Now part of Artilicious Windsor for the second year in a row, the live art battle and demo was the biggest attraction of the sixth annual edition of the area’s premier food and art event supporting the Kidney Foundation of Canada. The event presented by Caesars Windsor Cares also featured food from over twenty five 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 6, 2019.
Four local artists including last year’s inaugural participants Eugenio Mendoza and Asaph Maurer, along with Gulnaz Turdalieva and Nora Harvey were featured in the demo. Event MC Dan Macdonald kicked off the one hour art demo by introducing the artists and giving them the start signal. With easels and canvases set up in the centre of the ballroom, the artists began creating their works based on the theme for the night; “Mother Nature and Greenery.”
Attendees excitedly stood around and watched the artists create their works right before their eyes. Nora Harvey stood out from the rest by literally getting down on her hands and knees and initially working on her canvas which she placed on the ground. Once the hour passed a silent auction took place for the finished pieces.
Deborah Cottreau, Board of Directors member with The Arts & Cultural Alliance of Windsor Essex County, was at the event promoting her group’s organization and promoting their upcoming 10th annual Windsor Essex Open Studio Tour set for May 2 and 3, 2020. The event is held to celebrate and promote local artists and the creative communities in which they work and live. Local artists welcome visitors into their studios offering unique insights into their creative processes, work environments, and an opportunity to own original local art. Cottreau told Eyes On Windsor that three of the four artists participating in the live demos were members of her organization.
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. In addition, the event’s incorporation of a showcase of local artisians, crafters, and their works has been well received. Since the addition of Live Art Demos and Live Art Battles since 2018, the event has become even more popular.
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