Show Off Your Creative Side at Open Paint in Redwood City

Do you like to paint, eat good food, and meet new people? Come out to Open Paint, an admission-free paint event for people of all ages. Open Paint is sponsored by CATA, or Community Advocacy Through Art, a new project of the Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation.

Open Paint takes place at Cyclismo Café, located at 871 Middlefield Road right in downtown Redwood City. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Thursday through March 30. After March 30, the event will take place the first Thursday of every month, starting April 6th.

Unlike typical guided paint nights, Open Paint allows participants to paint whatever they want, at their own pace. Acrylic paint, brushes, and small vinyl sheets for painting are provided for free. Actual canvases are available to paint and take home for a small donation.

Each Open Paint event boasts multiple “fill-in-the-blank” designs by local artists. These large designs, along with a few large blank canvases, are available for participants to paint for free and take home for donation. Go here to see a full list of featured artists that will bring their work to an upcoming Open Paint event.

Cyclismo Café offers a variety of food and beverage options for purchase, including sandwiches, soups, bowls, salads, coffee, juices and sodas. Vegan and gluten-free food options are available too. Best of all, Cyclismo Café donates a percentage of all proceeds to CATA.

Project founder Cary Kelly says that he created CATA with a two-fold purpose: “I wanted to use public art as a way to bring the community together and to raise awareness of important community issues.”

Open Paint accomplishes this purpose by being an accessible community art event where both local artists and non-profits are featured weekly. Previous featured non-profits include the Redwood City Education Foundation, the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition, and the International Institute of the Bay Area.

CATA is also raising awareness of community challenges and local non-profits through street art murals. Cary says that their first mural, funded in part through Open Paint donations, is scheduled to be painted by a local Redwood City artist in mid-April and will feature the Mental Health Association of San Mateo County.

So far, Open Paint has welcomed over 750 participants within the last four months. The event is perfect for families, individuals and groups of friends who are looking for a creative and social outlet. To get a taste of what Open Paint is like, you can check out photos from previous events here.

For information about other public art opportunities within the City of Redwood City, go here.

If you would like to show off your creativity and attend an Open Paint event, you can RSVP on Eventbrite. Don’t forget to take some photos and submit them to our Redwood City Through Your Lens contest!

If you’re interested in being a featured artist, referring a local non-profit, or volunteering, you can learn more here. You can also check out the CATA website for more information on what they do and other ways you can get involved.

A big thank you to our community businesses University Art and Orchard Supply Hardware for sponsoring Open Paint.

About CATA

Community Advocacy Through Art, or CATA, is a new project of the Redwood City Parks & Arts Foundation. CATA uses public street art murals and community events to create awareness of the challenges facing our community. With the support of local artists, businesses and nonprofits, CATA addresses issues such as homelessness, affordable housing and human trafficking. CATA was started with a focus on Redwood City and the mid-peninsula of the San Francisco Bay Area.