It just might paint Campbell River’s downtown red.

CR Live Streets kicks off next Wednesday with the return of Art Battle.

It gets underway outside the Tidemark Theatre at 6:00pm with the competition itself starting at 7:00pm.

Last year’s Art Battle winner, Lisa Gooding (supplied by the City of Campbell River)

Art Battle will see 12 of the region’s best artists compete in three fast-paced rounds for audience votes to determine one champion.
The city says it’s a unique opportunity to watch, learn, and support a mix of professional and emerging artists showcasing their talents under tight time limits that push them outside their comfort zones.

Lisa Gooding, last year’s Art Battle champion says, “I love the speed element. Not having the time to change my mind about what I’m painting, not having the time to doubt myself! The painting that comes out is incredibly raw. I also love the audience!”

Adds Susanne Grundinson, Art Battle North Island organizer, “Art creation can be a solitary activity. We have found that bringing artists into public spaces and engaging the community with their creative process offers a valuable opportunity for the public and the artist to draw inspiration from each other.”

You can learn more about Art Battle at the city’s website.