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Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge 2018

Thank you to everyone who came out to create outdoors with us on Sunday, May 6 for the 7th Annual Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge!

Please check out our gallery for the 2018 Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge here.

And SAVE THE DATE! The 2019 Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge is Sunday, May 26!

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!

Note, May 4: Online registration is now closed, but you can still register! Call your local store (find contact information for each location below) or visit in person to register for the Outdoor Painting Challenge.
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 below.

Register for Coquitlam

Opus Coquitlam
Sign in takes place under the white OPC Tents at:
Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam
Contact the store at: 604‑545‑0410

Register for Downtown Vancouver

Opus Downtown Vancouver
Sign in takes place under the white OPC Tents at:
Victory Square Park, 200 W Hastings, Vancouver
Contact the store at: 604‑678‑5889

Register for Granville Island

Opus Granville Island
Sign in takes place under the white OPC Tents at:
Granville Island Public Market, 1669 Johnston St, Vancouver
Contact the store at: 604‑736‑7028

Register for Kelowna

Opus Kelowna
Sign in takes place under the white OPC Tents at:
Kerry Park, next to the Kelowna Sails, Kelowna
Contact the store at: 250‑763‑3616 or 1‑800‑814‑8885

Register for Langley

Opus Langley
Sign in takes place under the white OPC Tents at:
Douglas Park Spirit Square, 20550 Douglas Crescent, Langley
Contact the store at: 604‑533‑0601

Register for North Vancouver

Opus North Vancouver
Sign in takes place under the white OPC Tents at:
Ferry Building Gallery, 1414 Argyle Ave, West Vancouver
Contact the store at: 604‑904‑0447

Register for Victoria

Opus Victoria
Sign in takes place under the white OPC Tents at:
Holland Point Park, at the corner of Government St & Dallas Rd, Victoria
Contact the store at: 250‑386‑8133 or 1‑800‑524‑6555

Painting Zone Maps:

The Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge takes place in 7 locations across BC. Click on the map for your location to see the painting zone, the location of the Opus Tent (for sign in, exhibition, and draw prize location), and some features in your area.

Painting Zone Map – Opus Coquitlam
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

Thank you to our Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors, this year's event will offer over $30,000 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
Artgraf, Escoda, and FLUID
Holbein Artist Materials
Golden Artist Colors and QoR Watercolor
Legion Paper
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.