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An invitation to artists to begin their journey to a creative spring and summer.
As the weather warms, it’s a signal to get out of the studio. But that doesn’t mean the end of creating beautiful works of art. In fact, it’s just the beginning!
The first blooms of spring and the busy city streets provide endless inspiration and the
Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge
is our invitation to artists to begin their journey to a creative spring and summer.
On April 21, 2012, artists will gather outside their local Opus Art Supplies store and spend the afternoon capturing their surroundings.
They can create their piece in the media of their choice – acrylic, oil, watercolour – or create a mixed media piece, drawing, collage; anything goes! Their only limits: working outdoors within the designated painting zone, and using the surface we provide them with.
Each Opus store will be awarding prizes to three works
, chosen on site by an impartial jury. The top prize in each location is a $500 Opus Gift Card, with 2nd and 3rd
prizes being $250 and $100 Gift Cards, respectively.
In true plein air style, the Challenge will happen rain or shine. And a little inspiration for participant’s day in the sun (or otherwise) – artist Maria Josenhans talks about the rewards of painting outdoors in this video:http://www.opusartsupplies.com/how/videos/artist-interview-maria-josenhans
How it works:

1. Participants register at their local Opus, in store or by phone.

2. On Saturday, April 21, participants sign in at their local Opus by 10:00 a.m. They should bring their favourite media and tools (paints, pencils, mixed media, easel, brushes) with them or they can pick up some new materials before they head out. We’ll provide them with the surface (a canvas panel or watercolour board), free to registered participants.

3. Participants will gather outside the store for further instructions, then head out within the area specified by their Opus Outdoor Guide to find inspiration in nature and the urban landscape.

4. Participants return to Opus Art Supplies with their completed piece before 3:00 p.m. All works will be juried with winners announced and prizes awarded.

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