TRURO – The third Art Battle has another new champion.
© Jody O’Brien photo
Corinne Redden-Bélanger is shown during the first round of Art Battle 101, held Feb. 28 at the Holiday Inn in Truro. Redden-Bélanger won the Art Battle event and will compete in a battle in Halifax at the end of the month.
Upper Stewiacke native Corinne Redden-Bélanger wowed the crowd at the Holiday Inn recently for Art Battle 101, earning her a spot in an upcoming battle in Halifax.
“It was just fabulous,” said Danielle Sawada, a potter in Truro and one of three local artists to organize the live painting event. “It sold out again. What I think is especially wonderful is that both the Art Battle and Hubtown Theatre’s performance were sold out on Friday night. Both are full of art and culture and I think that’s amazing.”
Twelve artists, including a wild card that found out they were painting only moments before it started, took to their easels for 20 minutes to create their works in front of an audience. The audience voted on their favourite, and the top three moved on to the final round.
“Corinne was our winner. She’s battled before but never made it to the final round,” said Sawada. “We had a great mix of painters, from people only just starting, to some quite established painters, including Carol Morrison who has finished a project for Amnesty International titled ‘Portraits of Injustice.’”
One of the painters, said Sawada, brought along her seven-year-old son to watch.
“When she finished her round, she and her son stayed and watched the rest of it. It exposed him to other artwork than just his mother’s.”
Following the battle, all the artwork is auctioned off, with Redden-Bélanger’s first round creation bringing in the highest bid at $270. Half the proceeds go to the respective artists, while the other half goes to support the event.
Because of her win, Redden-Bélanger now moves onto Art Battle 110, set for Halifax on March 28.
With this being the third event in Truro, and being the third sold out event, Sawada said plans are in the works for another one, hopefully in May.
“Having both the Art Battle and Hubtown Theatre show sold out says Truro wants more events full of art and culture,” said Sawada.
More information on Art Battle can be found at artbattle.ca.