Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Canadian International Autoshow - Subaru themed art gallery - Images

The team over at Subaru - known for its top-rated AWD vehicles and the hotly anticipated BRZ - are once again making a splash at the Toronto AutoShow, this time testing the artistic waters with a Subaru-themed art gallery, set to debut inside the Subaru booth this Friday.

Dubbed the 'Confidence In Art Gallery' (inspired by Subaru's Confidence in Motion branding), the gallery is a result of a month-long contest that appeared on deviantART, the world's largest online community of artists. Members were asked to submit their Subaru artwork for the chance to win $4,000 in cash prizing and have their work displayed at the AutoShow. Among the most creative: A painting featuring a WRC rally car on the 50-yard line being chased by football players, a hand-drawn piece of a WRX STI evading the clutches of a Martian spacecraft (complete with the tongue-in-cheek tagline 'Official escape vehicle of the Martian invasion') and an expertly crafted image designed as the front box of a slot car set from the 80's

Although all 17 submissions are stunning, only three could win top honours from the panel of Subaru judges, which we've posted here. First place ($2,500) went to Leonardo Gonzalez from St. Catharines, ON and his polar-bear inspired piece. Evan Pavich from Prince George, BC, stole second place ($1,000) with his foggy WRX submission, while third place ($500), belongs to Shannan Jones of Kitchener, ON and her BRZ slot car design.

It's always nice to see a little extra creativity infused into the AutoShow so the gallery, which opens this Friday and runs throughout the course of the show, is definitely worth stopping by. Besides, its location couldn't possibly be any better: near the XV Concept and within eye sight of the BRZ. For those of you who can't make the Show, head on over to the official contest page which houses all of the contest entries:

The Toronto AutoShow runs from February 17 – 26 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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