GO Paint! Chippewa Valley

Mask up and 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.

Submit Your Artwork

Images of Artwork must be turned in by Friday, October 2 at 5 p.m.

Due to COVID-19 we've modified GO Paint! 2020 to electronic-only submissions

Artists turn in work for judging by sending photos of their artwork via email to rose@pablocenter.org. Images will also be used in the GO Paint! virtual exhibit, The Artwork of GO Paint!, which will be released on October 9.

Email your submissions
Schedule of Events

Saturday, September 26 through Friday, October 2

Paint the days and nights away in the beautiful Chippewa Valley. Find a hidden valley, river cove, sidewalk café, or rustic barn: there are so many opportunities for a beautiful painting experience in our region.

GO Paint! Western Wisconsin Map

Saturday, September 26

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 nearby Phoenix Park starting at 10am at Haymarket Plaza and ending at 12pm. 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.

*This event is presented by Pablo Center’s ARTmobile and sponsored by the Janet Carson Art Education Fund.*

Registered GO Paint! Chippewa Valley painters will have 2 hours to paint the flora, fauna, and folks of nearby Phoenix Park and the surround confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers starting at 2 p.m. at Haymarket Plaza and ending at 4 p.m. Cash prizes awarded. 

Monday, SEPTEMBER 28

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. GO PAINT CHIPPEWA FALLS, SOCIAL(Distanced) PAINT
Let’s paint in Riverfront Park, Downtown Chippewa Falls, on the banks of the Chippewa River.

Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 29

Mask up and 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 that is perfect for socially distanced painting opportunities. Family and friends are welcome. This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, September 30

12 - 4 p.m. GO PAINT DURAND, SOCIAL(Distanced) PAINT
Let’s paint in Lower Chippewa View Park, Durand, Wisconsin, on the banks of the Chippewa River.

Thursday, October 1

4 - 8 p.m. GO PAINT ALTOONA, SOCIAL(Distanced) PAINT
Let’s paint in River Prairie Park, Altoona, Wisconsin, on the banks of the Eau Claire River.

Friday, October 2

By 5 p.m. 
Artists turn in work for judging by sending photos of their artwork via email to Pablo Center at the Confluence. Awards will be determined by juror and cash prizes will be announced by October 9.

HEALTH & SAFETY: 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.

Modifications have been made to GO Paint! 2020 to accommodate for a safer and socially distanced event. 

  • All participants in this year's events are encourages to wear masks and socially distance
  • Canvases and painting surfaces will not be stamp prior to painting
  • Artwork will be submitted electronically via email. Please use high quality digital photograph i.e. .pngs or .jpegs
  • The Art of Go Paint! will be a virtual exhibit displayed on Pablo Center's website and social media
Meet Juror Robert Hodges-Bonawitz & Judge Jean Accola

GO Paint! Chippewa Valley Awards Juror and Featured Artist - Robert Hodges-Bonawitz


Artist Robert Hodges-Bonawitz Bio

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. 

GO Paint! Chippewa Valley Quick Paint Judge and Founding Member - Jean Accola
Jean Accola

Artist Jean Accola Bio

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 where she established her skills in watercolor, oil and finally 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'.


Exhibiting artists are required to register. Due to covid-19, canvases and painting surfaces will not be stamped prior to paintings. 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, Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Durand & Nelson, Wisconsin the week of Saturday, September 26-October 2, 2020. All artwork will be submitted via digital photo by emailing images to Pablo Center at the Confluence: rose@pablocenter.org. All artwork will be exhibited virtually on our website: pablocenter.org. All artwork presented for exhibition must be for sale.

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!
Virtual Exhibition: The Art of GO Paint!
Virtual Exhibition: The Art of GO Paint!

Opening October 9, 2020

All registered GO Paint! artists are invited to keep their entered works on display at Pablo Center through the holiday season. This is a great opportunity for our community to purchase a local landscape for their business or home.