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Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge 2013

Start your spring with a creative challenge!
Whether you’re a seasoned painting pro, a beginning artist, or a creative individual looking for a new challenge, join us at Opus for a fun day with your fellow artists.

Paint in your favourite medium – acrylic, oil, watercolour – or create a mixed media piece, drawing, or collage; you name it! Your only limits: working outdoors within the designated painting zone on the surface we provide you with. And, in true plein air style, the challenge will happen rain or shine.

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.

Learn more about last year’s challenge and watch our video of the day, filmed on Granville Island!

Free demos by plein air artists at Opus:
In preparation of the event, Opus will be holding demonstrations focused on painting en plein air, presented by Opus staff as well as last year’s winners David Mcholm and Bryan Coombes, plus local talents such as Maria Josenhans (at Opus North Vancouver and Opus Langley), Bob McMurray and Alfonso Tejada. Click here for all upcoming demo dates, descriptions, and registrations details.

Ready to challenge yourself? Here’s how:

  1. Pre-register at your local Opus, either in store or by phone. Registration will be accepted up until the challenge begins.
  2. On Saturday, April 27, sign in at your local Opus by 10:00 a.m. Bring your favourite media and tools (paints, pencils, mixed media, easel, brushes) with you or pick up some new materials before you head out. We’ll provide you with the surface (an 8″ × 10″ canvas panel, watercolour board, or illustration board, free to registered participants).
    Adventure out within the “painting zone” to find inspiration in nature and the urban landscape.
  3. Return to Opus with your piece by 3 p.m. to be included in the judging process. The top picks, selected by an impartial jury, will be announced by 5 p.m. The top prize in each location is a $500 Opus Gift Card, with 2nd and 3rd prizes being $250 and $100 Gift Cards, respectively.
  4. Bring your creativity out – see you there!

    Contact your local Opus store to pre-register (check each store link below for store hours) and we’ll see you at your local Opus on Saturday, April 27!

    Opus Locations:
    Granville Island
    1360 Johnston Street

    Downtown Vancouver
    100-207 West Hastings Street

    North Vancouver
    119-949 3rd Street West

    95-5501 204 Street
    Langley Mall

    512 Herald Street

    1357 Ellis Street


    Pick up useful tips and get inspired to create! Watch our videos on artists who paint in the great outdoors and see some of the tools that make it easy and fun.

    Murray Phillips: A Conversation with My Canvas

    Maria Josenhans: Painting En Plein Air

    Dan Leo: Urban Art

    Travel Easels at Opus
    Garibaldi Sketchbox Easel

    Traditional Pochade Plein Air Easel / Pochade Plein Air Tripod

    Winsor & Newton Bristol Sketch Easel / Winsor & Newton Bristol Watercolour Easel

    For more Opus how-to videos and artist interviews, visit our video page.