The Grand Prix d’Art in Qualicum Beach

June 3, 2009

Let’s get artists out of their studios and onto the streets. The Old School House Arts Centre (TOSH) at 122 Fern Road West in Qualicum Beach does just that once a year (Saturday, July 25, 2009) to the great enjoyment of artists as well as the general public. Our event is fourteen years old this year. Each year it attracts about fifty Plein Air Painter participants from Vancouver Island and BC’s Lower Mainland and hundreds of spectators.

Our Grand Prix d’Art is a “race”; competing artists must complete a work of art “en plein air” (working outside on location, not in a studio) within three hours. Each Plein Air Painter is assigned by lottery a location in the picturesque town of Qualicum Beach. The work must represent or be inspired by some thing or person that is visible from the assigned location. All locations are within walking distance of TOSH, visitors are encouraged to watch the process and the progress of the artists, and maps are provided. The Plein Air Painters must complete their work within the three-hour limit and have the paintings in display condition, titled and priced for sale no later than one hour after completion. A panel of three judges then determines the winners of the contest. All the paintings from the event will hang in our galleries until August 16th.

The entry fee for the Grand Prix d’art is $20.00 (including lunch). Lunch will be served at 2:30pm. (Companion Meal: $10.00)

Schedule for Grand Prix d’Art on Saturday, July 25, 2009

10:00am — Registration and site selection (at The Old School House Arts Centre)

11:00am — When Town Clock strikes 11:00 pm – START YOUR PAINTING

2:00pm — When Town Clock strikes 2:00 pm – STOP YOUR PAINTING
Return to the Old School House for framing and hanging of pictures.
Work is to be framed (unless on canvas) and priced for judging.

2:00pm-3:30pm — Free outdoor concert featuring Jazz, Latin and Motown hits with the Anna Lyman Quintet

3:30pm — Award Presentation

For more information and to register, contact TOSH at 250-752-6133, or visit