On May 10, Art Battle 125 in Wolfville will see Nova Scotia artists face off for a shot at provincials.
At each battle, painters create the best work they can across three rounds of public painting. Then the audience will vote for the winners of each round and the single winner of each event. Works are available for silent auction at the end of the evening.
The Wolfville winner will go to compete for a provincial spot in the national finals later this summer, said Acadia University Art Gallery curator Laurie Dalton.
Eventually two-time champion Yared Nigussu of Vancouver will defend his title against the best painters from across Canada. Art Battle Canada has been promoting Canadian artists through live painting competitions since 2009.
The Art Battle Day event in Wolfville is being organized and hosted by the Acadia University Art Gallery. The gallery will also be presenting an exhibition with participating artists.
Wolfville artist Gerri Robertson says she is very excited to participate in the event.
Created in Toronto by Simon Plashkes and Chris Pemberton, Art Battle has spread to more than 30 communities across Canada. This fifth season will see more than 100 events and 1,600 original artworks.
More than 250 artists will compete in same-day events across Canada. Tickets are $15 for the public or $13 gallery members, available online in advance or at door.