By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Jun 05, 2023 at 9:45 AM

Discover Wauwatosa recently announced that ART 64, the bracket-style live painting tournament, will return to The Village of Wauwatosa this summer.

Art 64 is set for Friday, June 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Harwood Avenue, State Street and Underwood Avenue will be closed for the event.

Art enthusiasts will watch paintings come to life in the streets of Tosa, select their favorite paintings and then cast votes online.

The artist in each pairing with the most votes will advance to the next round. In the final round, eight artists compete for a $20,000 grand prize. Paintings created at the event will be available for purchase by the public via an online silent auction.

“This year, we received applications from artists in more than 20 states and six countries. We are excited to bring a wide range of artists to Wauwatosa to compete in this one-of-a-kind event. It is an opportunity to showcase their unique talents and allow residents and visitors to experience art and our vibrant community in a completely unique way,” says Melissa Weiss, Deputy City Administrator for the City of Wauwatosa.

Last year, the winner of the $20,000 grand prize was Wisconsin-based watercolor artist Ben Otten.

"ART 64 was honestly the best event I’ve participated in. The caliber of artists was amazing. The Village of Wauwatosa was not only an amazing venue, but the support of the Village and its vendors was unmatched," says Otten.

Food and musical entertainment will be available throughout the tournament. Cafe Hollander and Buckatabon Tavern & Supper Club serve as event sponsors. 

"We are thrilled to sponsor ART 64 for its second year, which will unite the arts with this distinct community in the heart of The Village of Wauwatosa," says Trevor Nackers, Director of Marketing for Lowlands Group. "We look forward to welcoming guests, supporting the artists, and providing attendees local hospitality as they immerse themselves in this unparalleled art competition."

For more information about ART 64 and to RSVP for event updates, please go here.

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.