Art Battle tests local artists

The Prince George & District Community Arts Council teamed up with the Prince George Public Library to host the 7th Annual Art Battle Prince George on Friday night at the Bob Harkins branch of the Prince George Public Library.

It was a sold-out crowd with 200 spectators watching 12 local artists put their painting skills to the test.

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There were three 20-minute rounds with four competitiors per round completing a painting in the alloted time with voting being done by the crowd to see who moved on to the final round.

The first round saw Ekaterina Filatov, Karen Erickson, Jennifer Pighin, and Viv Fox competing with Viv Fox moving on to the final round.

The second round saw Mandy Paavola, Michael Kast, Audrey McKinnon, and Harshpreet Kaur competing with Harshpreet Kaur moving on to the final round.

The third round saw Sebastian Nicholson, Carla Joseph, Erin Stagg, and Emily Holmes competing with Emily Holmes moving on to the final round.

The final round saw Viv Fox, Emily Holmes, and Harshpreet Kaur compete with Karen Erickson making it into the final battle as the competitor who had the most 2nd place votes. When the final 20 minutes was up and the votes had been tallied it was announced that Harshpreet Kaur was the 7th Art Battle Prince George champion. Kaur won a $500 prize and will now move on to compete in the Art Battle event in Vancouver.

All of the artwork from the 12 competitors were available to be won during a silent auction that took place at the event.

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