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Winnie Huang Brings Her Art to Canadian Television

<p>Host Sean O&rsquo;Neill poses with the 15 artists featured in &ldquo;Crash Gallery.&rdquo; (That&rsquo;s Winnie in the hat.)</p>

Who’d think that an open casting call posted on Facebook would result in a featured role on a Canadian television series? Last March, two-time NTNA contestant Winnie Huang responded to a Facebook post looking for artists that ultimately led to her landing one of 15 slots on “Crash Gallery,” a five-part competition-style reality show. “At the casting call I was presented with on-the-spot challenges and answered a few questions. A few weeks later, I received a call notifying me I was a successful candidate,” recalls Huang, owner of The RAWR Shop in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

<p>Huang and two other artists were tasked with drawing a portrait of an audience member using invisible glow-in-the-dark chalk.</p>

Filmed in Vancouver in front of a live audience, “Crash Gallery” centers around a group of artists from different backgrounds, showcasing their talents in a series of artistic challenges. Each episode features three artists going head-to-head in a series of daring and inventive challenges. In Huang’s episode, which aired October 23, she faced off against a graffiti artist and face painter. First, she was asked to create a mosaic using smashed ceramics. Next, the group was asked to draw a portrait of someone in the audience on a huge canvas using invisible glow-in-the-dark chalk. “Both of these challenges were intensely difficult because they were on a much larger scale than we as nail artists are accustomed to,” she says. “It was nerve-wracking, but the audience was so supportive. I was feeding off their positive vibes and that helped tremendously. As it turns out, when people chant your name repeatedly, you are capable of so much more!”

<p>Each contestant was asked to create a logo to promote the premiere of &ldquo;Crash Gallery.&rdquo; Huang used gel, acrylic, and foil to create the shattered glass on this design. She followed with gel paint for the lettering and gel-polish for the marble effect in the background.</p>

Even though Huang didn’t win, she enjoyed the challenges and being in the company of other amazing artists. “Being put out of my comfort zone allowed me to discover things I didn’t know I was capable of, and that was the whole reason I signed up for the show,” she says.

You can catch the episode at www.cbc.ca/beta/arts/crashgallery.

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