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Painting for a good cause

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The Live Paint Glow event for the Algonquin public relations program’s Dreams Worth Living campaign took place on April 15 at the Bourbon Room with over 50 people in attendance from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

It is the final event for the Dream Worth Living campaign, a series of events which aims to raise $25,000 for the LiveWorkPlay charity – a charitable group that helps people with intellectual disabilities. The event included a live paint battle, a DJ, body painting, a break dance battle and a silly string fight finale.

Live Paint Glow began with a live paint battle between various artists from the Ottawa area. Four canvasses were on a stage. It faced an audience adorned in glows sticks and body paint, dancing to music and cheering on the artists as they speed-painted on their canvasses.

The first round was four painters battling out to win, as was the second round with four different painters. The two winners of each previous round faced off against one another.

“It was exhilarating, and it made you forget to be such a perfectionist,” said Sumaya Alibhai, a first-year radio broadcast student at Algonquin.

The picture theme of the final round was “home” and the winner was Cris MacIntosh with her Italian themed mosaic.

“It was very different to what I’m used to, it was such a short time period with no dry time,” said Macintosh.

Alex Thompson, an attendee at the event, had this to say of his experience that night

“Beautiful, good environment and I liked the art show,” he said.

“I wanted to do something really fun and exciting, I wanted to bring different aspects of art and combine it into one,” event cocoordinator Della Rosbil said.

The crew had a short notice when it came to the event set-up.

“We had to flip this entire thing in just one hour; the bar didn’t think we needed any more time,” she said.

She spoke on the events goals for the evening,

“Our goal for tonight is to raise $3,500 for the LiveWorkPlay campaign and I’m confident we will reach that goal,” said Rosbil.

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