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Jul 27, 2019
Art in Action Art Fair / The Grand Prix d'Art Painting Race
Jul 27, 2019
Art in Action Art Fair / The Grand Prix dArt in Action Art Fair / The Grand Prix d'Art Painting Race

We are hosting our 26th annual Grand Prix d'Art painting race on Saturday, July 27. This event will entice artists from around Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland out of their studios and onto the streets of Qualicum Beach to paint their visions of our beautiful community from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

For twenty-six years each painting race has attracted over thirty en plein air painters of all levels and mediums as well as hundreds of spectators. The painter is assigned a location by lottery, and their work has to represent or be inspired by something or someone that is visible from the assigned location, painting en plein air means painting what you see.

Visitors are encouraged to watch the process and the progress of the artists at the various locations, which are all within walking distance of The Old School House Arts Centre in downtown Qualicum Beach.

The painters must complete their work within the three-hour limit and have the paintings in display condition, titled and priced for sale at the arts centre no later than one hour after completion. Prizes will the presented at 3:00 PM.

That same day the arts centre hosts a unique craft fair called Art in Action promotes and encourages the development of multi-dimensional artists and musicians. jewellery, wood, painting, photography, glass…gongs, furniture and so much more. Art in Action is an annual event held outside the arts centre that attracts a large number of community residents as well as visitors to our area who come to view and purchase distinctive artwork and enjoy a free concert. Artists and craft workers will demonstrate their skills and engage with the public. The fair hosts over 50 artists in diverse disciplines such as painting, sculpture, printmaking, calligraphy, illustration, textiles, woodwork, metalwork, jewellery, ceramics and glass.

From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. visitors can tour this interactive arts festival in a large outside venue around the arts centre, and on this special day the Qualicum Beach Farmers' Market will move their location here to join in the fun! As well, the entire arts centre, which is home to 30 Resident Artists, three galleries and a gift shop representing 125 Vancouver Island artists, will be open for leisurely browsing.

The festivities will be highlighted by live music on our outdoor stage. The main concert (free admission) will be presented from 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Date:Jul 27, 2019
Address:122 Fern Road West, Qualicum Beach BC
Location:The Old School House Arts Centre
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