It was an exciting race to the finish and in the end David Goatley from Victoria took first place in Qualicum Beach’s popular painting race.
The Old School House Arts Centre held its 22nd Grand Prix d’Art on Saturday where painters picked a location and had three hours to complete it before it was presented to a panel of three judges. Goatley won for his painting of the Qualicum Beach Train Station and the piece was purchased shortly after it was selected.
Goatley is an internationally recognized painter known for his portraits and was in town teaching a workshop at TOSH last week. Thirty-two artists were spread out around the town competing in the event.
Second place went to Rosalinde Compton from Victoria for her watercolour of the inukshuk next to TOSH.
Third place went to Nanaimo’s John Hoffman for his depiction of the Qualicum Chamber building. Hoffman currently has an exhibition at TOSH called Under Alberta Skies.
Honourable mentions for the event went to Brian Buckrell from Comox, Jessie Barron from Victoria, Diane Michelin from Nanoose Bay and Cindy Mawle, who won last year, from Bowser.
The pieces are on display and for sale at TOSH for the next couple of weeks.