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Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge 2017

Save the date for Sunday May 6th, 2018 to be part of the next Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge!

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 7, 2017 from 10 am – 6 pm!

Online registration is now closed, but you can still register!
Call your local store or visit in person to register for the Outdoor Painting Challenge.

Let's Get This Whole Province Painting!

Watch our new video, with highlights from #OPC2016 and be inspired to take your art outside this spring!

2017 marks the 6th 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, and 2016.

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.

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). Please note: online registration is now closed, but you can still register at a store, or by phoning in. Click to find your local Opus store's phone number.

2. Sign in begins at 10 am, Sunday, May 7. 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.

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

Register for OpusSOPC!
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.
Note, May 5: 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.

Register for Coquitlam

NEW STORE! Opus Coquitlam
953 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam, 604‑545‑0410
On the grounds of Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Avenue

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Register for Downtown Vancouver

Opus Downtown Vancouver
100-207 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, 604‑678‑5889
In Jim Deva Plaza, 1200 Bute Street

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Register for Granville Island

Opus Granville Island
1360 Johnston St., Vancouver, 604‑736‑7028
Behind the Opus Granville Island store, in the parking lot (by Emily Carr University of Art + Design)

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Register for Kelowna

Opus Kelowna
1357 Ellis St., Kelowna, 250‑763‑3616 or 1‑800‑814‑8885
On the fields of Kerry Park, 1480 Mill St.
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Register for Langley

Opus Langley
5501-204 St., Langley, 604‑533‑0601
In the parking lot in front of Opus Langley
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Register for North Vancouver

Opus North Vancouver
119-949 3rd St. W., North Vancouver, 604‑904‑0447
In parking lot in front of Opus North Vancouver
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Register for Victoria

Opus Victoria
512 Herald St., Victoria, 250‑386‑8133 or 1‑800‑524‑6555
In courtyard of Centennial Square, 1 Centennial Square
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Haley S., Judges 1st Place Selection in the Youth (13 -18 y.o) Category Category, Opus Kelowna, OPC 2014

Painting Zone Maps:

The Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge takes place in 7 locations across BC.

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 has over $30,000 in prizes (~$4500 per event location), including ten $100 Opus Gift Cards at each location!

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

GOLD: Winsor & Newton, Arches, Princeton Artist Brush Company, Royal Talens

SILVER: Golden Artist Colours, QoR Watercolours by GOLDEN, Gamblin Artist Colours, Fluid Watercolour Paper, ArtGraf by Viarco, Escoda, Holbein Artist Materials, Faber-Castell, Staedtler, Derwent, Demco, Gotrick Inc., PanPastel, Artograph

BRONZE: Alvin & Company, Chartpack, Prismacolour, Sharpie, Papermate, Itoya of Canada, Jacquard, Stabilio, Prat Paris, Strathmore, Tombow, Grafix Plastics, M. Graham & Co, Tran Products

Can't make it to an Opus on May 7th? 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)! You could WIN a $100 Gift Card! The winner will be notified by a comment on their #OPUSOPC post on May 19.