Truro event was the first satellite Art Battle in the country

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Grace Simms, left, Danielle Sawada and Lynn Thornton organized a recent Art Battle in Truro. The event brought several accomplished artists under one roof to compete for a place in a national competition. PHOTO BY JODY O'BRIEN

Truro and Area Notebook, Shannon Benoit


If you had darkened the door of the Split Crow in Truro on April 7, you may have seen canvases lit up and paint brushes flying.

Three local artists Danielle Sawada, Lynn Thornton and Grace Simms, helped to recruit and organize Truro's first-ever Art Battle.  

The sold-out event brought together more than 160 art enthusiasts who witnessed an exciting night of live competitive painting.

Art Battle is a national live painting competition where participants are allotted 20 minutes to create a piece of their best work.

After each round of painting, audience members are given the opportunity to vote for their favourite painting as well as bid on the pieces in a silent auction.  

There were three rounds with four participants in each here in Truro, bringing a multitude of styles and demographics to the competition. A final paint off, including the winners of each round, was held at the end of the night to determine the overall winner.  

Local artists Erin Jackson, Susan Sweet and Darlene Watters displayed three very distinct painting styles in the final round and made it difficult for the voters to make a decision.  

In the end it was Jackson who took the win with an eye-catching abstract piece. The win guaranteed her a spot to compete at the next Art Battle in Halifax alongside organizer Grace Simms who won a previous Art Battle in Halifax.

 The winner of the Halifax Final event will be flown to compete in the national championship in Toronto in July.  

Organizers were thrilled with the community support.  

"The Marigold was generous enough to donate their art gallery for Jackson to display her art for a month and easels were provided by the college," said Sawada.

The Truro event was the first satellite Art Battle in the country and was such a success it has now become the model for all other satellite Art Battles.

 "Events like these differ from an art gallery because it gives the audience a totally different appreciation and emotional attachment to the finished product,” said Sawada.  

This was evident at the end of the evening as each painting was auctioned off.

 If you missed out on this event, keep an eye out as organizers are already planning the next Art Battle for this September. More information can be found on

 Shannon Benoit is a scrapbook enthusiast and resident of Valley. Anyone can community news can contact her at

Geographic location: Truro, COLCHESTER, Halifax Toronto

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