Burnaby Arts Council & Opus Art Supplies

are pleased to present . . . 


Parks Edge Paint Off 

Live Painting Tournament & Exhibition

July 6, 2019 from 1 – 3 pm

6584 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby

Outdoor Event @ Deer Lake Gallery


We are STOKED that you are interested in applying to be one of our amazing competitors at the Park’s Edge Paint Off!  This great event will be outside at the Deer Lake Art Gallery on Saturday, July 6th from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

The 2019 Call for Artist is now OPEN until MONDAY, June 24, 2019 @ 4pm.

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Park’s Edge Paint Off! Please note that Park’s Edge has can accept a maximum of 20 artists to participate and usually books out EARLY! If you are interested in participating for the 2018 event APPLY early.

1. What is Park’s Edge Paint Off

2. Competition Rules

3. Supplied Materials and What to Bring

4. Selection Process and Checking in at Event

5. Voting

6. Prizes/Auction & Image Use

7. Schedule

8 Marketing YOU & the event


Park’s Edge is a live competitive painting event that is held OUTSIDE @ the Deer Lake Art Gallery on Saturday, July 7th, 2018.  Painters will create the best work they can within a 2 hours timed event.  As they work, the audience moves around the easels, allowing them an up close view of the creative process.  It is the artists prerogative to use whatever medium they want to paint.    Artists will be provided with a canvas (usually 18×24) and an easel and the rest is up to the Artist! The Artist is asked to bring their own paint and painting supplies.  Artists are permitted to bring electronic devices as a reference tools only as inspiration this does NOT include premade images.  Artist may NOT begin sketching or drawing or mixing paint before 1:00 pm.

How does the competition work?

All Artists will be painting outside RAIN or SHINE!  Provided with an easel, canvas and a shared 6′ table between 2 artists.  At the end of the 2 hours the audience votes for their favorite painting and the top 3 artists win a cash prize . . . and BRAGGING rights.  Silent auction is open for bidding throughout the event.

The Silent Auction of the artwork created is a fundraiser for the Burnaby Arts Council.  It is an opportunity to engage the community.


  1. Artists have 2 hours to create their painting
  2. Artists are required to bring their own painting supplies, organizers provide the canvas
  3. Artists are provided with 1 canvas, 1 easel and a shared table.
  4. During competition Artists may use any non-mechanical tools: Brushes, palette knives, rollers, sponges, tape, spray bottles, rags, eggs, tofu, et cetera
  5. Artists are premitted to use mechanical tools ie spray bottles BUT you will NOT have access to an electrical outlet so if you were planning on bringing a blow dryer good luck with that!
  6. Pre-made images are NOT permitted
  7. Artist may NOT mix paints before the competition begins at 1:00 pm.
  8. Top 3 artists will receive some form of cash prize.  Amounts to be determined at a later date.  (Top prize obviously wins the most money!)
  9. There is NO theme, Artists not limited in subject matter
  10. This is a FAMILY friendly event, the only limitation on the artwork is that it is appropriate for very young visitors.  No exceptions.


What do I need to bring to the event?

Selected artists are asked to bring what they would like to use to create their painting.  Organizers will supply the easels and canvas, water and paper towels.  Please bring your own paint, water container, mixing plates, palette, palette knife et cetera.

How big is the canvas?

24 x 36

The 2019 event is presented by the Burnaby Arts Council and Opus Art Supplies.  Opus will be donating ALL the canvases for the event!  We ask that all participants to wear the OPUS apron provided to you.


How are artists selected to paint in Park’s Edge?

Artists are asked to fill out the ONLINE form at the bottom of this page by MONDAY, June 24th @ 4 pm.  There is only space for 25 artists so apply early!  Completely booked the 2018 event.  Artists are selected by the quality of their work and previous experience in other live events.  We welcome all emerging and professional artists to participate.

How will I know if I am selected to paint?

All artists will be selected and notified via email by JUNE 28th, 2019.  ONLY participants selected to participate will be emailed.  We will try and respond to your application as soon as possible to ensure you are aware of your acceptance.  YOU MUST FILL OUT THE ONLINE FORM TO BE CONSIDERED TO PARTICIPANT IN THE 2019 EVENT!  Please please please check your SPAM folder for notification.  If you do not hear back from us by Friday, June 28th please call or email us directly.

Is there a cost to participate?

NOPE.  Well, besides the cost of bringing your own paint supplies.  The entire event for Artists and the Public is FREE.  So invite as many people as possible and help us market!

Do I have to pay to get in?

No the entire Summer Arts Festival and Park’s Edge Paint Off is FREE and open to the public.  The event is an all day community festival.  Artisans & live entertainment in the front yard with Park’s Edge & beer garden in the back.  We will also be have a new First Nations exhibition opening that day.  So there is a lot going on one property!

Once I get to the event what can I expect?

Check in with the event organizer, and they will bring you to your assigned easel.


How does the voting work?

Ideally voting should only begin after the artwork is completed.  The difficulty of Park’s Edge is the 2 hour duration.  Event history indicates a definite ebb & flow of the community.  For this event the voting will occur throughout the competition.  The audience receives one ballot to vote.  Park’s Edge Paint Off event draws in a diverse community that absolutely loves to watch you paint!!!  So bring your business cards to share and promote your art.  The 2 hour window allows you time to converse (if you want) or to make connections.  You are also more than welcome to bring your headphones enjoy the beautiful nature and paint, paint, paint!!


What do I get for winning the event?

In most events there is also a cash prize, if you are unsure of the prize amount, please contact your local organizer.  Not confirmed at this time but we may also have other amazing prize packs for the winners!

We are pleased to announce that Burnaby Tourism is back as a sponsor of this years’ event!

1st place – $350

2nd place – $100

3rd place – $50

How does the Silent Auction work?

Artworks created at Park’s Edge will be made available for silent auction during the event with the Artist receiving 50% of the final collected sales price on their work.  All starting bids begin at $50. Organizers accept cash, cheque, and all major credits cards accepted by SQUARE.  Any artworks that are unsold at the event remain the property of the Burnaby Arts Council Art to be made available for future sale with the same sales agreement of 50% to the artist.


What should I expect on the day of the event?

1:00 – 3:00 pm Artists Paint

3:00 – 3:30 pm Organizers Count Votes

3:45 Winner Announced (approximately!!)

4:00 Silent Auction Closed


How do I invite my friends?

Help us get the word out to your friends, family and other artists!

  • You can share event pages with friends from our Facebook page
  • Share and like us on Facebook and Instagram

Where can I find Park’s Edge on Social Media?

Instagram: @parksedgepaintoff

Twitter: @parksedge_bby

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/parksedgepaintoff

How can the BAC help Market YOU the artist?

The required fields in the application include a headshot, bio and statement.  By promoting our event we also promote you and your art! Social media, website, newsletter and local papers.   In turn we ask you to help us get the word out.

Park’s Edge Paint Off the event draws in a diverse community that absolutely loves to watch you paint!!!  So bring your business cards to share and promote your art.  The 2 hour window allows you to make connections.


Be sure to thank Opus Art Supplies for being our presenting sponsor!

Thank you to the City of Burnaby for the Festival Grant!

and Tourism Burnaby!