Painting was flying inside the WKP Kennedy Gallery

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The painting flew through the gallery on Thursday evening as the artists competed in a creatively competitive art exhibition.

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In addition to the Capitol Center BluesFest 2022 festivities, the WKP Kennedy Gallery kicked off the weekend with its annual Clash of the Canvas event.

Clash of the Canvas is a live painting competition that showcases the talents of local visual artists amid the
Annual Bluesfest.

Painting to a blues-themed soundtrack, the painters used their creative intuition to create a “blues”-inspired artwork on location.

Seven brave artists were selected to compete from easel to easel in two twenty-minute timed rounds, featuring local talent in Bridgette Perron, Jesse George, Jing Fu, Joanne Abbott, Karrie Emms, Rana Thomas and Teddy Latour.

Their blues-inspired paintings quickly came to life with each swift brushstroke as the audience swirled around the stage in awe of their artistry.

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The clock stopped, the brushes went out, and the audience voted for their favorite piece to decide which two artists will advance to the second round to compete for the championship title.

After a close vote, last year’s winner and exhibiting artist, Rana Thomas, moved on to paint in the second round with seasoned competitor, Joanne Abbott.

The two painters gave everything in the final round to win the votes of the public.

After completing two vigorously impassioned works of art, Abbott was crowned the 2022 Clash of the Canvas People’s Choice winner.

Abbott is a Canadian artist living in Temiscamingue, Quebec, where she exhibits her art and pursues her artistic practice through juried exhibitions, special community art projects, teaching art at local high schools, as well as in the community.

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Abbott is currently pursuing her degree in art therapy. Her time spent living in remote communities and traveling across the country has fostered an immense appreciation for the beauty and diversity of our natural landscapes and wildlife that she wishes to express in her artistic practice.

“As a prestigious award for the winner of the event, we can expect to enjoy a glorious showcase of Joanne’s nature-inspired work in her own solo exhibition at the WKP Kennedy Gallery during Capitol Center Bluesfest 2023” , according to a media release published by WKP Kennedy Gallery.

“2021 Clash of the Canvas winner Rana Thomas has a wonderful selection of her paintings as part of her solo exhibition, ‘Wild Bloom’, on display in the gallery for the duration of BluesFest September 1-4.”

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