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Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge 2018

Seasoned plein air painters & novice artists who love the great outdoors. Groups of friends looking for a creative activity & families celebrating spring a painting picnic. You are all invited to the 7th annual Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge on Sunday, May 6, 2018!

Let's Get This Whole Province Painting!

Watch our new video, with highlights from #OPC2017 and be inspired to take your art outside this spring!

2018 marks the 7th Anniversary for OPC and we're inviting YOU to come and celebrate this wonderful event! Share your enthusiasm for creativity with your community of artists and neighbours. The Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge is an event that provides a unique opportunity for the visual art communities of BC to come together to make art outdoors. See highlights from 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

This special event welcomes all ages and levels of skill, and encourages participants to try something new, whether that be working outdoors for the first time, or simply within the limitations of the challenge rules.

Each location will have a designated "Painting Zone" with a variety of subject matter to choose from. Try a cityscape, a waterfront view, the flora and fauna around you, or even the picture in your mind that the day inspires.

Work in acrylics or oils, watercolour or pencil, collage or assemblage, or all of the above! All mediums and points of view are welcome.

Ready to challenge yourself? Here's how:

1. Pre-register at your local Opus, either in store or by phone (see contact information below).

2. Sign in begins at 10 am, Sunday, May 6. Stay tuned for the location of the Sign Up & Exhibition Tent at your local Opus.

Please Note: You can expect some locations to have 200+ participants. We thank you in advance for your patience during the sign in process.

3. Find a spot in the designated Painting Zone & begin! Bring your favourite media and tools with you or pick up some new materials before you head out.

Create your piece on an 8" x 10" surface – either the canvas panel provided by Opus (available in limited quantities for registered participants) or a surface you have brought, prepared as necessary for your chosen media.

4. Return to the Sign Up & Exhibition Tent before 3:00 pm with your artwork so it may be displayed for the exhibition.

5. Visit the Exhibition tent between 3:30 and 4:00 pm to view the artwork. Draw prize winners will be announced staring at 4:00 pm.

Register for OpusOPC!
Last year's Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge (OPC) saw a spectacular turn out, with 1300+ artists painting and drawing both nature and city life at Opus locations across BC. Let's get this whole province painting - again!

Register today by contacting the Opus Store you'd like to participate at, or by clicking the buttons below and following the instructions.

Register for Coquitlam

NEW STORE! Opus Coquitlam
953 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam, 604‑545‑0410

Register for Downtown Vancouver

Opus Downtown Vancouver
100-207 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, 604‑678‑5889

Register for Granville Island

Opus Granville Island
1360 Johnston St., Vancouver, 604‑736‑7028

Register for Kelowna

Opus Kelowna
1357 Ellis St., Kelowna, 250‑763‑3616 or 1‑800‑814‑8885

Register for Langley

Opus Langley
5501-204 St., Langley, 604‑533‑0601

Register for North Vancouver

Opus North Vancouver
119-949 3rd St. W., North Vancouver, 604‑904‑0447

Register for Victoria

Opus Victoria
512 Herald St., Victoria, 250‑386‑8133 or 1‑800‑524‑6555

Painting Zone Maps:

Coming soon – stay tuned!

Thank you to our Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors, this year's event will offer thousands of dollars in art supply materials, as well as gift cards from Opus!

A big THANK YOU to our generous art materials Draw Prize sponsors for supporting our creative community!

Gold Sponsors
ARCHES and Winsor & Newton
Princeton Brushes
Royal Talens

Silver Sponsors
Artograph, Chartpak. Inc
Holbein Artist Materials
Global Art Company
Golden Artist Colors
Stillman & Birn
Strathmore Artist Papers

Bronze Sponsors
Jacquard Products
M. Graham & Co. and Tran Products

Can't make it to an Opus on May 6th? We encourage you to take it outside and create wherever you are!

Gather a group of friends, a family member, or just capture the beauty of the outdoors in solitude.

We're also doing an online prize draw for anyone who's taken part in this year's challenge, whether you participated at one of our painting zones or from anywhere else in Canada! Post pictures of your day on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #OPUSOPC (be sure your privacy settings are set to public for these images so we can see them and /or to tag your post with @opusartsupplies, too)!