Simcoe, ON – Norfolk County Heritage & Culture is very excited to announce our new #SCENENORFOLK collaboration with Nikki Campbell Schram. Nikki’s demonstrated passion for the Norfolk cultural scene caught our attention months ago and we are happy that she has agreed to act as our official Cultural Ambassador.  We are confident she will make an excellent representative as she travels throughout Norfolk County promoting cultural events and activities via social media.

Nikki who originally hails from Hamilton, Ontario moved to Norfolk County when she was just 20 years old. She instantly fell in love with Norfolk County where she has pursued her passion for creativity.  Nikki is the owner of Art with Heart in Port Dover offering a diverse range of art based programming for both children and adults and is also actively involved with youth drama programming at both the Old Town Hall in Waterford and the Lighthouse Festival Theatre.

When asked about this new collaboration with Norfolk County Heritage & Culture Nikki shared, “I am absolutely over the moon excited to be Norfolk County’s Cultural Ambassador! How lucky am I to be handed the opportunity to combine my passion for the arts and my love for our beautiful community?”

To kick off this new initiative, #SceneNorfolk is hosting its own cultural event – Art Battle – on Saturday, February 3, 2018, 7 p.m. at the Old Town Hall.

Art Battle is a live competitive painting contest where artists create the best work they can in just 20 minutes. As they work, patrons move around the easels, closely watching the creative process. The medium is acrylic paint and the tools allowed are brushes, palette knives or any non-mechanical implements. At the end of each round, the audience votes for their favourite painting and at the end of the competition, patrons have the opportunity to bid in a silent auction to take an original work home with them.

There is no fee for artists to apply or participate and all skill levels and ages are encouraged to participate. Interested artists can register now at artbattle.com/register.

Art Battle happens in 50 cities worldwide and we are excited to be adding Norfolk County to the list. Tickets to attend this unique evening of live competitive painting are on sale now at artbattle.ticketfly.com/event/1620369.  Earlybird online is only $15/Students and Seniors $10/General Admission $20.  For more information contact: norfolkculture@norfolkcounty.ca