Thirty minutes after the Battle of the Brushes’ first round, they appeared… An army of sorts, victorious, brushes in hand, having all created “spontaneous” art! And then – another group came forth, and suddenly we had four winners! A tie for first place, and a tie for second! An historical first! Congratulations to (in alphabetical order) Mary Lou Leitch and Tracey Sinclair for first; and Sandy Brand and Virginia Killin, for second. Tracey's painting is shown above.
For Mary Lou, who is a member of Artists at the Gibson, the Battle has been a yearly event since its inception 6 years ago. In her own words, “I always get nervous but try to plan ahead, a painting to create in the time allowed.” She was excited to be one of the winners.
Tracey, who won second place last year; and even won a few years ago by finger painting (because her daughter secretly signed her up and she had no brushes!) said the Battle was “a great opportunity for everyone to come out and show the public how fun art can be”. Tracey usually creates much larger paintings.
For Sandy, it was a “wonderful painterly summer day”, where everyone works so fast that there is no time to think, “so you just paint, which makes for terrific art and lots of fun.”
And finally for Virginia, the Battle was an opportunity to meet other artists and to help create awareness for one of the Arts-Events that is supported by the SSAC. “It was great to be a part of the fun”.
There were 8 paintings left from the silent auction. These will be part of the Potato Festival Booth outside the SSAC Shop (41 Victoria St. E) on Saturday August 6th.
And please also join the SSAC on Saturdays this summer, for the outdoor artisan market!
Submitted by Michelle Dinnick a member of the SSAC.