Artists compete in timed painting contest

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Forget touring the gardens on the Azalea Garden Tour. Seventeen artists from across North Carolina painted pictures of them. The artwork was for sale Sunday at the Cape Fear Museum.

There was one catch to the pieces of art. Artists had just two hours to paint them, and competed against each other for a cash prize.

First place received $500, second place $250 and third place $100.

According to the event organizer, the time constraint is what makes the paintings even more special.

"It's part of the direct experience. Like I said, these artists have been out in the gardens painting right now. This is ala prima work which means they start a painting and complete a painting in about two hours, and so it's really sort of a snapshot of this particular weekend that can't be repeated any other time," organizer Star Sosa said.

Part of the proceeds from Sunday's art sales went to the Charitable Efforts of the Cape Fear Garden Club.

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