painting for a cause, just because


mission

Brush beCause brings artists and the community together to educate, inspire, and give back...because learning is even more rewarding when it creates an opportunity to give one to others.

We're brushing for a cause, just because.


GUEST ARTISTS

Guest artists from across the country will host virtual classes open to all. In exchange for the artists' time, participants will make a donation of their choice to one of our selected causes in support of the arts.


NEXT UP!

Rosé + Roses with
Jen Strandberg
August 5, 2020

Join us as another Nantucket-based watercolor artist hosts an evening of relaxation, education, and fun! Jen Strandberg's workshop will support LEAP New York City, providing arts education to underserved children. Click the link below for all the details and what to expect when you register.


PAST ARTISTS

If you haven't noticed, we're pretty proud of our guest artists and want nothing more than to share them with the world. Click here to read more about our past artists and for ways to connect with them!


the story

Award-winning children's book author Barbara Cooney once said, "You must do something to make the world more beautiful." and we believe we're doing just that.


stay in the loop

There is so much in the works we can barely contain our excitement. (Hint: watercolor isn't the only medium on our brushes...or our minds!) Stay tuned - and in the know!


WHAT WE'RE DOING


We're bringing artists and the community together for interactive, virtual painting classes. (Think: your local canvas & cocktails studio...with a twist.) You'll have the opportunity to join online workshops hosted by some of your favorite artists near and far, while giving back to the arts.

To register for a class, simply make a donation to one of the chosen causes and fill out a quick registration form. Order any supplies you might need (we're keeping it basic and affordable!), get excited, and wait for class to begin! In return for your charitable support our guest artists will offer their time, passion, and expertise to host a class full of education, relaxation, and fun.

final summer session!
AUGUST 19, 2020
watercolor workshop


We are happy to announce our final artist of the summer, Connecticut-based artist, Becky Elgart! She will be hosting a workshop in support of the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (also known at The Kate), which provides not only beautiful productions in various art forms but also educational programs for children and adults.

Her passion for the serenity of the coast is evident in her beautiful seascapes, skies and creative collaging…and a session with her is sure to be inspiring and relaxing!

We will be hosting a late afternoon of watercolor on Wednesday, August 19, from 4-5:30pm EST via Zoom and invite both those who wish to paint and those who'd love to watch. Registration will close 24 hours prior, on Tuesday, August 19 at 4pm EST. No exceptions.

Instruction will be geared toward adult students but of course, all are welcome. A link to the class will be sent via email on the morning of the event. Please see the directions below to snag your spot! If you attended the first class, please read for updated instructions!

Please keep in mind that, because you will need time to go get or receive your supples (if you don't already have them), we highly encourage you to sign up early to ensure you're prepared. As we are simply a liaison to our chosen causes, we can offer no refunds in the event you cannot get supplies or attend.

TO REGISTER:

UPDATE: Due to the overwhelming response to our first workshop, we've made a couple changes and hope you understand the necessity of doing so to ensure a wonderful and smooth class for all.

1. Make sure you know your Zoom email address! We now require that you have a free Zoom account in order to register. If you need to set one up, you can do that right here. Please make note of the email address associated with your Zoom account so you will have access to the class. We are only able to provide access to those who register with a valid Zoom-associated email address and who use that email address to log in! We will be unable to make changes to registration information the morning of and during the event.

2. Make a donation to the Kate via this link. Be sure to take a screenshot or photo of the 'thank you' page OR your confirmation email! You'll need it to complete registration.

We suggest a minimum of $15 but hope that, if you already have supplies or are able, you'll consider offering more to this wonderful cause and in return for our host's time.

3. Fill out and submit this form.

We'll use this information to identify you at event time and keep in touch with you leading up to the event!

You're in!

We'll confirm within 48 hours (but not on weekends unless there is an event). Please do not email the artist with questions or to notify them you haven't received an email. You'll hear from us, promise!


WHAT HAPPENS NEXT:

We'll send you an email to let you know you're in! We'll also include a suggested supplies list including all the goodies you'll need to participate in this class.

The suggested basics cost about $25 - a small investment for what could become a lifetime of enjoyment. Also listed will be additional items for those who just know this is going to be more than a one-time exercise! Keep in mind we will be hosting strictly watercolor workshops for at least the remainder of the summer so if you join us again, you'll have plenty of opportunity to use your supplies.

We'll email you again the day before the event with some tips & suggestions to make your class a memorable and enjoyable one, and one more time on the morning of the event with the Zoom link and log-in information.

We so appreciate your patience while we reply to emails and link attachments. This process is the opposite of automated so thank you in advance for understanding that we may not reply immediately. We'll do our best to answer any questions and get you all the info you need within 48 hours!

Please note that, while we understand things happen, your donation is non-refundable and in the event that you are unable to attend or attain supplies, your donation will remain greatly appreciated by our chosen cause. We are grateful beyond words for your support of this community, our artists, and our causes.

We hope you're excited to join a peaceful session of fun and learning!


Her passion for her slice of New England in Boston and on Cape Cod is palpable...and we can't wait to share some of her impressions of it with you!

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
for our first Brunch & Brush on Sunday, July 26, from 11am-12:30pm EST via Zoom.
Please keep in mind that, because you will need time to go get or receive your supples (if you don't already have them), we highly encourage you to sign up early to ensure you're prepared. As we are simply a liaison to our chosen causes, we can offer no refunds in the event you cannot get supplies or attend.

We hope you're excited to join a peaceful session of fun and learning!

FIRST AUGUST SESSION!
August 5, 2020

watercolor workshop


We are excited to announce our third artist of the summer, and second who will be teaching us from the salty breezes of Nantucket. New England based artist and graphic designer, Jen Strandberg will be hosting us for an evening of Rosé + Roses!

She has an immense passion for summers on Nantucket and scenes of 'Sconset and we can't wait to transport you to the island.

We will be hosting our first August workshop on August 5, from 4:30-6pm EST via Zoom and invite both those who wish to paint and those who'd love to watch. Registration will close 24 hours prior, on Tuesday, August 4 at 4:30m EST. No exceptions.

Instruction will be geared toward adult students but of course, all are welcome. A link to the class will be sent via email on the morning of the event. Please see the directions below to snag your spot! If you attended the first class, please read for updated instructions!

Please keep in mind that, because you will need time to go get or receive your supples (if you don't already have them), we highly encourage you to sign up early to ensure you're prepared. As we are simply a liaison to our chosen causes, we can offer no refunds in the event you cannot get supplies or attend.

TO REGISTER:

UPDATE: Due to the overwhelming response to our first workshop, we've made a couple changes and hope you understand the necessity of doing so to ensure a wonderful and smooth class for all.

1. Make sure you know your Zoom email address! We now require that you have a free Zoom account in order to register. If you need to set one up, you can do that right here. Please make note of the email address associated with your Zoom account so you will have access to the class. We are only able to provide access to those who register with a valid Zoom-associated email address and who use that email address to log in! We will be unable to make changes to registration information in the hours prior to and during the event.

2. Make a donation to LEAP New York City via this link
(please note that in order to make an online donation to LEAP there is a required minimum of $25). Be sure to take a screenshot or photo of the 'thank you' page OR your confirmation email! You'll need it to complete registration.

3. Fill out and submit this form.

We'll use this information to identify you at event time and keep in touch with you leading up to the event!

You're in!

We'll confirm within 48 hours (but not on weekends unless there is an event). Please do not email the artist with questions or to notify them you haven't received an email. You'll hear from us, promise!


WHAT HAPPENS NEXT:

We'll send you an email to let you know you're in! We'll also include a suggested supplies list including all the goodies you'll need to participate in this class.

The suggested basics cost about $25 - a small investment for what could become a lifetime of enjoyment. Also listed will be additional items for those who just know this is going to be more than a one-time exercise! Keep in mind we will be hosting strictly watercolor workshops for at least the remainder of the summer so if you join us again, you'll have plenty of opportunity to use your supplies.

We'll email you again the day before the event with some tips & suggestions to make your class a memorable and enjoyable one, and one more time on the morning of the event with the Zoom link and log-in information.

We so appreciate your patience while we reply to emails and link attachments. This process is the opposite of automated so thank you in advance for understanding that we may not reply immediately. We'll do our best to answer any questions and get you all the info you need within 48 hours!

Please note that, while we understand things happen, your donation is non-refundable and in the event that you are unable to attend or attain supplies, your donation will remain greatly appreciated by our chosen cause. We are grateful beyond words for your support of this community, our artists, and our causes.

We hope you're excited to join a peaceful session of fun and learning!

artist-hosted EVENTS


Spend the summer in water{color}.

We are beyond thrilled to announce our line-up of watercolor artists for Summer 2020! Until then, rest assured that we have amazingly talented artists - and wonderful souls - eager to engage with you, our community, while teaching and providing you with a fun, relaxing, and memorable experience. Never before have you been able to connect with an artist you've admired from across the country like this. {Head to the next section to see who our first artist is!}

Once you register, we'll provide you with a short, sweet, and affordable list of supplies you can easily purchase online or through your local art supply store...all the basics you need to get started - and just have fun in class! Stay tuned for all the details - and our guest line-up!

YOUR HOSTS
(& ASPIRING PAINTERS)


Alexandra Barnes, Founder

I'm Alexandra, a southern Connecticut-based boutique travel and lifestyle photographer + writer. I'm on a never-ending quest to capture the joy in the little things, because I truly believe there's magic in the mundane.

Always an art-lover, I'm especially drawn to watercolors, admiring with a special fondness the work of a grandmother I never had the chance to meet. After losing my dad, I discovered a profound peace in painting...and my lifelong interest in it only blossomed.

You can find some of my work and many of my ramblings on travel, gluten-free food, and all things seasonal New England at turquoise & sunshine, and be sure to tag along for daily delight on Instagram at @turquoiseandsunshine.


Caitlin Houston, Chief Ambassador

Hi! I'm Caitlin, a Connecticut motherhood, fashion, and lifestyle blogger exploring all that New England has to offer with my husband, Brandon, and daughters, Annabelle and Ailey. My life is messy, crazy, and everything I could ever wish for...and I recently learned I had an unexpected passion for painting.

After a not-so-fun bout with Covid-19, I needed something to calm my mind, body, and soul. My favorite hobbies - dance and yoga - were not permitted during recovery, so I decided to try painting. The first time I picked up a paint brush I spent an hour following a video on how to paint an easy night sky. The feelings of serenity while painting and pride after completing something worth showing others was so addictive that I haven’t quit yet.

You can find me at Caitlin Houston Blog and follow along on Instagram at @catilinhoustonblog.

past guest artists


MER HANSON

We were beyond ecstatic to kick things off with Nantucket-based artist Mer Hanson in support of the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club! Her use of summery color, gentle realism, and coastal vibes were just the right start to a summer spent in watercolor, and we are oh, so grateful she was willing to join us!

We recorded her session and invite you to the replay! If you were an attendee, you'll receive access via email. If you weren't live with us, you can still catch the workshop through August 6 by making a donation to the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club here, then forwarding us your confirmation email and include the best email to reach you at!

You can find Meredith's fun, playful feed on Instagram at @merhanson and learn more about her art, design, and work at Meredith Hanson.


KYRA WELLS

We couldn't have been luckier when Kyra Wells said "yes" to brushing for a cause! This Cape Cod-born and Boston-based artist has a real flair for design, and we couldn't think of a better person to lead our first architectural study. From lobster shacks to lighthouses and so much more, Kyra captures quintessential coastal New England buildings unlike no other.

We recorded her session and invite you to the replay! If you were an attendee, you'll receive access via email. If you weren't live with us, you can still catch the workshop through August 6 by making a donation to either the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod here, or the Cape Cod Museum of Art here, then forwarding us your confirmation email and include the best email to reach you at!

You can follow along with Kyra's New England-inspired work on Instagram at @designwells, and learn more about her at KyraWells.com.

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