Once a month this Vancouver sports bar shifts is focus from hockey and football to a much different kind of contest - live competitive painting.
Six artists gather round their easels with 20 minutes to create an original painting while a hundred spectators look on. The audience walks around the contestants in a circle to watch the art come to life as a dj blasts techno and hip hop music in the background.
The crowd also judges the contest, inserting ballots into cans placed by each painting. The top two painters in each of the two rounds competes in a final - same 20 minutes, but on a larger canvas.
The night's winner goes on to regional and then the national championship. Evey artist who competes sells their work at a silent auction.
Art Battle is an exciting, exhilarating evening of art, music, and a few drinks. The crowd is typically an eclectic mix of artists, students, professionals, and others from all over the city.
By AFAR Traveler
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