Congratulations, Chris Bales!

On August 15th, 100 people walked slowly in a circle in the lobby of Art Ovation Hotel as they watched three local painters create works of art in 30 minutes. Painters Karen Chandler and Mara Torres had both done this before as previous competitors in the Sarasota Art Battle that took place in January, but Chris Bales was participating as the Wild Card painter. Her name was drawn at random moments before the competition began!

At the end of the 30 minutes of painting, the audience cast their ballots and voted on their favorite painting. In the end, by only one vote, Wild Card painter, Chris Bales, was crowned the Summer Skirmish winner.

The next Art Battle (12 artists, 3 rounds) will take place on Saturday, January 25 in the downtown Selby Library.