Artists cross the Grand Prix finish line

Forty-six artists hit the streets in Qualicum Beach on Saturday, July 23 to participate in the 17th annual Grand Prix d’Art plein air painting race.

David McHolm paints a picture of wife Josie and dog Oliver on Second Avenue in Qualicum Beach.

David McHolm paints a picture of wife Josie and dog Oliver on Second Avenue in Qualicum Beach.

QUALICUM BEACH — Forty-six artists hit the streets in Qualicum Beach on Saturday, July 23 to participate in the 17th annual Grand Prix d’Art plein air painting race. 

The winner, David Goatley is a renown portrait artist from Victoria. He was on the corner of Primrose and 2nd Avenue and caught the quintessential Qualicum view in his beautiful oil painting. 

Second Place was awarded to Mark Glavina from Stevenston. John Hofman from Nanaimo (who has not missed one Grand Prix event in the past 17 years) won third.

Honourable Mention ribbons were awarded to Brian Buckerll of Comox, Elissa Anthony — who is Resident Artist at TOSH — Sheena McCorquodale and Dan Gray, both are also local artists. All the painting are hanging at TOSH until August 14.