GO Paint! Chippewa Valley

Paint the rolling farmlands, dramatic river banks, charming downtown areas, prairies and forests of Buffalo, Chippewa, Dunn, Pepin and Eau Claire Counties.

Participating artists will be painting within a 10 mile radius of the Eau Claire & Chippewa Rivers between Augusta, Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Durand, and Nelson, Wisconsin.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, September 26 through Friday, October 2

Get your canvases stamped starting Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Phoenix Park then after Saturday at Pablo Center.

Saturday, September 26

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. KIDS PAINT FREE with the ARTmobile
FREE for young painters aged 18 and under and their families.

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. YOUTH QUICK PAINT
FREE for young painters aged 18 and under. 
Young painters will have 2 hours to paint the flora, fauna, and folks of Phoenix Park starting at 10 am and ending at 12 pm. Prizes will be awarded. Participants are welcome to bring their own paint supplies or use ours for free!

Registered GO Paint! Chippewa Valley painters will have 2 hours to paint the flora, fauna, and folks of Phoenix Park starting at 2 pm and ending at 4 pm, with awards given out at 6 pm at Pablo Center. Cash prizes awarded. 

Monday, SEPTEMBER 28

More details to be determined.

Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 29

Join us at Lazy Monk Brewing, located across the river from Phoenix Park in Downtown Eau Claire, for a night of camaraderie and painting! There is an open deck, and river access. Family and friends are welcome. This event is open to the public.

Wednesday, September 30

More details to be determined.

Friday, October 2

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Artists turn in work for judging to Pablo Center at the Confluence.

6 - 7 p.m.
Meet the Artists’ Reception & Awards Ceremony at Pablo Center at the Confluence.

RESCHEDLUED: GO Paint! Chippewa Valley

There is nothing more important to us than the happiness, health, safety, and well-being of every person who comes through our doors.  The well-being of building- partners, patrons, artists, and staff will remain our absolute top priority.

GO Paint! Chippewa Valley has been RESCHEDULED.  GO Paint! Chippewa Valley is now Saturday, September 26 - Friday, October 2, 2020.
There are so many incredible things to come from Pablo Center and we look forward to sharing those experiences with you later this spring.


GO Paint! Chippewa Valley Awards Juror and Featured Artist

 Painter of landscape, still life, portraits in oil, fresco and watercolor; Bonawitz began his art training at the Saint Paul School of The Associated Arts where he earned a degree in graphic design in 1982. The following year Robert entered the Atelier Lack and for five years studied with Richard Lack, Steve Gjertsen and Don Koestner, winning two gold medals for figure drawing. In the summers of 1985-1990 Bonawitz supplemented his studies by an apprentiship with Mark Balma where he learned the craft of Buon fresco. In late 1990, Robert went to work for Evergreen Painting studios where he painted murals and decorative finishes for state buildings. By 1993, Bonawitz had established his own mural company, Studio Intonaco, producing works for state and private clients, winning him the coveted CUE (Committee for Urban Environments) award in 1994.

For the next ten years, Robert worked on various projects, in 2005 he stepped outside to paint a landscape (for the first time in eleven years) and fell, forever, under the spell of plein air painting. In March of 2006, he enrolled in Ray Robert's workshop and in 2007 after receiving a Kenser scholarship from Scottsdale Artists School, Robert participated in Skip Whitcomb's plein air workshop. Bonawitz continues to paint and along the banks of the Mississippi.

Robert lives with wife Cindy in South Saint Paul, MN. 


Participating artists are required to register. Canvases and painting surfaces must be stamped prior to paintings. This can be done starting Saturday, September 29, 9-4pm at the stamping station in Eau Claire’s Phoenix Park and then Monday-Friday at Pablo Center at the Confluence in Downtown Eau Claire. All art must be wired for hanging. Submitted art must be either framed or gallery wrapped canvases with painted edges that are dry.

All sales, including purchase awards, will incur a commission.

Pablo Center at the Confluence’s Commission Rate for the GO Paint! Chippewa Valley event:
Members               30%
Non-members        40%

You may become a member on our website here.

The same commission will apply to any work commissioned during or as a result of participation in GO Paint! Chippewa Valley.

More information to come on registration, please email rose@pablocenter.org with any questions.

GO Paint! Artist Registration Fee
$30 fee prior to September 19, 2020
$40 fee on or after September 19, 2020

Register for GO Paint!
Exhibition: The Art of GO Paint!
Exhibition: The Art of GO Paint!

October 2, 2020 - January 17, 2021
All registered GO Paint! artists are invited to keep their entered works on display at Pablo Center through the holiday season. This exhibit is Free and Open to the public. All artwork on display must be for sale. This is a great opportunity for our community to purchase a local landscape for their business or home.