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6th Annual Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the 6th Annual Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge!

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The province of BC was glowing with brilliant colours as artists brought their art-making out of the studio and into the sunshine to participate in the Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge on Sunday, May 7th, 2017.

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to the 1300+ artists who shared their love of art and the outdoors at the event, held at seven locations throughout BC. We saw so many smiling faces, so much amazing art being made and exhibited, and connections and friendships being formed – it was a truly heartwarming day.

Friends, families, and individuals set up their outdoor work spaces of all sorts – from picnic benches and blankets to veritable outdoor studios with portable easels and chairs – and set out to create artwork inspired by their surroundings.

The community was treated to watching the art emerge throughout the day. Classic urban sketches and gorgeous plein air pieces, vibrant florals and abstract works, printmakers in Vancouver, North Vancouver, and Victoria, and scenes straight from the imagination, too, including MerMays, a velociraptor in a birdbath, and a portrait of Emily Carr in giant form employing the roof of the university that bears her name as her easel!

After an amazing day of painting, drawing, collaging and print-making in the sunshine, the artworks were hung in exhibitions at all seven #OpusOPC locations across BC for participants and members of the public to enjoy.

The Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge ended with a dash of excitement with over $30,000 in art supply draw prizes being given away across BC – $23,000 from our generous sponsors, and $7,000 in Opus gift cards – to encourage participants to keep creating throughout the summer months. We would like to thank our sponsors for their wonderful prizes, they were the cherry on top of the day for many of the attendees.

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

The Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge serves as a great reminder that you can take your art-making with you all year long – bring your art materials with you to the beach, on road trips, hikes, and camping trips. After a little practice, you’ll find it is as easy as creating at home or in the studio. Some OpusOPC participants even kept creating immediately after the event, pulling over on the way home to capture a beautiful scene!

Enjoy a peek at the event all across the province – see photos of the challenge at all Opus locations below, and experience it from other participants’ points of view on Instagram and Twitter, too.

We invite you to join us for next year’s event, too! Save the date for Sunday May 6th, 2018 to be part of the next Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge!



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Coquitlam Granville Island Downtown Vancouver North Vancouver Langley Kelowna Victoria

COQUITLAM

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Do you have great images you would love to share from the day? Tag @OpusArtSupplies on Instagram and Twitter and include the handle #OpusOPC to relive the day with your artistic community!


GRANVILLE ISLAND

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Do you have great images you would love to share from the day? Tag @OpusArtSupplies on Instagram and Twitter and include the handle #OpusOPC to relive the day with your artistic community!


DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER

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Do you have great images you would love to share from the day? Tag @OpusArtSupplies on Instagram and Twitter and include the handle #OpusOPC to relive the day with your artistic community!


NORTH VANCOUVER

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Do you have great images you would love to share from the day? Tag @OpusArtSupplies on Instagram and Twitter and include the handle #OpusOPC to relive the day with your artistic community!


LANGLEY

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Do you have great images you would love to share from the day? Tag @OpusArtSupplies on Instagram and Twitter and include the handle #OpusOPC to relive the day with your artistic community!


KELOWNA

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Do you have great images you would love to share from the day? Tag @OpusArtSupplies on Instagram and Twitter and include the handle #OpusOPC to relive the day with your artistic community!


VICTORIA

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#OPUSOPC in Victoria#OPUSOPC in Victoria#OPUSOPC in Victoria#OPUSOPC in Victoria#OPUSOPC in Victoria#OPUSOPC in Victoria#OPUSOPC in Victoria#OPUSOPC in Victoria#OPUSOPC in Victoria#OPUSOPC in Victoria#OPUSOPC in Victoria#OPUSOPC in Victoria

Do you have great images you would love to share from the day? Tag @OpusArtSupplies on Instagram and Twitter and include the handle #OpusOPC to relive the day with your artistic community!


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Social Media, Blog Posts & Media

Social Media:

See what's been posted about the day on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and share your photos with your online creative community, too! Post your images & videos on social media, tagging them with both @opusartsupplies & #OPUSOPC.

Blog & Video Posts:

Hello from Sunday night and the Opus outdoor painting challenge - Veronica Roth

FCA Blog

From Today's Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge! - Reddit user monicam_art

Media:

Vancouver Urban Sketchers

Harbour Living

Langley Times


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