Open Paint


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NOW HIRING: Part-time Open Paint Event Manager

The 411

Do you like to paint, eat good food, and meet new people? Come out to Open Paint by CATA, an admission-free, all-ages social event. Now located at Cyclismo Cafe, located at 871 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, next to Caltrain.

Open Paint now takes place the first Thursday of every month, 5-8 PM. RSVP on Eventbrite.

No admission cost. We provide paint, brushes, blank canvases, and “paint-by-number” designs by local artists. Food and drink available for purchase. Donations and a percentage of all food/beverage purchases support Community Advocacy Through Art (CATA), a street art and community advocacy project of the Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation.

Non-Profit Partners

We feature non-profit partners in the community who are addressing important local issues. Currently, we are highlighting the work of:

11/10/16: St. Francis Center
11/17/16: Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition
01/19/17: EPA Made
02/16/17: Music Mural and Arts Project
02/23/17: Redwood City Education Foundation
03/02/17: Casa Circulo Cultural
03/09/17: International Institute of the Bay Area
03/16/17: America Scores
03/23/17: Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula
03/30/17: Mental Health Association of San Mateo County
05/04/17: Enfoque
06/01/17: Magical Bridge Foundation
07/06/17: City Trees
08/03/17: Incredible Edible Mid-Peninsula

2016-2017 Featured Artists

10/13/16: Rachel Owens; Natasha Wein
10/20/16: Dodge Williams; Jay Draco
10/27/16: Eric Sandoval
11/10/16: Anthony Bianconi
11/17/16: Cristina Basulto
12/01/16: John Gomez
12/08/16: Meg Stevens
12/15/16: Jay Draco, Talia Trujillo
12/22/16: Cristina Basulto
02/02/17: Christian Masulit
02/16/17: Oscar Plizga
02/23/17: Jay Draco
03/02/17: Dodge Williams
03/09/17: Robert Dvorak
03/16/17: Julia Dagum
03/23/17: Johnny Gomez
03/30/17: Erin Waugh
04/06/17: Cecilia Osorio
05/04/17: Helen Han
06/01/17: Rachel Visalda
07/06/17: Courtney Beyer
08/03/17: Cristal Chen

Become a Featured Artist!

In addition to providing participants with paint, brushes and blank canvases, we would like to hang a few canvases with “paint-by-numbers” designs that highlight the work of local artists–like yourself!

We will feature two artists per event. As a featured artist, we ask that you contribute one or two designs to each event. You are encouraged to participate in multiple events, and if convenient, you are welcome to use the same designs at each.

In gratitude for your participation in Open Paint and support of CATA, we will:

  • exhibit one of your art pieces during your designated event
  • paint your name in large, conspicuous font onto that night’s event banner
  • include your name + website in digital event pages and communications
  • share your promotional materials (like business cards or whatever) at our registration table
  • give you a shoutout and an opportunity to speak about your art briefly during the event

To confirm your participation, reach out to with “Paint-by-Numbers Artist” in the subject line.

Donate Art Supplies

This event is a volunteer-run fundraiser for CATA. As such, we greatly appreciate any and all donations (or loans) of the below supplies. Help us keep this event running as the premier impact-oriented paint social in the Peninsula!

We need:

  • acrylic paint (all colors accepted, but primary colors, black, and white are the best!)
  • stretched canvas
  • paint brushes
  • easels
  • alternative, fun paint surfaces (like old windows, frames, etc.)

Join the CATA Team

There is a close family of passionate volunteers that support CATA and all other projects of the Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation. See our open roles, or reach out to to offer other talents to our cause.

Open Paint Event Sponsors

A special thanks to our sponsors for making Open Paint possible:

  • University Art
  • Orchard Supply Hardware

Contact 650-453-8074 or with questions.