Team FR3SH Art hosted their Portrait Battle on Saturday at Redux Contemporary Art Center. The place stayed well occupied throughout the day, as onlookers got a rare view into the creative process of some of Charlestons up-and-coming artists, as well as a few of the more household names.

Matt Foreman received second place for his work, created using a projected image on a panel which the artist then traced, filled, and modified to capture a very photo-realistic, while still tactile and expressive, piece. Other artists took more abstract approaches to the task, like Hirona Matsuda, who created small, intricate sculptures of wood and metal.

We arrived in the congested gallery space-turned-studio area during round 2, with Shelly Smith and Camela Guevara going head-to-head with help from their model Laurel Black of the Lowcountry High-Rollers. Camela went on to win that round, as well as the entire artistic death-match. After the judging and voting were done, and the pieces gone over by the eyes of prospective buyers, there was little left to do but sip on libations and nod along to the remixes of Blue Monday.

It’s encouraging to see people like the artists behind FR3SH putting on fun, free events for the entire community. However, the truly beautiful part of this event was seeing the tremendous support from the community. It’s like the commercial breaks on Reading Rainbow: “Made possible in part by viewers like you.”

Video by Joshua Curry with music by Pell Mell.

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