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Riverside Art Museum’s Brush Off Fundraising Event

7 artists compete to each create a work of art with “junk” in 2.5 hours

Sunday, August 7 2016, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit

[ecko_quote source=”Bethany Molyneaux”]After years of working as an instructor at the Riverside Art Museum and creating my own metal/assemblage sculptures in my home studio, I am excited for the opportunity to represent the staff of RAM at the Brush Off[/ecko_quote]

Riverside CA – The Riverside Art Museum (RAM) invites the community to celebrate seven artists who will face off at the museum to each create a piece of art. A panel of judges will choose who will be winner and who will receive the “brush off.” The Brush Off event will be held at the Riverside Art Museum on Sunday, August 7, 2016, from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

During the event, a select group of the region’s leading artists will each get a box full of unknown cast-off “junk.” After opening the box, they each get two and a half hours to create their masterpieces. Competing artists include Nick Bahula, Bethany Molyneaux, Cosme Cordova of Division 9 Gallery, Danielle Giudici Wallis, Charles Bibbs, Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja, and Martin Sanchez of Tio’s Tacos. Each artist can bring a preapproved home toolkit. The artists all have diverse backgrounds and differing styles from figuration to abstraction to social practice and even jewelry. They use various mediums from acrylics to metals to “trash.”

“After years of working as an instructor at the Riverside Art Museum and creating my own metal/assemblage sculptures in my home studio, I am excited for the opportunity to represent the staff of RAM at the Brush Off,” says Bethany Molyneaux. “This event creates a friendly competition that shows that what is considered ‘junk’ can become something beautiful. In my own artwork, I usually search out my own ‘junk,’ so I am excited to have the challenge of using the unknown. Challenge accepted!”

The panel of judges includes RAM Curator of Exhibitions and Collections Todd Wingate, RAM Trustee Patsy Herrera, and Kathy Allavie, a long-time RAM and Art Alliance member, and Riverside Unified School District Trustee. They will evaluate the work for creative use of materials, overall aesthetic, and other aspects. There will also be an audience choice award.

Patti Funder, RAM Trustee and artist sponsor says, “I am thrilled that Charles Bibbs has agreed to participate in the Brush Off. I am a great admirer of his artistic genius. I hope those in the community will join me in support of the arts in Riverside and RAM.”

The event will be MC-ed by artist and RAM Trustee James Antoyan. It will feature art-making activities for guests, a hosted bar, and hors d’oeuvres.

Tickets are $50. VIP tickets are $75. You may purchase tickets at or by calling 951.684.7111. Artist sponsorships include keeping the final piece of art created by your sponsored artist and are available for $500. All proceeds from the event benefit the Riverside Art Museum.

“I am tickled to be participating in this fun event,” says Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja. “Check it out and come have fun with me and the other artists as we are under the ‘gun’ to create and you will be supporting the museum!”

The Riverside Art Museum integrates art into the lives of people in a way that engages, inspires, and builds community by providing high quality exhibits and art education programs that instill a lifelong love of the arts. RAM relies on the generosity of members and donors to support its exhibitions, education programs, and special events. A 60-plus-year-old, non-profit cultural arts institution housed in a National Historic 1929 building designed by Hearst Castle and AIA Gold Medal-winning architect Julia Morgan, the museum welcomes over 50,000 visitors a year. The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. For information on exhibits, events, classes, memberships, or sponsorship opportunities, visit Find us on Facebook (, Twitter (RAMRiverside), Instagram (@riversideartmuseum), Pinterest (, Snapchat, and YouTube.

Event/Artist Sponsors: McSpi; ACR Select;; The Bourns Foundation; David and Patti Funder; Jinnifer Razo, Swenson Corporation; Burrtec Waste Management; Kathy Wright and Dwight Tate

Materials Sponsor: Polymer Logistics; Bourns Engineering

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