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Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge 2019

Seasoned plein air painters & novice artists who love the great outdoors. Groups of friends looking for a creative activity & families celebrating spring at a painting picnic. You are all invited to the 8th annual Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge on Sunday, May 26, 2019!

Let's Get This Whole Province Painting!

Watch our new video and be inspired to take your art outside this spring!

2019 marks the 8th 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, 2017, and 2018.

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, by phone, or online.

2. Sign in begins at 10 am, Sunday, May 26. Stay tuned for the location of the Opus 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 or watercolour panel provided by Winsor & Newton(available in limited quantities for registered participants) or a surface you have brought, prepared as necessary for your chosen media (limit of 9" x 12" for personal surfaces).

4. Return to the Opus 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 starting at 4:00 pm.

Each location will have designated Opus 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! Stay tuned for the Painting Zone maps.

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

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 24: 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 above.

Draw Prizes from our Sponsors!

The Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge is made even more exciting thanks to draw prizes from our generous art materials sponsors. Together with Opus Gift Card draws, their sponsorship of this year's event brings the prizes total for OPC 2019 prizes to over $25,000!

On behalf of all of us at Opus and OPC participants, we would like to extend a big THANK YOU to OPC 2019 Sponsors for supporting our creative community.

Gold Sponsors

We've gathered some of our favourite outdoor-friendly items from our Gold Sponsors' brand lines - our very own OPC wish list! Click on an item's image to shop it in the Opus Online Store.

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Arches and Winsor & Newton

Two perennial favourites of both outdoor and indoor artists, Arches and Winsor & Newton offer today's artists centuries of creating the world's finest art materials.

Our picks for OPC from Arches and Winsor & Newton

Instagram: @arches.art #archesart | @winsorandnewton #winsornewton
Facebook: @Archespapers | @winsorandnewton

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Innovation and heritage. Established in 1557, Canson has provided fine art paper throughout history and continues to exceed the needs of today's artists with their quality materials.

Our picks for OPC from Canson

Instagram: @cansonpaper_northamerica #cansonpaper | Facebook: @canson

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With a proud heritage dating back to 1832, Derwent’s innovation comes from a deep understanding of artists, meeting their evolving needs and aspirations with a range of art materials that span from the first colouring pencil to the highest professional quality products.


Our picks for OPC from Derwent

Instagram: @derwentartofficial #derwent | Facebook: @derwentartofficial

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Dedicated.™ Gamblin's mission is to lead oil painting and printmaking into the future. This means crafting materials as they ought to be, not just as they have been, with luscious colors and contemporary mediums true to historic working properties, yet safer and more permanent.

Our picks for OPC from Gamblin

Instagram: @gamblincolors #gamblin | Facebook: @GamblinArtistsColors

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Royal Talens

For more than 100 years, Royal Talens has been inspiring creative expression worldwide with brands lines such as Rebrandt, Cobra, Van Gogh, Amsterdam, Bruynzeel and Sakura that stimulate people to paint and draw. They encourage creative amateurs and professionals to push back their boundaries and to ‘rediscover’ themselves, and believe that creative expression is very important; a passion to share and to develop further.

Our picks for OPC from Royal Talens

Instagram: @royaltalens #royaltalens #sakurasharethepassion #sakurakoi #rembrandtartistcolours #vangoghwatercolor #amsterdam #cobra #vangogh #bruynzeel
Facebook: @RoyalTalens

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Since 1997, Speedball has been the go to brand for printmakers, calligraphers, and ceramic artists. Their brand lines have grown to include some of the best in the business, including Escoda, ArtGraf, and Mona Lisa, offering a diverse range of high-quality products to enhance your creative process.

Our picks for OPC from Speedball

Instagram: @speedball_art #speedballart | Facebook: @SpeedballArtProducts

Silver Sponsors
Golden Artist Colors
Hahnemühle FineArt
Holbein Artist Materials
Pentel Canada
Princeton Artist Brush Company
QoR Watercolor
Stillman & Birn
Strathmore Artist Papers
Bronze Sponsors
M.Graham & Co.

Can't make it to an Opus on May 26th? 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.