Brush beCAUSE

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.


thank you, 2020!

It seems an unlikely phrase, but we're immensely grateful for you, our community, brought to us in 2020. We already have some fabulous workshops planned for 2021 and will continue to expand our line-up of talented artists and new mediums. We thank you all for supporting us and our causes, and can't wait to share more with you next year!


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.

BECKY ELGART
OCTOBER 20, 2020
5-6:30pm EST


We are totally and completely thrilled to announce our October 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 of various art forms but also educational programs for children and adults.

Her passion for the serenity of the sea is evident in her beautiful seascapes, skies and creative collaging…and an evening with her is sure to be inspiring! Instruction will be geared toward adult students but of course, all are welcome.

We will be hosting an evening of watercolor on Tuesday, October 20, from 5-6:30pm EST via Zoom and invite both those who wish to paint and those who'd love to watch. Registration will close on Monday, October 19 at 12pm EST. No exceptions.

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!

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:

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. Send a $5 registration fee via Venmo (@brushbecause or brushbecause@gmail.com) or Paypal (brushbecause@gmail.com or just click the link). Due to the immense enthusiasm surrounding our summer workshop series, we are now requiring a small registration fee per session. Your contribution will support our ability to host current and future workshops…and all that we have in store!

3. 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.

4. Fill out and submit this form.

You're in!

We'll confirm within 48 hours (but not on weekends unless there is an upcoming 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 are 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 the foreseeable future 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!

next up!
October 20, 2020


We cannot wait to share our October artist! Stay tuned for our announcement — we sure hope you can join us!

We will be hosting our next workshop on Tuesday, October 20, from 5-6:30pm EST via Zoom and invite both those who wish to paint and those who'd love to watch. Registration will close on Monday, October 19 at 12pm EST.

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 last 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 summer workshops, we've made a couple changes and hope you understand the necessity of doing so to ensure a wonderful and smooth class…and future classes!

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 our chosen cause via the link provided when registration opens. 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. Send a $5 registration fee via Venmo or PayPal. You can find us on Venmo at @brushbecause or brushbecause@gmail.com; on PayPal at brushbecause@gmail.com - just click the link!

Due to the immense enthusiasm surrounding our summer workshop series, we are now requiring a small registration fee per session. Your contribution will support current and future workshops…and all that we have in store!

4. Fill out and submit the form provided when registration opens.

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 24 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 absolute basics cost about $25 - a small investment for what could become a lifetime of enjoyment. Also listed will be the artist’s complete list 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 foreseeable future so if you join us again, you'll have plenty of opportunity to use your supplies more.

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 24 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. Your registration fee, however, will gladly be refunded after the class in the event you cannot attend!

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

artist-hosted EVENTS


We are beyond thrilled at the outpouring of support you showed us this summer! Rest assured that this fall will also bring 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, Hostess with the Mostest

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

We're making merry all December long!

At Brush beCAUSE giving back is what we do, and there's no better time to kick it off than with #GivingTuesday. Each of our artists is offering their replay from December 1-31, 2020, and you'll have access to it for one month from date of registration. Give yourself a treat, or make a donation in a friend or family member's name for a gift that gives back.

It's easy to register. Scroll down to take a peek at this year's artists, choose a class (or a few!), and follow the 3 steps below.

1. Pay a $5 registration fee via Venmo (@brushbecause or brushbecause@gmail.com) or Pay Pal (brushbecause@gmail.com), and then

2. Make a donation to the artist's chosen cause via the corresponding links below. You can also tap the donation sticker within our Instagram stories. Be sure to take a screenshot or photo of the 'thank you' page OR your confirmation email! You'll need it to complete registration.

Mer Hanson x Nantucket Boys & Girls Club

Kyra Wells x Cape Cod Museum of Art or the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod

Jen Strandberg x LEAP NYC

Riley Sheehey x Art with a Heart

Becky Elgart x The Kate

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. Finally, forward a screenshot of your confirmation to brushbecause@gmail.com. Don't forget to include the best email to reach you at if different from the one you sent it from.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

We'll send you an email with the link to access plus a suggested supplies list from your chosen artist, including all the goodies you'll need to participate in this class.

The absolute basics cost about $25 - a small investment for what could become a lifetime of enjoyment. Also listed will be the artist’s complete list 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 foreseeable future so if you join us again, you'll have plenty of opportunity to use your supplies more.


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!

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.

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


JEN STRANDBERG

We couldn't say no to heading back to Nantucket with artist Jen Strandberg! We took a vicarious stroll by the ocean with a painted seaside rose trellis. Jen's use of soft colors with an apparent love for summers on Nantucket is contagious.

You can follow along with Jen's delicate, coastal-inspired work on Instagram at @jenstrandbergstudio, and shop her prints and creatively designed goods at her Etsy shop.


RILEY SHEEHEY

We were ecstatic when Riley Sheehey said she wanted to host a class! The "C'est Riley" artist is known for her whimsical, feminine work that makes you feel like you've hopped into a beautifully illustrated storybook. She took us across the pond to Monet's Giverny for a quiet afternoon in the garden -- among animal friends, of course!
You can follow along with Riley's whimsical illustration on Instagram at @cestriley, and shop her prints and creatively painted goodies on her website.


BECKY ELGART

Becky Elgart hails from the beautiful Connecticut coastline where much of her inspiration lives. Her modern coastal paintings and collages may seem simple at first glance, but once we got started we quickly learned how much thought, just how many steps, and most importantly, how much freedom of creativity there is in her work. Becky began collaging when, angry with a painting, she tore it up and realized the beauty of each unique piece. She put them back together in a new way, and her signature style was born.

You can follow along with Becky's serene coastal scenes on Instagram at @beckyelgart, and shop her prints on her website.

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