Brush beCAUSE

painting for a cause, just because


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


Join us on April 15 as New Jersey-based artist Alexa Martin hosts an evening of relaxation, education, and fun!
Click the button below to save your seat and get the full scoop, and mark your calendars for our May and June dates below!

May 10, 6-8pm EST
June 3, 7-8:30pm EST
June 23, 6:30-8:30pm ESTs


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.

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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!


First time here? Click the button below to learn more about what to expect when you register for a workshop. Our only wish is that you know just how things work around here.


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 purchase a ticket via the link provided after each artist is announced. 100% of proceeds (less $5/ticket) will be given to the artist's cause! Order any supplies you might need or grab a kit directly from us (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.

APRIL 15, 2021
6-7:30pm EST

We 're so excited to be kicking off our 2021 season with the talented Alexa Martin! She will be hosting a watercolor workshop in support of the Visual Art Center of New Jersey, which holds art exhibitions, offers in-person education, and provides community programs.

Her fun, coastal style breathes life into her work and has had us dreaming of summer all winter long! She'll be teaching us to paint something from her Coastal Blues Collection - and she's going to let you decide! Instruction will be geared toward adult students but of course, all are welcome.

We will be hosting an evening of watercolor on Thursday, April 15, from 6-7:30pm EST via Zoom and invite both those who wish to paint and those who'd love to watch. Registration will close on Wednesday, April 14 at 10pm EST.

A link to the class will be sent via email on the day of the event and will also be accessible via the Event Page on Eventbrite.

Please note that, while we understand things happen, your donation is non-refundable. 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 learn with us - now tap the button below to join the fun!

frequently asked questions


Due to the overwhelming response to our 2020 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!

We are now using Eventbrite for the purchase of tickets and appreciate your understanding the necessity to do so. By streamlining our platform and process we will be able to focus our energy on connecting and working with more artists as well as developing some new and exciting opportunities.

Once tickets for an event are available for sale we'll share a link here on our website as well as via our Instagram page. We require a minimum contribution of $20, and all proceeds less $5/ticket will be donated to the artist's chosen cause. If you already have supplies or are able, we hope you'll consider offering more to this wonderful cause and in return for our host's time.


A suggested supplies list (with links) will be included in the event information page on our ticketing platform, Eventbrite. It will include all the goodies you'll need to participate in the class, and sometimes a few "extras" our host will be using but which are not totally necessary.

The absolute basics for watercolor cost about $30 (including a couple of brushes) - a small investment for what could become a lifetime of enjoyment. We'll add more info on supplies/costs as we expand our offered mediums -- and we'll be introducing our own supply kits, too! Keep in mind we will be hosting more watercolor workshops in the future so if you join us again, you'll have plenty of opportunity to use your supplies more.

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 cannot offer refunds in the event you cannot get supplies or attend.


You'll receive an email from our ticketing platform, Eventbrite, containing the supply list as well as a link to the Event Page which has all the information you need to prepare for and log on to class. Grab your supplies early and get excited! We may send a reminder email or two prior to the event with tips for how to make your class a memorable and enjoyable one, and one on event day with the Zoom link. Remember the Zoom link will also be accessible via the Event Page at the time of the workshop.

Please note that, while we understand things happen, your contribution 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.

artist-hosted EVENTS

We are beyond thrilled by the outpouring of support you showed us last year! Rest assured that 2021 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 (or around the globe!) like this.

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 (if you opt not to get a kit through us)...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!


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 @byalexandrabarnes.

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 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.


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


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.


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 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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