Open Paint


Open Paint general


The 411

Do you like to paint, eat good food, and meet new people? Come out to Open Paint by CATA, a donation-based, all-ages social event, now at Cyclismo Cafe. Located next to Caltrain in downtown Redwood City at 871 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA 94063. Please RSVP and join our Facebook event listing!

No admission cost. We provide paint, brushes, vinyl sheets for painting, and a few large “fill-in-the-blank” collaborative canvases designed by local artists. Small and large canvases for personal use are available by donation. Beverages and food, including vegetarian and gluten-free options, available for purchase.

Your donations and a percentage of all food/beverage purchases sustain Open Paint and keep it accessible to community members of all means. Donations also support CATA murals and advocacy efforts in Redwood City and the mid-Peninsula.

Open Paint takes place the first Thursday of every month, from 5-8 PM. Each event features a local non-profit and a local artist. While the event is free-form (meaning no guided instruction), our featured artist can provide painting tips upon request. See photos from past Open Paints here.

Featured Non-Profit Groups

03/01/18: Siena Youth Center
02/01/18: EPA Made
12/07/17: Dialog to Learn
10/05/17: Kids & Art Foundation
09/07/17: Paintbrush Diplomacy
08/03/17: Incredible Edible Mid-Peninsula
07/06/17: City Trees
06/01/17: Magical Bridge Foundation
05/04/17: Enfoque
03/30/17: Mental Health Association of San Mateo County
03/23/17: Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula
03/16/17: America Scores
03/09/17: International Institute of the Bay Area
03/02/17: Casa Circulo Cultural
02/23/17: Redwood City Education Foundation
02/16/17: Music Mural and Arts Project
01/19/17: EPA Made
11/17/16: Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition
11/10/16: St. Francis Center

Featured Artists

03/01/18: Maria Lopez
02/01/18: Allison Rockwell
12/07/17: Sheri Park
10/05/17: Celina Paul, Kimberlie Moutoux
09/07/17: Steven Gomez
08/03/17: Cristal Chen
07/06/17: Courtney Beyer
06/01/17: Rachel Visalda
05/04/17: Helen Han
04/06/17: Cecilia Osorio
03/30/17: Erin Waugh
03/23/17: Johnny Gomez
03/16/17: Julia Dagum
03/09/17: Robert Dvorak
03/02/17: Dodge Williams
02/23/17: Jay Draco
02/16/17: Oscar Plizga
02/02/17: Christian Masulit
12/22/16: Cristina Basulto
12/15/16: Jay Draco, Talia Trujillo
12/08/16: Meg Stevens
12/01/16: John Gomez
11/17/16: Cristina Basulto
11/10/16: Anthony Bianconi
10/27/16: Eric Sandoval
10/20/16: Dodge Williams; Jay Draco
10/13/16: Rachel Owens; Natasha Wein

Become a Featured Artist!

In addition to providing participants with paint, brushes and blank canvases, we would like to hang a few canvases with “fill-in-the-blank” 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 “Open Paint Featured 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.