calgary. Shawville   winner, Auger-Voyer, now advances to the regional championship in Ottawa.
In July, winners of each regional event will compete at the 2014 Art Battle National Championship in Toronto.
“I’ve never painted before,” said painter Kate Meehan when asked if this was her first Art Battle, “my friend suggested it would be fun and she was right, I’ve had a great time.”
Pontiac School of the Arts’ mission is to “encourage creative discovery in everyone,” and with emerging artists well represented and the audience getting the unique opportunity to see art creation in action, their mission was realized. With the success of the first Art Battle Shawville, the organizers hope it will become a recurring event.
To find out more about Art Battle visit artbattle.ca.