ArtXPress Live Painting Event

Friday, June 8, 2018

The third annual ArtXPress event will showcase artists aged 14 – 19 as they participate in three - 20 minute lightning rounds of live art-making! Rounds include Paint, Spray and a newly created round for Mixed Media which will include a "mystery box" containing one item each artist must use in their finished piece. Prizes are awarded for Audience and Juror's Choice. Live music, snacks and art demonstrations top off this free event. 

Location:  Grain Terminals, Millennium Park - This is an indoor/outdoor venue so dress for the weather!

Time: Doors open 6:00 p.m., Rounds begin 6:30 p.m


Reserve a spot to attend ArtXPress |  Register to participate in ArtXPress

**New ArtXPress Workshop


New ArtXPress Workshop

Wednesday, May 30, 4-7:00 pm, Central Park Arena, 2nd Floor mezzanine, 85 Paterson Street

Would you like to sharpen your skills before ArtXPress, find inspiration or test out some ideas? Mixed media artist Shelley Hannah will guide you through a 3 hour workshop that will help take your ideas and skills to the next level. Start with a white 16" x 20" canvas panel, layer paint, add some mixed media and top it off with spray paint! You'll learn about all three mediums in one session!  Supplies are provided but feel free to bring items for the mixed media portion. You don't have to participate in ArtXPress to take this workshop. It's free but space is limited. Snacks provided. Reserve a spot early by contacting 

Shelley Hannah is a multi-media artist, life coach & entrepreneur, deeply moved by beauty, nature, creativity and community.  She believes that we all have unique talents and perspectives to bring the world and loves to play with & champion people of all ages to make it a better place for all.  Shelley helped found Imaginarium, Adventures in Art, an art camp for children in Creemore, Collingwood & Shelburne, teaches art workshops for the Magic of Children in the Arts and regularly facilitates art play in her workshops and retreats for teens and adults.  View some of Shelley's art here:


Reserve a Spot to Attend

Young artists create their own unique style of artwork in just 20 minutes! Reserve your spot to see their creativity unleashed live and up close. It’s Free! Email or call 705-444-2500 ext. 3287

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Register to Participate

Let loose your artistic flair on canvas and board in a friendly competition for teen artists only! Bring your originality and creativity and we'll bring the supplies. There's a limited number of participants in each round so register now! Cash prizes are awarded in each round. *New this year is a special ArtXPress exhibition to showcase all of the finished pieces at the Press Room Gallery in Collingwood from June 9-22.


Paint Round  – In this round you'll paint on a 12" x 16" canvas propped on an easel. We'll also provide, water, brushes & basic acrylic colours by Nu Art (red, blue, yellow, green, white, & purple). Feel free to bring other colours, brushes or instruments to create your finished piece.

Mixed Media Round – Almost anything goes in this round! You'll create your piece on a  16" x 20" canvas panel. We'll also provide some matte medium for adhering items to your board and the same paint colours from the paint round. This round includes a "Mystery Box" with one item you must use in your finished piece. Feel free to bring other supplies (stencils, fabric, etc.) 

Spray Round –  This is where things get a little crazy! You'll be set up outside with a white 4 foot x 4 foot board. We'll provide you with some spray paint (black, yellow, blue & red), plus safety glasses and paint masks. Feel free to bring gloves, other masks and other tools if desired.

Some quick rules:

  • Feel free to bring additional colours, brushes & tools with the exception of power tools and mechanical devices.
  • Please do not bring photos or pictures of your desired finished piece.
  • For the mixed media round, bring additional items to incorporate into your art (fabric, paper, found objects, etc).
  • Dress for a mess.
  • Show everyone what you do best.
  • Keep it real (& family-friendly).
  • Have fun. We want to see your creative process live and in action! 

To register, please fill out the form below. Note, you may participate in one, two or all three rounds but please submit a form for each round:

Show your ArtXPress artwork in a public exhibition! The Press Room Gallery at 65 Simcoe Street is a small gallery adjoining the entrance to the Simcoe Street Theatre located at 65 Simcoe Street. The artwork you create at ArtXPress 2018 will be displayed from June 9-22, 2018 where your family, friends and members of the public can see it and enjoy your creativity and imagination!