GO Paint! Chippewa Valley
5-day Plein Air Paint Festival
Explore the celebration of the flora, fauna, and folks of the Chippewa Valley captured by this falls's GO Paint! artists. This plein air exhibit showcases paintings made in Augusta, Cornell, Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Durand, and Nelson, Wisconsin.
Fall 2023 Exhibition
Opens September 29
The 2023 Fall GO Paint! Chippewa Valley exhibition opens for viewing in-person and virtually on September 29, 2023 and is on display through January 7, 2024. Pablo Center galleries are open Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. plus 1 hour before events.
Artists are required to register to participate. Exhibiting artists will be allowed to submit up to 5 works of art that have been created outdoors, within a 10-mile radius of the Eau Claire & Chippewa Rivers Between Augusta, Cornell, Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Durand, & Nelson, Wisconsin.
All artworks will be exhibited in person and virtually on our website. All artwork presented for the exhibition must be for sale. All sales, including purchase awards, will incur a commission.
Download the information brochure below.
GO Paint! Chippewa Valley Awards
Adult Quick Paint Awards
- Best of Show: Cash Award - $200
- First Place: Cash Award - $100
- Second Place: Cash Award - $75
- Third Place: Cash Award - $50
- Best of Show - $500
- First Place - $250
- Second Place - $150
- Third Place - $100
- Best River - $200
Best of Pablo Center at the Confluence
Cash Award - $200 This award will be selected by Pablo Center Staff
Cash Award - $50 Every time you paint at one of our social paint events, we will put your name in a drawing for this cash award.
Fall GO Paint! Event Schedule
Saturday, Sept. 23 - Friday, Sept. 29
Paint the days and nights away in the beautiful Chippewa Valley when we welcome the reds and yellows of fall. This September, find a hidden valley, river cove, sidewalk café, or rustic barn: there are so many opportunities for a beautiful painting experience in our region.
Saturday, Sept. 23: CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
Youth Quick Paint
11 A.M. - 12 P.M.
Presented by Pablo Center’s ARTmobile and sponsored by the Janet Carson Art Education Fund. FREE for young painters aged 18 and under.
Registration is on-site in front of Pablo Center. Young painters will have one hour to paint the flora, fauna, and folks of Haymarket Plaza and Phoenix Park. Prizes will be awarded. Participants are welcome to bring their own paint supplies or use ours for free! Art instructors will be present to assist with supplies.
Adult Quick Paint
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Registered GO Paint! Chippewa Valley painters will have two hours to paint the flora, fauna, and folks of Haymarket Plaza, Phoenix Park, and the surrounding confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers. Cash prizes awarded.
If painting for prizes, please line up your canvas on your easel or set it on a provided table outside of Pablo Center facing the Haymarket Plaza by 4:30 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 25: GO Paint! Eau Claire
9 A.M. - 12 P.M.
Let’s paint in Rod and Gun Park in Eau Claire, Wisconsin on the banks of Half Moon Lake.
Tuesday, Sept. 26: GO Paint! Altoona
4 P.M. - 8 P.M.
Let’s paint in River Prairie Park in Altoona, Wisconsin on the banks of the Eau Claire River.
Wednesday, Sept. 27: GO Paint! Durand
12 P.M. - 4 P.M.
Let’s paint in Lower Chippewa View Park in Durand, Wisconsin on the banks of the Chippewa River.
Thursday, Sept. 28: GO Paint! Leinie Lodge
4 P.M. - 8 P.M.
Join us at the Leinie Lodge for a night of camaraderie and painting! There is an open deck, and access to the rocky shoreline of Duncan Creek. Family and friends are welcome. This event is free and open to the public.
Friday, Sept. 29: Submit Artwork & Reception
10 A.M. - 12 P.M.
Artists must turn in work for judging to Pablo Center at the Confluence. Awards will be determined by juror and cash prizes will be announced at our Awards Ceremony and Reception.
Meet The Artists Reception & Awards Ceremony
6 P.M. - 8 P.M.
Join us for an evening in celebration of the artists of GO Paint! Chippewa Valley. All artwork will be for sale at this time.
Meet the GO Paint! Jurors
"The divine courses through all of creation. That divinity is beautiful; it is the duty of the artist to record and share that with others through paintings. A world seemingly steeped in suffering and pain needs the kind of art that relieves and calls forth the light of hope. A painting should help transcend the viewer from the harsh reality of this world and bring them to a place where divine love flourishes.
With attention to craftsmanship akin to that of the old masters I am able to create representational oil paintings that are both technically accurate yet expressive. It is with noble intentions that I carry the torch of the classical traditions through my art. I have come to find a byproduct of that tradition is work that can speak to people across time and space. It is my ultimate goal that my work will one day reach those lofty heights. In the meantime, my wish is that they captivate, transcend, and bring you closer to the divine."
Nathan Brandner was born and raised in Northeastern Wisconsin. Attending the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point he graduated in a timely fashion with a degree in fine art. Following his graduation, he enrolled in a summer course at the Florence Academy of Art to pursue his passion for classical art and unlock the secrets of the old masters. Returning stateside he took his education further yet, training at the Academy of Fine Art in Wisconsin, and currently resides back in northeastern Wisconsin.
Nathan currently delights in working full-time from his studio on the river in Green Bay.
Jean Accola has been a painter most of her life. In 1980 she moved to rural Western Wisconsin where she lived a creative life with her musician husband and two children.
In 1985 she opened the Accola Gallery in Durand WI, where she continues to work and exhibit. She has studied with many influential artists that helped her establish her skills in watercolor, oil, and acrylic. Jean Accola founded the Fresh Art Tour in 1998 and the GO Paint! Plein Air painting event in 2013 and is now looking forward to years of “just painting”.