Painters to convert McArthurGlen into outdoor art studio

Grand Prix of Art 2014_13

Twelve of B.C.'s most accomplished painters are descending on McArthurGlen Designer Outlets in Richmond to find beauty in the daily scenes at the mall while promoting an upcoming art competition in the city.

This weekend, artists specializing in pastel, oil, acrylic and even goulash will prop their easels in the outdoor walkways between shops.

The twelve artists will all be competing in the master category of the Grand Prix of Art next month. It's an outdoor art competition that sees more than 100 artists race to finish a plein-air piece inspired by a location in Steveston.

McArthurGlen has partnered with the Grand Prix leading up to the big day to provide a venue for the artists to demonstrat what they do. The paintings will be on sale at the end of the day, with all proceeds going directly to the artists.

The artists will undoubtedly produce different pieces from the Grand Prix then what is usually depicted in Garry Point or the Britiannia Shipyards. Some shoppers may actually find themselves captured in a portrait, or some merchandise depicted as still life. 

The Grand Prix in Steveston will be on September 22.

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