Art64’s guide to Tosa this weekend

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Earlier this year, OnMilwaukee announced that a live paint tournament with a $20,000 cash prize was coming to Wauwatosa. And it’s happening this weekend.

The City of Wauwatosa and NEWaukee will host ART 64, a unique bracket-style live paint tournament on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4 in the village of Tosa.

The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Grand Prize winner will be announced at 7:45 p.m. Harwood Avenue, State Street and Underwood Avenue will be closed during the event.

ART 64 will feature 64 artists from across the country. Artists will have a set time to create their artwork on canvas.

The public is invited to attend the live painting and to vote for their favorites on the ART 64 site. The artist of each pair with the most votes will move on to the next round. During the final, eight artists will compete for the Grand prize of $20,000.

Here is the complete program:

Friday, June 3

5:30 p.m. – Start of day 1 of the competition
6-7 p.m. – First ballot, with 64 artists
7:30 p.m. – All votes for the first round must be completed
7:30-8 p.m. – Announcement of the 32 artists qualified for the second round
8-9 p.m. – Second ballot, with 32 artists
9:30 p.m. – All votes for the second round must be completed
9:30-10 p.m. – Announcement of the 16 qualified artists for the third round
10:00 p.m. – End of the 1st day of competition

Saturday June 4

3:30 p.m. – Day 2 of the competition begins
3:30-5:00 p.m. – Third ballot, with 16 artists
5:00 p.m. – All votes for the third round must be completed
5-5:30 p.m. – Announcement of the 8 artists qualified for the final
6-7:30 p.m. – Last ballot, with 8 artists
7:30 p.m. – All voting for the final round must be completed
7:30-8pm – ART 64 winner announcement and celebration
8:00 p.m. – End of the second day of competition

ART 64 will feature live music, two bars from sponsor Lowlands Group and food from many local restaurants. This is a family event with many activities aimed at children and families, including:

  • Tosa Block Party

  • Connect children’s yoga

  • Photo station ART 64

“We are very happy to bring this unique event to the Village. It will be a great opportunity to see a group of talented artists create art on-site,” said Melissa Weiss, Deputy City Administrator for the City of Wauwatosa.

During the tournament, paintings will be displayed in Root Common Park. The on-site sale of the works begins on Friday at 8 p.m. Seventy percent of proceeds will go directly to the artist and 30 percent will go to the Wauwatosa Parks Improvement Fund.

“Our local restaurants and stores were very supportive of the event. And with special activities for kids, there will be something for everyone,” says Weiss.

For more information on ART 64, visit:

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