Spectators watching Dan Gray

Errington artist takes first place at Grand Prix d’Art in Qualicum Beach

Youngest competitor in Grand Prix d'Art was 11-year-old from Victoria

“Always a bridesmaid,” joked TOSH executive director Corinne James when congratulating Grand Prix d’Art winner Dan Gray.

Dan Gray, an artist from Errington, received first place and a cash prize at the 23rd annual Grand Prix d’Art which Gray founded in Qualicum Beach after a trip to France years ago.

Gray said as far as he can remember, he’s only missed one year competing in the Grand Prix d’Art.

As he received his prize, Gray told the audience a funny story that had happened earlier in the day. He said as he was painting, three young boys stopped by to watch him where he painted outside the Chilham Village on Second Avenue.

Before the boys left, Gray said one of the boys pulled a five dollar bill out of his pocket and offered Gray the money.

“Either the painting was good, or the kids in town are loaded,” Gray said with a laugh.

This year, 31 people registered for the Grand Prix d’Art, which James said is the average number.

Another one of the artists was Elecia Poy — the youngest artist in the competition at 11 years old.

However, this was Poy’s third time travelling from Victoria to compete in the Grand Prix d’Art.

“I’ve loved painting since I was a kid,” Poy said.

Poy said her grandma was her inspiration, helped her. Poy received an honourable mention for her piece.

All the pieces from the Grand Prix d’Art, which are now on sale to the public — are hanging in TOSH (122 Fern Rd., Qualicum Beach) until Aug. 7.

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