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Photos: Steveston's Grand Prix of Art

Artists raced against a four-hour deadline to paint an assigned location in the Richmond village.

Artists raced against the clock in the annual Grand Prix of Art event in Steveston this past Saturday.

In total, 78 artists attended this year’s event, said organizer Mark Glavina with the Phoenix Art Workshop, adding that the grand prix was well attended in spite of the rain, which held off for most of the painting portion. There were also 24 volunteers.

According to Richmond News reader Grant McMillan, many Steveston visitors caught sight of artists demonstrating "a wide range of techniques and styles" in this year's event on Sept. 4.

Artists, competing in three categories of Masters, Adult Open and Youth Open, were staged between London Farm and Garry Point Park to paint one of 35 locations assigned to them.

Paintings had to be completed and handed in at the shipyards within a four-hour time limit, for adjudication.

This year, the grand prize in the Master's category went to The Old Shade, painted by Moe Khaleel, with London Boat Launch by Surnoor Singh and Morning Zen by Manmeet Dhaliwal placing second and third, respectively.

The People’s Choice award went to Fish Market by Iryna Kharina.

In Adult Open, first place went to Melody Chen’s Copper Sky, second to Kev Chu’s Glassy Waters and third place to Hedaya Sheroz’s Whale Watching Steveston.

Meanwhile, Twiggy Chen took first place in the Youth Open category for her painting, Fisherman’s Wharf, while Elena Popenko’s Teal Mood placed second and Murakami Gardens by Selena Worden, third. 

The outdoor event gives painters the opportunity to be inspired by each other and learn from the master artists, said event organizer Mark Glavina, who owns and operates the Phoenix Art Workshop in Steveston.