Artists work along the Chippewa River near Eau Claire in 2017.

Shake off winter’s brittle grip next spring in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, during the annual GO Paint! Chippewa Valley.

First inhabited by the Ojibwe Native Americans and later settled by German and Scandinavian immigrants, Chippewa Valley is a Midwest region steeped in history. The diverse geological and historic region has proven to be a great setting for plein air painters, who have been gathering annually for the valley’s premier competition: GO Paint! Chippewa Valley.

Artists work along the Chippewa River near Eau Claire in 2017.
Enthusiasts and collectors peruse available works from 2017.

As the event continues to grow, its draw has included regional and national artists looking to capture cash prizes and purchase awards — and applications are still open for next year! In 2018, the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council will host the event May 5-11 in downtown Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Included on the slate of events are a Saturday Quick Paint and numerous social events for artists to connect with each other, locals, and collectors.

Artists who wish to exhibit their works will be able to do so through August 2018 at the Regional Arts center. To learn more, visit here.

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