This winter I had the great pleasure of participating in THEMUSEUM's annual Brush Off competition. I competed along with 19 other local (to Kitchener area) artist for the title of… come to think of it there was no title… for honour and glory and a roaring good time. Though a roaring good time was arguable had by all, not just the victors (I imagine one person, two at the most, was forced by a friend to come to this even and had only a mediocre time).
For those of you not yet in the know, The Brush Off is a competition where 20 artists have 30 minutes to win the hearts and votes of the audience through the medium of acrylic paint and rhetorical pleas. The artists with the most votes proceed to further rounds until only 4 remain. The 4 local art royalty then compete in the final round where one great master is heavily applauded.
All the paintings created during the battle of the brushes are put on silent auction for the entire night. 70% of the profits are used to maintain the (non for profit) downtown culture centre that is THEMUSEUM and 30% goes to the artist.
The event was everything I thought it would be and more. The live DJ was exceptional and though painting I could not help but dance along the entire night. The interactions I had with other artists and audience participants were meaningful and fun. Though I had to battle and intense blizzard to make it to the event (amongst my easel and brushes were candles, snowsuits, and sleeping bags incase I ended up spending the night in a snow bank) it was O so worth it!
Kudos to THEMUSEUM on a wonderful community event. It was engaging, energetic, inspiring, and so very much fun! I cannot wait till 2015's!
I am a first year student double majoring in Fine Arts as well as Environment and Resource Studies. I live on a family farm in the country. I love new socks, the first chill fall night when you break out your duvet, and racing deer on our country side road. Along with art I am passionate about my faith, investing in the people I love, all things nature, solid well planned pranks, and racing (cross country and triathlons).