Art in 90 minutes

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May 19, 2016 12:00 AM

Artist Shelley Racz worked against the clock with 90 minutes to complete her artwork at last year's Quickdraw event that took place in the Lakeland College cafeteria. All pieces created are auctioned off to raise money for art bursaries.

Some may say that you can’t rush art, but at the Arts Without Borders “Quickdraw” event time is the name of the game.
The event puts a 90-minute time limit on local artists to come up with something original, and then the pieces are put on the auction block with the proceeds going toward bursaries for the arts.
“We’ve got a real mix this year; our youngest artist is seven-years-old and apparently she’s really comfortable in front of a crowd,” said Deborah Davis, organizer for the event.
“And the way it’s set up, it’s quickdraw, so the artists have tables and there are chairs set out in front of them and people can actually sit down and talk to the artists as they’re working and ask questions—so it’s informative as well as entertaining.”
The 2016 event, which takes place June 13 in the Lakeland College cafeteria, has the highest number of participants yet, with 10 artists spanning a variety of mediums including potters, jewelry makers, and painters of both oil and water colours.
All of the resulting works are then bid on in silent auctions, with each artist having a bid sheet near their work space so attendees can mill about and bid on the work.
When the 90 minutes are up the bids close and whoever has the last bid on the sheet gets the respective piece of art, then all the money goes directly into the bursaries.
“During the event there are probably 10 awards that we give out; some of those are bursaries, some are awards for emerging artists and there are youth awards,” said Davis. “It’s a lot of fun; we have hors d’oeuvres, wine and cheese available during the event, it’s free of charge and open to the public this year; it’d be great to get a lot of people out to support it.”
Other young artists are taking part as well, with two students from Holy Rosary High School and one from Lloydminster Comprehensive High School, all which are being mentored by Quickdraw veteran Graham Flatt.
Flatt, who does water colour paintings, has been involved with the event every year it’s been held and agreed to take the students under his wing to show them the ropes of the Quickdraw challenge.
“I think the biggest group we’ve had to date so it’ll be a packed house,” said Davis.

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