Kamloops Art Gallery to hold art duels

The winner of the first Art Duel, who goes by the stage name Klaus, at the first duel in 2014.
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KAMLOOPS - Costumed characters will be dueling at the Kamloops Art Gallery next week.

The third annual Art Duel is happening at the gallery April 14 says Emily Hope, the gallery’s program coordinator. The event will see costumed participants battling via art for wall space and a trophy, Hope says.

“Our art duel is meant to be quite silly,” she says.

The duelling artists will face off in one-on-one elimination battles she says, with four judges comparing participants based on performance, costume and drawing. The competition works by having artists take the stage as pairs and drawing what they are told to.

Participants will have a big challenge when it comes to drawing the actual image, she says, as they’ll have to draw the image while blindfolded, with their back to the canvas and their only tool a piece of coloured pastel chalk attached to a broomstick.

“We’re not expecting masterpieces.”

The winner will be rewarded with a trophy and see their work up in the art gallery’s atrium for three months.

The competition has room for 16 participants. Those interested can call 250-377-2400 to register. The event will happen in the gallery’s studio space, with room for about 50 audience members, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on April 14.


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