CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C – The streets will run red – with paint.

Art Battle International is setting up shop in Campbell River next Wednesday, and five local artists have been selected to be a part of the outdoor paint-off.   

Zen Baer, Jill Paris Rody, Dayna Downy, Heather Hughson and Jewel Buhay were all selected by Art Battle International to join finalists from the first season of Art Battle on Vancouver Island, which could send someone onto the national stage.

From 7:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m, artists will go head to head during 20 minute rounds of live painting competition. Each round, six artists using acrylics, battle against the clock and one another. The winner is chosen by audience vote.   

“This is an all-star event, and art like you’ve never seen it before. This is art that you actually experience,” says City of Campbell River recreation programmer Karen Chappell.

“Spectators get to be so close to the artists, you can feel the creative vibe in the air. And if you really like a piece, you can buy it at the end of the evening!”

Artwork created during the Art Battle will be auctioned off at the end of the evening, with proceeds to the Campbell River Art Gallery to assist with refurbishing of the art studio for classes.

The event will take place on Shoppers Row between 11th and 13th Ave on Wednesday, the 18th. Beverages from local breweries and wineries will be available in the fenced area in front of the Tidemark Theatre.

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