“Battle of the Brushes” Features Painting Contest to Fundraise for the Ottumwa Area Arts Council

OTTUMWA – Join the Ottumwa Area Arts Council on Saturday, February 22 for Battle of the Brushes 2020. A panel of local artists will have 90 minutes to paint a canvas related to a theme revealed at the beginning of the event. When time is up the judges will review the works and declare a winner. All works created will then be live auctioned with half of the proceeds going to the Ottumwa Area Arts Council and half to each artist.


Competing artists are:

Chris Abigt

Olivia Anders

Alex Batterson

Gin Lammert

Chad Larkin

Leah Morrissey

Sahra Dora Olson

Victoria Ortiz

Noel Claudio Rivera

April Shilkus

Stephanie Small

Mandie Wages


The event is a fun and exciting competition meant to raise funds for the arts council, while also connecting the public to the many talented artists in our community. Attendees can check out the artist’s work while they race against the clock. A dessert auction will also take place with funds raised going to the Ottumwa Area Arts Council.


Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the action starting at 7:00. Tickets are $5 in advance and can be purchased at Hotel Ottumwa and M&J Art and Frame Gallery. Tickets will be $7 at the door. Food and beverages available for purchase throughout the event. For more information email OttumwaArts@gmail.com.


Battle of the Brushes

Saturday, February 22

7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

Tickets: $5.00 in advance, $7.00 at the door. Available at Hotel Ottumwa and M & J Art and Frame Gallery.