Tracey Marshall takes latest Ultimate Painting Competition in Greensboro
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Using only basic colors, an 18-by-24 canvas, and 20 minutes do you think you could paint the best painting in a crowd? You are up against four other qualified painters, a hundred or so people are walking around watching you paint and there is a DJ “¦ in case you weren’t already jazzed. Good thing the contestants who signed themselves up for the Ultimate Painting Competition are skilled at working under pressure. Ultimate painting is exactly how it sounds: intense, adrenaline filled and inspiring. Friday night Jeff Beck, a local artist along with Center for Visual Artists (CVA), held the final Ultimate Painting Championship. The winner of this event is enrolled in the International Ultimate Painting Competition held in Canada.
Two rounds, five painters in each round, and the winner of each face off to be crowned champion. All winners are voted on by the crowd. This was the final of six painting events Beck has held since November. All of the winners competed against one another in the CVA gallery. Beck was inspired by a similar event a while back. The event was one in which two contestants faced off with 4-by-4 canvases and where only able to use black paint, or black markers. Beck decided to hold his own painting competition (with a couple more color options). Ready, set, paint! These events Beck held were through the Ultimate Painting Organization, who are “always looking to branch out in different cities,” says Beck. Beck explained why he was happy CVA partnered with this event. “CVA is a non-profit, so they get a lot of donations. They provide the paint and the canvasses. When I was doing this on my own it got really expensive. Along with that the space is great. The painters are set up in the middle. The crowd is like a tornado around them.” The crowd was energetic from start to finish. Creative competition flourished up until the very end when Tracey Marshall won the championship. Even though there was only one winner, the other artists seemed just as happy to display their works and mingle with the crowd.
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