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Artists take to the streets of Steveston Saturday
The fourth annual Steveston Grand Prix of Art gets underway this Saturday in the historic fishing village.
Presented by Phoenix Art Workshop, the art race kicks off at 10 a.m. Sept. 21.
Participants will be stationed throughout Steveston—locations chosen by random draw—and begin painting en plein air at the sound of a whistle. Artists will then have three hours to complete their masterpieces before bringing them to Britannia Shipyards for display and judging.
Organizer Mark Glavina believes the popularity of the event lies in the excitement of presenting art in a new way. Artists must push themselves—and can’t help but feel an adrenalin rush, he said.
“Competing artists experience the rush that an athlete gets before a race—nerves, excitement, performance anxiety—the whole gamut of emotions. Similar to an athlete or a marathon race the artists have to stay focused for three hours to perform at their best.”
Glavina said another reason the Grand Prix continues to grow is because it’s a grassroots event.
“Everyone from the volunteers to every artist, youth or adult, amateur or professional, feels appreciated.”
As of early this week, 60 artists had already registered. During last year’s contest, 75 artists painted in 30 locations.
Participants can register the day of the event—space permitting—at Britannia Shipyards before 9 a.m. Late registration fees are $20 to $25. Artists will enjoy lunch and entertainment at Britannia once their works are done. An awards ceremony follows at 2:45 p.m.
Creations from the Grand Prix will be on public display at Britannia’s Chinese Bunkhouse from noon to 5 p.m. until Sept. 29 (closed Monday, Sept. 23).
More than $2,000 in cash awards will be presented to finalists including several youth and participation awards. Call 604-448-1860 for more information.