Visual Art

Get Out There and Go Paint! Annual Art Fest Makes a Splash

this September, local artists will have the chance to paint all across the Chippewa Valley in the annual Go Paint! event

Rebecca Mennecke |

GO PAINT! From Sept. 25-Oct.
GO PAINT! From Sept. 25-Oct. 1, make a splash on the page during peak fall colors with the Pablo Center's annual Go Paint! event all across the Chippewa Valley. (Photo via Facebook)

Take in the scenic views of the Chippewa Valley with this year’s Go Paint! annual Plein Art Festival, which is slated for Sept. 25-Oct. 1. Make a splash on the page during peak fall colors. Find the perfect mural, hidden valley, sidewalk, downtown café or rustic barn to mask up and paint the flora, fauna, and folks of the Chippewa Valley.

Participating artists will paint within a 10-mile radius of the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers between Augusta, Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Durand, and Nelson, Wisconsin.

On Sept. 25, painters aged 18 and under will have the chance to paint the world around them in under an hour. Later that same day, adults will have two hours (another extra hour?!) to paint around the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers. Cash prizes will be awarded for adults, with other prizes awarded for kiddos.

On Sept. 27, Chippewa Falls artists can perfect their painting  in Riverfront Park in downtown Chippewa Falls on the scenic banks of the Chippewa River. On Sept. 28, visit Lazy Monk Brewing for a night of camaraderie and – you guessed it! – more painting! This event is free and open to the public.  On Sept. 29, Altoona residents can meet up in the Lower Chippewa Valley Park in Durand on the banks of the Chippewa River, with Altoona residents following on the next day on Sept. 30 at River Prairie Park.

Artists must turn in their work by snapping a photo and sending it via email to for a chance to win an award. Prizes will be announced on Oct. 8. This year’s juror is Beth Stoddard, a Milwakee artist who “draws and paints from life with a modern sensibility.”

For more info on Go Paint! (and to see the full schedule), visit

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