The Battle of the Brush is a competition in which student teams and professional artists create 4-foot-by-5-foot murals that reflect a predetermined theme. This year’s theme is “Art Works” celebrating what really works in our lives — Art.
Three years ago, I was on the Illuminarts board, and I developed the idea of the “Battle of the Brush” to create enthusiasm for visual creativity among young artists.
My community has a very popular Battle of the Bands annual competition for young musicians, and I thought, why not do something like that for visual artists?
The Battle of the Brush has now become an annual event that is growing in popularity.
This year, 13 student teams from the following schools are registered to compete: Alliance High School, Arts Academy at Summit, Fairless High School, Louisville High School, Louisville Middle School, Minerva High School, Perry High School, R.G. Drage Career Center and Timken High School.
The teams will have three hours (noon to 3 p.m.) to create their murals under the guidance of an educator from their school. They will work alongside 4 professional artists who will create works reflecting the same theme. Professional artists participating include Dana Muntean, Sue Steiner, Joseph Close and myself.
After 3 hours, independent judges will select the top student mural, the top professional piece, and a Peoples’ Choice award will also be selected based on the amount of donations deposited in baskets placed by each mural.
Each year, fans for the teams come to cheer them on in this exciting competition. I hope that you will come and join in all of the fun!
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The fifth annual IlluminArts Celebration, lasting from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 27, is held at Timken High School in downtown Canton. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.
“The IlluminArts Celebration will encompass all genres of art: music, visual arts, theater, dance, written word, and those that may be categorized as beyond tradition,” said Janie Pavlek, chairwoman of the event.
“We have a dedicated group of individuals and organizations that will present a broad spectrum of artistic and creative activities for the enjoyment of the community.”
Featured events of the celebration include the Battle of the Brush; mentoring program displays; art tables for all ages; and performances by area high school rock bands.
This year, 17 mentors were matched with nearly 100 students from area high schools to expose them to various art-related fields and teach them some of the associated skills and techniques.
Many of the mentors and their students will exhibit their work at the Celebration, including: fashion design mentor Kathy Guidone; watercolorist Doreen St. John; visual artist Kathy Jevec; visual artist Pamela Schmuck; photographer Heather Hutmacher; and Motter & Meadows architectural design.
Under the guidance of Steve Pedro, assistant executive director, The Boys and Girls Club of Massillon will present “Picture It!,” an exhibit of photos taken by nearly 100 children, ages 6-12.
A number of musical acts will be featured on Timken High School’s auditorium stage, and a number of hand-on arts activities will be available to participants throughout the day.
Local artist Judy Krew will be creating pastel portraits. “Rant” and “Rave” short films presented by the Palace Theatre Art Film Club, a paint pendulum by the Massillon Museum, face painting and henna tattoos by the AGoG Teen Art Gallery will also be featured.
Hosted by Canton City Schools, the Celebration’s major sponsor is the Downtown Canton Special Improvement District. Corporate partners include Lowe’s, Stark County Education Service Center, Mercy Medical Center, Motter & Meadows Architects, Creative Juices Communications and the Canton Professional Educators Association.
IlluminArts is a grassroots, all-volunteer organization formed in 2006 to raise awareness of the arts, increase participation in the arts and build connections between the arts and the community. For information, call (330) 438-1909 or visit www.illuminarts.org.