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The Brush Off – Call for Artists

Due to overwhelming support, the artist application has now closed.

What is it?

After a short hiatus, THEMUSEUM is proud to host Waterloo Region’s original and premiere live art making event, The Brush Off, again on Saturday, January 28, 2023, at 7pm. This will be our 10th edition of this event, so it is a milestone celebration! During this fundraising event, artists are invited to participate in a friendly competition, painting and creating art live in front of an audience of up to 400 people! Artists will expose and be exposed to the wealth of artistic talent that exists in this community and beyond!

Guests will enjoy a cocktail while watching artists create right in front of their eyes during this fast-paced art-making competition. Throughout the night, you’ll even vote on your favourite paintings and have the chance to take one home from our silent auction.

THEMUSEUM is a registered not-for-profit, charitable organization and puts on events like this one to fundraise to stay open and offer fresh and relevant exhibitions and programming to this community. Each artist is donating their time to create the art and THEMUSEUM and artists share in the silent auction proceeds. Along with the artists, guests support THEMUSEUM at the event through ticket sales, art sales, and drink sales. Thank you!

What are we looking for?

THEMUSEUM seeks artists to participate in The Brush Off – artists who thrive in an exciting, dynamic, engaging environment, while creating their work on the spot. Artists will compete in up to 3 rounds; winners from each round will be selected by the audience votes and advance to the final round. The winning artist and the runner up are guaranteed to receive prizes! THEMUSEUM will provide all paint, canvas and easels. Artists will provide their own brushes/tools. Artists are encouraged to sell tickets to friends and family to create their very own cheering section! Participants must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

How to sign up?

Fill out the short form online here and include images or a link to your work. Contact Katelynn.Dietrich@THEMUSEUM.ca with any additional questions. Deadline for artist participants to submit their application is Sunday December 18, 2022 at 5 pm.

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