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Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge 2016

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 Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge on Sunday, May 15, 2016 10am - 6pm!


We look forward to seeing you next year at the 2017 Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge on Sunday, May 7, 2017!


May 15, 2016: Thank all of you for an another AMAZING Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge! We'll be gathering photos and all the details of the day from all 6 Opus locations over the next few days and will be posting it on this year's event page by Friday, May 20 - stay tuned! In the meantime, photos of the day can be viewed by searching #OPUSOPC on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.



Note, May 15: If you haven't registered but would like to attend, come on down! We'll sign you in at the Sign-in & Exhibition tent. (Find the tents on our painting zone maps.


Let's Get This Whole Province Painting!

Watch our new video, with highlights from #OPC2015 and be inspired to take your art outside this spring!

2016 marks the 5th 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, and 2015.

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 has 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.

This year’s jury will be awarding $6000 in Opus Gift Cards ($1000 at each store) to participants, categorized by age range: Adult (19+), Youth (13-18 y.o.), and Kids (up to age 12).

Additionally, some of your favourite art materials brands, such as Artograph, Golden Artist Colors, Gotrick, Holbein Artist Materials, Pebeo, Princeton Artist Brush Co., Canson, Staedtler, and many more have provided over $21,000 in Draw Prizes this year (over 20 draw prizes at each location with each prize ranging in value from $75 up to $300!), so there are more chances than ever to end this beautiful day with a little something extra to further your art practice!

Theresa Eaton, Judge's 3rd Place Selection in the Adult (19+) Category, Granville Island, OPC 2014


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 15. For the location of the Sign Up & Exhibition Tent, ask Opus staff for a map or download a Painting Zone Map

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 a 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.

To be eligible to be entered into the judging process, your surface MUST be:
• 8" x 10" and white (no tinted primer or coloured papers, no initial sketch started), and
• inspected and marked as eligible (on the backside) by Opus staff when you sign in

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

5. Visit the Exhibition tent at 5:00 pm for the Judges’ Top Picks & Draw Prize Winners announcements. Each store has $1000 in Opus Gift Cards as prizes! Our jury will select 9 works to award an Opus Gift Card to — 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in 3 categories:

Adult (19+) Youth (13-18) Kids (up to 12)
• 1st Place: $300 • 1st Place: $150 • 1st Place: $100
• 2nd Place: $150 • 2nd Place: $75 • 2nd Place: $50
• 3rd Place: $100 • 3rd Place: $50 • 3rd Place: $25

Draw Prizes from some of your favourite art materials suppliers will also be awarded! All OPC participants who are present at the Exhibition and announcement of Judges’ Top Picks are eligible for the draw, so you’ll have a chance to win a prize whether or not you entered your piece into the judging.

Carol Lafave, Judges 1st Place Selection in the Adult (19+) Category, Opus Downtown Vancouver, OPC 2014


Judging Criteria
The Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge is not a traditional plein air competition – it’s not necessarily the artist with the best technical skills who will walk away with the prize of an Opus Gift Card today. The Judges’ Selection will be based on the artwork they feel best expresses the spirit of the day.

This day is about having fun, making and sharing art in your community. Have a wonderful time, and best of luck to you all!


Painting Zone Maps:
Each location will have designated Sign Up & Exhibition Tents; head to your store's tent to sign in at 10 am. Opus Staff will be set up and ready to sign you in and get you started for the day!

Painting Zone Map – Opus Downtown Vancouver
Painting Zone Map – Opus Granville Island
Painting Zone Map – Opus Kelowna
Painting Zone Map – Opus Langley
Painting Zone Map – Opus North Vancouver
Painting Zone Map – Opus Victoria



Register for OPUSOPC!
Last year's Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge (OPC) saw a spectacular turn out, with 949 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!
Note, May 15: If you haven't registered but would like to attend, come on down! We'll sign you in at the Sign-in & Exhibition tent. (Find the tents on our painting zone maps above.

Opus Granville Island
1360 Johnston St., Vancouver, 604‑736‑7028
On Granville Island, across from Emily Carr University of Art + Design

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Opus Downtown Vancouver
100-207 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, 604‑678‑5889
In the Dominion Building, across from Victory Square

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Opus North Vancouver
119-949 3rd St. W., North Vancouver, 604‑904‑0447
In the Capilano Business Park, behind Capilano Mall
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Opus Langley
5501-204 St., Langley, 604‑533‑0601
In the Langley Mall, beside Army & Navy
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Opus Victoria
512 Herald St., Victoria, 250‑386‑8133 or 1‑800‑524‑6555
In the Design District, around the corner from the Capitol Iron
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Opus Kelowna
1357 Ellis St., Kelowna, 250‑763‑3616 or 1‑800‑814‑8885
In Downtown Kelowna, across the street from the Kelowna Library
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Haley S., Judges 1st Place Selection in the Youth (13 -18 y.o) Category Category, Opus Kelowna, OPC 2014


Can't make it to an Opus on May 15? 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. 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)! You could WIN a $100 Gift Card! The winner will be notified by a comment on their #OPUSOPC post on May 19.