Arts & Culture

Grand Prix of Art almost ready to roll

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:45 PDT, Wed September 4, 2019

Last Updated: 1:35 PDT, Fri September 27, 2019

Rain or shine, the last Saturday of summer will be a memorable one in Steveston.

Rain or shine, the last Saturday of summer will be a memorable one in Steveston.

The ninth annual Steveston Grand Prix of Art invites art lovers and art-curious onlookers to the popular event, bringing a wide range of artists, volunteers and community members together to celebrate both artistic creativity and our unique neighbourhood.

The picturesque fishing village of Steveston, situated at the mouth of the mighty Fraser River, is the stunning location for the Grand Prix of Art. Over 100 artists of all ages and experience levels will join us for a day of intense fun and competition as they race against the clock in this painting challenge.

The race begins at 10 a.m., and artists have just three hours to create a work of art inspired by their randomly assigned locations. 

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery whistle at 1 p.m. marks the end of their time, and artists are asked to put down their brushes, return to Britannia Shipyards, and prepare their paintings for display and adjudication. Prizes are awarded to top artists in the Youth, Adult Open, and Masters categories, with participating artists featured on our event website. Artists who want to participate can register online before Sept. 17.

Hundreds of spectators enjoy watching the artists painting on location during race day before visiting the exhibition afterwards in the historic Seine Net Loft at Britannia Heritage Shipyards at 5180 Westwater Dr. 

The exhibition is open for display and artwork sales from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 21 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 22. Everyone visiting the exhibition is welcome to cast their votes for the People’s Choice Award.

You can find more information on the event, locations, and participating artists on the event website www.grandprixofart.ca. Don't hesitate to call the event co-ordinator and sponsor Mark Glavina at 604-448-1860, or email him at mark@phoenixartworkshop.com.

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