(Artist Eugenio Mendoza, also known as DREVMS, pointing to the art he created during the Artilicious Live Art Battle on Nov. 21, 2018. Photo above by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.)
A live art battle and demo were exciting additions to this year’s fifth annual Artilicious, the area’s premier food and art event supporting the Kidney Foundation of Canada. In addition to the live art battle, this event presented by Caesars Windsor Cares, featured food from over thirty local restaurants and eateries, a showcase of local artists and artisans selling their work, a signature “Noodle Raffle”, and prizes generously donated by businesses and organizations in the community. Artilicious took place inside the Augustus Ballroom at Caesars Windsor on November 21, 2018.
Local artists Eugenio Mendoza, also known as DREVMS, and emerging visual artist Asaph Maurer, known for his distinctive style of “splatter” painting and ability to capture striking human emotion, took the main stage for an hour long live art battle. The spectacle proved to be a unique form of entertainment with many people stopping to watch as the artists went through the process of creating their work. While many events in the area feature live music, the live art battles raised awareness about this new form of entertainment for local events, and were a perfect fit for Artilicious. Live art battles are popular at events in other areas especially larger cities.
In the middle of the Augustus Ballroom, an Infinity QX50 crossover vehicle and local artist Tina Greco painting live, caught everyone’s eye. Event sponsor Infinity of Windsor had the car on display and it was also being recreated, on center canvas, of Tina’s art. Tina’s live art demo featured her painting a scene of the Artilicious event as it happened.
The “Noodle Raffle” featuring raw Rigatoni noodles stuffed with paper slips saying, “you win a prize” or “please try again”, was once again a popular and favourite part of the event. Dozens of prizes found at the raffle table were picked up by the winners. Prizes were generously donated by local businesses, organizations, and members of the community. One of the prizes included a gift certificate and a mini-craft beer growler from Walkerville Brewery. The “Noodle Raffle” is a legacy of The Kidney Foundation’s Pizza and Pasta Festival which ran for over decade.
A separate raffle was held for higher valued prizes, including a $500 package from Caesars Windsor which included concert tickets, hotel stay, and restaurant gift certificate. The evening’s host, local Bell Media radio personality Dan MacDonald (AM800 & 93.9 The River) and Kidney Foundation Fundraising Assistant Katrina Thoms conducted the raffle draws towards the end of the evening.
The Kidney Foundation of Canada Windsor and District Chapter’s popular annual Pasta & Pizza Fest was re-invented as Artilicious back in 2014. The event was switched to an evening experience instead of a lunch hour one. Artilicious features a diverse range of local area restaurants to showcase their gastric creations in sampler format. Originally limited to Pasta and Pizza the event now offers a tantalizing diversity of flavours and food choices. The restaurants and eateries generously donate the food to the event.
Artist and Artisan vendors were also added to the event to showcase Windsor’s local talents. Guests enjoy exploring, meeting, and socializing with local artists in addition to purchasing their works.
The Kidney Foundation of Canada is people working together for a common cause. Volunteers, individuals living with kidney disease, donors, and staff members — from all walks of life, all across Canada. Since its creation in 1964, The Kidney Foundation has helped millions of Canadians suffering from kidney failure and related disorders such as hypertension, diabetes, urinary tract infections and kidney stones.
For more information about the Windsor and Area District Chapter of The Kidney Foundation of Canada, including upcoming events, visit https://www.kidney.ca/windsoressex