Kona Brewing Company Seeks California Artists To Paint 1970 VW Bus

December 11, 2009, Portland, OR . . . If you’ve ever dreamed of creating your masterpiece on a canvas as big as a VW bus, Kona Brewing may be giving you the chance of a lifetime. From now through December 31, 2009, Kona is issuing a call for entries for artists to submit their best interpretation of Aloha to paint on the company’s 1970 Volkswagen bus. The winning artist will be awarded a $250 painting contract and Kona will pay for all materials to complete the job. Winning artist or team of artists will also receive the glory of seeing their designs rolling up and down Pacific Coast Highway next summer as well as basking in the limelight as the guest of honor at an unveiling party in February 2010.

To be considered, artists must first download a VW PDF rendering from the Kona site and depict how they would cover an entire VW bus with their designs if awarded the contract. Professional surfer and Kona rider CJ Kanuha will head up judging the week of January 4, 2010. The bus is located in Orange County, CA and painting must occur at its Tustin location over two weeks in January 2010. All the contract details, rules, regulations, entry forms and PDF renderings are located at the Kona site here: http://konabrewingco.com/VWAloha

Artists submitting designs to Kona Brewing for the contest are not required to live in California, but they must transport themselves, at no expense to Kona, to the venue to complete the painting in January, 2010. Kona Brewing plans to send the bus to surf contests and awesomely fun events in beach towns in Southern California throughout the year. This contract award is the first of its kind for the company.

Entrants may visit the site at http://konabrewingco.com/VWAloha for more information and for the downloadable VW template, or email the program administrator at: submissions@konabrewingco.com

Kona Brewing Company recently was named the fastest growing top-50 craft brewing company in the country based on 2008 sales figures. Kona Brewing Company was started in the spring of 1994 by a father and son team that had a dream to create fresh, local island brews made with spirit, passion and quality. It is a Hawaii-born and Hawaii-based craft brewery that prides itself on brewing the freshest beer of exceptional quality, closest to market. This helps to minimize its carbon footprint by reducing shipping of raw materials, finished beer and wasteful packaging materials. The company is headquartered where it began, in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island. It has grown into Hawaii’s largest brewery, has two restaurant sites and a restaurant franchise in Hawaii and beer distribution reaching 28 states and Japan. For information call 808-334-BREW or visit www.KonaBrewingCo.com.